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Essential Secrets 72: Commit Yourself to the Long Term

29 April 2019

Essential Secrets


Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto

DAVID MOTTO

Secret 72:
Commit Yourself to the Long Term

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Appreciating the Life-Long Pursuit of Musical Goals

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As John Lennon said, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." Many bass players think there will be a point in life when they will “arrive.” In this imaginary future, they envision playing bass easily and effortlessly. The practicing will be over, and they’ll be able to play brilliantly without doing any work.

Here’s the reality: Every musical accomplishment will lead to a new set of aspirations. To rise to these challenges you’ll still want to practice, focus on your craft, and continue your artistic growth. Each day you’ll make a new practice list, spend a short amount of your limited time working through that list, and do your best to meet your goals.

Always having goals leads to a strange conundrum. On the one hand, the quest for musical perfection is a never-ending, lifelong pursuit that will never be fully realized. That can be frustrating. On the other hand, striving for perfection on a daily basis—even when you know it’s impossible to achieve—remains one of the most fulfilling ways to spend your time. Playing the bass can actually make you happy.

Embrace both ideals. Be intrigued by the lifelong pursuit and be willing to keep improving on a daily basis. It’s okay that there will always be more to learn. Make sure you enjoy the process as it’s happening. Every time you play your bass, look at it as one of the highlights of your day.

No matter how much you accomplish artistically, you’ll always want to be better. Since there will continually be room for improvement, you must love striving for perfection. Balancing the commitment to the long-term and the enjoyment of regular practicing will keep you coming back to your bass and inspire you to play every day. You’ve chosen to be a bassist. Enjoy the ride.



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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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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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ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR BASS, 3 Vol. set
ESSENTIAL
SIGHTREADING
STUDIES FOR BASS
3-VOLUME SET
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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.

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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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