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Essential Secrets 67: Put Your Practicing First

25 February 2019

Essential Secrets


Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto

DAVID MOTTO

Secret 67:
Put Your Practicing First

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Prioritizing What's Important to You

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If your life is busy, you may find it challenging to "fit in" your bass playing. Day after day, practicing can take a back seat to other tasks: paying bills, running errands, and everything else you have to do.

Here's the solution: Practice first.

That's right. Do your practicing before any of your other activities. When you do, something miraculous happens. You still have time to finish everything else on your to-do list, and you played the bass! That's much better than skipping your music to do the more mundane things in life.

For some people, this means practicing first thing in the morning. Before you’ve even started thinking about everything you’ve got to do today, you can play bass and start your day with something meaningful to you. Others might need to practice immediately after work— or even at work just before leaving for home at the end of the day. The idea is to complete your practicing before you begin the rest of your responsibilities or engage in any other freetime activities.

This is one of the most powerful practice tips around. It benefits procrastinators and helps people who never feel there’s enough time for their music. Amazingly, if you follow this advice, you’ll still have time for your non-music responsibilities. Even with less available time (because you practiced), you have to get everything else done. And, you will get it done. It’s as if spending time with your bass gives you more energy and allows you to be more efficient.

There are also psychological benefits to practicing first. You will feel better about yourself, about your day, about your accomplishments, and about your commitment to something you believe in.

Your bass playing deserves to be put ahead of other day-to-day tasks. Try practicing first—even if it feels uncomfortable. Washing the car and mowing the lawn can wait!



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THE TEN MINUTE BASS VIRTUOSO
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ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR ELECTRIC BASS -- COMPLETE 3-VOL. SET
ESSENTIAL
SIGHTREADING STUDIES
FOR ELECTRIC BASS
COMPLETE 3-VOL. SET

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-



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