If you sit when you play the bass, you’ve likely experienced neck dive.
This can be a pain, because your fretting hand will have to compensate to keep your bass neck from falling.
Here’s a simple trick that fixes that.
Best of all, this won’t need anything special installed on your bass.
Get rid of neck dive when your playing the bass sitting
The easiest way to keep your bass balanced while playing the bass in a seated position is to sit on your strap.
Yes. It’s that simple. You connect your guitar strap to the bottom part of your bass. Then sit on your strap.
Your body weight will counter the bass from neck diving.
I like this way, because:
- Nothing special needs to install on your bass.
- It works for all kinds of basses, even basses with odd shapes.
- You don’t need weights to add to the bass.
- The bass isn’t going anywhere.
- It keeps your arms, elbows, and hands free from having to hold up the bass at all. This allows you to play your bass guitar more relaxed.
This isn’t perfect. One thing I don’t like is that you become stuck between the bass guitar and the chair.
Also, sitting on a guitar strap can be a little awkward to see.
I’ve noticed some head tilts during live performances. Although, no one has said anything to me.
But, this remains my main way to hold a bass guitar. Having my arms, elbows, and hands free from having to hold up the bass guitar is worth it. Staying relaxed is essential for developing good bass guitar technique. And if the bass is top heavy, this way can solve that.
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