#1
I am only 14 years old and i play a fairly heavy bass (about 9 1/2 pounds), and i was wondering if there is anything i can do to absorb the weight because i cant play for 10 miniutes without getting a huge ache in my back...
#3
Get a stronger back. But seriously, try a wider strap, standing straighter, and some excersize. my Minarik is about 10 pounds, and I can handle that fine.
#6
Stand upright, don't hunch forward. I'm not saying you do, but most people who hurt their backs do that. Your body will probably get used to it eventually. When it does, it will be a good thing.
#7
yeah i had a squire p-bass for awhile and im 15...pretty heavy bass....but im a pretty built guy so it didnt bother me...but i play the sousaphone in the pep band....sousaphone=marching tuba, and that hurts my shoulder after awhile but back to the bass yeah i advise working your back or getting a lighter bass, i bought a new bass recently and it is much lighter i didnt buy it for the lightness because i bought it off musciansfriend and never actually played it just look at it im rambling sorry....work out...dont beat your wife
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#8
Good posture, exercise your legs, back and neck. Also look at wider straps that can spread out the weight a bit better.
#9
I understand everyone, but i already have a Franklin 2"5 strap and yes i stand straight and everything, but its just not doing it for me...but thanks for the helpfullness, i guess ill go try to do some exersize
#10
play the ukelele? it's 4 string as well, and will be much lighter!

but seriously, i used to have the same problem, my back would get sore and playing the bass would only exacerbate it, the best thing you can do is get a few exercises and stretches, and do them each morning when u wake up and each night before you go to bed. It'll only take you 10 minutes, and u'll lead a much happier life.

I recommend seeing a physio if it gets worse too. Ur only 14, so getting good habits now in terms of posture etc will serve you very well for a LONG time to come.
#11
How long have you been playing? I don't remember, but I think it may have hurt my back when I first started. It'll go away eventually.
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#12
Invest in a good wide strap--don't go cheap here. Levy straps aren't cheap but they worth the extra cash for the comfort.

Also make sure you aren't wearing your bass too low and your posture is good.
#13
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Invest in a good wide strap--don't go cheap here. Levy straps aren't cheap but they worth the extra cash for the comfort.

Also make sure you aren't wearing your bass too low and your posture is good.

Strap is way important, I agree. I used to use a thin strap and had major back problems. Got a good thick one, problems vanished.
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I remember when I first started, my BC Rich would KILL my back after jamming with friends :[
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#16
The position of your bass could have something to do with it, like anarkee said. Try playing it a little higher.
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#17
bass= 10 pounds

average weight of 14 year old- 120-170 lbs, normally

that is a 50 pound difference. work out and mess with stance. ride the nipples.
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Yeh, Ive had back problems since I was 8 caus eof my weight, yes im a fatty but still back o topic, mines about 9 kilos and doenst bother me that much
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Quote by anarkee
Invest in a good wide strap--don't go cheap here. Levy straps aren't cheap but they worth the extra cash for the comfort.

Also make sure you aren't wearing your bass too low and your posture is good.


yeah, ive used levy straps since i started guitar and continued to use them when i started bass.

mine are about 2 inches wide and are really comfy (sorry, cant spell )

plus they look cool
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Quote by anarkee
Invest in a good wide strap--don't go cheap here. Levy straps aren't cheap but they worth the extra cash for the comfort.

Also make sure you aren't wearing your bass too low and your posture is good.



I'm pretty sure this is about the millionth time I've backed Anarkee up on this one, but get a 4" levy strap. It's what I use, and it works great. It's a b**** to put strap locks on. I found that out the hard way. But I did it.

so, ya invest in the and get better posture
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#21
I think my strap is a 3 inch Levy strap(i believe it's 3, notsure but it's wide) and it helped a lot. I have shoulder problems in my left shoulder but since getting this strap it's faded away. apparently my bass screwed up my shoulder.
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#22
Sit-ups are my recommendation. Seriously, they build ab and lower back strength, plus they give you sexy six-packs to show off on stage!

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Sit-ups are my recommendation. Seriously, they build ab and lower back strength, plus they give you sexy six-packs to show off on stage!

+1 for good strap


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on a serious note, make sure your bass isn't too low, i found out the hard way really low bass=bad for back
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