As you can imagine, I’m also pretty new to bass, but I’ve been loving every minute of it. I’ve also never really purchased any sort of online lesson, etc, however, these videos captivated me from the free youtube videos.
Anyway, I’ve done some strolling through the forums to see if I could find any other posts with this problem I’m having, I may have missed it but I’m not sure.
I’m left handed, but I believe the general issue is still the same (even if I was right handed). My thumb that rests parallel to the fretboard feels like I’m giving it too much pressure and almost feels like it’s jamming while I play. The pain isn’t terrible or anything and it subsides once I’m done playing (and it really doesn’t get in the way), but when I’m trying to practice proper technique (and not letting the top of my palm hit the fretboard), I feel like this inherently makes me push my thumb into the back of the board harder.
Am I supposed to be keeping the thumb loose? If so, I have no real idea on how to really manage that, outside of paying super close attention to how I’m holding my bass at all times, but it does feel more natural to me to be applying pressure.
Has anyone else experienced something similar? Or if you have some tips of what I may or may not be doing properly, I’d appreciate it immensely.