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Essential Secrets 56: Reward Yourself

27 August 2018

Essential Secrets


Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto

DAVID MOTTO

Secret 56:
Reward Yourself

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Recognizing Accomplishments Keeps You Motivated

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Sometimes it’s difficult to motivate yourself to practice—even for ten minutes a day. What would it take to convince you to play your bass every day this week? How about every day this month?

Try setting up a reward system to give you an extra incentive to practice regularly. From gold stars for children to Caribbean vacations for top salespeople, rewards are a proven method to change behavior. People are especially motivated when they get to choose their own reward. You know what motivates you. Make yourself an offer you can’t refuse.

Musicians are often guilty of underplaying their accomplishments. Focusing on everything “wrong” in their playing has conditioned musicians to be blind to what is going well. You need to recognize your forward progress and give yourself something positive for every goal you achieve.

What you may consider small accomplishments that are no big deal actually deserve some attention. At the very least, tell yourself that you did a great job, and allow yourself to feel proud of your accomplishment. Sometimes that’s all the reward you need.

Don’t wait for major, life-changing achievements before you reward yourself. Reaching daily and weekly goals is just as important. After all, without a long series of small accomplishments, you’ll never reach the big milestones anyway. Triumphs like these deserve a reward:

· Practiced every day this week.
· Worked on basic skills at each practice session (even though you wanted to just work on your new song).
· Reached a tempo goal.
· Finally mastered a new technique.
· Finished working out technical details for every section of a song.
· Played through a whole song slowly without mistakes.

Set up the reward system you need to stay motivated. Even bribe yourself if necessary. Do whatever it takes to practice your bass daily.



Books by David Motto:



THE TEN MINUTE BASS VIRTUOSO
THE TEN MINUTE
BASS VIRTUOSO
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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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JIMI HENDRIX: THE COMPLETE SCORES
JIMI HENDRIX:
THE COMPLETE
SCORES
This masterwork contains vocal, guitar, bass and drum parts for 52 songs from four albums in its 1040 pages. Standard notation and TAB. Hardbound in purple velvet, with a slipcase. Magnificent.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

SLAP IT!
SLAP IT!
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