Been on Parternity leave!

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by El Bajo, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. El Bajo

    El Bajo

    Apr 12, 2006
    I've just become a proud dad so I've been away from the band for the last 4 weeks, plus probably for another 3 more. I'd go back sooner but my missus had a c section and is in a lot of pain so I'm on baby call 24hrs.

    Anyway, my question is...What do you guys do when you've been on a long break, I picked the bass up for 20 minutes the other day and couldnt play some riffs as cleanly as normal? So how would you ease into it to try and get the old chops up?

    Gone are the 2 hour practice sessions! I need minimum 30 minute sessions before the little scamp starts wailing!
  2. Jonny B

    Jonny B

    Nov 5, 2006
    To answer the OP, I just pick up and play. Maybe go through a couple of quick scales. Usually, if I've been away from my bass for awhile, I'll start off with something somewhat complicated that I rarely screw up and pound through that once or twice before moving on.
  3. arginator


    Feb 28, 2009
    Upstate NY
    I feel for you. My daughter is now two, and I haven't had time to practice in, well, two years.

    Hang in there! Maybe you could come up with some regular warm up routine.
  4. El Bajo

    El Bajo

    Apr 12, 2006
    I just got the Bass workout book by Joaquin de Press. Great for randomly opening the book and practicing an exercise for 20 minutes. I figure if I can just do that once a day at the bare minimim inbetween feeds and nappy changes it will take less time to get back into it it. I am yet to do this though, the little champ is relentless!!! :help:

    I wouldnt mind so much but we have recording some time this summer and I'm crapping it!
  5. john_g

    john_g Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    I have two little ones and I practice once everyone else goes to bed (which is fortunately around 9:30 or 10 PM) So I have at least an hour or more to practice without interruptions. Dont sweat having to take some time off, once you get back to steady playing you will pick it right up again.