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Essential Secrets 98: Attend Live Performances

29 May 2020

Essential Secrets


Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto

DAVID MOTTO

Secret 98:
Attend Live Performances

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Going to Concerts Inspires Your Playing

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Becoming a great bassist takes more than great practicing. The practice room is a solitary place, and it’s important not to isolate yourself from the real world. You should perform with other musicians and see live music whenever you can.

Attending live performances promotes your growth as an artist, lets you see the world’s finest musicians, and gives you ideas to try in your own performances. You’ll find countless ways to integrate the sights and sounds of a live performance into your bass playing.

The impact of attending live performances on up-and-coming musicians is especially profound. All it takes is one remarkable concert to inspire a renewed commitment to daily practicing, higher standards, and loftier goals. Some aspiring bassists have even had lifealtering experiences at concerts and decided, right then and there, to commit themselves to performing a new genre of music or to becoming professional musicians.

Some people say that attending concerts doesn’t count as practicing, and it’s true that attending a live show is not a replacement for practicing every day. However, you can make the concert experience an extension of your bass playing. By deciding what you like and dislike in the playing of others, you give yourself a clearer picture of what to do with your own performances.

Try to attend concerts as often as possible. They can be thrilling experiences and are an integral part of your musical growth. And, practicing and performance preparation aside, being an audience member at a live concert is a great way to spend time.

Since this book is all about making the most of your time, here’s something to consider: You’ll probably spend more time getting ready to go out to a concert than you will practicing your bass on any given day. So, on the day you easily find the time to see your favorite artist perform, make sure you practice too. You do have the time.



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THE TEN MINUTE BASS VIRTUOSO
THE TEN MINUTE
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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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