Setting Your Strap Height

2017-10-26T11:17:00+00:00 July 23rd, 2013|5 Comments

Here’s the first of the new set of TalkingBass video lessons. There’s a few tips on posture and setting the strap length for your bass along with advice on modifying the accepted ‘norm’ when using different techniques and for people with long or short arm lengths.


  1. Phil July 28, 2014 at 6:45 am - Reply

    That was easily the most thorough explanation of strap height I’ve seen.
    I’ve got a substantial wingspan (read knuckle-dragger) so have used similar techniques over the years to what you’ve described to avoid pain & cramps. I’ve never seen or heard anyone talk about it or describe it so well.
    Top stuff Mark.

  2. Bjorn August 1, 2014 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Thanks for this! I have always played with an extreme angle in my plucking hand, tucked my elbow in, and pressed my arm against the top of the bass. The usual posture advice just haven’t seemed to fit me, and I have wondered about many of the things you describe. The take home lesson for me is adopting a classical guitar posture when seated (possibly even using a foot rest for my left foot); and increasing my strap height while also tipping the head of the bass higher when standing up.

  3. Paul C Taylor October 20, 2015 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Excellent Mark, a great explanation

  4. bokke dyk February 5, 2016 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    hy, i am left hand i mis left hand bord in jour excellent lesson,gr bokke

  5. Kimberly McIntyre Borum March 31, 2016 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this video. I have been practicing the bass for 24 hrs. I am already excited about the amount progress I have already had. I aim to practice at least 1 hr a day and 3 hrs a day when I am not working. Thank you for the helpful tools on your site to help me the best I can be at playing the bass.

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