An Experiment

I’m not one who looks at every alternative “medical” thing that comes along, at least now (I did when I was much younger). But in the last 7-8 years I have been having some pain when playing bass. It used to be very sporadic – months to years apart, but now it can be frequent. I have been searching for something to help out.

I ran across something in Target over the weekend. They are copper infused compression gloves with the fingertips cut off. I won’t mention any brand names but there are a few out there.


When I first tried them on, they were comfortable and I wore them for a couple of hours straight. I tried to play bass with them on but that didn’t work too well. I’ve been wearing them now before practice/rehearsal/performance time and then afterwards.

I’m going to keep a journal of sorts here on this blog as to the efficacy (if any) of these gloves. I’m turning 59 in a couple of months and I don’t plan to quit playing bass anytime soon. We will see if the gloves help……………………………..or it’s just snake oil.


About Dwight Mabe

I've playing music since the age of 5...a really, really long time. I've been teaching bass guitar and double bass for over 30 years, writing about music and bass guitar for nearly as long.
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