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Re: Practice - What & How Much?

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Posted by Rob Perl on February 04, 2000 at 13:53:19:

In Reply to: Practice - What & How Much? 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


You didn't say what kind of music you're into, but if you're studying Gary Willis, you must be into jazz. Probably the most important thing you can do right now is play with other musicians.
The kind of exercises you're doing now lay down an excellent foundation for playing, but Bass is not generally a solo instrument.

The traveling schedule you're on probably doesn't allow to play with other musicians much. I'd suggest you
pick up a program called Band In a Box by PG Music - It's an accompaniment program; You can input any song in a few minutes, and it will build a whole rhythm track - drums, piano, strings. etc. Geat way to see if those hot
licks you've been working on will fly. Absolutely the best way to practice soloing. It's really the next best thing to practicing with a group.

Good Luck,


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