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I've picked the bass up again after a long absence due to non-music-related schooling and sudden fatherhood. But i'm diving into it again with such energy that i don't mind having taken the long break. I'm a much better all-round musician than i used to be and it's exciting to see how this has changed how i approach the instrument that i started out on.

I used to have a very aggressive finger-style technique and this hasn't changed. I'm finding myself concentrating on playing with three-fingers and some other unusual techinques more than i used to, but reading about John's past problems with carpel tunnel has got me thinking about how i'm holding my right hand when i play and what is considered a good habit and what is a bad habit.

I know Leo Kottke had some of the same problems with his guitar playing (fingerstyle) and modified his right hand technique accordingly. Does anyone have any advice that's been passed down from their doctors? Holding your wrist straight when you play is what i remember from Leo Kottke's experience on the matter.

~ Scott

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Apparently that's what does the damage. It's not the reps, it's the angle that the wrist is held at, while the reps are being performed. Cello players get it the worst. 
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Good to know there isn't that much more that I need to be concerned with besides keeping my wrist straightened. Thanks John!
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