Essential Secrets 35: Write in Your Music
Write in Your Music
Remembering Today's Details Tomorrow
Some bassists treat their sheet music like an ancient manuscript to be displayed in a museum. They keep it in perfect, pristine condition. Sheet music—whether it’s standard notation or tab—is just a tool to help you learn faster. And, tools rarely stay in brand-new condition when used.
Writing in your music is one of the best ways to help you improve as quickly as you can. There are several items to write in your music:
· Tough Stuff: You need to clearly define the small areas of difficult music that will need to be worked on. Use a very light pencil mark to circle these sections. Once you have mastered a section, erase your pencil marking.
· Technical Details: Put in fingerings, shifts, positions, and any other information to remind you of what to play. These markings will constantly guide you as you play through your music.
· Phrasing: Write down dynamics, emphasis marks, and any phrasing ideas you have.
· Questions: When you practice bass, questions inevitably come up. Write them in the music so you can get them answered by your teacher, friends, colleagues, or by doing your own research.
· Encouragement: Seeing words of encouragement to yourself in your music can have a wonderful, dramatic effect when you play a song.
All of the above have one thing in common: They help your memory. What you write today will jog your memory tomorrow. This is a huge time saver. With these markings in your music, your upcoming practice sessions will be much easier and you won’t waste time trying to remember everything you did the last time you practiced. So, keep a pencil on your music stand and use it frequently.
Books by David Motto:
THE TEN MINUTE
FOR ELECTRIC BASS
COMPLETE 3-VOL. SET