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New Forum? Bass Medicine

Discussion in 'Suggestion Box' started by paul, Feb 15, 2006.

  1. paul

    paul Staff Member Founder Administrator

    Jul 20, 2000
    I've had a suggestion come into my inbox that I'd like to get some more feedback on. I think it could be a nice addition....

    I would like to suggest a new forum, to be called Bass Medicine. Topics would include tendonitis, RSI, general pain issues, physical therapy, medical specialists, arthritis of the hands, braces, bandages, tapes, blisters, super glue, etc. etc. etc. As the number of bass players who are in their 50s, 60s, and 70s continues to increase, these topics are of interest to more and more TalkBass members. A forum dedicated to this subject would not only provide a place to find information on these topics but would also promote discussion of these important matters.
  2. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Sounds like a pretty good idea...I'm not sure about the title, but damned if anything better is jumping immediately to mind at the moment. Where did you plan on putting this forum? I could actually see one on each side being useful.
  3. Blueszilla

    Blueszilla Bassist ordinaire

    Apr 2, 2003
    The Duke City
    How about Bass Rx?
  4. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    make sure you have yourself covered before offering up "medical" advice.
  5. elros


    Apr 24, 2004
    Proprietor, Helland Musikk Teknologi
    You could also cover ergonomical issues: instrument weight, straps to ease shoulder pain, alternative solutions to carrying the instrument - like sitting down or having the instrument on a stand....
    also you could cover hearing, ear plugs, volume levels, stuff like that.
    But perhaps then the name "Bass Medicine" won't be the best one. How about "Bassist Health" or something.... "The Bass and Your Body" perhaps? :)
  6. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Agreed - we're getting warm. :)
  7. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    can you say, "liability?"
  8. Not to be insensative to players health issues, but do we want to feel like we did as a kid when we went to Aunt Bernice's house and had to listen to all the old folks talk about their various ailments and operations. And please, don't show me your scar!
  9. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    I agree with James and Mike. A great idea, but this could cause potential problems if someone hands out "bad" advice.

  10. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    good idea.

    "laughter is the bassed medicine"

  11. I think we can safely sidestep this by simply blanketing the forum with a disclaimer. "This is bassist to bassist suggestions; unless stated otherwise check with your physician about any advice you read"

    And I for one would love to have such a forum. I have questions to ask immediately! "How do i deal with left shoulder strain when playing doublebass" is just the first one.

  12. Seems like a great idea.

  13. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Good idea, but you/we absolute certainty that the people who are giving advice know what they are talking about. The last thing we want is 12 years old talking out off their ass and actually making conditions worse.
  14. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    just kidding ... :D

    it might be interesting to an older player such as myself { just turned 50 ...}

    i think it would be cool to hear about some home remedies for such things as sore finger joints ,
    best straps to avoid back pains , and such

    ... but i also think the younger players might not be too interested reading this kind of stuff ...

    who know's , maybe some of the young people could take advice from older players ,
    and hopefully be able to avoid some of the problems facing middle agers like me ...

    jmo ...
  15. i think it's a good idea as well, just so long as there is some kind of disclaimer at the top of the forum saying that we are not real doctors, this advice may or may not work...or something like that
  16. Hey, I'm seventeen and I'm interested in hearing the more experienced set talk about that stuff. I can't speak for my peers of course, but still...

  17. +1 Bernard! I'm sixteen but, cant say how helpful this will be latter on in life and even now!!! Especially with all this left hand pain ive been having for the past week, I think i dislocated my rist playing this DB that looked like a suspension bridge!!!

  18. mikemulcahy


    Jun 13, 2000
    The Abyss
    I think Paul could be held liable for solicited medical advice without cofirming the veracity of the advice. If you have an attorney, you may want to consult before creating such a thread.

  19. I think it's a great idea ! :) On the erb board it's simply called "Health "

  20. Exactly. You never know if you'll get someone posing as a doctor soliciting seemingly accurate medical advice.