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Essential Secrets 63: Schedule Your Practicing

28 December 2018

Essential Secrets


Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto

DAVID MOTTO

Secret 63:
Schedule Your Practicing

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Giving Your Bass the Place of Importance It Deserves

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Is playing the bass as important as other activities in your life? Work, school, lessons, volunteer activities, and sports leagues all have one thing in common. They run on a schedule. Without the schedule, they stop functioning.

If playing bass is important to you, then practicing should be on your calendar. Music takes up only a brief part of your day and should be incredibly easy to schedule. Everyone has small holes of available time. Fit your practicing into these spaces. Your life will be much easier if you know exactly when you’re going to practice.

How you do your scheduling is up to you. You may find it simplest to practice at the same time each day. The routine makes it easy to start and lets you know when to stop. If there is no way to have such a consistent music schedule, look over your calendar for the week and decide when your practice sessions will occur. Even if the time is changing every day, you’ll have a written reminder of your commitment to playing the bass.

By using your calendar to schedule practicing, you elevate the place of music in your life. This higher status changes playing bass from something you could do to something you will do. This is an important distinction. If you have a doctor’s appointment on your calendar, you will definitely arrive on time. Why not book an “appointment” with yourself to play your bass? That way you’ll show up when you’re supposed to—every day.

Entering times for practicing music in your calendar each week is an efficient system for helping you keep your commitments to yourself. You will obligate yourself to play bass at the scheduled times, make practicing a regular part of your life, and move more quickly toward your musical goals.



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ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR ELECTRIC BASS -- COMPLETE 3-VOL. SET
ESSENTIAL
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COMPLETE 3-VOL. SET

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THE BEATLES COMPLETE SCORES
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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.

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SLAP IT!
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ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR BASS, 3 Vol. set
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