Essential Secrets 74: Keep Your Bass Where You Can See It
Keep Your Bass Where You Can See It
Having a Constant Incentive to Practice
How quickly can you start playing your bass? If it takes you five or ten minutes just to set up, you need to make some big changes to encourage yourself to play more often.
An easy solution to this dilemma is to keep your instrument out at all times. Don’t waste time having to pull the case out of the closet, get the bass out of the case, and tune up. If your instrument is already propped up on a guitar stand, you can pick it up now and then as you walk by and quickly make some music. Playing for just a couple minutes can be a fun opportunity to play something you love, is a great way to work on one new item, and gives you the chance for a quick review of what you’ve learned recently.
Now, this strategy isn’t always practical. Sometimes it can be dangerous to leave your bass out. Someone could knock it to the ground. You certainly don’t want to put your prized possession in any danger. If it’s going to get damaged, then it should stay in its case. (You can also keep a secondary instrument out while your primary, valuable instrument is safely put away.) Whatever you do, make sure you can quickly and easily access your bass at all times.
To save time in your quest to achieve your musical goals, you need to make it easy to practice. Hiding your bass away when you’re not using it is a definite barrier to musical achievement. Keeping it out where you can see it is an effective way to fit music into your busy life. Just think how nice it would be if you could play a few notes every time you saw your bass!
Books by David Motto:
THE TEN MINUTE
FOR ELECTRIC BASS
COMPLETE 3-VOL. SET