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Essential Secrets 79: Push Beyond Your Target Tempo

27 August 2019

Essential Secrets


Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto

DAVID MOTTO

Secret 79:
Push Beyond Your Target Tempo

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Making Performing Easier Than Practicing

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Every song has a performance tempo—a target you want to hit. After days or weeks of work, you will finally reach it. At that point, you’ll need a new goal: the ability to control the music at your target tempo consistently under any circumstances.

It’s one thing to work up to this tempo in your practice room. But, it’s quite another to have the poise needed to play at this speed during a performance.

If you’ve been diligently practicing and have just barely gotten your music up to speed, you are not yet ready to perform. You never want your performance to be at the very peak of your abilities, a level of bass playing that you only sometimes achieve. You need to be in your comfort zone onstage, fully in control of your music and ready to give your all.

To have that control, and to guarantee that you can successfully play at your target tempo onstage, make sure you can play all of your music 10% to 20% faster than your performance tempo. For instance, if your performance speed is 120 beats per minute, work your way up to 132 or 144 beats per minute. Gaining this extra speed is a great use of your practice time, and this method works best when tackled a few minutes every day.

This technique is called “over-practicing,” and it yields amazing results. By overpracticing, you’ll have the confidence to succeed on stage. You’ll be able to handle the slightly faster concert tempos that often occur when the adrenaline is flowing.

Knowing that your practice room training was more rigorous than the performance itself, you can approach the stage feeling inspired and ready to play. The stage environment might even seem downright comfortable. Imagine how great that will feel.



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