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Example Of Straight Wrists.

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Fergie Fulton, May 29, 2019.

  1. There is some restriction. With the bass that low you cant reach too much notes with your left hand.
  2. Fergie Fulton

    Fergie Fulton

    Nov 22, 2008
    Retrovibe Artist rota
    As i said there are trade offs, and it is a personal view, but i can reach all the notes i need to..or i would not use this style.
  3. Different strokes. I play like this. It doesn't bother me.

    So I dunno the value of a post on your personal choices. I guess, it has some place and I suppose it's fine if you strap your bass at your crotch as you seem to. Seems it would work fine for simple music.

    stan clarke old.jpg

    But apparently this guy has been playing this way for the last 50 or so years. I tend to play the type of stuff that he plays. So maybe that's the gag to this whole thing. BTW that whole insurance thing sounded like BS too. Stanley Clarke isn't gonna get gigs because of his technique? Really?

    I'm pretty sure if you get hired for a gig and make it, you get paid. If you get hired and you don't make it, then you don't and you suffer from that consequence. But, I've never heard of anyone pulling medical records to get a gig.
    stan clarke young.jpg
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  4. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    It's more than a matter of "personal choices": It's a fact that playing with a severely bent wrist greatly increases the likelihood of developing carpal tunnel syndrome or a related kind of repetitive motion injury. If you want to risk that feel free to do so, but don't criticize the guy who's trying to help others avoid it.
  5. I'm not stopping anyone from playing however they want. But If I have to play music I don't care about just to keep a straight wrist, then I'll live in a sling if I have to. But I don't have that issue. Apparently neither did Mr. Clarke.

    If you have personal physical limitations, then you do what you gotta do. Everyone doesn't have to deal with it though. Simple as that.

    It's a different point of view. I'm not into the one size fits all mantra. Because it doesn't. Fulton already said himself it was a limiting technique. Why would I ever play with a limiting technique if I don't have to?
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  6. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    I don't know where you got the idea that you have to play a certain kind of music just to keep a straight wrist. CTS and other RMIs don't care what kind of music you play.

    You don't have that issue now, but the point is that injuries develop over time. Some people are luckier than others. The fact that Stanley has been playing like that for 50 years without injury doesn't mean it's a good idea, or that you'll be just as fortunate.

    Now, if you have some kind of "physical limitation" that requires you to play with a severely bent wrist, I apologize. Again, the issue at hand is the likelihood of future injury that might create physical limitations, not limitations you might have now.

    I also don't believe that there's only one right way to play -- but I think there are good reasons to believe that there are some "wrong" ways -- including hand positions that increase the likelihood of injury.

    Really, all you'd have to do is lower the bass body a little bit, and hold your elbow out from your body rather than resting it lazily on top of the bass, and you could straighten out your wrist easily in a way that would accommodate any kind of playing. I don't understand why you want to make an argument out of this.
  7. I don't understand why you care how I play. I know my body pretty well and I understand how to keep it working well. At least so far. Be that as it may, I couldn't possibly care any less about how you play. Knock yourself out.

    But believe me, you're not about to convince me of anything. Fulton is a great guy, but honestly, I've never heard him play anything that makes me want to emulate his style. I see Pattitucci, Clarke, Haslip and the others play, wrist bent, doing what I like. And killing it. There's a common pattern there and I've heard it mentioned before. In general, in fusion and jazz, you strap the bass kinda high to get at the stuff you want to. It works for me so far.

    Anyway, I've seen it before and to me the bassists who only make bass playing about physical gyrations, generally have little to nothing to say musically. They may as well be out chopping wood.

    OK, well. I'm pretty done with this topic. Enjoy!
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  8. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    OK, then. End of discussion.
  9. James Collins

    James Collins

    Mar 25, 2017
    Augusta, GA
    Are you now talking about the bent wrist on the right or the bent wrist on the left hand? Or both?

    As with anything, you probably want to avoid extremes and find a position where you feel relaxed and playing is effortless.
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  10. Fergie Fulton

    Fergie Fulton

    Nov 22, 2008
    Retrovibe Artist rota
    Both wrists. all i am showing in the videos is one point of view, based on that band and they music they play...

    In this scenario it is not restrictive to what is needed for me to play...so any comments about it being restrictive are mute ones in this scenario.

    The post is about making choices to suit playing situations, i see a lot of players playing with techniques/styles that are high impact, so the post shows that even what people may consider "restrictive", and the bass "way to low"..it shows it is not....or i would not use it.
  11. lat


    Dec 30, 2014
    Lower Basstonia
    I started playing with a bent wrist, then started having issues. I shortened my strap a few inches and angled the headstock forward and upward some more. Now, so far so good... touch wood...
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  12. Strane


    Dec 17, 2019
    Is this a bent wrist?? it's me, I'm self-taught player, maybe it's not the right way to play
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  13. lat


    Dec 30, 2014
    Lower Basstonia
    Looks fine to me... Relaxed and straight enough, for the most part. Everybody's physiology is different though...
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  14. Here's my take on it. The human wrist can handle a certain amount of flexing. Just look at your everyday life, and notice just how much wrist bend you have in your everyday activities. I keep the neck plate on my bass over my belly button, and hold the neck at about a 30 degree angle. This helps me to keep my wrists relatively straight, but with a little bit of flex in my wrists which I believe does no harm to your wrists. Like anything else, I think going to extremes is what causes more harm than good. As usual, YMMV.
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  15. Sursonique


    May 17, 2020
    I broke my right wrist in February, had a cast and i'm still wearing a wrist brace most of the time because I got post-traumatic arthritis. I never stopped playing although I only get to play fingerstyle (my doctor said NO picking, NO slapping). I used to bend my wrist to some angle before, but now after the accident I have corrected the wrist bending since well, I cannot really bend it much LOL but i've gotten used to the new position even when not wearing the brace. I play the bass a little lower that I used to before because of it, and still feels comfortable.
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  16. tiny warlock

    tiny warlock

    Oct 14, 2019
    Does anyone in here have experience with cubital tunnel syndrome? I was diagnosed last week and am wondering if there's anything I can do to keep it at bay moving forward. I play mostly with a pick and with the bass slung pretty low so that I can keep my wrist pretty straight, but find that I end up resting my funny bone area against the body of the bass while playing this way. I'm wondering if that contributed to the nerve inflammation.
  17. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    When playing with fingers, "slinging low" is great for the plucking hand (though usually terrible for the fretting hand) because you have a nice, straight wrist. However, it's usually terrible for pick playing, because you have to cock your wrist severely in order to pick perpendicular to the strings. Try shortening your strap, and make sure that your picking motion is entirely in the wrist and not in the fingers.

    Here are two examples from a couple of the best pick players out there today:

  18. This. Oh... and this:

    Surprisingly relaxed technique.
  19. OptimalOptimus


    Jan 4, 2019
  20. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    Bent wrists are fine, as long as you have the bass set up for, and you are playing with, a light touch. A gorilla grip and a bent wrist is a recipe for disaster. Low slung basses can cause problems as well.
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