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Essential Secrets 53: Know Why You're Practicing

30 July 2018

Essential Secrets


Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto

DAVID MOTTO

Secret 53:
Know Why You're Practicing

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Keeping Sight of the Big Picture

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The strategies in this book explain why simply playing through songs over and over will never make your bass playing effective. Instead, you focus on the small, musical details that actually need your attention. Each of these details—such as Tough Stuff, transitions, tone production, and technique—needs to be dealt with efficiently. To be efficient you decide what can realistically get done today. Then, you dive in and start working on just those few, chosen items.

There’s just one problem with all this focus: You can lose sight of why you’re really playing the bass!

The real reason for all your hard work is to achieve your musical dreams. These long-term musical goals served as the inspiration for playing bass in the first place and are the driving force behind the work you do each day. Remind yourself of these long-term goals right before you start to play. Even better, put a written list of these goals on your music stand or on a wall in your practice area. Seeing this list will always keep you fired up.

Remember, there will be days when you’ll need the encouragement. If you ever feel that you’re just putting in the time or that your learning curve isn’t destined for a great leap forward, it’s important to remain positive. Much like construction workers building a skyscraper, you’ve got to keep sight of the magnificent structure that you’re creating even as you work on today’s very specific to-do list. Remind yourself that you’re completing a necessary step in achieving your musical dreams.

Knowing that you have a higher purpose will inspire you to do what needs doing today. It’s actually pretty easy to stay focused on the task at hand when you know that this task is part of something bigger that you truly believe in.



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THE TEN MINUTE BASS VIRTUOSO
THE TEN MINUTE
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ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR ELECTRIC BASS -- COMPLETE 3-VOL. SET
ESSENTIAL
SIGHTREADING STUDIES
FOR ELECTRIC BASS
COMPLETE 3-VOL. SET

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-



IN THE SPOTLIGHT

ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR BASS, 3 Vol. set
ESSENTIAL
SIGHTREADING
STUDIES FOR BASS
3-VOLUME SET
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These three books from David Motto make up one of the great sightreading resources of all time. Available singly or as a set, in print or ebook form, with accompanying audio.

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