Having pain in left shoulder blade. Research into body mechanics suggested sling type strap with waist band and can be used over either shoulder. Any suggestions
How wide is the strap you currently use?
You may find a wider strap solves your shoulder issue. I have a Levy 4.5 inch wide strap on my heavy Jazz basse. Problem with that heavy bass were solved.
A lot of players here have experienced what you’re describing. I know I did.
I have tried to have a single strap for all my basses, but my journey led be to buy three, total.
The one I definitely use all the time now is a Levy’s 4.5-inch wide leather strap. It is crazy comfortable, and eliminated all my shoulder fatigue.
Right now, it’s on sale at Adorama at 50% off. I scooped up that killer deal.
If regular shoulder straps just won’t work for you, even wide ones, this company makes some innovative alternatives that look interesting.
2" regular guitar strap. I even have been sitting down and short scale bass is only 7 lbs. Also need to watch my body mechanics and sit up straight. Learning to not need to see strings/frets would help too. Thanks for suggestion. I think my friend has a wider leather strap that I never like on my acoustic guitar.
Thanks. I will look into it. I do not play bass for any length of time and am a beginner. Not sure how long I will stick with it(I am 79, got a late start LOL). Also don’t have anyone to play with. Before my guitar teacher passed away he would play melody and get me to play along with my mini bass.
A regular guitar strap is way too narrow for a bass. The weight is focused in one small area on your shoulder, causing fatigue or, worse, pain.
A very wide leather strap will likely do the trick for you. And, being on sale at half off, it’s a great time to get one. Good luck.
My discomfort is in my shoulder blade not shoulder/neck area. But I will certainly look into suggestions. Resting it and applying cold/hot packs has not seemed to help. Pain medicine for minor painful surgery helps but I don’t want to use pain meds much
I hear you. But the upper torso muscles and bone structure is so inter-connected, your pain is likely stemming from your shoulder and radiating down.
For me was #1 pain issue. Nothing to do with strap width. Also for me, thinner straps made of soft leather work better than wider (which dig into my neck).
You have to try a few straps before you find what works for your body. I doubt you need a waist strap thing.
@sandyb1234 - I am also not a spring chicken, and although (so far) I have not had shoulder/shoulder blade pain from playing bass, I’ve had other aches & pains that come with the years. There are two physical therapists, “Bob & Brad,” who have many MANY videos for all types of pain, including these for shoulder. A lot of people like their advice.
#17 on that page is titled “Why Your Shoulder Blades Are Causing Your Shoulder Pain,” and might be worth a look (I haven’t viewed it yet myself). There is a related .pdf on the page for #17 that you may want to check out, also.
Thanks for all the info. I will try borrowing a wide leather strap from friend. Or any of the other suggestions. It’s not like I play for hours. Just about 1 hour a day(sitting) ding lessons
@sandyb1234 come back and let us know how it goes.
I am a long retired physical therapist but things in the medical field change so fast. I will look into “Bob & Brad”. I have seen them before. Thanks. I will check it out. Thanks everyone for all the feedback
Thanks. I did try the wider leather strap before and found it much too wide for me and very uncomfortable
The right strap makes all the difference. Not just width, but a soft worn in strap helps too.
As for other suggestions, I play with a foot rest for my left foot, and my bass rests on my left thigh, almost like a classical guitar, helps my arm angle and posture overall.
That’s how I hold my bass, but it hangs just barely above my left thigh.
Also, the Levy’s strap I use is wide, padded and made of soft leather. It makes playing very comfortable.