So, thinking I’m totally indestructible, I took the “Hardcore Plan” very hardcore. Rather, I would sometimes miss a day or two, and then do multiple lessons/modules in one day to catch up to the schedule. I would still pick the bass up and work on some riffs on days I knew I wouldn’t have time to do 3 lessons.
I admit it, I was unforgiving and careless toward my own health and now I have to slow down a lot and take a lot of special measures to make sure I do not irritate my wrist. I should be around day 20 right now, instead I’m on day 10. It happened pretty fast. Don’t do what I did, folks, unless you’re absolutely sure you’re holding and playing your bass correctly. I definitely wasn’t.
It seems to be mild so far, thankfully, as I get a bit of tingling with not so much pain. It is in my fretting hand, which seems to surprise some people!
Some things I’m doing to help:
- Finding some wrist stretches online for this purpose, and doing them before I play.
- Taking steps to really look at and correct the positioning of my hand and wrist, as well as applying less pressure/grip, and therefore less strain.
- I do not play seated. I never did this to begin with since I want to ensure the position of the bass is correct.
- Taking it slower. I will begin to alternate my lesson plan with interval training or other music theory topics. OR I will simply do less lessons in one sitting. I will have to do these things at some point anyway if I want to be a good bassist!
- Ordered a new guitar strap. The one I have is frankly a bit painful!
- Ordered roundwound strings and will be giving my bass a professional setup - I’ve been told that my bass is harder to play than it should be, which I confirmed later.
- Getting a brace to wear at night.
- Texting and typing less (for now).
Who else has dealt with this and what else can one do to help? Any tips or input is appreciated!