Essential Secrets 50: Practice in Front of a Mirror
Practice in Front of a Mirror
Seeing Yourself from the Outside
When you practice, you may feel that your technique is strong and you’re playing efficiently. It would be interesting to know if someone watching you would agree.
You should have the means to see yourself practice. A quick, simple way to get this external view is to practice in front of a mirror. By looking in the mirror, you’ll see if your physical technique is getting in the way of creating the sound you desire. Look for these specific issues in the mirror:
· Posture: Sit or stand so that your spine is fully supported.
· Tension: Watch for raised shoulders, clenched jaw, a forceful grip, tight neck, or unnatural positioning of your arms or hands. Even raised eyebrows could be evidence of tension.
· Habits: If your teacher always brings up a specific habit that gets in the way of improving your technique, look for it in the mirror.
· Confidence: You want to look at ease and in control as you play. Be sure you look like a performer an audience would want to watch.
At the same time, be aware of the problems that relying on a mirror can cause:
· Use a mirror big enough to see yourself from head to toe. You need to see the cause of all issues, especially tension and bad posture.
· The very act of looking in the mirror may cause you to change your playing position. Don’t watch yourself the entire time.
· Place the mirror where it is very easy to see yourself. A mirror way off to the side is of no use to you.
It’s easier and faster to see physical issues that affect your bass playing than it is to feel them. Having a mirror in your practice space lets you instantly see problems and fix them.
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