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Essential Secrets 7: Narrow Your Focus

18 August 2016

Essential Secrets


Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto

DAVID MOTTO

Secret 7:
Narrow Your Focus

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Fixing one detail at a time

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Intense focus is the key to making big progress in the practice room. With focus, bass players make great leaps forward in their abilities. Without focus, many bassists flounder.

Try these two important focusing techniques:

1. Zero in on the exact issue that is making a specific set of notes difficult to learn.

For example, the move from one note to another may be the problem. Or, maybe it’s the rhythmic placement of just a couple of notes that’s causing the damage. Don’t play the entire section over and over, hoping that the problem will fix itself. Instead, slowly play just the specific area that needs the work. This focusing technique will make an enormous difference in your ability to play accurately. Your intense focus will fix the problem and create a successful muscle memory.

2. Think about only one aspect of your music at a time.

You can work on a rhythm without paying attention to pitch. Or, you can learn pitches without thinking about rhythm. Tone production and dynamics can each be isolated and worked on individually.

The same idea can be used with your technique. Focus only on your left hand or your right hand as you play. Concentrate exclusively on a single technical issue: your posture, knuckles, picking pattern, fingering, shifting, balance, or muscle tension.

Sometimes you will need to think globally, paying attention to all aspects of a song. But, acting locally by intensely concentrating on a single aspect of your playing—while not worrying about anything else—is a tremendous way to fix subtle musical issues and propel your bass playing forward.

What’s great about fixing only one thing at a time is how good it feels to finally conquer that small area of your music that’s really been bothering you. You’ll feel proud of yourself, and you can make the fix in just a few minutes.



Books by David Motto:



THE TEN MINUTE BASS VIRTUOSO
THE TEN MINUTE
BASS VIRTUOSO
-EBOOK/PDF-
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
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
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.

BOOKSELLER'S CHOICE

GROOVING WITH HYBRID TECHNIQUES
GROOVING
WITH HYBRID
TECHNIQUES

THE FOUR-FRET CONCEPT
THE FOUR-FRET
CONCEPT
-EBOOK/PDF-


SLAP IT!
SLAP IT!
Also:
-ONLINE COURSE-
THE BASSIST's GUIDE TO INJURY MANAGEMENT
THE BASSIST'S GUIDE
TO INJURY
MANAGEMENT
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

BASS ENCYCLOMEDIA
BASS
ENCYCLOMEDIA
BASS TAB WHITE PAGES
BASS TAB
WHITE PAGES
(200 songs!)



CHUCK RAINEY'S
COMPLETE
ELECTRIC
BASS PLAYER


LEFT-HANDED
BASS TAB
METHOD

SANTANA'S
GREATEST HITS
2+2=5
A STUDY IN
ODD TIMES

THE LATIN
BASS BOOK


THE REAL EASY
EAR TRAINING
BOOK

ADVANCED
STUDIES FOR
BASS GUITAR

CLASSIC FUNK
AND R&B
GROOVES
FOR BASS

BASS
FRETBOARD
FACTS

BEST OF
MARCUS MILLER


ARPEGGIO
WOODSHEDDING
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

PINO PALLADINO:
BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
THE BEST OF
YES FOR BASS
JAMES BROWN:
BASS PLAY-ALONG

MILES DAVIS:
KIND OF BLUE
STEVE BAILEY'S
FRETLESS BASS

THE MOST
BEAUTIFUL HYMNS
-EBOOK/PDF-


DIY ELECTRIC
BASS
FIRST 15 LESSONS: BASS GUITAR
FIRST
15 LESSONS:
BASS
GUITAR
THE EVOLVING BASSIST
THE EVOLVING
BASSIST:
MILLENIUM
EDITION

EADG 4
EADG 4
BACH CELLO SUITES FOR ELECTRIC GUITAR
BACH CELLO
SUITES FOR
ELECTRIC BASS

FRETBOARD ARCANUM
FRETBOARD
ARCANUM
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

