Essential Secrets 76: Get Rid of Practice Barriers
Get Rid of Practice Barriers
Eliminating Roadblocks in Your Life
So many bassists place barriers between themselves and playing their instruments that they never get around to practicing. Others only squeeze in one practice session every week or two. Imagine how much more fun you would have if you played bass regularly. You’d improve faster and never feel guilty about not playing.
Make it easy to start practicing. Don’t let physical or mental barriers get in your way. These are the most common roadblocks musicians create:
• Not having practicing on your calendar. Put bass on your calendar like any other important activity.
• Keeping your bass in a closet or under your bed so it takes forever to set up. Make your instrument accessible at all times.
• Not having a special place where you practice. Choose a specific spot, even if it’s just a corner in the basement.
• Thinking it’s okay to skip today and telling yourself you’ll get back to the bass tomorrow. No you won’t. Play for ten minutes right now!
• Not having a plan. Start by choosing one song you want to learn.
• Having a goal that is impossible to reach so you’re always frustrated. You need a short-term goal that you can achieve this week. Little goals eventually build into your big goal.
• Not being able to make noise in your house or apartment. Do whatever it takes so you can play. Practice without an amp, wear headphones, or soundproof a room.
• Thinking that all conditions must be perfect—the house to yourself, an afternoon totally free, feeling excited to play—before you can start. Just start. Life is never perfect.
How many of these barriers do you have in your life? It’s time to make some changes so you can easily and comfortably play the bass every day.
Books by David Motto:
THE TEN MINUTE
FOR ELECTRIC BASS
COMPLETE 3-VOL. SET