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Posted by Denys Mueller on January 30, 2000 at 11:31:33:

Hi all,

Would like some suggestions on what my practice should concentrate on and how
much time to devote daily to the various aspects of bass and music.

My focus currently is 15 min on scales/technique, 15 min on songs from
instructional book, 30 min on appplying what I've learned to developing my own
riffs/licks/songs and lastly 1 hour on ear training - intervals and rhythm
varitions. While traveling on a plane I do some music reading lessons and/or
using the Ear Training software on my laptop.

The problem today is there are so many aspects to study I have lost track of
what I should concentrate on. Probably basics, but would like your suggestions!

Playing Background

I travel extensively in the US and overseas and take my bass with me. I try to
practice at least 1-2 hours per day depending my job - IT Consultant. Until 3
months ago I was taking lessons, but have now moved and traveling too much.
Some of the tools I've been using are:

Instructional Books & Articles
- Bass Guitar - Gary Turner & Brenton White
- Ultimate Ear Training for Guitar & Bass - Gary Willis
- Various lessons and techniques from Bass Player magazine

Software
- Ear Training
- Guitar Pro - for converting written music to tabs & writing my own tabs
- ChordWizard - Chord building & study

Therefore, any suggestions need enhance my self-teaching approach, however, I
could take a lesson per month if that would help.

Thanks and look forward to your suggestions.
Denys


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