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Essential Secrets 66: set Up a Pleasant Practice Space

29 January 2019

Essential Secrets


Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto

DAVID MOTTO

Secret 66:
Set Up a Pleasant Practice Space

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Personalizing This Important Area

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If you dread walking into the room where you practice, you’ll never go in there. It’s better if you’re comfortable where you play bass. You’ve got to practice regularly, and you can’t have any hesitation about beginning a practice session. Wanting to go to your practice room is especially important if you are a procrastinator. Make your practice space interesting and inviting so you’ve eliminated one barrier to practicing every day.

Granted, some rooms are nicer than others. If you’re stuck practicing in the attic or basement, even after you clean up the cobwebs, you’ll still be dealing with exposed pipes and low ceilings. Having only a corner of a room to use for playing bass is also challenging. You can’t let situations like these get you down. There are always ways to make your practice area more inviting. Try these suggestions:

· Hang an encouraging picture on the wall: your favorite vacation spot, a musician you admire, whatever makes you happy.

· Create mood lighting with nice lamps or recessed lights.

· Put a special rug on the floor.

· Keep a small refrigerator filled with your favorite beverage in your music room.

· Install a nice sound system.

· Furnish the room well. It’s especially nice to have a favorite cabinet for your accessories and sheet music.

· Put up a large mirror. This will make the room seem larger and give you a means to watch yourself play.

· Make sure the space is air-conditioned and heated so you’ll be comfortable.

There are many other things you can do to make your practice space nicer and easier to use. Be imaginative. Do whatever it takes so you’ll get yourself to that room as often as possible.



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