(I'm currently kind of a nouveau-novice when it comes to bass-playing--explanation for that is in my intro, here: Greetings, bassists.
--so all my questions are gonna be selfish/stupid. I appreciate your patience with me, and hopefully I'll be at least talking
like a respectable bassist in another year-ish.)
Okay, so all I ever wanted was to be a bassist, right, but I'm cursed with these TINY HANDS
My problem is that I know there's supposed to be this nice gap between your hand and the neck of the bass, but when I get past the 12th fret on the neck, I can't seem to reach the E-string with my 3rd or 4th fingers without forcing my hand against the neck and/or bending my wrist way the f@$# out, and that can't POSSIBLY be good. So if anyone has any videos or pictures or can just tell me well enough with words
about how to fix this, that would be super-awesome. (If you do explain it to me with words, just pretend I'm an 8-year-old and go from there.)
Also, I've literally never met
anyone else with this same problem, but I have some kind of muscle-tendon-whatever weirdness in my left hand--the way I explain it is that "I can't hold up a peace-sign with my left hand." When I try, my 1st finger straightens fully, but my middle finger is locked at about 80 degrees while my third finger is held down. (So when I hold up the number 3, my 2nd finger can extend just fine.)
I've had this problem forever (so it's probably not CTS), but I have never had it evaluated, it doesn't come up as a "limitation" that often (because I'm right-handed) and it has never caused a problem until recently. I've been noticing muscle pain along the side of my wrist, just on the side of my arm below where my thumb muscle is, and also along the top of my hand (I guess between the 2nd and 3rd metacarpals).
I don't know if it's just because I'm woefully out-of-practice or because I've been typing a lot lately or what, but I'm kind-of-sort-of a broke college student right now and not really in the mood to go see a specialist, right in the middle of everything. I wonder if there's much else I can do besides rest, ice, Ibuprofen, bracing etc. and my stupid brain won't let me stop thinking about it.
I'd love to be practicing right now, but I'm starting to worry a bit, so, uh... what do?