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Injuries

Discussion in 'Jazz Technique [DB]' started by Norre, Sep 26, 2002.


  1. Norre

    Norre

    Jan 5, 2001
    Antwerp, Belgium
    I have an inflammation on some joints in my back (lower part). It's the second time I've had this in less than 6 months. My position while playing the URB is correct I think (I take lessons and my teacher says it's OK) .. so why the injuries? I've tried using a stool while practicing but somehow it messes up my intonation. Does this sound familiar to some of you? Any suggestions?
    Thanks,

    KN
     
  2. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    Take this seriously. Injuries are no good.

    Lower back could also be from lifting improperly. Do you have a heavy amp? Do you strain when you're putting your bass or amp in and out of the car?

    This could also be tension related. You might be tightening up when you're playing. Make a periodic mental check of yourself while playing and verify that you're relaxed and not doing anything wierd tension-wise.

    My suggestion for a fast-path diagnosis is to get yourself to and Alexander Technique teacher for a few lessons.
     
  3. Norre

    Norre

    Jan 5, 2001
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Strange, now that you mention it ... I always have trouble getting my bass in and out of my car. And yes, I strain (a lot) when putting my bass in the car. Do you know a place where I can buy roadies :D No seriously ... I wonder how the rest of you guys get your basses in your cars. I have a sedan and I use the trunk(door) to put my bass in the car. I put down the rear seats so my car looks like a flat van. When the scroll touches the front seats I lift the bass (while still standing behind it) so the scroll is hanging over the front seat. I hope my description makes any sense .. at all :(

    KN
     
  4. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    Sounds like you need a better way to get it in the car. Picking up a bass like that makes it pretty heavy, especially once you figure in the leverage you're working against. Also, if one of those trusty handles gives way while performing this maneuver you'll be making an unscheduled trip to the luthier's to give him a month's gig money...

    It sound like you have a hatchback? When I've had such rides, I would find a way to do more sliding than lifting when cramming the fiddle into the car.
     
  5. your description of getting it into your car was clear enough to me. I could almost feel it in my own back as I read.

    Ray is so right. Take this seriously. My advice after some years of various back difficulties, is to read up, and get familiar with your back and where and how pain arises, learn to move differently (Alexander is probably a good idea) and see a few different kinds of specialists. But beware, if you see ten people, you'e almost sure to get ten different views and ten different recommendations - from which you must certainly conclude no one is really that certain. Find what helps you.

    For me, whenever I get lower back pain (often in the morning on rising) my wife walks carefully on my back and buttocks (not the spine!!!) and the heavy pressure really helps. Massage is probably always good.

    As for loading basses into cars, take you time, do it the slow, low stress way. Perhaps you can get it in from the back a little way, then go around to the front passenger door and pull it in the rest of the way, and put less strain on your poor back

    Good luck.