Hello all, I have become frustrated over the past few days as I've noticed something strange while I practice playing bass. I've just recently begun a steady practice schedule of at least an hour of day, and I noticed something odd on day one. It is now day three and the problem still persists.
About 15-20 minutes in of practice, my right hand up to my bicep begins to cool to an abnormal temperature. My veins begin to bulge and my hand changes color. It is as if I had been outside in the cold. I assume it is a circulation problem, and I can't exactly pinpoint why it is happening. I also play in finger style. I have owned the bass for about a year, and have played it before without noticing this problem. I would like to see my doctor about it, but as I just cut another session short and am frustrated, I decided to see if you at the TalkBass forums may be able to help.
Does anyone have an idea of why this would be happening?
you have scurvy
no, probably a postural issue...practice in the mirror, look for slouching and imbalance in your bodys position.
if that doesnt work, eat more citrus
sounds like you're compressing one or more veins. I would look at the bend of the joints, or from pressure where your arm touches the instrument, etc. My guess is that a simple posture change might do the trick.
I strive to have my sitting position be similar to the standing position. I find this much easier to do on a bar stool rather than a chair. And ALWAYS play and practice with a strap to avoid having to put extra pressure on the instrument to hold it in place.
Sounds like you are restricting blood flow to a part of your arm. Maybe it's from bending your wrist to a severe degree or you are pressing your forearm down too hard on the edge of the body of your bass. I can't say for sure as 1, I'm not a therapist an 2, I can't see how you are playing. That is my guess though.
Whoops INTP you beat me to it. :)
See the doctor ASAP.
The first time I did some sculpture in stone it happened to me. I obviously held my tools way to hard, using too much strengh and tensing up for nothing.
+1. OP, when you get the OK from the doctor, then take on board the advice given so far.
How does it physically affect you...is there pain, does the arm tire fast, do the fingers slow down and lock, do the fingers swell, are you sure it is arterial swelling and not veinous swelling, do you smoke, are you over weight, what do you do for a living, do you have......well you get the picture i hope.....more info is needed, but the end advice will be 'see a doctor'
Best thing to do is see a doctor and they will answer all your questions and give you a physical and do so tests if need be.....in all the best advice anyone can hive you on what you posted is...see a doctor....and sooner rather than later. :)
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