Essential Secrets 77: Have Fun
Enjoying What You're Doing
Mastering the technical demands of the bass, learning challenging music, and having the discipline to practice every day require work, dedication, and perseverance. And, you may have to give up other activities to make time for bass.
However, if practicing feels like drudgery, something is wrong. Playing bass should be fun.
One element of having fun is realizing that, out of all the activities you could take part in, you have chosen to play bass. Think about that for a minute. You have countless other ways you could spend your time. Something has made you decide to be a bass player. Make sure you’re enjoying this time!
Another aspect of having fun in the practice room arises when you realize what a luxury it is to play the bass. Compared to the daily responsibilities you face, practicing bass is a welcome escape. Appreciate your practice time!
If you’re not having fun in your practice room, try these ideas:
● Ignore the way you’re “supposed” to play and try some unconventional techniques.
● Play some music you absolutely love—even if it’s not on your official practice list.
● Forget about your goals and just enjoy the moment.
● Play your bass without worrying about how you sound. Just play.
● Leave your serious side behind and be willing to goof off.
● Turn your amplifier up to a very high volume and be overcome with the sound you’re producing.
● Crank up the distortion and crunch your way through your favorite song.
Sure, there’s serious work that needs to get accomplished in the practice room, but the overall feeling should be one of joy. In the grand scheme of things, you should feel lucky to be a bassist.
Make practicing music the fun part of your day. That may just be the best secret of them all!
Books by David Motto:
THE TEN MINUTE
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