How Much Do You Practice?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by TerribleTim68, Aug 21, 2019.

  1. When I started bass in 1964, I practiced obsessively (most waking hours). Most of my adult life I didn't play or practice at all. Now retired, I practice technique or play along with music about 2 hours/day and also play guitar occasionally.
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  2. Susqmike


    Nov 15, 2011
    For more years than I can count, i wake every morning at 3:00 am so i can get in 1-1.5 hours in before work. "Practice" usually takes about a quarter of my playing time and includes warm-up and exploring a different key or technique. The rest of the time is for exploring ideas, working them out and just jamming...

    MYLOWFREQ Supporting Member

    May 13, 2011
    Practice?? :bag:
  4. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    Not nearly as much as I should. But then I'm not playing with a band or working on an album, so there you go.
  5. Rarely. Usually if I need to learn a new song with unfamiliar licks and have to get them in my muscle memory. I was Blessed by the Lord with the ability to pick up music very quickly. "Hum a few bars and I'll fake it" if you will. Not trying to sound arrogant but I've always found practicing at home by myself boring (unless I need to learn something difficult). In some ways I envy people that practice a lot by themselves but it's just not me. I enjoy the interaction with other players in a band and that's where I prefer to practice.
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  6. I practice as much as I need to. I intend on practicing everyday. However, in my life anyway, that's not possible. So I usually practice about 3 nights during the week (M-F) for about 3-4 hours at a time. On the weekends I go hog wild and usually practice from around 11:30pm until I start getting goofy tired... 3 or 4am.
  7. Medicine Man

    Medicine Man

    Apr 10, 2015
    I usually play a couple 4 hour gigs a week, so I guess I'm not the target of the OP. I play 30 to 60 minutes a day, about 80% bass and the rest split between guitar and synth, or occasionally percussion/drums. Sometimes I take a few days off if I'm really stagnating.
  8. MCS4

    MCS4 Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2012
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    I actually "practice" more when I am in between projects. While I am in an (original) band most of my limited practice time outside of rehearsals is focused on writing new material and keeping sharp on the bass parts for the band's set. I don't usually do much work on my technical abilities unless it is necessary in order to comfortably play a particular bass part in one of the band's tunes. If I am not in a band, I'll typically brush up on theory and do more intricate technical work since I'm not spending time on rehearsals or any particular band's songs.
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  9. Check out Rocksmith, either as the game on watch it on the Youtubes. It's a great learning tool.
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  10. B-Lo

    B-Lo Bassist, Drummer, Sound Tech, part time Ninja... Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2017
    Northern Alabama
    I would love to practice for at least an hour a day, but all life affords me with all my other competing priorities and hobbies is around 15-30 minutes a day...more on the weekends.

    If I'm in the rotation to play in church on a given Sunday, I'll shift priorities and some other things fall by the wayside for a few days while I prep for the upcoming Sunday's set list.
  11. bassfuser


    Jul 16, 2008
    I know what you mean. Practice without a goal will kind of leave you hanging. I guess my goal is to apply what I'm studying to actual music instead of just playing exercises but that's easier said than done.
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  12. Mantis Tobaggan

    Mantis Tobaggan Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2015
    Tampa, FL
    I play guitar every day and bass once a week maybe.

    I am learning guitar and know bass pretty well though.
  13. Yeah, this has been mentioned a few times, I may need to look into this.
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  14. Not enough.

    However, I must begin stepping up very soon. I just joined a new orchestra/jazz band and was given a few songs I need to learn. They provided sheet music which I've already printed so I just need to sit down with them for awhile. I'm looking forward to this. Having played rock & metal pretty much all of my music past, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone attempt something different.
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  15. I've been learning for 6 months now. I do not yet play in a band.
    I practice between 45 min and 1.5h every day.
    I also take lessons, an hour every week. My teacher says I'm progressing quickly. I take his word for it, since I don't really have a point of comparison.
  16. eJake


    May 22, 2011
    New Orleans
    Using a log is a great tool I'm not bashing it at all. In a way I still have one cuz I take pics of my white board every week.
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  17. ZAR14


    May 15, 2016
    Not nearly as often as I should
  18. No Malarky

    No Malarky

    May 27, 2010
    As often as I can. Life sorta gets in the way.
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  19. tb4sbp


    May 9, 2017
    North East
    Don't know if it qualifies as practice but I play/learn/practice about 12 hours a week *give or take
  20. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    1- 2 hours a day whether gigging or not.
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