Whats the best way to play while seatting ?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by zeh, Jul 23, 2003.

  1. zeh


    Jul 11, 2003
    Lisbon , Portugal
    heya there When I pratice , Im always seated , but Im probably in a bad position cause I always end with pain on the left side of my back , Can anyone help? :cool: :bassist:
  2. Chris A

    Chris A Chemo sucks!

    Feb 25, 2000
    Manchester NH
    need......more....... details..........

    Chris A.:rolleyes: :bassist:
  3. BaroqueBass


    Jul 8, 2000
    Salem, OR
    eeeeeek! you still have the roll-eyes going, how cynical.

    Zeh: You're too tense with your fretting hand.. loosen up a bit, you don't want to choke your poor bass to death. you wanna stroke it like the frisky feline it is... when you start to do that you'll be amazed at how quickly you're able to dance across the fretboard once you've relaxed.
  4. zeh


    Jul 11, 2003
    Lisbon , Portugal
    Cant you guys tell me the best position to play while seatting? there must be a correct way to position the bass on your lap and to position your back ... Im just guessing cause I play the way it seems more natural for me but My back always aches after practicing a while...
  5. BaroqueBass


    Jul 8, 2000
    Salem, OR

    well, there's the master. :)
  6. In which leg do you rest your bass?

    i tend to place it on my right leg but I cannot access the higher frets very confortably.

    I really think you should rest your bass on your left leg (right leg if you're left handed).
  7. Ziggy


    May 9, 2001
    Orange County, CA

    I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on television, but it sounds like you may be 'locking' into a position for the duration of practice??

    Don't be afraid to switch it up a bit now and then. Being in a rigid, stiff position for 30, 40, or 60 minutes plus - even if you're not working the bass - is almost a guaranteed aching somewhere in your muscles... let them move around, stretch, and relax.

    Also, in the pic of Michael Manring, notice that black strap 'thingy' over his left shoulder?? The strap is there to help distribute the weight of your instrument across your body and give you some flexibility in repositioning the guitar without having to study the art of Eastern Gymnastics. Use the strap 'ALL' the time... whether you're seated, standing, on your knees or laying in bed late at night.

    Hope this helps relieve some of the pain you've been suffering through... BTW: it's okay to take a short break and put the bass down for 5 minutes, michael s.
  8. Do yourself a favor and adjust the strap so that the height of the bass is the same, standing or seated. Let the strap hold the bass, not your left hand.