I never thought I'd say this, but getting old sucks. I have been struggling with shoulder problems with my basses for a couple years now. I finally bought a Beatle bass to combat the intense pain I felt after a 4 hour gig holding my Fender across my shoulder blade. I've tried every strap in existence that's supposed to be comfortable. The only one I can use with my Fender that doesn't hurt that much is the Slapstrap, but it still hurts after a half hour or so. I like to wear my bass fairly low, not ridiculously low, but certainly not up into my armpit like Vic Wooten or Will Lee. Unfortunately, last night I discovered that my shoulder doesn't hurt if I wear it up so high it goes into my armpit. Wearing it up that high holds it out from my actual shoulder blade and doesn't bother me at all. Unfortunately, I find wearing it that high really dorky looking. Maybe if all I did was play jazz I'd wear it that high, but not when I'm trying to play rock and roll. I really want to play the Fender again, so does anyone know if exercise will help to strengthen my shoulder blade muscles to where I can stand using my Fender at an appropriate height? Can anyone recommend any good exercises for it?