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Re: Practice - What & How Much?

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Posted by Brian on February 07, 2000 at 11:23:53:

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!

You're heading in the right direction. All I can say is that my personal experience
both when working with a teacher or just working out of books is that the stuff
takes time to sink in so I don't focus on what I'm studying so much because
sooner or later on the bandstand the light bulb will go on and suddenly
everything makes sense. I do like you do, a bit here, a bit there and just keep
plowing through the material.

The only time I focus specifially on something is when I have tunes to play on
gigs that I have problemns with. Usually it boils down to a rhythm problem or
an inability to navigate the chords properly. So I try to zero in on what the
problem is and then work on that until I get through it.

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