Anyone else have a habit of fretting and gripping way too hard with your fretting hand thumb, especially when playing fast?
It is a bad habit I have developed and it is turning in to an actual problem. I’m starting to get some mild wrist pain from it. And while this is a good excuse to stop what I was doing, and chill and practice muted slap and pop technique for a while, I want to fix it before I give myself an RSI or something.
One thing I have read online is to devote part of practice time to playing without using the thumb on the neck at all. I have tried that and it seems good. It’s not totally breaking the habit though. One guy claimed he actually taped his thumb to the side of his hand for a while to practice. I might have to try that.
I am also thinking seriously about springing for a lesson locally to have an instructor look at my overall left hand form, but for this problem I am a little afraid that the instructor I get would be a very by-the-book perfect form type (common here) who would just focus on the technically perfect hand position and not the most ergonomic, which is kind of the opposite of what I want. Still, this seems like a good option.