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28 March 2017 - Essential Secrets 22: Use a Practice Planner

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 22:Use a Practice Planner -- Writing Down Your Goals Helps You Achieve Them -- Most bassists have had the experience of starting a practice session only to draw a complete blank on what exactly they should be playing. You can easily avoid this bewildering situation by keeping a ... More!


28 March 2017 - Essential Secrets 21: Understand the 80/20 Rule

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 21:Understand the 80/20 Rule -- Putting In the Time on What Matters -- The 80/20 Rule (also known as Pareto’s Principle) says that much of life is distributed unequally. It turns out that, give or take a few points, 20% of people make 80% of the money, 20% of criminals commit 8 ... More!


24 February 2017 - Essential Secrets 20: Stay Relaxed

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 20:Stay Relaxed -- Eliminating Tension to Make Playing Easier -- Both physical and mental tension can be debilitating in your musical life. Mental tension, more commonly called stress, affects your ability to concentrate, to listen carefully, and to remain interested in results ... More!


24 February 2017 - Essential Secrets 19: Be Your Own Teacher

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 19:Be Your Own Teacher -- Acting Like a Coach and Cheerleader -- Being your own teacher is not about replacing your bass teacher. It is about taking on the teacher persona during your practice sessions. Playing this role means you must think like your bass teacher. This means q ... More!


28 January 2017 - Essential Secrets 18: Stay Organized

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 18:Stay Organized -- Creating an Efficient Practice Space -- While many bassists are organized about planning the music to be covered in their practice sessions, they often neglect to plan the physical organization of their practice space. Most practice experts recommend having ... More!


28 January 2017 - Essential Secrets 17: Set Yourself Up Well

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 17:Set Yourself Up Well -- A Little Comfort Goes a Long Way -- To learn bass as efficiently as possible, having the best physical setup is crucial. You need the right setup for your bass—which a guitar repair person can do for you—and, more importantly, you should focus on how ... More!


30 December 2016 - Essential Secrets 16: Hire a Teacher You Trust

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 16:Hire a Teacher You Trust -- Getting the Guidance You Need -- Successful people surround themselves with experts. Businesspeople have mentors. Athletes work with coaches and trainers. Presidents employ policy advisors. All bassists should follow these examples by hiring a bas ... More!


30 December 2016 - Essential Secrets 15: Get to Know a Song Before You Learn to Play It

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 15:Get to Know a Song Before You Learn to Play It -- Speeding up the learning curve -- If there were a way to guarantee that you could learn a song in half your normal practice time, you would jump at it. This strategy does just that. The secret is simple: Imagine in your mind ... More!


28 November 2016 - Essential Secrets 14: Know the Jargon

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 14:Know the Jargon -- Speaking the musical language -- The ability to use specialized language separates insiders from outsiders in every setting, from social groups and associations to industries and academic disciplines. Music has its own vocabulary, and there is jargon speci ... More!


28 November 2016 - Essential Secrets 13: Be Honest with Yourself

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 13:Be Honest with Yourself -- Honesty really is the best policy -- Practicing bass is about exploring your musical potential. Daily practicing leads to a sense of personal accomplishment and self-dedication, and it gets you ready to perform in public. The only way to experienc ... More!


29 October 2016 - Essential Secrets 12: Focus on the Solution, not the Problem

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 12:Focus on the Solution, not the Problem -- Looking forward instead of backward -- From day one of playing music, bassists focus on their difficulties. It’s actually the norm for musicians to think exclusively about their problems. Consider this: Concert reviewers are called c ... More!


29 October 2016 - Essential Secrets 11: Figure Out the Fingerboard

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 11:Figure Out the Fingerboard -- Knowing where every note is saves huge amounts of time -- The note locations on a fretboard seem downright inscrutable. Plenty of bassists are in the dark about where specific notes are located, and these musicians are working at an enormous dis ... More!


28 September 2016 - Essential Secrets 10: Practice the Way You Want to Play

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 10:Practice the Way You Want to Play -- Creating the sound you desire -- What you do in the practice room mirrors what will happen whenever you play. Performances can only be as strong as the preparation that led to them. If in your daily practicing you’re timid and unsure, pro ... More!


28 September 2016 - Essential Secrets 9: Overcome the SAD Syndrome

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 9:Overcome the SAD Syndrome -- Eliminating the all-time, worst-ever habit of musicians -- Nearly one-hundred percent of bassists make an enormous mistake every time they practice. This mistake is like an infectious plague that has spread through the musical community. It’s call ... More!


30 August 2016 - Essential Secrets 8: Understand the Form

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 7:Understand the Form -- Knowing what can be skipped -- Almost every piece of music is structured in a series of organized sections, and the exact order of these sections is called the Form. Before you start practicing a song, make sure you know this form. Understanding the for ... More!


18 August 2016 - Essential Secrets 7: Narrow Your Focus

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 7:Narrow Your Focus -- Fixing one detail at a time -- Intense focus is the key to making big progress in the practice room. With focus, bass players make great leaps forward in their abilities. Without focus, many bassists flounder. Try these two important focusing techniques: ... More!


