Pain in palm after playing finger style?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by IAmLiamF, Mar 16, 2014.

  1. IAmLiamF


    Jul 17, 2013
    Not sure if this is the right place to post this, but here goes!

    I've just got out of a two hour practice with my band, and I have this throbbing pain in my right palm, which is my picking (plucking?) hand. Is this normal? I've just switched back to playing finger style, so could this be a factor? It's been a while since I've practiced finger style, and I didn't warm up today, so those could be factors as to why I'm in pain?

    It could just be from not warming up/not practicing/switching back to fingers, but I just want to make sure that there would be no future problems in the future!

    Thanks a lot :)
  2. OldDirtyBassist


    Mar 13, 2014
    Let it heal for a couple days. It will throb less as you get in better shape to play. Pain in the bones is what you want to worry about.
  3. fearceol


    Nov 14, 2006
    Two hours is a lot of playing when your hand has not had a chance to re adjust to finger style. You probably over did it, plus not warming up did not help. Also, you may have being digging in a lot without realising it. As said above, rest up for a day or so, then build up the playing time gradually....after warming up...of course. ;)
  4. TrevorOfDoom

    TrevorOfDoom Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2007
    Austin, TX
    a few thoughts:
    Could you be pressing your forearm down hard onto the bass while playing?
    I did this on a bass with no forearm contour and would get pain or go numb occasionally.
    Are you tensing up your fist while playing? A bad technique that I've seen before, it can easily lead to pain in the palm.
    Lastly, relax while playing, and remember to stretch.
  5. Russell L

    Russell L

    Mar 5, 2011
    Cayce, SC
    I bet your wrist is at the wrong angle.
  6. Goteky45


    Oct 30, 2009
    If your palm is in pain, you are using the wrong muscles to play.
    Dont press your forearm on the countour.
    Have you hand relaxed. Make sure your wrist is at a proper angle.
    Use the strength of your fingers only.

    Have a fellow bass player or teacher look at your technique. Serious injury can come from stress on the palm muscles.
  7. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    You also might be playing too hard. A light and relaxed touch can go a long way.