The trap that many self-taught bassists fall into is bad hand positioning. The left hand and right hand should be in a relaxed and natural position, not only for ease of playing, but also to avoid injury. There are many great self taught bassists who figure it out through trial and error, but you can save yourself some time by learning good hand position early so you won’t have to break a bad habit later.
I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel here at Everyday Bass, so I often link to videos or articles from around the web. Today’s videos are from Scott Devine of Scott’s Bass Lessons. If you haven’t been to his site yet, you should check it out.
The first video is on strap height. The second is on right and left hand positioning. Avoid injury!
I get a lot of e-mails, mostly from beginners, about right hand and left hand positioning, strap height, what’s healthy or unhealthy, etc.
So I made this short tutorial to show you the most ‘sensible’ strap height to be comfortable and avoid injuries… Looking ‘cool’ can have a cost that perhaps you’re not aware of, both on your health and the quality of your playing. You probably wouldn’t look and play cool with a wrist injury…
Right and left hand technique
In this tutorial I’m talking about right and left hand positioning: I see soooo many players with a terrible hands positioning… they’ll probably end up with a RSI –Repeated Strain Injury, which is not cool at all and can keep you away from your bass for weeks or months.
Basically, what you want to avoid is to have an excessive bend in your wrists that would put a lot of strain on your tendons and ultimately cause an injury. Be careful: you might not feel it right from the start, but after hours of playing –not necessarily in a row, believe me, you most certainly would!