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Essential Secrets 95: Purposefully Distract Yourself

28 April 2020

Essential Secrets


Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto

DAVID MOTTO

Secret 95:
Purposefully Distract Yourself

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Creating Concert-Like Conditions at Home

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Standing on stage feels very different than playing bass in your practice space. In addition to seeing an audience and having to perform in unfamiliar surroundings, you’ll often encounter distractions during a performance. You name it, and some musician has had to deal with it at some time or other. Common distractions include:

· In concert halls: sneezing, coughing, cell phones ringing, someone getting up and walking out, applause when you least expect it.

· In clubs and restaurants: flash photography, noisy espresso makers, big screen TV’s, bathroom doors slamming, the venue’s music system coming on while you’re playing.

· On outdoor stages: insects, wind, sun in your eyes, someone yelling, many people moving around.

You need to be ready for these situations so that you can play your bass successfully no matter what’s going on around you. Try creating some distractions in your practice environment when you’re doing full run-throughs. Experiencing concert-like conditions at home will help you prepare for the realities of being on stage—saving you time and headaches.

These four distraction techniques can be tested at home:

1. Practice with the TV, radio, or online videos playing right in front of you.

2. Have someone talk to you while you’re playing.

3. Play in front of a window so you see what’s happening out on the street.

4. Keep your cell phone next to you so you hear alarms for incoming phone calls and text messages as you play.

Your goal is to play successfully no matter what is going on around you. Stay focused, tune out all the external distractions, and keep your concentration. Not only is this exercise fun, but it will help you develop the focusing skills needed for all of your practicing. The better you focus, the better you perform.



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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

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-



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Do something useful with this downtime. Pick up your instrument. Noodle on 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
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BEGINNING
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