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Offline Blue in Green

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pls help; bicep tight while playing bass
« on: March 19, 2016, 08:21:11 PM »
Hello guys. I've been playing bass for around 8 months.

My bicep has been tightening up every time I play; been seeing a physical therapist, who gave me exercises to do. They help a little.

I think it's kind of a psychological thing; I'm so determined to do well that I tighten up?

Does anyone else have any suggestions on how to get rid of this bicep tightening?

thanks :)

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Re: pls help; bicep tight while playing bass
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2016, 07:36:22 AM »
It may be attributed to how you hold your bass. Do you wear it high, waist high or lower? Find a position that gives you least amount of stress.
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Re: pls help; bicep tight while playing bass
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2016, 09:52:41 AM »
I agree with DW...probably in the way you hold and / or wear the bass.  For the sake of clarity, which bicep?  Plucking hand or fretting hand?

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Re: pls help; bicep tight while playing bass
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2016, 09:31:19 PM »
I agree with DW...probably in the way you hold and / or wear the bass.  For the sake of clarity, which bicep?  Plucking hand or fretting hand?

does it happen when you practice at home by your self?

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Re: pls help; bicep tight while playing bass
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2016, 03:25:21 PM »
wow thanks guys i didn't know any1 replied

1) Yea, it's the plucking hand.

2) It happens when I practice at home.

3) The middle of the bass is around my groin area. Is that OK?

thanks in advance for any help! :)

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Re: pls help; bicep tight while playing bass
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2016, 09:01:32 AM »
any other advice? the bicep is still tight  :-\

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Re: pls help; bicep tight while playing bass
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2016, 08:54:05 PM »
can you post a video of you playing?

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Re: pls help; bicep tight while playing bass
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2016, 12:34:12 PM »
I would recommend bringing the bass up higher. Sounds like you're playing with the bass in punk rock position, lol
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