Electric Bass LessonsUpright Bass Lessons4 Proven Ways to Warm Up Before Playing the Upright or Electric Bass

August 23, 2010by emilylowe0

Bass is one of the most physically intensive instruments out there. It seems like every time I finish playing a gig or practicing, I feel like I just finished working out at a gym.

4 Proven Ways to Warm Up Before Playing the Upright or Electric Bass

Before Tackling the Upright Bass, You Need to Warm Up!
Before Tackling the Upright Bass, You Need to Warm Up!

Bass is one of the most physically intensive instruments out there. It seems like every time I finish playing a gig or practicing, I feel like I just finished working out at a gym. 

I think we all agree that the bass (both upright and electric bass) requires a lot of energy and physicality to play.  From its size, string length and amount of power needed to pluck or bow, the bass speaks of ultimate power. 

But yes, those of us who are called all play this wonderful instrument, and yes, we need to protect ourselves from injuries down the road such as carpal tunnel and tendonitis.

To prevent these injuries, we have to be disciplined in our warm up routines and stretches every time we practice, play a gig or even noodle around on the upright or electric bass.

The warm ups I’m talking about do not require the instrument. All of the warm ups should be done before you even attempt to play the upright or electric bass.

Don't Forget to Warm Up Before Practicing Upright or Electric Bass!
Don't Forget to Warm Up Before Practicing Upright or Electric Bass!

Here are some warm up exercises:

  1. Shoulder rotation (forwards and backwards) – 15 counts.  This will help your large muscle groups like shoulders to warm up.  This is very important since we hang our electric bass on our shoulders a lot, and the left hand technique for upright bass player requires the shoulder to work the entire time. 
  2. Raising and lowering of the whole arm – 10 counts
  3. Neck rotation – 8 sec. 
  4. Wrist rotation (raise both arms forward and do turn wrists in the same motion as turning a door knob) – 20 sec.  To add, clasp both hands and rotate for 20 sec.

These warm ups should be a good start. 

Another thing to remember is to stretch muscles before playing. Stretching should be done before playing to avoid excessive lactic acid in the muscle. Stretching cold muscles will result in microscopic tears in the tissue and this will lead to problems later. 

It’s not too late, so go warm up those muscles and enjoy the gift of bass playing!

~Markus Huber, Bass Player and Composer

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