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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Buff palm?

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"bald to the bone"
Jun 20th, 2016 09:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

I only switched from playing guitar to playing bass exclusively a couple years ago. I don't slap (arthritis in my thumb makes it too painful) and don't play with a pick, so all my playing is finger-style.

Just noticed the other day I've developed these bulging muscles on the palm of my right hand. It's not painful, inflamed or swollen or anything, just noticeably more muscular than my fretting hand. (And, no: I haven't grown hair on my palms on gone blind).

Is this pretty much standard, or am I some sort of freak of nature?

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Jun 20th, 2016 10:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

I play primarily with my index finger. No huge palm muscles here. My knuckles are getting big, but that's an arthritis issue. Still can play with my thumb though.

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A Friend of Bill W.
Jun 22nd, 2016 07:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

I play as you do, and have pretty much my whole life at least 50 years of it. No budging muscles, left and right hand look similar.



Do'in the 5 string thing!
Jun 22nd, 2016 11:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nope. Never noticed that sort of issue.


New York City

Jun 22nd, 2016 01:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah that's weird. I've been playing for about 45 years and sometimes I dig pretty hard. Never been any noticeable change or even swelling.

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"bald to the bone"
Jun 22nd, 2016 01:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well, I guess "freak of nature" it is, then...

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