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Posted by phairis on May 02, 2000 at 18:41:45:

In Reply to: Re: practicing posted by David Kaczorowski on May 02, 2000 at 12:43:35:

: 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.

I know enough theory to do the scales and keys and all that, but one thing i haven't been able to get completely are the different modes. Can you or anyone else explain them? Also, regarding playing along with the cd's, I consider it just jamming along with the band minus the bass player because i do fade him out most of the times. Thanks.

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