Essential Secrets 73: Do Something Every Day
Do Something Every Day
Getting Started Is Half the Battle
Every now and then you’ll have a day when you can’t think of anything you want to play. Picking up the bass won’t sound enticing, and you’ll think of other things you should be doing instead. If you can just get yourself to play one of your favorite bass grooves, you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise. Often, just the process of getting started makes you forget your negative thinking and enjoy yourself.
There will be times you won’t enjoy practicing. That’s okay. It’s not realistic to think you’ll have fun every time. You can’t let negative thoughts get in your way. Plan a specific time you’ll practice and make sure you practice at that time. It doesn’t matter if you want to or not.
Even if you don’t think you’re improving, it’s important to get started with your practicing. Due to the natural shape of the learning curve, you won’t notice improvement on a daily basis anyway. But, by being conscientious and paying attention to the details of your bass playing that will build muscle memory, you will be getting better—even if you don’t recognize it.
Can’t decide what to practice? Then, do exactly what you did yesterday. The additional repetition will be helpful.
And, it’s perfectly fine to get just a small amount of work done today. Tackle that one measure you’ve been avoiding. Work on a single transition. Make sure you can get the high note. There’s no rule stating you have to or you’re supposed to or you should play through a song flawlessly. That’s called performing! Most practicing is about focusing on small details. So, don’t be so hard on yourself.
Don’t skip your practicing today. Do something. Do anything! Just make sure you play the bass. A few minutes will do you a world of good.
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