I've done a search and read through some of the threads that popped up, but would like to get some advice on this particular scenario. Hopefully whoever reads this will make it to the end
I don't play in a band at the moment, and my practice time basically revolves around when I feel inspired enough to pick my bass up.
I used to own a Fender P but it gave me wrist pain so switched to an Ibanez SoundGear. Helped a bit but not enough. So I decided to go for a short scale, being a small handed girl.
Two days ago I thought I'd visit a store and try a load of basses out, see what best fits. Tried a whole load out over about 3 hours which is more time than I'd usually play for. I played Jazz necks, P necks, including one of the classic 50's P basses (sounded incredible but the neck was massive, it made my hand ache like crazy), played the new Fender Dimension, some squier mustangs, and right about 15 minutes before I left I decided to try out the squier short scale jag... Well I really liked it and left with it.
Played it a bit last night and noticed a little aching in my fretting palm, just put it down to playing so much the day before, and also playing that huge p neck that hurt my hand. Today the pain is worse - haven't played much bass at all, picked it up for 10 mins earlier but that's it. Feels like a burning sensation from my wrist, through the palm, and up to the knuckle of the middle finger.
I don't think it's my technique, this Jag has light gauge strings, and I've been playing lightly, and been playing a lot without my thumb on the neck as well - I've had issues with "gripping" in the past and trying not to make the same mistakes.
So I don't know what the cause is. Could it be that I'm having a little pain whilst adjusting to the short scale? I used to play guitar so surely not! Could I have strained something when I played the 50's P bass in the shop? Could it be that I've strained it doing non-bass related stuff?
Grateful for any advice. Thanks