I spent probably 1/5 of my life with the instrument on my shoulders, the electric bass clearly. It is not always pleasant to spend 2 to 3 to 4 hours a day with that back-breaking thing, and in fact I began to suffer from back pain as a boy, either because of poor posture or because of the overly heavy instruments of the time.
So I had to look for a solution, and I found it in meditation and postural gymnastics.
A series of good Masters helped me understand what I was doing wrong and why I was getting so tired during a concert or just a more intense study section.
The electric bass once worn becomes an extension of our body, interacting with our muscles and joints, and each of us must find the best way to deal with it without suffering the consequences.
Pay attention as you play to how you feel, how your body feels at that moment and what sensations you are experiencing, the excitement of playing a piece well, the tension of an exercise that is still a little too complicated or the tiredness after a day of hard work.
Try to listen to your breath, even when you are in a mindful moment, feel your whole body and try not to let emotion and tension overwhelm you.
Whenever I played and couldn’t relax, I would come off the stage like a rag, when I later learned to “take care” of my body and my breathing even and especially while playing, I found that I could play things I thought unthinkable and for a significantly longer time without getting more tired.
If you need advice on this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me, I will be glad to give you all the information I have on the matter 😉