Tension in lower arms

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Bram B., Sep 11, 2001.

  1. I've got a problem with RSI for a year or two now. My playing time is severely limited to three or four hours a day, if I keep an eye out all the time for tension.
    I wonder what you do to prevent the tension, or doesn't it trouble you at all?
  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    This has been mentioned a few times before and in the Pros forum. The advice I have seen from Pros teachers etc. in cases like this, is to go for a low action and as light a touch as possible. Turn up the amp if necessary and don't use your fingers to produce more volume.
  3. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    A lot of arm troubles are caused by tension in the neck and shoulder region, stretching exercises and massages can help.
    Bruce is right too.
  4. I hear what you're saying, but those are physical solutions. I know, I didn't specify that, but I'm looking for mental solutions. I've tried a lot of relaxing and stretching exercises for the body, including going to a physiotherapist when it was too bad, but I'm beginning to believe it's all in the head.