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Practice Routine

Discussion in 'Jazz Technique [DB]' started by Scottbj79, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. Scottbj79


    Mar 23, 2015
    Bremerton, WA
    Hello all,
    I have recently (in the last week) got back to playing music after a 5 year brake. I am looking for a good practice routine to get my chops back up to par.

    A little background on my playing, I have played music on and off since I was 6 starting with the Violin, then moving to the clarinet, bass clarinet and finally the contra bass clarinet. In High school I also picked up the bass guitar. From there I moved to the double bass in my early twenties. I played for years in Rockabilly and bluegrass groups. Now after my 5 year break I was asked to join up as a alternate bass player for a gypsy jazz group. I am finding my chops are weak at best and my right and left hand work are both sloppy.

    Knowing myself, I know that playing with other people will force me to progress faster than just practicing at home but I also feel I need to develop a good routine at home and for once am at a loss of where to start. I have gone through a bunch of the threads on here but am feeling a bit overwhelmed with the options and suggestions.

    Last edited: Mar 27, 2015
  2. jahan


    Dec 12, 2004
    Alameda, California
    I start off every day with scales and arpeggios. I try to do all my scales from lowest point on the fingerboard to highest and always use a drone, such as Richard Schwartz "The Tuning CD". Annoying as hell, but really telling as far as your intonation is concerned. For Arpeggio's I really like using Levinson's School of Agility book. There's a section in the back called Arpeggio's for daily practice. I've actually made an accompaniment for this routine on iReal Pro which you can program to raise up a 4th after every cycle and makes this a lot more fun. After that, I just figure out what I screwed up on my last gig, and try to work on not doing it on my next. That's my routine these days.
    murrayonbass and Scottbj79 like this.

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