30 July 2016 - Essential Secrets 6: Get the Gear You Need

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 6: Get the Gear You Need -- Don't struggle when you play bass -- There’s more to playing your bass than simply having a bass to play. Every bass player needs to own accessories that make practicing easier. If you don’t have these essential tools in your practice space, you are ... More!


20 July 2016 - Essential Secrets 5: Memorize As You Go Along

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 5: Memorize As You Go Along -- Making memorization a natural process -- Have you ever had to memorize a song after you’ve figured out all the notes? It’s a pretty common situation, especially if you learn from sheet music. This experience makes memorization seem like an extra t ... More!


27 June 2016 - Essential Secrets 4: Practice Without Your Bass

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 4: Practice Without Your Bass -- How to visualize success -- Every bass teacher has heard this from students: "Oh, I couldn't practice. It was such a busy week. I was doing homework, stuck in traffic, running errands, on the subway, watching the kids, sick in bed, out of town." ... More!


15 June 2016 - Essential Secrets 3: Have Specific Goals

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 3: Have Specific Goals -- Know what you are trying to do before you do it -- Do you ever find yourself starting a practice session feeling unclear on what exactly you’re trying to accomplish? You know you need to make your song sound better, and you’re sure there’s a technical ... More!


26 May 2016 - Essential Secrets 2: Break It Down

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 2: Break It Down -- Organizing music into small, digestible bites -- Here’s the typical way bassists learn a song: Start at the beginning. Play to the end. Then, go back to the top and try again. This is an inefficient way to learn, and it eats up a lot of time. Luckily, there’ ... More!


10 May 2016 - Essential Secrets 1: Practice Every Day

Essential Secrets Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto Secret 1 Practice Every Day -- Daily review beats cramming once a week -- Most musicians understand intuitively that practicing every day is the best way to improve. And, you've probably heard corny reminders like: "You don't have to practice every day -- just on the days you eat." Well ... More!


29 April 2016 - Bass Guitar Chord Chart for Beginners -- Bass Books and Music

Bass Guitar Chord Chart for Beginners -- See our Chord Studies category here. Bass guitar chords are simply a fingering pattern that results in a harmonious set of notes when played all at once. Even though typical bass playing rarely calls for strumming across strings the way guitar chording ... More!


28 April 2016 - Major and Minor Bass Guitar Scales -- Bass Books and Music

Learning Bass Guitar Scales -- See our Scales and Modes category here. Bass guitar scales are fundamental to playing the instrument, whether or not the player specifically studies and practices them. So best to be direct about this: scales for bass guitar will develop any bass player’s technique and e ... More!


16 March 2016 - How to Play Bass Guitar – 5 Beginner Books to Learn Bass

Learn to Play Bass Guitar -- See our Beginning Bass category here. Learning to play the bass guitar can bring joy, just like mastering any instrument can. And yet the bass is NOT any instrument. Deep bass guitar notes create a critical foundation that both carries the rhythm and defines the tonalit ... More!


15 March 2016 - Bass Guitar Notation: The Bass Clef

The Basics of Bass Guitar Notation: The Bass Clef -- See our Sight Reading category here. Bass guitar notation -- the written “road map” we follow to know what notes to play – uses the conventional lined staff evolved over centuries of Western musical tradition. Five lines and four spaces in each of t ... More!

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A systematic approach to learning the fretboard, without reading music.

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FRETBOARD
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JACO: THE DOCUMENTARY
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BUILDERS


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NATHAN EAST:
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GUNS N' ROSES
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CHARLIE PARKER
FOR BASS

CRACKING THE
DETROIT CODE
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SIGHT READING
FOR THE BASS
25 ESSENTIAL
ROCK BASS
CLASSICS


NIRVANA:
THE BASS GUITAR
COLLECTION

BASS PLAYER:
THE
FRETLESS BASS


THE REAL BOOK
VOL. 1
BASS CLEF
JACO
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THE BEATLES:
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101 BASS TIPS
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RED HOT
CHILI PEPPERS:
GREATEST HITS


BUNNY BRUNEL'S
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100 BLUES
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100 ROCK
LESSONS


100 FUNK/R&B
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AFRO-CUBAN
SLAP BASS LINES
BEST OF
TOWER OF POWER
FOR BASS

BASS
STANDARDS
BERKLEE PRACTICE
METHOD: BASS

THE SCOTT
LAFARO BOOK


HOW THE
FENDER BASS
CHANGED
THE WORLD


KEITH
FERGUSON:
TEXAS BLUES
BASS
EDLY'S MUSIC
THEORY FOR
PRACTICAL
PEOPLE


ESSSENTIAL
STYLES FOR
THE DRUMMER
AND BASSIST,
BOOK ONE
ESSENTIAL
STYLES FOR
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BOOK TWO

MOTOWN
BASS CLASSICS
OTEIL
BURBRIDGE
-DVD-


SIGHT READING FUNK RYTHMNS FOR BASS
SIGHT READING
FUNK RHYTHMS
STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN
STANDING IN
THE SHADOWS
OF MOTOWN


CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES FOR ELECTRIC BASS, VOL. 1
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CLASSICAL
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ELECTRIC BASS
VOL. II
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STEVE HARRIS: THE BEAST OF THE BASS
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