Is this normal?

Discussion in 'Jazz Technique [DB]' started by waveofthinking, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. Recently I've been transcribing a few double bass Jazz pieces on my electric bass. But the problem is that by the end of the week it hurts my wrist a little. Is this normal or would you recommend a more effective way of transcribing double bass players on an electric bass. Thanks in advance.
  2. Marc Piane

    Marc Piane

    Jun 14, 2004
    I don't understand the question. Maybe I'm dense.
  3. perhaps use your wrist less and ears more?
  4. My apologizes for not making the question more clear. pretty much my problem was that, doing a lot of horizontal movements on my electric bass as you would be doing on an upright bass was becoming physically demanding for my wrist.

    I like this, sounds like a brilliant idea. Thanks bro
  5. Marc Piane

    Marc Piane

    Jun 14, 2004
    By horizontal (on eb) I assume you mean up and down the string? My question is why change your technique on EB just because you are transcribing DB? One of the benefits of EB is you can easily play runs across the strings. Play the notes where they are most easily available to you.
  6. What about finding the octaves of notes so they're closer to that hand position in so you have less movement?
  7. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    If you're getting pain in your wrist then this sounds more of a technique issue?

    Lots of bass guitar players are self-taught and end up with technique that is positively harmful, I would suggest having a lesson with a good teacher and asking that person to look at your left hand technique.

    Pain is usually telling you something and you shouldn't ignore it - you can end up with worse problems in future. I have known people who had to give up playing, who were in professional situations, but their poor technique caused lasting damage...:(
  8. I didn't think of this

    Thanks Marc Piane, meandering, afzoomie67, afzoomie67 and Bruce Lindfield for all your input and suggestions. You've made the load a lot lighter.
  9. Michael Eisenman

    Michael Eisenman Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2006
    Eugene, Oregon
    If by horizontal, you mean the bass itself, perhaps hold your bass more like Bill; that is, more like an upright. I've considered it.
  10. I'm gonna try that too, thanks for the link :D..What's been your experience holding it up like that?
  11. Violen

    Violen Instructor in the Vance/Rabbath Method Inactive

    Apr 19, 2004
    Kansas City Metro Area
    Endorsing Artist: Conklin Guitars (Basses)
    Sit with your bass in classical guitar position, it is better for both wrists.

    dont press down so hard. if your action sucks get it lowered.

    dont grit your teeth or scrunch your toes. your storing tension someplace and transitioning it to your wrists.

    This would be better handled in the Electric Bass Technique forum i suppose.
  12. Bingo, found the problem. I've been doing this with my toes and didn't even know it..Now I don't feel any tension in my wrists. A big thank you man for your insight!

    And now to learn how to hold my bass in a classical position. Thanks!
  13. I keep thinking about getting a footstool and doing away with my strap.
  14. RBrownBass

    RBrownBass Thoroughly Nice Guy Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    I'd add to this... try to find a big bass, like an acoustic bass guitar, that facilitates seated play. In addition to my DB, I've been using a Washburn AB95 which I always play seated (that's why I bought it). I don't use a footstool, but it's still a comfy position.

  15. nicechuck

    nicechuck Guest

    Jul 9, 2007
    I've been playing EB for many years, if I have pain playing or uncomfortable hand positions, it's on upright, but I do notice that at times after playing upright alot, I do tend to pluck and finger notes on electric with more force than is needed for a bit
  16. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Luckily, youre not ignoring it, which is why you've posted here in the first place!

    What Bruce posted here really boils it down. In your OP you ask if this is normal, and the simple answer is "no".

    The second half of your question was if we could suggest a better way to transcribe, but it sounds to me like the problem here is not in how you're transcribing, but in how you're holding your bass. You should have free range of motion in your playing position so you can move easily up, down and across the neck without straining anything. Wrist, elbow, shoulder, anything. If you're muscling the bass at any point, you might need to rethink how you're aproaching your technique.

    My apologies if I've misinterpreted what you're really asking here.
  17. Nope, you didn't misinterpret anything, you nailed it :D. Thanks!