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Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Uncle K, Oct 14, 2013.
Do you raise your elbows when you play?
Almost always the underside of my forearm is on the bass, unless it starts to cramp up. Then yes, I raise my elbows to straighten my arm out.
I learned to hold my right elbow away from my body out of necessity when I bought a semi-hollow Jack Casady Epi, which has a thick body and sharp edges that made it painful to rest my forearm on the top edge of the body. Only later did I discover that most teachers recommend doing so anyway, in order to keep your plucking-hand wrist straight (and thus avoid strain and/or injury). Once I got comfortable with this position I noticed that it greatly improved my plucking technique, so I do it now with all my basses.