It can be frustrating when you can’t seem to nail that technique, learn the right part of a song, or have physical problems while playing bass. But here are some ways to deal with it.
Take a step away
Don’t touch your bass for the rest of the day, get some good rest, and come back tomorrow. This is only an option if you’ve got time, unfortunately.
Try something else
Can’t seem to nail the triplet slap technique? Try a different lesson or technique so you can switch it up and come back to the earlier problem even better.
Listen to new stuff
Try listening to a different genre or band if you can’t seem to master a song. I’ve learned many lessons for rock from playing jazz, and vice versa.
If you broke your hand/finger/arm
Find a way to keep you muscles in that area active, and avoid atrophy. The key is to stay positive, and come back to the bass with even more passion.
Let the callouses heal
When you start playing bass, it’s tempting to play all day long. This will lead to you getting callouses pretty quickly (a callous is dead skin on your fingertips, adding padding so you can play longer and harder over time). Like I stated earlier, take a step away from the bass and don’t hurt yourself!
Massage the strains and aches
This is more muscle related. Every once in a while when I play bass I get a pain in my forearm, what it’s from exactly, I’m not sure (probably bad technique!). Use your other hand to massage the aches and pain away. It’s not fun to play with sore muscles.
Don’t “for real” quit
Do not stop playing bass forever just because you are reaching these setbacks. They are something every bass player has gone through, seriously ask anyone. If you put in the hard work and determination you will see the benefits.
If you have any problems, or solutions, please leave a comment below.