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Essential Secrets 89: Tune Our Your Friends and Family

28 January 2020

Essential Secrets


Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto

DAVID MOTTO

Secret 89:
Tune Out Your Friends and Family

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Staying on the Path to Success

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Musicians often receive critical comments from family, friends, and roommates. These people always mean well. Unless they are musicians themselves, however, they have little understanding of what makes a successful practice session.

To the untrained ear, hearing a bassist work on a specific skill in no way resembles what music “should” sound like. Long tones and loops, for instance, are important parts of practicing. However, someone hearing you practice these for minutes at a time may think you have lost your mind.

Unintentional criticism from friends and family is often in the form of questions. They may ask, "Why are you playing that one thing over and over? Can't you just play real music?" Or, they may say, “Is that the way it’s supposed to sound? I’ve heard that song before. Shouldn’t it be faster?” Their questions reveal that they do not understand the difference between practicing and performing.

There is a good reason why non-musicians are confused by your practice sessions. They assume that the process of learning the bass must be just like the process of performing. Few people think about the many hours of practicing and rehearsing that take place before the finished product is complete. For the non-performer music is just another form of entertainment, and the expertise and work needed for the performance is either hidden or simply uninteresting.

Don’t blame non-musicians for their bewildering comments about your practicing. You can only shrug off their questions. If you must respond, tell your family members that you’re doing exercises that will make you better and stronger. Let them know that the exercises you are doing are just as important as the exercises done by athletes to prepare for competition.

Don’t let the words of other people get you down and slow your progress. Dismiss their comments, return to your bass, and keep working.



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-



BASS IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS

HOME PLAYER

Musicians are not good social distancers. Performers, teachers, students, garage-jam players, fans of live music -- getting together is part of what we do.

But not right now. To blunt the spread of the coronavirus and protect our loved ones and communities, we have to spend a lot more time at home. It will feel strange, but it does not need to be unproductive.

Pick up your instrument. Sit down and cradle it. Noodle out a riff. Learn a new song. Explore some new techniques. Study the style of a favorite player.

This will not last forever. But we must act forcefully and responsibly now. If what we do at this point does NOT feel like overreacting, then it is not enough.

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ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR BASS, 3 Vol. set
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