Im fairly new to DB, so I dont have too much wisdom to pass on (those shouting, Yeah, we noticed! from the rear, please pipe down). Im getting much more than Im giving from this forum for sure, but perhaps this might be of help to others, despite the length, so here goes: Ive always been a terrible practicer. Its not that I dislike playing, it's just that it takes me forever to start, and then, once started, I dont want to stop: Ill procrastinate for hours to avoid practicing, but once I start I really get into it and am then frustrated when I have to stop too soon because I didnt start soon enough. So I have been on a quest for a practicing system that will allow me to get the maximum playing time, with the minimum pain. (A family with young children and a job with a very unstructured schedule doesnt help.) Ive tried all sorts of things, and have realized that I must have a plan, or I spend more time trying to figure out what to play than actually playing. I have also come to realize that, while I do not get very much free time during the day, if I were to take all of the short spots between interruption by work or family I would have quite a lot of time on my hands. I finally narrowed down a procedure for myself after reading the article about practicing in the recent Double Bass magazine. They break down a 200 minute (just over 3hrs) schedule into useful sections. Prompted by this I thought over my own needs, and began to design a schedule. Theres no way that I could find 3 hours to practice every day, but I figured I could possibly squeeze in 100 minutes - 1hr40m doesnt sound so bad. But how to partition it up? The DB mag. article suggested: 10% scales and arpeggios, 10% exercises/etudes, 10% Jazz, 30% Orchestral (this was for an orchestral player), 30% new solo repertoire, 10% Old solo repertoire. Flip-flopping the Orch./Jazz times my 100 minute schedule would be: 10min. scales and arpeggios, 10min. exercises/etudes, 10min. Arco, 30min. Jazz, 30min. new solo repertoire, 10min. Old solo repertoire. I played around with this for almost a month, and it seemed to work well. I even printed a log to record how I actually use my time. I also used a timer to make sure that I practiced for only the required time on each topic; this was suggested in the DB mag. article the writer claimed that if you keep your practice to time you will be more eager to resume it the next day. I think he may be right. I start the timer when I start playing, and stop playing when it beeps so the time I log is entirely time spent playing; if I have to stop playing to figure something out I pause the timer. So even if I only log 30 minutes for that day, its 30 minutes of concentrated playing. Well, the 10 minute sections were a real hit. I could now walk up the bass and do something useful in what used to be trivial, unused time. But I was having trouble with the longer 30min. sections. Either I would put them off because I didnt think I would have the time to complete them, or I would do one item this day, another the next, another the next, and by the time I revisited the same piece I would have forgotten what I did the last time and be back to square one with no progress. Just as its better to practice a little each day than a lot once a week, it suits me better to practice a little of each area each day. So on to v2 of my practice schedule. I split my 100 minutes into 10 separate topics and at this stage of the game I have so much to learn that choosing ten different skills to practice is easy. The practice log now looks like: Day: Date: __ Scales .10 mins. __ Etudes .10 mins. __ Arpeggios 10 mins. __ Standards ..10 mins __ Blues ...10 mins __ Latin .....10 mins __ II-V-I ....10 mins __ Thumb Pos. 10 mins __ Arco ......10 mins __ Soloing ....10 mins. Scales I usually take something out of Ray Browns book, or practice scalular patterns that I set for myself. Etudes This is mostly sight-reading practice using exercises Rufus Reid has some great ones in his book. Arpeggios John Goldsby has some excellent arpeggio patterns in his The Jazz Bass Book. Standards Im working on some standards in detail with my teacher, similar to Ed Fs posts, so this is the practice for that. Blues I play in a Jazz/Blues group every Monday night (plus a few extras each month) and theres always something that needs attention here. Latin I regularly sub for a Latin-Jazz ensemble, so theres plenty of work to be done here, too. II-V-I Major/minor/rhythm-changes and all them other pesky Jazz changes its old-hat to most of you guys, but Im a newbie so Is gots to work at it Thumb Position no, I didnt insert my thumb into the cucumber slicer, I play DB in the upper register. Arco Stick O Pain. Soloing I just bought Marc Johnsons Soloing Concepts book, which is cool as hell and I'll be working on this now. I check to the left of the topic when its done, and write the details of what I practiced within each topic to the right. I can get 4 of these forms on a page of paper, which sits at the front of my practice folder. Oh, yes, the practice folder. I have put together a folder containing photocopies of the portions of the instructional books that I am currently working on all easy to carry around and quickly accessible. The organization of this might sound daunting, but it has taken much less time that I imagined, and freed up a lot of time for me to actually practice. And the results of practicing, rather than procrastinating, are already becoming apparent not the least being the satisfaction at the end of the day of having really done the best practicing I could manage. Thanks to those that read this far if youd like a copy of my practice log in MSWord format feel free to PM me.