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Posted by David Kaczorowski on May 02, 2000 at 12:43:35:

In Reply to: practicing posted by phairis on May 01, 2000 at 17:56:50:

: i've been playing for a couple years now, and i've devoloped a pretty rigorous practice regimen, and i just want to see if anybody has anything they could add. I always practice at least 3 hours, and usually between 5-8 hours a day. about once a month i'll throw in a 10-12 hour day, just for fun. For every 5 hours i play, I spend about 2 hours playing along with cds, about 2 hours working on original stuff, anout 1/2 hour on integrating the things i learn in theory into my playing, and another 1/2 hour working on technique to build up speed and play cleaner. am i spending too much time on one and not enough on another? thanks for any help....

In my estimation, the way your spending your time is a little askewed.
If you really practice 5 hours a day, I suggest using the first hour
or so practice scales over the entire range of your instrument, ascending
and descending in every possible different fingering you can work out
and in different rythms. Do a key a week, or longer if needed. Learn
C major first, then its modes, the different minor scales (relative, harmonic,
melodic), and all of their modes. After you have that begin a new key. Proceed
around the circle of fifths. I forgot to mention that you should also learn
all of the arpeggios built from each scale over the entire range of the
bass in different fingering patterns. Use a metronome relentlessly.

Spend a half hour to an hour working on technique. Use a metronome relentlessly.

Spend an hour or better actually playing music, incorporating what your learning.
Learn some music. Don't forget the metronome.

Oh, while doing the scales, arpeggios, and technique stuff practice your feel.

If you want to learn basslines from CD that's cool, but be careful that
playing along doesn't amount to the equivilent of "just jamming along"
PLayhing along with a CD doesn't allow an opportunity to hear yourself isolated
so you can analyze your playing. When you practice playing music you want to be
able to hear yourself so you can ask, "what can be better? How's my time, my
feel, etc." I should mention though, playing along to a CD can be cool if your
able to eliminate the recorded bassline and add your own part, or if for some
reason your purpose is to make an effort to match perfectly what your playing
to the cat on the record. The only reason I can imagine wanting to do that
would be for a gig.

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