Bent right wrist..?? ***?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by cire113, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. cire113


    Apr 25, 2008
    How do so many ppl i see play bass with that super bent right wrist position and not having any type of wrist/nerve/hand problems?

    usually this happens from resting the forearm on the bass causing the wrist to bend
  2. Anonymatt


    Jan 3, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I do it when I wanna look cool.
  3. Fergie Fulton

    Fergie Fulton

    Nov 22, 2008
    Retrovibe Artist rota
    Well for one, who says the don't and secondly how would you know?

    Fact of the matter, and purely from a medical point of view, they will?
    It's not the action, its how often and the lengh of time the action is used.
    So once a week for five minutes is not going to produce the same results as 3 hours a day, 7 days a week for 5 years.......but you can be sure it will produce or compound problems in later life.

    Remember, smoking a ciggarette is not the problem, it is how often and the length of time that does the damage.;)
  4. I have bend my wrist not full 90 degrees, but I'm probably closer to it than I should.

    Here's my issue: if I place my bass lower, I'll bend my left wrist too much, so that I'll have health issues then.
    I'd say that not every human beeing is built the same. Sure, there are "global approved" positions which will work for most people. But one or the other will have to adjust his playing position, which means that he has to move away from that global approved position.
    That's what I experienced for me when I switched to 6 string bass. But I may have to readjust again in order to find my perfect playing position.
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  6. I started playing bass only a year ago and I struggle with this too.

    I never had a problem until now, when I started playing 3+ hours everyday and started feeling pain. I try to lift my elbow but it feels akward.

    It sucks, and I also wonder when I look at pro's, playing with their wrists bent.. how the **** do they do it???? :(
  7. I think taking breaks after no more than half an hour is key. When my hand starts to feel strange (I don´t wait till it hurts) I take a break and relax, and than continue.

    I´ve tried diferent positions but it feels strange.

    Playing standing up it´s better as the angle of the wrist is not so accentuated.
  8. Clef_de_fa


    Dec 25, 2011
    I get rid of that very horrid position by looking at classical guitar player and from Double bass. A more upright position with floating thumb. for an idea of what it looks like ... just think of Alain Caron when he plays his fretless.

    Many self educated rocker have that weird bending in the pickinghand and the "thumb over the neck" fretting hand position ... many slapper also have that position. To me it is really poor technic and always wondered how anyone could play like that.
  9. dmrogers

    dmrogers Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2005
    Eastman, GA
    I have found that my bass position, when standing, being more and more like Robert DeLeo from STP. If you think about it, the position of his bass puts less stress on the wrist. Check out some photos of him on the web.

    When sitting, I am trying to play with the bass in a position that does not cause extreme bends in the wrist.
  10. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    22 ft below sea level
    +1 So do I. I like to have the bass hanging low. If I bend my wrists they almost instantly start to feel uncomfortable. I see this as a warning signal, so I don't bend them.
    In this video you can see what I mean: Me doing a short blues tune
  11. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Supporting Member

    I call it the "vulture claw." Don't use it, but I think I did when I first started playing, then I learned to start keeping my wrist straighter.

    Some people do it their whole career and never have a problem. Just lucky, I guess. If I kept my hand in that position for long I'd have all kinds of pain starting.
  12. Schmorgy


    Jul 2, 2012
    You can also smoke your whole life and never get cancer, but that doesn't mean it's any safer on the whole.
  13. halfjackson


    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston, MA
    I'd definitely recommend not resting your forearm on the bass while bending your wrist at a 90(+/-) degree angle. Not only could it result in wrist/hand problems, it adds unnecessary weight to your bass, which gets transferred directly to your opposing shoulder.
  14. Luv2Pla4U


    Feb 18, 2011
    Richmond, VA
    This player apparently has no problems from extreme wrist angles... Just sayin'

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  15. mcglyph


    Aug 17, 2011
    Spent three hours with Adam Small one day. Among other things, he stresses complete relaxation of hand and fingers. He plays with a bent wrist, hand resting on bass, only without tension. He told me when he was younger he had mad wrist problems, lost almost a year of playing time, went to the doctor, etc, had to look very closely at his mechanics. You who are practicing and experiencing pain with this technique may want to get back to moving slowly gradually working up to fast with much more stress control. It is FULLY possible you are not able to get to where this technique will work for you. And if you don't do it with relaxation as a main focus, the chances are there's pain a' comin. Or not.
  16. henry2513

    henry2513 Supporting Member

    May 9, 2011
    Los Angeles, Ca
    Bent wrist forced me to stop playing bass for many years and derailed my friends career for a few years which really sucked he was already a world class bass player in high school.
  17. I always had very upright wrist position drilled in my head by my instructor. So much so that I can't play with my forearm resting on the body. I can imagine a heap of wrist problems developing from bent position, however I've seen many well versed bassists play with a bent wrist and still have no idea how they can play a set like that without feeling some pain or at the least some discomfort
  18. I recently adopted Todd Johnson's floating thumb technique primarily to mute 5 and 6 string basses. The unexpected benefit of this technique is that it automatically flattens out the angle of approach of the right hand and corrects any 90 degree wrist concerns. The technique is awkward at first but now it is second nature and my wrist is never bent either (and looks cool and relaxed). ALL the girls ask me how do I get my wrist so flat song after song. Now you know.
  19. PlungerModerno


    Apr 12, 2012
    Floating thumb FTW - really works. Now if only I could get as relaxed on my frettin' hand!

    Check it oooot:
  20. fearceol

    fearceol Supporting Member

    Nov 14, 2006

    ......YET !! ;)

    She looks fairly young, so she may encounter trouble at a later stage.
  21. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 EBMM Nut

    Jul 5, 2010
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Well how much higher could she even shoulder that bass?