JACO: THE DOCUMENTARY
JACO: THE
DOCUMENTARY
-DVD-

-BLU-RAY-
TOM PETTY
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-


HEARING
BASS LINES,
COMPLETE
BUNDLE
-EBOOK/PDF-

RICKENBACKER
ELECTRIC BASS


HOFNER VIOLIN
BEATLE BASS
BASS
BIBLE
THE SWING OF
THE LATIN BASS

EXPOSED:
SOLO MUSIC
FOR BASS
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

THE BEST OF
MEGADETH
TODD JOHNSON
ELECTRIC BASS
TECHNIQUE
BUILDERS


THE COUCH
POTATO BASS
WORKOUT
ABBEY ROAD
TO
ZIGGY STARDUST
NATHAN EAST:
THE BUSINESS
OF BASS
-DVD-


GUNS N' ROSES
FOR BASS

CHARLIE PARKER
FOR BASS

STU COOK, CCR
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-


SIGHT READING
FOR THE BASS
25 ESSENTIAL
ROCK BASS
CLASSICS


NIRVANA:
THE BASS GUITAR
COLLECTION

BASS PLAYER:
THE
FRETLESS BASS


THE REAL BOOK
VOL. 1
BASS CLEF
JACO
PASTORIUS
THE BEST OF
VICTOR WOOTEN

WALKING BASSLINES
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
BEYOND
BASSLINES: FROM
BACH TO BRAHMS
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

THE BEATLES:
1967-1970


STANLEY CLARKE
COLLECTION

101 BASS TIPS
SLAP BASS LINES

RED HOT
CHILI PEPPERS:
GREATEST HITS


BUNNY BRUNEL'S
POWER BASS:
SOLOING SECRETS
100 BLUES
LESSONS
100 JAZZ
LESSONS

100 ROCK
LESSONS


100 FUNK/R&B
LESSONS
AFRO-CUBAN
SLAP BASS LINES
BEST OF
TOWER OF POWER
FOR BASS

BASS
STANDARDS
BERKLEE PRACTICE
METHOD: BASS

THE SCOTT
LAFARO BOOK


HOW THE
FENDER BASS
CHANGED
THE WORLD


KEITH
FERGUSON:
TEXAS BLUES
BASS
EDLY'S MUSIC
THEORY FOR
PRACTICAL
PEOPLE


ESSSENTIAL
STYLES FOR
THE DRUMMER
AND BASSIST,
BOOK ONE
ESSENTIAL
STYLES FOR
THE DRUMMER
AND BASSIST,
BOOK TWO

MOTOWN
BASS CLASSICS
OTEIL
BURBRIDGE
-DVD-


GROOVE 101
GROOVE
101

-EBOOK/PDF
VERSION
STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN
STANDING IN
THE SHADOWS
OF MOTOWN


CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES FOR ELECTRIC BASS, VOL. 1
CLASSICAL
MASTERPIECES
FOR
ELECTRIC BASS
VOL. I
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES FOR ELECTRIC BASS, VOL. 2
CLASSICAL
MASTERPIECES
FOR
ELECTRIC BASS
VOL. II
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

STEVE HARRIS: THE BEAST OF THE BASS
STEVE HARRIS:
THE BEAST OF
THE BASS
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
FRETBOARD ALCHEMY
FRETBOARD
ALCHEMY
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

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BASSIST'S GUIDE TO INJURY MANAGEMENT
THE BASSIST'S GUIDE
TO INJURY
MANAGEMENT,
PREVENTION AND
BETTER HEALTH

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

Bass player Dr. Randall Kertz examines common and not so common problems that the musician may encounter during practice or performing situations. You need this book.

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

BASS METHOD BOOK 1
BASS METHOD
BOOK ONE
A classic of bass instruction presenting notes, patterns, rhythms and over 100 songs and riffs. Includes audio CD.

BASS FOR BEGINNERS
BASS FOR
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