Essential Secrets 57: Start With Something Fun
Start With Something Fun
Getting Started and Overcoming Procrastination
Starting your practice sessions with warm-ups makes the best use of your time. But, there are days when getting started at all is a challenge. On those days, you can motivate yourself by starting your practice session playing music you truly love. Don’t even think of it as practicing. Just play something fun.
Playing every day is always better than skipping days. If running through your favorite song is what it takes to get in your 10 minutes of bass time today, then do it. Even if you only play the fun music, that’s okay. You avoided falling into the trap of skipping a day because you didn’t feel like practicing, and that’s an important victory.
After all, why do you play bass anyway? It’s not to labor and sweat and spend too much time alone in your practice room. You play the bass because you love it. You can’t spend every day worrying about what you’re accomplishing musically. Sometimes you just need to play.
When you play your bass for fun, something miraculous might even happen. On the day you least want to practice, after picking up your instrument and playing—just for the sheer joy of it—you could feel inspired. Inspired to work on that extremely difficult lick you ran across (and avoided) last week. Inspired to focus on the phrasing and dynamics your teacher mentioned. Inspired to figure out the scale which seemed impossible a couple days ago.
Reconnecting with the fun of playing the bass is essential—especially if you’re trying to overcome procrastination. Starting with something fun will serve as a sneak attack to get you into the practice room. Once you’re there, you’ll enjoy playing and feel inspired to practice every day.
Books by David Motto:
THE TEN MINUTE
FOR ELECTRIC BASS
COMPLETE 3-VOL. SET