The Doctor is In with Dr Randy Kertz – Techniques to Avoid Bass Related Injury of the Wrist and Forearm {Video}

randallkertzOur first video installment in the “Dr is In” series from Dr Randy Kertz. In this video, Dr Kertz presents techniques to avoid bass related injury of the wrist and forearm. The Bassist’s Guide to Injury Management, Prevention and Better Health by Dr. Randall Kertz Click to View Visit Dr Kertz Online at www.drkertz.com About Dr. […]

Westone Celebrates 55 Years

Westone Celebrates 55 YearsWestone, the leader in high performance audio and in-ear monitoring technology, announces their 55 year anniversary that will be celebrated throughout 2014. The Colorado Springs-based company is recognized around the world for its hearing healthcare product, in-ear monitors worn by musicians, performers, broadcasters and sound technicians, professional-grade hearing protection for military, sports enthusiasts and law […]

The Doctor Is In – Back to School by Dr. Randall Kertz

randallkertzGreetings- as summer is winding down I would like to include some excerpts from interviews I have done with some exceptional bassists as regards injury prevention. Some are specific to that subject, some are just plain good advice- all have taught me things about my playing and myself. I wish the same for you. The […]

MusicSafe Pro Hearing Protection System by Alpine

MusicSafe Pro Hearing Protection System by Alpine-1MusicSafe Pro Hearing Protection System by Alpine… If you are a musician, your ears are essential for you to perform your craft at the top of your game.  This statement is so obvious that I almost feel silly mentioning it – except for the fact that a significant percentage of modern musicians have some level of […]

H.E.A.R., Mack’s and NAMM Team Up to Provide Free Mack’s Ear Plugs for Summer NAMM

eric-parsons-winter-namm-2013The Summer NAMM in Nashville, TN will be highlighted by collaborative hearing conservation efforts between NAMM®, Mack’s® and H.E.A.R.® by providing free Mack’s® Acoustic Foam Ear Plugs in the bins around the entire trade show floor and lobby areas. The nonprofit organization H.E.A.R., continues working together with the NAMM, The National Association of Music Manufactures organization, as they have […]

DuoStrap Neo Guitar Strap Offers Affordable Ergonomics

duostrap-neo1-850DuoStrap Neo Guitar Strap Offers Affordable Ergonomics… For nearly half the price of the DuoStrap Signature, players will not only enjoy the comfort of Gruv Gear’s effective double strap design, but the use of quality synthetic materials on the Neo is something customers have specifically asked for. “This economic, non-leather version has been a long time […]

The Doctor Is In – Bowing For Dollars by Dr. Randall Kertz

randallkertzHello Everyone- Back again and looking forward to warmer weather and all the good stuff that comes with it. Lots of great ergonomic products coming out for the musician- I’m seeing these everywhere, and they are better than ever. Companies are doing their homework- better products, quality materials, lab tested- not just slapping an ergonomic […]

The Bassist’s Guide To Injury Management, Prevention & Better Health by Randall Kertz – 2nd Edition

The Bassist’s Guide To Injury Management, Prevention & Better Health by Randall KertzThe Bassist’s Guide To Injury Management, Prevention & Better Health by Randall Kertz, D.C. has been released in a new edition. Written by a bass player for bass players, The Bassist’s Guide is designed to point out common and not so common problems that the musician may encounter during practice or performing situations. The injuries and conditions themselves […]

The Doctor Is In – Aging Well by Dr. Randy Kertz

randallkertzHello once again – hope all is well out there and everyone has had a great summer. Usually in this column we talk about physical issues that directly affect our playing and how to deal with them or prevent them from happening. In the spirit of prevention, I would like to talk about some general […]

Getting Rid of Tendonitis for Good by Igor Saavedra – Part 2

Igor Saavedra-bio-jan2012Getting Rid of Tendonitis for Good by Igor Saavedra – Part 2… (Click to read Part 1) I’m sure many of you know that I started very late in music when I was 22 years old. Before that magical day in my life when I fell in love with music and with Electric Bass, I […]

A Twist on Bass Design by BassGear.com

A Twist on Bass Design by BassGear.comA great article on BassGear.com – Twist on Bass Design penned by Jerome Little. Jerome designs guitars at Little Guitar Works. He received a grant from the Lemelson Foundation for Invention, Innovation, and Creativity, which supported the research, design, and construction of the first Torzal ergonomic electric bass. And In November 1996, Jerome displayed the Torzal at […]

