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Essential Secrets 75: Go Wild

28 June 2019

Essential Secrets


Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto

DAVID MOTTO

Secret 75:
Go Wild

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Ridding Yourself of Inhibitions

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You don't need to be reserved when you play the bass. It’s not a desk job. Musicians are not judged by the same standards as people in the workplace. You have more freedom to behave the way you really want to when you play a musical instrument. So, start this process in the practice room.

If you can’t be yourself when you play the bass, when exactly will you let the real you emerge? While you’ve got your bass in your hands, infuse your music with your deepest desires. Let your inhibitions have the day off. Go for it!

Approaching your bass playing from this perspective will cause some amazing things to happen. You’ll play notes that seemed impossible when you thought too seriously about them. Your phrasing will become more emotional, and you’ll create an expanded dynamic palette from the quietest whisper to the loudest scream. Your playing will be freer than ever before.

Going wild is not limited to any specific genre. While you may picture Jimi Hendrix lighting his guitar on fire when you think of musicians being wild, plenty of classical musicians lose their inhibitions onstage, playing with reckless abandon and looking possessed. No matter what style you’re playing, open yourself up to this experience.

Having trouble letting go? These ideas should get you started:

• Mimic a favorite musician or movie character.

• Jump, dance, kick, and run while you’re playing.

• Wear the clothes from your wildest stadium rock concert fantasy.

Do not be afraid of your wild side. The experience of playing the bass can be more intense than the rest of your life, and you should consider yourself lucky to have a means to explore your wild side safely—and improve your playing at the same time. Ten minutes of being wild may just balance out the rest of your day.



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-



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ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR BASS, 3 Vol. set
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