Lengthen your strap a little (lower the body of the bass), and tilt your head stock way up, then play in the first 5 frets. That should be a bit more comfortable for your wrist.
So sorry to hear this. Take a breaks during the 90 minutes of practise!!! I always do some stretching before, during and after each time I take the bass!!! Don’t give up BASS is a wonderful instruments.
I can feel your pain @tamaraster… There have been times when I have had to play my bass wearing a wrist support. I keep on handy in my music room for when those bouts of Arthritis and Carpal Tunnel kick in.
Oh,… and for me, a few Single Malt Scotch’s mixed with a few other vibations does help to ease the pain, … and in some cases may even help me sound better … Well, at least until the next day when I play back what I might have recorded…
welcome back @Lanny
Thank You @Jamietashi Jamie!! Great to be back in good company!!
Keep on Thumpin’!
@tamaraster have you tried this? I’m just curious if it helped you.
I haven’t tried it yet, because my wrist is still a little weird, and I dropped my bass off today to be set up. I’m not sure it will work, because I play sitting down about two-thirds of the time, and I haven’t found a way with my strap and body and the chairs I have here to make it work with the neck more up. But I’ll see when my bass makes its no doubt triumphant return!
Okay, please let us know.
I had a similar issue when I first started and was always playing on the 2nd position (6-12 frets) because it was easier for me to see the strings. After I finally learned the fretboard and became more adept at playing without looking down at the neck, I found that the first position (1-5 frets) was easier on my wrist, especially with the neck tilted upward.
I’m sure that is true for me too, about the positions. The lesson of Josh’s I was doing the day my wrist got hurt was all the 4th through 7th frets on the E and A strings. Rough!
BTW, I should point out that I always play standing. I’ve tried sitting when I play, but it just feels awkward.
For me too, but when I stand for a while my legs get numb or my feet hurt in weird ways. So I go back and forth.
Dance around a little when you play. I’m serious…
Now I have this image in my mind of you, with a beer, in your pajamas, with a bass, dancing around.
Peter I have the same picture of @PamPurrs except with her groupie cheering on.
@tamaraster , I do this before doing anything else. It gets all the bits needed loosened up. I only sit playing bass as in a wheelchair. When standing, I love @PamPurrs suggestion “Dance” get into the groove. I do even just sitting the Pop that can Bop. @Lanny also gave a good one with the wrist.
Set up properly your bass will make you want tae dance
Heal well & be kind to yourself
@tamaraster how’s your wrist doing?
Better. It did bug me a little when I played today. (I just got my bass back from being set up.)
Did you notice any change in playability after the set up?
No, not at all, actually. I can’t say it’s worse but it’s not noticeably better.
Bummer… I guess thats why I’ve never had any of mine set up by anyone other than myself. At least I’m always guaranteed some sort of result whether good or bad…
There is one thing that I do that you might wanna try… I keep a small allen wrench handy to adjust the action on each individual string. We all play our instruments differently and most playability issues are ones regarding string height. I don’t use a gauge to set my string actions. After I set the truss and intonate each string, I play different songs and stop to adjust individual string heights and angles on the saddles. Eventually you’ll hit that “Sweet spot” where each string just feels, plays, and sounds naturally balanced (for you)…
You’ll be surprised at the difference it makes when you set your own instrument up to be played the way you play it… You might wanna give it a try…
Keep on Thumpin’!