Essential Secrets 10: Practice the Way You Want to Play
Practice the Way You Want to Play
Creating the sound you desire
What you do in the practice room mirrors what will happen whenever you play. Performances can only be as strong as the preparation that led to them. If in your daily practicing you’re timid and unsure, prone to making errors, or sloppy with rhythms, you should expect your performances to be full of these weaknesses also.
While practicing bass, you are building neural pathways and teaching your muscles to perform specific sequences of motions. Your muscles will learn exactly what you have them do every day. They don’t have access to any additional information that will miraculously transform your playing. They learn exclusively what they practice. So, make sure that how you practice is really the way you want to play!
To have fun and to figure out how you truly want to sound, look at the practice room as a laboratory. Your job is to experiment with every technique you can think of. When you find a technique that speaks to you, pick it apart and figure out exactly how it works. Become an expert at it and perfect this skill. Keep an open mind about what is possible and don’t limit yourself to your current skill level. Your potential capabilities are boundless if you’re willing to train yourself carefully.
From your practice lab you’ll eventually develop the secret formula that becomes your unique sound. This sound is a combination of the specific skills you’ve mastered coupled with your own vision of exactly how you want to play. Your unique style will come from daily work teaching your muscles to shape every note you produce.
Keep a heightened level of intensity and focus when you practice. Never accept an outcome that’s only okay or that doesn’t meet your expectations—because your actions in the practice room will determine your results on stage.
Books by David Motto:
THE TEN MINUTE
FOR ELECTRIC BASS
COMPLETE 3-VOL. SET