Welcome, Guest ( Login )

Essential Secrets 87: Exaggerate Your Intentions

30 December 2019

Essential Secrets


Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto

DAVID MOTTO

Secret 87:
Exaggerate Your Intentions

--

Making Obvious Changes to Your Sound

--

Imagine yourself on stage, moving toward the most exciting part of the whole concert. You’re getting louder and louder until your song erupts at the peak moment of your performance. Does the audience notice? They might hear nothing more than a slight change in volume from medium to medium loud.

The audience is not aware of your intentions. They are hearing this music for the first time, even if you’ve experienced it five-hundred times. In order for listeners to notice your expressiveness, your intentions must be clear, obvious, and over the top. This is true whether you’re changing your volume, tempo, or tone.

Unless you make a distinct change to your sound, your audience won’t hear the difference. The most effective musicians are ones who take their audiences on an expressive, sonic journey throughout the performance. It’s your job to lead this journey.

To quickly master this skill, use these practice techniques:

· Play a one-octave major scale, starting as quietly as you can play and ending as loudly as you can play. Each note should be a different volume. Then reverse the exercise, going from loud to quiet.

· To practice tempo variations, overdo it to the point of absurdity, making the changes so large that they’re comical. Then, adjust the tempo variations back to where you want them.

· Play the notes in every exercise, scale, and arpeggio four ways: short, long, separated, and connected. Then, try these four styles with a song you’re working on.

Make your musical intentions plainly obvious by exaggerating all of the changes to your sound. Develop a wide dynamic palette, the ability to suspend time, and the physical technique to shape each note just the way you want it. Don’t be subtle.

And, you should always be able to give just a little bit more, or, as they say in Spinal Tap, go to eleven.



Books by David Motto:



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

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-



BASS IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS

HOME PLAYER

Musicians are not good social distancers. Performers, teachers, students, garage-jam players, fans of live music -- getting together is part of what we do.

But not right now. To blunt the spread of the coronavirus and protect our loved ones and communities, we have to spend a lot more time at home. It will feel strange, but it does not need to be unproductive.

Pick up your instrument. Sit down and cradle it. Noodle out a riff. Learn a new song. Explore some new techniques. Study the style of a favorite player.

This will not last forever. But we must act forcefully and responsibly now. If what we do at this point does NOT feel like overreacting, then it is not enough.

BassBooks.com will continue operating as normally as possible, to keep you supplied with books and music. Our suppliers' warehouse and shipping facilities could be affected by shut-downs, as could deliveries by the US Postal Service and UPS. Of course, our EBOOK downloads will always be available.

Stay healthy.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

SLAP IT!
SLAP IT!
Also check out the
ONLINE COURSE

Tony Oppenheim's SLAP IT! will give rookies the right start and help pros refine their touch. Audio tracks included.

The ONLINE COURSE is a lifetime subscription that accesses more exercises and lessons. Like Volume 2 of SLAP IT!

EBOOKS

Save time and money (and reduce your carbon footprint!). Order books and transcriptions in easy-to-download PDF form. Read them on a desktop, laptop, phone or tablet, and print out pages as you wish.

Click here to check out our full list of EBOOKS (over 160 titles)

Click here for EBOOK download info and instructions

OUR NEWSLETTER

Sign up for our newsletter, THE LOWDOWN, and get the word on new products and happenings.


Preferred Email Format:


Your email address will be securely stored by MailChimp, our e-newsletter processor, and will never be shared with anyone, for any reason, period.

View the current issue of
THE LOWDOWN
.

BUY MORE AND SAVE

We offer discounts based on the number of titles purchased in a single order. You will see the discounts automatically applied during checkout.
3-5
5% off
6-9
10% off
10 or more
15% off
PLEASE NOTE:
Discounts apply to merchandise only, not shipping fees.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR BASS, 3 Vol. set
ESSENTIAL
SIGHTREADING
STUDIES FOR BASS
3-VOLUME SET
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
These three books from David Motto make up one of the great sightreading resources of all time. Available singly or as a set, in print or ebook form, with accompanying audio.

GETTING STARTED

Just learning your way around the bass? We'll start you right.

Click here to see all our Beginners titles.

PLAY BASS TODAY
PLAY BASS TODAY
Teach yourself to play bass guitar at your own pace. Includes CD with instruction and backing tracks.

BEGINNING ELECTRIC BASS
BEGINNING
ELECTRIC BASS
Part one of a three-part series, this book introduces music theory, scales and chords. Learn to build cool bass lines.

Click here to see all our Beginners titles.

LET'S GET SOCIAL


Facebook Twitter




Perfect Pitch Ear Training Course





A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
0 Item(s)
US$0.00