How Often Do You Practise?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by ZenG, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. ZenG


    Dec 13, 2013
    Near the fridge
    Personally I' doing about an hour to an hour and a half a day.

    Then ...after I watched Billy Sheehan's Basic Bass video on YouTube I realized there was no such thing as too much practise....

    Especially the part where he says he spent all day in a hotel room on tour practising timing with one finger....

    Now that is commitment for sure.......

    Excellent video...picked up lots of good instruction....:bassist:
  2. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    I don't do true practice anymore.
    I work on songs and when a passage or idea gives me technical trouble, I work on this part.
    It would be better if I did but you have to choose your fights. I don't have 2 hours a day for bass playing.
  3. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    I do the same thing. I find "practice" kind of boring. I enjoy playing songs and improving that way.
  4. MalcolmAmos

    MalcolmAmos Supporting Member

    I'm pretty much on auto pilot. Six new songs for our Praise service each Sunday. We (the band) will practice them on Wednesday night and one hour before service on Sunday. We then go to another, smaller, church and play for their service.

    I'll run through them once or twice during the week and if one gives me trouble I'll call up an Internet video of it and give it some extra time. That's it.

    Like has been said my practice is on specific songs I'll be using this week.

    I love playing the bass, and I love playing with the band, however, I do not fixate on practice. Why not? I'm 78 years old and what I do with my bass is now on auto pilot.

  5. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Not as much as I should. :atoz:
  6. Whenever I get the chance to practice I aim around four to five hours.
  7. Art Araya

    Art Araya

    May 29, 2006
    Palm Coast, FL
    When I was younger I practiced/played at least 10 hours a day 5 days a week and gigged the other two. I was totally driven and practiced from the minute I got up to the minute I went to bed. When watching TV I would run scales. Would bring my bass to work and practice in the back room during lunch and break. Maintained this pace for about 10 years. Then trailed off to about 2-3 hours per day. Now, 30 years later, it's down to about 1.5 hr per day.

    As much as you can and your life allows - as good as you want to get. How bad do you want it? There's no end to the things that can be practiced.

    But you don't need to do this to progress. I read that Yo Yo Ma used to practice only 15 minutes per day. But they were very focused 15 minutes where he was always working on improving something he was working on.
  8. G-MonRV5


    Apr 29, 2008
    I'm a working stiff with a family, so although I might like to play four or five hours a day (like I did back in the day), I do try to get in at least that much over the course of a week. Unfortunately, my bass time often falls in the category of "noodling" rather than disciplined practice.
  9. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    It depends on how often my band is playing but typically only about 3 to 6 hours per week and then rehearsals with the band.
  10. ZenG


    Dec 13, 2013
    Near the fridge
    Art Arya:- you could definitely be on to something there...

    To quote Einstein:- "the definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and EXPECTING A DIFFERENT RESULT"

    I try to practise with an eye on improving....not just doing endless runs over and over again.

    I'm always analyzing my weak points and working on those.

    I will however always spend some time on finger "warmups" etc.etc........

    Knowledge stays for a long time......but finger dexterity doesn't hang around too I have to use it or lose it.

    I think I will alternate practise sessions so that:-

    One day:- 80% songs 20% finger dexterity
    Next day 80% dexterity 20% songs.
  11. jamminology101


    Aug 22, 2012
    Indianapolis In
    Endorsing Artist: Glockenklang
    Now that im divorced its every day 'cept nfl sunday. Its not really the quantity of time, but rather quality. If you are constantly practicing things you suck at, new songs, new techniques, you are makin leaps and bounds over the constant noodler. Noodling is fun in small doses but pretty counterproductive in the grand scheme of things...
  12. BassChuck


    Nov 15, 2005
    I'm retired now, so I have a lot of time for practice. I do from 3 to 6 hours a day. I play fretless, so a good bit of that time is spent on scales, chords and intonation practice. I do about 140 shows a year and all of the is reading, so I spend a good bit of time with etude books and written bass lines, trombone and cello books etc.

    Time is not the real issue however. As others have mentioned, focus and planning is the key issue. Never pick up the bass without knowing why and what you are going to do. So you're either improving on a piece of music or checking out your abilities on a technique.
  13. huckleberry1


    Jul 1, 2013
    Mesquite, Texas
    3 to 4 hours every day
  14. Agreed.
    I try to learn a lot of new songs instead of mindlessly practicing. Way more fun than learning scales and theory, which I will have to start soon ...
  15. Jhengsman


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    About 30 minutes in the morning and another 30 0r 60 minutes at night. Speaking of which time to tune up
  16. superheavyfunk

    superheavyfunk Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    I do my practice exercises as warmups before rehearsals and gigs. Most of the rest of the time that I spend "practicing," is spent either trying to learn basslines that were originally played on things other than a bass guitar (Herbie Hancock type stuff, for example, or something modern like Draft Punk), or old R&B and country lines.

    In total, I guess all this adds up to about 6 or 8 hours a week.
  17. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    Having just turned 50 and with my heavy gigging days behind me, I probably play about 3-4 hours a week. I've got some 10,000-12,000 hours in on DB and fretted/fretless electric, so, in consideration of all that and my workload as a scientist, I'm creating new ostinatos watching the Broons, Patriots, and Family Guy these days.
  18. ryco


    Apr 24, 2005
    Every day = about 1.5 to 2+ hrs in the morning mostly working on fretless. Mostly jazz working with Aebersold discs and bop classics.

    Another 2 hours in the afternoon playing about 40 mins of funk, 40 minutes of pick - mostly rock, 40 minutes of fretless.

    I'm old[er] and retired and have been playing bass for 40+ years, about 15 pro making a living at it. I don't run scales anymore. Pretty much concentrate on listening - mostly concentrating on chord progressions. Not playing in any working situations much any more - if a gig is coming up will work a lot on what's necessary for the show. Now live in a pretty isolated part of the world and clubs are long distance, don't pay very well, and the set lists are pretty generic so not motivated much to club.

    Have started learning piano, so spend an hour in the morning and another hour after dinner. Want to learn guitar, too. Love the bass - it's THE BEST - but playing by ones self a chordal instrument seems a little more fun.
  19. I don have either the time or the focus to spend a long time practicing. I'll pick up the bass and practice in small doses several times a day, usually for anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes at a time. On occasion I'll practice for 30 minutes or more, but I'm playing along to songs - practicing scales and stuff for that long would bore me to death. Sometime during the day I'll put on the 'nome and run riffs off the top of my head just to check my time. Other times I'll fool around with my pedals to see what sounds come out of them. Anything, as long as it doesn't bore me.
  20. Many days not at all. Sometimes five or more hours nonstop on the same song because I'm really enjoying the movement toward improvement. So, as with most things... It depends.