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Essential Secrets 77: Have Fun

29 July 2019

Essential Secrets


Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto

DAVID MOTTO

Secret 77:
Have Fun

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Enjoying What You're Doing

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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 BASS VIRTUOSO
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

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

JIMI HENDRIX: THE COMPLETE SCORES
JIMI HENDRIX:
THE COMPLETE
SCORES
This masterwork contains vocal, guitar, bass and drum parts for 52 songs from four albums in its 1040 pages. Standard notation and TAB. Hardbound in purple velvet, with a slipcase. Magnificent.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

SLAP IT!
SLAP IT!
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ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR BASS, 3 Vol. set
ESSENTIAL
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PLAY BASS TODAY
PLAY BASS TODAY
Teach yourself to play bass guitar at your own pace. Includes CD with instruction and backing tracks.

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BEGINNING
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