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#1 JPJ

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 02:26 PM

So i've been playing EUB for a while, for a few songs in our set. As I work away from home all week, I only get an hour or two to practice with the EUB at the weekends, and then not every weekend. As a result, I'm really struggling to keep my hand strength in my left hand. So my question is, do any of you folk use one of those hand exerciser things, and if so, are they any good?

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 05:36 PM

Hand strength for DB/EUB is a misnomer - certainly if you're thinking in terms of grip strength training away from the instrument.
Left hand technique relies on arm weight rather than grip strength to stop the notes - in fact, a really tight grip results in a very poor sound. For my younger students, i sometimes use the analogy of the bass neck being a wardrobe rail and the left hand acting like a coathanger.
In short, work a bit on utilising arm weight rather than grip strength and your problems will go away :-)

Edited by The Jaywalker, 09 October 2017 - 12:48 PM.

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 09:00 AM

I read that those hand strengtheners can also make your hand very stiff and inflexible, which is exactly what you don't want.
I used to find that keeping my left arm raised (I'm a righty) in position for long periods was difficult. I now do a few press ups and upper body exercises in the gym to build a little bit of upper body strength. I find this also makes playing upright bass a lot easier, but before anyone chips in, I'm in no way saying that you have to be Arnold Schwarzenegger to play upright.
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Posted 09 October 2017 - 09:38 AM

View Postpetebassist, on 09 October 2017 - 09:00 AM, said:

...I'm in no way saying that you have to be Arnold Schwarzenegger to play upright.
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Posted 09 October 2017 - 09:20 PM

The arm weight things is true, but learning DB (if youíve come from an electric bass background) is a challenge. It is all about arm weight but your strain is going to be about building up some strength and stamina to be in whatís likely to be a new position and unlearning, to a degree. The habits and memories of playing electric bass.

You need to spend time playing, itís that simple. And I do too...
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 10:13 PM

I tried the hand exercisers for a few weeks and found that using them aggravated my carpal tunnel problems so I decided that like Burns-bass I would get more benefit from playing my EUB more and it worked-physically and musically.

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