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How do you start your "daily" bassroutine

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by salsaslas, Feb 26, 2014.

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How do you start your "daily" bassroutine (after tuning)

  1. stretching

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  2. fingerexercise

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  3. scales

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  4. your on standard execution

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  5. your tuning that is a part of you exercise (getting music out of tuning).

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  6. playing with some backtracking

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  7. in what ever comes to you

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  8. free improvisation

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  9. free improvisation to some backtracking

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  10. directly go in to the exercise of the day

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  11. random

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  12. it differs

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  13. dont know

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  1. salsaslas

    salsaslas

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    How do you start your "daily" bassroutine. I mean the start up, lets say for the first 3-5 minutes? Do you tune (tuner, fifths, harmonics, octaves?) or just start up?

    Do you start with (mostly and after "possible" tuning):
    • stretching
    • fingerexercise
    • scales
    • your own standard execution
    • your tuning that is a part of you exercise (getting music out of tuning).
    • playing with some backtracking
    • in what ever comes to you
    • free improvisation
    • free improvisation to some backtracking
    • directly go in to the exercise of the day
    • random
    • it differs
    • dont know
  2. salsaslas

    salsaslas

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    I normally start with tuning with a tuner (on the headstock) and then go with the exercise Im into. Probable cause I have a lot to develop in my playing before I'll be a bassplayer. But thats me!
  3. fearceol

    fearceol

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    I tune up first, then spend about a minute or two doing gentle stretches, followed by slow chromatic scales and arpeggios played above the fifth fret. So, only after about five to seven minutes am I ready for my actual practice.
  4. AaronVonRock

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    I plug in and play whatever comes to my mind. A lot of the time I'll come up with a cool riff or idea that will later be used for a song.
  5. DrSteve

    DrSteve

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    I tune up, noodle about, then hit random play on my iPhone and see why happens. If I have a song I want to work on, I'll get to that after a few random tunes.
  6. GigJones

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    I set a metronome to my current BPM and start with an ascending/descending, two-octave scale, in 8th notes, triplets, and 16th
    notes followed by the 7th chord arpeggio (8th, trips, 16th) for the scale/mode I have targeted over the current two week period.
  7. stratovani

    stratovani

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    I pick it up, strap it on, and play the first thing that comes to my head. After a while I'll put a song on my computer and play along with it. Other times I'll do some metronome work. It all depends on what I feel like doing that particular moment.
  8. davidhilton

    davidhilton Supporting Member

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    Usually I warm up by playing Donna Lee in a few different keys.
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  9. edpal

    edpal Tick-tock, she's not just another pretty face! Gold Supporting Member

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    Power on the tube amp, do some physical stretching of arms, shoulder-shrugs to loosen neck and shoulders, some hand and finger stretching. MAybe even a few toe-touchs. Tune up, then hit something fast with a good backing track to get my juices flowing.
  10. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player

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    I start with a BIG mug of hot, black coffee.
  11. Beltdrive

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    I practice before work, so it's a pot of coffee and about 30 minutes of Steely Dan on a loop, I find that warms me up the best.
  12. ZenG

    ZenG

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    Limber up the fingers first......

    Sometimes I don't even plug in until after I've done this for a few minutes.

    usually I start with finger warmups........but if I have a riff in my head that I was thinking about the night before...I'll just start playing that.....
  13. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Non Serviam Supporting Member

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    Bong hits. :D

    Just kidding. Drugs are bad, m'kay?

    I voted "it differs". I might noodle a bit, or I might play some riffs (original or cover). I don't have a warmup routine. I just play lightly for a few minutes until I feel more limber.

    The bass I'm playing often makes a difference. I'm more likely to play some blues or Motown riffs on my P-bass, where my 6-string Carvin might make me inclined to noodling or playing original stuff, and my 4-string Carvin just begs to be slapped.

    In short, I usually just start with some "free play" to get the fingers loose before I delve into anything focused or specific.
  14. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U

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    Hey, do you wanna play "Higher Ground"? :D
    That's how I warm up.
  15. FretlessMainly

    FretlessMainly

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    Every time I pick up my instrument, I play the first thing that my brain makes my fingers do. I approach music from a strictly improvisational context. Bass in hand = express what my brain is wired on at that moment. Good/bad is irrelevant. Then I reflect on what has happened and seek improvement or reinforce good lines through repetition.
  16. Jhengsman

    Jhengsman

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    In the few minutes between breakfast and going to work I am normally doing a slow blues progression. After dinner it is the method book and/or working on specific songs depending upon the day of the week.
  17. NeroJazz

    NeroJazz Supporting Member

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    I follow a home-brewed schedule consisting of warm-up using scales, working on new tunes, techniques or exercises that push me forward, I then finish off by playing tunes I already know well and just have fun.

    It really works for me, and I have a structural approach which has helped me immensely in keeping focus and not just fall back on noodling.
  18. drunkenDAYlewis

    drunkenDAYlewis

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    I'll start with left hand permutations to limber me up, then a variety of right hand things.
  19. electracoyote

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    Curious. No choice for "bottle of tequila."

    I must be a hack.

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