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Essential Secrets 16: Hire a Teacher You Trust

30 December 2016

Essential Secrets


Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto

DAVID MOTTO

Secret 16:
Hire a Teacher You Trust

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Getting the Guidance You Need

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Successful people surround themselves with experts. Businesspeople have mentors. Athletes work with coaches and trainers. Presidents employ policy advisors.

All bassists should follow these examples by hiring a bass teacher. Your lesson teacher will serve many functions for you:

· Give you feedback on your technique and sound.
· Show you the best fingerings to use.
· Help you decide what music to learn.
· Keep you motivated when the going gets tough.
· Set goals and help you meet them.
· Offer pointers on instruments and accessories to purchase.
· Introduce you to people who can help you meet your musical goals.

There is one other very important function that a teacher serves: Your teacher gives you deadlines. When you know you are supposed to learn some music by your next lesson, you are motivated to get the job done. Self-imposed deadlines seldom have the same impact. Don’t underestimate the power of deadlines created by your teacher.

It’s clear that bass teachers are beneficial, and, as the title of this secret suggests, it’s important that you fully trust your teacher. You should look forward to your next lesson and know that your teacher has your best interests in mind.

In today’s world, where you are bombarded with media messages designed to make you feel inadequate, great bass teachers do just the opposite. They inspire you to do your best. They point out difficulties you’re having and offer solutions to you. They make sure that their teaching is designed specifically for your needs.

Practicing happens alone. You need feedback on a regular basis if you want to succeed. A good bass teacher will save you extraordinary amounts of time by guiding you on exactly what you should be 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-



IN THE SPOTLIGHT

JIMI HENDRIX: THE COMPLETE SCORES
JIMI HENDRIX:
THE COMPLETE
SCORES
This masterwork contains vocal, guitar, bass and drum parts for 52 songs from four albums in its 1040 pages. Standard notation and TAB. Hardbound in purple velvet, with a slipcase. Magnificent.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

SLAP IT!
SLAP IT!
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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!

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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.

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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.

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