#1
Right, when I play guitar my picking thumb doesn't hurt at all but when I play bass with a pick it starts hurting after 1 song. My picking technique is the same for both guitar and bass.
Anyone know what might be causing the pain?
Thanks.

EDIT: Before anyone flames me for using a pick I swap between playing with my fingers and using a pick depending on what tone I'm after.
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Last edited by Vampire 255 at Dec 5, 2009,
#2
... Elaborate please?

You possibly could have a small part on your thumb that's uncalloused, and takes more strain when playing bass strings rather than guitar strings.

My best guess from what I could decipher
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#3
It might have something to do with the fact that the strings are farther apart and are heavier on a bass. The extra motion and greater effort could be the cause of the pain. If so, you'll probably get used to it. If you don't, then you'll have to change your picking style and/or grip.
#4
What size size pick do you use? It could be that you're gripping too hard on the pick to keep hold of it because it's too small, so maybe try swapping to a larger pick.
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What size size pick do you use? It could be that you're gripping too hard on the pick to keep hold of it because it's too small, so maybe try swapping to a larger pick.


I use to use Dunlop Tri picks but they started hurting so I tried a Jazz III I use on with my guitar and they don't hurt as much as the Tri's.

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... Elaborate please?

You possibly could have a small part on your thumb that's uncalloused, and takes more strain when playing bass strings rather than guitar strings.

My best guess from what I could decipher


It's the back of my thumb that hurts. I think it's the muscle.
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The Jazz IIIs are generally way too small to be used for bass. Best bet is to get something that's at least 1 millimeter thick. I like to use the Dunlop Nylons but the Tortex work just as well.
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#8
You're probably gripping the pick too hard. You need to adjust your grip to be loose but not so loose you drop the pick obviously.
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The Jazz IIIs are generally way too small to be used for bass. Best bet is to get something that's at least 1 millimeter thick. I like to use the Dunlop Nylons but the Tortex work just as well.


The Jazz IIIs are thicker than 1mm.

And I use to play Tortex picks.

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You're probably gripping the pick too hard. You need to adjust your grip to be loose but not so loose you drop the pick obviously.


If I grip my pick any loose I end up dropping it.
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How can you use Jazz III's? They're tiny!
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How can you use Jazz III's? They're tiny!


I can pick easier with smaller picks, plus I've got a habit of hitting my hand against my bridge with bigger picks.
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It's probably due to the fact that bass strings have higher tension, and your thumb isn't used to pushing that hard to produce sound. Just build up the muscle, and you'll be okay.
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It's probably due to the fact that bass strings have higher tension, and your thumb isn't used to pushing that hard to produce sound. Just build up the muscle, and you'll be okay.


I've been playing bass for 3 years now and I've always used a pick for the majority of the time but I'll keep working on building up the muscles.
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