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Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by richardjones89, Jun 23, 2007.
Just play. Don't use those things.
Wow, a lot of hate for strengthening devices here! What's up with that, guys? My guess is that the people who say they're useless or they're bad for you haven't used one, or not much, anyway...
I have a couple of the Gripmasters devices, some light tension and some medium tension. I'd rather play my basses, of course, but I keep these in my car, and when I'm driving, even just for five minutes, I work those while I'm stopped in traffic, or at a light (it fits nicely in my cupholder when it's time to go again). I have absolutely noticed a gain in strength & stamina in my playing. Those forearm muscles you say are huge, because you play double-bass? Well, I play electric bass only, but mine are huge, too, pretty much because I use Gripmasters.
If used properly, Gripmasters are pretty much the same as the Buddha rope - it's an exercise that just makes you work on pushing down harder with your fingers. And everybody *loves* the Buddha rope. They work the same, guys.
It's true that it doesn't take much pressure to hold down a string. However, think of it like a power amp, or horsepower - You can't really have too much. If you don't use it, fine - but at least when you're running a low volumes (low speeds, for the horsepower example), you're not breaking a sweat. Same idea. I can play the Guiliani chromatic exercises on my fiver up & down @ 180 bpm for 2 minutes without stopping before the burn is too much, and that number has only been increasing since I started using these.
By the way, you're not going to get Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from squeezing something. You get CTS from bending your wrists sharply, or attempting repetitive motion while your wrists are bent. The worst you can get from a Gripmaster is a cramp.
IMO/IME blah blah blah
Not flaming you here but this may well be the case for you but does not always apply to other people. I developed RSI and related problems several times in my bass studies until I finally realissed it was linked to having extremely heavy gauge strings with super high action. I have ditched those for light strings and extrenely low action and in the month since I have done so I have progressed more than in the whole year preceding it. I tried the grip master and it did nothing for me but make it worse and enforcing a lack of self belief in me. Just wanted to show another side of the equation so please don't feel attacked
You will only make your fingers stiff as you dick if you keep on the "finger strenght device" crap..
We call my friend "the dick" Cuz he has been trainging in the gym whole of his life without stretching and other stuff so he walks like a dick
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