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Essential Secrets 92: Decide on a Deadline

27 February 2020

Essential Secrets


Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto

DAVID MOTTO

Secret 92:
Decide on a Deadline

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Focusing as if Your Life Depended on It

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It’s one thing to say you’re going to learn a new song. It’s entirely different to say you’re going to learn it in three weeks. Having a deadline changes your behavior, alters your thinking, and focuses your bass playing.

Without a deadline, you can fall victim to Parkinson’s Law: “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” Translation? It could take you forever to master the music. So, set a deadline right now.

The best type of deadline is a performance or audition. The date is usually set by someone else, and you have to be ready by then. You won’t want to make a fool of yourself in public, and you’ll have the opportunity to show the world your accomplishments. Playing publicly is an amazing motivational tool, and you’ll be sure to make time for your practicing.

The next best type of deadline is playing for someone else. It’s great to have other people hold you accountable. Try these strategies:

1. Have an informal performance for a small group of friends or family.

2. Schedule a specific day on which you and another bassist will play for each other.

3. Schedule a rehearsal so you’ll have to be ready by then.

4. Set a date with your bass teacher when you will play a complete run-through of a song at a lesson.

One last type of deadline makes you accountable only to yourself: select a day when you will record a run-through in your practice space. No one else will be there, and you’ll serve as your own audience and critic when you listen to the recording.

Without deadlines, you might or might not practice daily. With deadlines, you’ll play bass regularly, get a lot more accomplished, and actually be ready for your next performance.



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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Do something useful with this downtime. Pick up your instrument. Noodle on a riff. Learn a new song. Explore some new techniques. Study the style of a favorite player.

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ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR BASS, 3 Vol. set
ESSENTIAL
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STUDIES FOR BASS
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PLAY BASS TODAY
Teach yourself to play bass guitar at your own pace. Includes CD with instruction and backing tracks.

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BEGINNING
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