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JPJ

Hand strength

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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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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.
I'll be Bach!

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[quote name='petebassist' timestamp='1507539614' post='3386071']...I'm in no way saying that you have to be Arnold Schwarzenegger to play upright.
I'll be Bach!
[/quote]

:lol:

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The arm weight things is true, but learning DB (if you’ve 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 what’s 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, it’s that simple. And I do too...

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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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