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Essential Secrets 18: Stay Organized

28 January 2017

Essential Secrets


Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto

DAVID MOTTO

Secret 18:
Stay Organized

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Creating an Efficient Practice Space

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While many bassists are organized about planning the music to be covered in their practice sessions, they often neglect to plan the physical organization of their practice space.

Most practice experts recommend having one room where you always practice. Within this practice space, you can designate a specific area to place all the little items that make playing bass easier. You don’t want to waste time searching for your metronome, tuner, picks, pencil, mp3 player, sheet music, instrument stand, or music stand. It’s especially important that you always know where an instrument cable is if you practice with an amp. The frustration of misplacing just one of these items can be enough to make you simply give up on practicing for the day.

Some bassists keep these things in their instrument case. Others have a specific shelf, drawer, table, or bag for this purpose. Many professional bassists have two sets of these items: one in their practice space, and another in their case for taking to rehearsals and gigs.

Whatever location you choose, keep all your accessories together. Storing everything in one place will make it easy to find what you need and will minimize the likelihood that you’ll misplace any one item. By being organized, you’ll save time, have more productive practice sessions, and avoid the aggravation of searching for a missing accessory.

Have your practice space ready at all times. Keep a chair and music stand permanently set up. It’s a good idea to store your bass and amplifier there too! Your bass can rest on a guitar stand, and your amp should stay plugged in with an instrument cable on top of it. And, by knowing exactly where your accessories are, you’ll be ready to play in no time.



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