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Essential Secrets 25: Know What Not To Do

25 May 2017

Essential Secrets


Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto

DAVID MOTTO

Secret 25:
Know What Not To Do

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Avoiding Common Mistakes

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Sometimes, all you need to have a successful practice session is to avoid the common mistakes that can ruin the experience. By being aware of unsuccessful practice techniques, you can be more productive and save huge amounts of time.

Most bassists have never received any guidance on how to practice. They fumble their way through their practice sessions, hoping for a positive outcome. Maybe they think that playing something badly over and over again will somehow lead to a perfect performance! If these bassists knew what to avoid when practicing, they would learn faster than ever before.

Remember this list of what not to do:

· Don’t practice mistakes. The errors you make while practicing can and will find their way into your performances!

· Don’t run through a song from beginning to end every time you play it. Instead, save time by practicing only the parts that truly need the work.

· Don’t start today’s practice session without a plan. Know your priorities.

· Don’t play a song at tempo when you’re learning it. Going “full speed ahead” will probably be disappointing and frustrating. Go slow to get it right the first time.

· Don’t stop during a run-through. Going back and correcting your error won’t help you perform better.

· Don’t assume you have perfect time. It’s better to trust a metronome.

· Don’t spend your precious, limited practice time playing only what’s comfortable and fun. It’s important to work every day on something that needs improvement.

Unfortunately, many bass players are guilty of making all these mistakes at every practice session! Do not fall into their trap.

It’s not enough just to practice the bass guitar. You want to practice well. To speed up your road to success, know what not to do.



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ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR ELECTRIC BASS -- COMPLETE 3-VOL. SET
ESSENTIAL
SIGHTREADING STUDIES
FOR ELECTRIC BASS
COMPLETE 3-VOL. SET

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ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR BASS, 3 Vol. set
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