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Strain in thumb when using pick

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by nickismusic, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. nickismusic


    Jul 19, 2010
    Lafayette, IN
    Recently after i play for awhile, the vein on the lower knuckle of my thumb swells and it has a small burning sensation when i play. Have I just developed a poor picking technique over time?
  2. It could be. Could be the thickness of the pick as well. If you can takes some pics of how you hold your bass, how you hold your pick, and how you pick. It could help to make some adjustments if necessary.
  3. fearceol


    Nov 14, 2006
  4. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    Y'know you're going to get some good general advice here (like checking out Carol Kaye) but unless you posted a vid or at least some pics of how you're holding the pick and how you're playing it's damn near impossible to really help you. It sounds like you may be holding the pick too tight but there could be other things that are adding up to pain. Maybe you're playing too open handed and using more thumb joint motion than you should. A lot of pick motion comes from the wrist and closing your hand to start can help focus that. I'm only guessing though. Your problem might just be one thing you could be doing better but it might several combined.

    Take a lesson or three with someone who plays well with a pick even if it's a guitar player. The kind of pain you're talking about can turn real serious real fast if it already hasn't.

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