Getting Rid of Tendonitis for Good by Igor Saavedra – Part 1

Igor Saavedra-bio-jan2012Getting Rid of Tendonitis for Good by Igor Saavedra – Part 1…  I’m sure many of you know that I started very late in music when I was 22 years old. Before that magical day in my life when I felt in love with music and with Electric Bass, I was studying at the University […]

NAMM 2012 by Dr. Randall Kertz – Ampeg, Aguilar, Gruv Gear Duostrap, Warwick, Elixir

randallkertzNAMM 2012 by Dr. Randall Kertz – Ampeg, Aguilar, Gruv Gear Duostrap, Warwick, Elixir… Hello and glad to be back! I thought I’d get back into the groove with an article about some of my faves from winter NAMM. Rather than the usual recap, I thought I would spotlight products that reflect a growing trend towards […]

Bass Playing and Occupational Therapy – Meet Rodney Jones

rodney-jonesBy Guest Writer, Andrew Waite Rodney Jones leans back in his chair, the soundboard and music studio behind him. He wears a black baseball cap backward and a long chain around his neck as he’s interviewed about his bass playing in a YouTube video uploaded in 2010. Jones smiles often as he converses, and does […]

Bass Strap: Gruv Gear DuoStrap Signature Damian Erskine Ergonomic Double Strap

Bass Strap, Ergonomic DuoStrap from Gruv Gear Offers Shoulder Pain Relief For Guitar and BassBass Strap: Gruv Gear DuoStrap Signature Damian Erskine Ergonomic Double Strap… “I initially built my first double shoulder strap around 6 or 7 years ago after getting home from a long tour,” shared Damian Erskine, a touring and session bassist who came up with the original concept for the DuoStrap. “We played 4-6 nights a week […]

The Doctor Is In – The Upright Bassist by Dr Randall Kertz

randallkertzHello all, it’s been a while- thanks for hanging in there. I’d like to go over some material I presented recently in a pair of lectures for the International Society of Bassists biannual convention in San Francisco. If you haven’t had the chance to go to one, check out the next convention in Rochester, New […]

Doctor is In With Dr. Randy Kertz, DC: DeQuervain’s Syndrome

dr-randy-kertz-bassbookfeb08-1Meet Randy Kertz, D.C. – The Doctor Is In… DeQuervain’s Syndrome Hello and welcome back. I took a month or so off but am back with a column about a condition that presented to my office the other day by a guitarist, but which is equally as detrimental to a bassist. DeQuervain’s Syndrome is a […]

Working Out, Strengthening and Exercising by Dr Randy Kertz

bassbookfeb08-1Meet Randy Kertz, D.C. - Hello… once again-took one issue off but I am back and raring to go. I am often asked about working out, strengthening and exercising. Players want to stay in shape but don’t want to hurt themselves especially when it comes to their hands, i.e. their livelihoods. Here are some tips […]

Trigger Finger : The Doctor is In, Dr. Randy Kertz, D.C.

bassbookfeb08-1Meet Randy Kertz, D.C. - Something that I see commonly in my office, especially among the musician and mechanic populations as well as others who use their hands for fine movements is a condition commonly known as trigger finger. Trigger finger is a condition where a finger, commonly the middle or index, will not straighten […]

Upright: The Doctor is In, Dr. Randy Kertz, D.C.

dr-randy-kertz-bassbookfeb08-1Meet Randy Kertz, D.C. - Hey everybody. As a new upright player (not new instrument, but new to the instrument) and in preparation for my lecture at the International Society of Bassists convention in June at Penn State, I thought I’d share some findings about this rewarding and at the same time challenging instrument. If […]

The Doctor is In, Dr. Randy Kertz, D.C. : The Perfect Bass Guitar Strap

dr-randy-kertz-bassbookfeb08-1Meet Randy Kertz, D.C. – Something that I have been working on lately is designing the perfect bass guitar strap. This isn’t easy there are a variety of materials available, both for the outside and inside of the straps and many things to consider. What is most comfortable for the inside? Does the outside slip […]

The Doctor is In, Dr. Randy Kertz, D.C. : Left Hand Techniques

Meet Randy Kertz, D.C. – Continuing with the theme from the last article, this time we’ll talk about left hand technique, again assuming the player is right handed. Here are some positioning examples: The classic ‘proper’ technique is to keep the left thumb in the middle of the back of the neck, between where the […]