arms to tense. need to relax them!

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by jordan_frerichs, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. jordan_frerichs


    Jan 20, 2008
    i play a lot of punky energetic music, and my right arm just don't want to relax, so it gets tired REALY quick cause i got skinny arms. i try but it will not do it. it is the tencest when i play with a pick (i do a lot), still pretty tense with the fingers, but not so much with slap for some reason, and i like to go as fast as i can go with that.
    i need to know how to do 2 things
    1. relax my hands to they don't tire out
    2. build up the stamina
  2. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    What position are you holding the bass? How low/high is it?
    Do you get the same tiredness when you sit down and practice?
    If you don't, then your stage bass position needs to be closer to your sitting position.
    Something to try....
  3. jordan_frerichs


    Jan 20, 2008
    i mainly play sitting, un-amped, because i am curintly not in a band and lost my strap. when i play standing, i put it about in the middle, because i don't like the look of it super high, and i have some difficulty when it is all the way down. and yes, i have the problem when sitting too.
  4. DanielleMuscato


    Jun 19, 2004
    Columbia, Missouri, USA
    Endorsing Artist, Schroeder Cabinets
  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Stretching helps, as well as releasing any death grips you may have. Also, go to and learn her picking style. You can look under her player's points and check out her vids to learn how to do it properly. Totally saved my right hand from crippling pain when using a pick.