Hey Todd, how are you? I figured I'd throw this up in your section as I am still very new to this site and I know for sure that you play a 6 string. Feel free to move this if it's in the wrong spot. Anyways here's my issue guys. I started playing bass maybe 6 months back tops, I've been playing guitar off and on for a few years never really got into it, but the day I picked up a bass and gave it a valid effort I fell in love! I got a no-name bass for $40, and other than the electronics the thing is amazing! Especially for slap But after a few weeks of playing I knew that I wanted a 6 string, I wanted the challenge, and I didn't want to waste time getting used to one, so I found a 04-06 SR506 for 200, so I jumped right on it! Recently I FINALLY figured out how to adjust the truss rod, but before I didn't realize the bass had a big bow in it and that was making my life difficult, so now the action is perfect and the bass is MUCH easier to play! Originally I had an issue with some tenderness in the left hand when the action was high, but it went away no problem but I didn't play for a week or so just because I wasn't in the mood. Well right around Christmas I got a PS3, and I played the heck out of it! But I think the controller's small size messed with my arms, because it gave me really bad hand and tendon cramps on the outside(not the thumb, forefinger, and middle finger, but the pinky and ring finger) and it goes from the tip of my pinky to my elbow, and sometimes I feel it slighty up to my shoulder. So I stopped playing PS3 because it would only hurt when I played it. But here's the thing, I don't know if it was JUST the PS3, because in the whole mess of me having the PS3 problems I went to guitar center and decided to try the SR706 for a bit because I had a whole day to do nothing. Well needless to say, I didn't put it down until they closed! I fell madly in love with 6 strings that day(especially the SR706), and I knew instantly I had to get that bass because the neck was sick! That was a day or 2 before I fixed my action on my SR506. So I have been playing nonstop since, and for hours. Now I wasn't really stretching... And lately that pain is back in my arm, but only my left one... So I don't know if it's from bass or not, but I'm sure it's not helping... But it didn't hurt when I played bass that whole day at guitar center, and it didn't hurt when I played for like 4 hours 2 nights ago, but now it does when I'm not playing... And it's a bit sore when I play, from the fingers to the elbow... So I have been stretching multiple times a day since then and it seems to relieve it a bit... Does anyone else have this problem??? I'm really worried! I finally found an instrument that I love (I played guitar, trumpet, sax, drums, piano) and this one tops them all and really suits my personality, so I really don't want to hurt myself to where I have to hang the bass up for good ESPECIALLY not the 6 string!! I don't want to play a 4 string it's boring! And the 5 throws me off... That dang middle string... :scowl: Does anyone have any advice or tips??? I'm pretty sure I have a good technique, I spent a lot of time figuring out and researching what's the most comfortable and safest, is it just the fact that now I have to stretch farther and press harder with my pinky, as opposed to guitar where I never had to work that hard? Could it just be that my arm is sore? I'll be going to the doctor tomorrow but the wait is killing me!! I JUST WANT TO PLAY!! One sidenote of my technique that may need work is that when I play on the low B, my fingers are pretty straight and I'm using the pads of my fingers to press instead of the tips because I cant reach that far to use my tips, could that be the culprit? I tried using my tips but my thumb won't allow it... Sorry for the life story.