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Essential Secrets 43: Set Up Practice Loops

25 February 2018

Essential Secrets


Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto

DAVID MOTTO

Secret 43:
Set up Practice Loops

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Focusing on Essential Notes

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Practice loops are a special type of repetition you can use when you’re figuring out how to play something or when you need to overcome a specific technical challenge. When you play a loop, the goal is to play over and over without stopping and build muscle memory.

You especially need loops when you are fighting the tendency to play a specific note incorrectly. You’ll play a very small group of notes that includes the problem notes, regardless of where they fall in the measure. This means you could be playing just a couple beats within a measure or even the last beat of one bar and the first beat of the next bar. Play continuously, go slowly, and make sure you play accurately.

Loops are also effective for reviewing a few measures of music at a time. Rather than spending time going over an entire section of your song, you’ll repeat just the bars that need the most focus. The few measures you’re playing might not make much musical sense by themselves, but they contain the notes that need your attention.

Here are three specific strategies for using loops:

· Create a very short loop of 3 or 5 notes with the targeted note in the middle. Play these notes over and over slowly without rests.

· Loop one measure of music. Set your metronome clicks so they’re subdivided to match the note with the shortest duration in the bar.

· To fix a transition, play the last two bars of one section of your song and the first two bars of the next section. Loop these four measures at a variety of tempos.

Loops give you an extremely effective way to solve technical difficulties and make any section of music perfect. They are a time-saving secret used by the world’s most successful bass players.



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