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Essential Secrets 6: Get the Gear You Need

30 July 2016

Essential Secrets


Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto

DAVID MOTTO

Secret 6:
Get the Gear You Need

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Don't struggle when you play bass

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There’s more to playing your bass than simply having a bass to play. Every bass player needs to own accessories that make practicing easier. If you don’t have these essential tools in your practice space, you are being inefficient and wasting huge amounts of time:
· Metronome: Please do not practice without one.
· Tuner: Don’t pretend you can tune your bass by ear. Buy a digital tuner.
· Bass Accessories: These are supplies you need to keep on hand at all times. You’ll need extra strings, a guitar strap, picks, and instrument cables.
· Music Stand: If your sheet music is placed on a bed or table, you’re craning your neck to see it. This will have a negative effect on your technique, comfort, and progress. Get a real music stand.
· Pencil: It’s inevitable that you’ll need to write something while you’re practicing.

In addition to these must-have items, here are other accessories that will improve your practicing experience:
· Music Playback Device: Listening to the music you’re learning is an enormous inspiration and time-saver. Use a CD player, mp3 player, computer, or any other device you like.
· Pedals: Practicing is a lot more fun and effective when you have exactly the same tone as the bassist on the original recording of the song. Get whatever stomp boxes, multi-effects units, or digital processors you need.
· Instrument Stand: Stands are safer than setting your instrument on a table, on the floor, or leaning it up against your amp. Plus, it’s great to leave your instrument out on a stand to serve as a constant reminder to practice.
· Tablet Computer or Smart Phone: You’ll have metronome and tuner apps, a music player, onscreen sheet music and tablature, and scale libraries available whenever you need them.

Buy every tool you can afford so that your practicing is more efficient and effective.



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

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-



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THE BEATLES COMPLETE SCORES
THE BEATLES
COMPLETE
SCORES
This magnificent collection presents bass, guitar, vocal and drum parts for every song The Beatles recorded. All 210 of them, in 1136 pages! Standard notation and TAB. Hardbound with a slipcase. A marvelous work.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

SLAP IT!
SLAP IT!
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ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR BASS, 3 Vol. set
ESSENTIAL
SIGHTREADING
STUDIES FOR BASS
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PLAY BASS TODAY
PLAY BASS TODAY
Teach yourself to play bass guitar at your own pace. Includes CD with instruction and backing tracks.

BEGINNING ELECTRIC BASS
BEGINNING
ELECTRIC BASS
Part one of a three-part series, this book introduces music theory, scales and chords. Learn to build cool bass lines.

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