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Essential Secrets 88: Shoot a Video

30 December 2019

Essential Secrets


Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto

DAVID MOTTO

Secret 88:
Shoot a Video

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Seeing Yourself in a New Light

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If you saw yourself performing, would you like what you see? Whenever you play your bass, your only perspective is subjective—what it feels like to play from the inside. You have no idea what you objectively look and sound like from the outside. Seeing yourself on video gives you this advantage.

The most important benefit of video is the sudden and powerful realization that your technique must undergo immediate modification to improve your bass playing. This urgent feeling will strike like a bolt of lightning when you watch yourself. No matter how many times your teacher or another musician has suggested a specific improvement, mere words have no way of describing what you’ve been unable to feel while you play. When you see the issue onscreen, the need for change will be obvious and overwhelming.

Incorporating video into your practicing is incredibly easy. First, it won’t take hours to complete. The video only needs to be about one minute long. You’ll have plenty to see in that short amount of time. Second, you don’t need to do this every day. Use video occasionally when you need a fresh perspective on your bass playing. Third, the availability of affordable video equipment makes this the easiest time in human history to use this technology. Nearly every laptop, cell phone, and tablet computer on the market has built in video capability. There are even palm-sized video recorders with high quality, stereo microphones specifically designed for musicians.

If you’re not shooting video while you’re playing bass, you’re cheating yourself out of one of the most important learning tools available to musicians today. Without video, you will struggle for months with a technical challenge. With video, you will know what to focus on in seconds. Take advantage of video feedback and supercharge your practicing.



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-



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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.

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ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR BASS, 3 Vol. set
ESSENTIAL
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STUDIES FOR BASS
3-VOLUME SET
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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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