I joined back around November 2020 and this is my first post. Great to e-meet everybody!
I’ve been really been pleased with Josh’s great instruction, and I enjoy reading all the thoughtful content from the nice community here.
I could use some advice. I’ve been struggling with how to eliminate discomfort in my fretting hand, mainly the wrist. I’ve listened and watched and tried various approaches in every possible video that exists on the topic very carefully. And I’ve also watched good players in non-instructional videos. Slo-mo, freeze frame, you name it. There’s so much conflicting information, and I’m trying all different things.
I’m very conscious about trying not to use more than the smallest amount of pressure necessary. I also realize that it’s often necessary to work on any given technique for a while before you can even see it starting to work well for you. I’ve been doing that.
I don’t think it’s about pressing or squeezing. It’s that I have to change the angles of my fingers, hand, wrist, and forearm A LOT from one note/finger to the next in order to stay comfortable. And I don’t see this kind of big adjustment from one note to the next when I’m watching anyone else play. The discomfort comes very quickly after I start playing.
This is really puzzling to me because I consider myself quite good with fine motor control, and I know how to analyze and learn how to move and manipulate things with my hands, both with other musical instruments and in non-musical activities. It’s crazy that I’m getting so stuck on this!
Anyway, this endless analysis and trying new things has been going on for too long, so it’s time for a different approach. I need some one-on-one live instruction that’s ONLY about this mechanical issue until it’s solved. Could be one session, could be many sessions. Can anyone recommend someone who would be qualified and willing to help me in this particular way? I’m in South Florida and I’m totally open to either in-person or remote sessions via Zoom.
Thanks so much for reading this. I wish you all continued joy in your bass playing!