Reply To: Sore left thumb

Ken In Dallas

Two things that I do in a dry-Winter environment: 1. I lightly Vasoline my fingers and wipe them dry before playing. It completely changes the touch enabling lighter finger pressures due to better closures. Sometimes too much pressure results in unexpected gaps. 2. Though I can play my Aulos Bass without a neck strap or other support, it requires greater pressure due to the fingertips doing double duty both closing the holes and holding up the instrument. My neck strap permits my bass playing with a very light touch… and greater speed. Best of luck — k