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Practicing Alone Poll

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Doctor Intrepid, Apr 22, 2018.


  1. Sit mostly

  2. Stand mostly

  3. I do both evenly

  4. I eat carrots

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  1. Doctor Intrepid

    Doctor Intrepid

    Dec 27, 2017
    I've seen quite a few videos on-line recently where practice bass sitting down. This seems strange to me, for even when I practice alone I tend to stand rather than sit. So I thought this would be the obvious place to check if one way of practicing is favored. Hence, I've created a poll.

    The question is when you are practicing alone do you sit, stand or evenly sit or stand?
     
  2. I sit or stand or sometimes lie in bed. To me it doesn't make a lot of difference because it is the practising that is important, not how I do it.

    The only time I will sometimes stand rather than sit is if I have to sing at the same time, and then only if I really have to "give it some" as it is very difficult to give it your all sitting down.
     
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  3. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Most of my practice time is learning songs. I stand and sit evenly.

    If I am making a chart, or clicking around on the computer to go back a few bars or so I'm sitting.

    But I can't sing worth a crap sitting. And I sing at least backups on almost all the songs I do. So once I get to the words I'm standing.
     
  4. Yetifaced

    Yetifaced

    Dec 22, 2015
    Oregon
    When I'm first working on a song, I'll sit until I have it, then play it standing up to be sure I do got it. It's just easier to run the tools I use at my computer while sitting.
     
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  5. shawshank72

    shawshank72

    Mar 22, 2009
    Canada
    When I play alone I sit down 80% of the time.
    When I’m working on something new and need to sing as well I stand.
     
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  6. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    i'm sitting more these days. doesn't matter the event.
     
  7. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    Standing 90% of the time
     
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  8. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    Generally sitting. But, when practicing playing and vocals, standing.
     
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  9. eJake

    eJake

    May 22, 2011
    New Orleans
    I used to stand back when I was working on my stage game but now that I can be comfortable playing in different positions I tend to sit (with good posture) on a drum throne.
     
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  10. I stand. My day job involves a lot of sitting.
     
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  11. Hurricane Jimmie

    Hurricane Jimmie Supporting Member

    I don't practice too often. But when I do, I'm sitting down reading a chart or playing along with a file on a disk or computer with the device within easy reach.
     
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  12. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    When practicing something to play it live, i’ll stand.

    When practicing something to get it tight for recording, I’ll sit.
     
  13. When my band practices, everyone sits except me ... I hate sitting and prefer to stand. Sometimes it makes others uncomfortable that I'm standing when everyone else is sitting.

    Maybe it's because I started out playing horns and vocals and you just can't get the same breath support sitting as you can standing.
     
  14. khutch

    khutch Praise Harp

    Aug 20, 2011
    suburban Chicago
    I never sit while playing. In fact, I sing in a choir too and while we practice most of the time while seated I would prefer to stand the whole time.
     
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  15. Bassbeater

    Bassbeater Guest

    Sep 9, 2001
    It might be worth noting that it's much easier to film yourself playing bass while sitting down.
    I mostly play standing.
    I practice not looking at the fretboard when I play and try to stand with good posture.
     
  16. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    Don't most students in a music school usually sit?
    Why would that be wrong?
     
  17. Doctor Intrepid

    Doctor Intrepid

    Dec 27, 2017
    It's not a question of right or wrong, but preference.
     
  18. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    Then the instructor in a school is imposing his preference?
     
  19. Doctor Intrepid

    Doctor Intrepid

    Dec 27, 2017
    No. I'd say the preference of a tradition.
     
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  20. gjbassist

    gjbassist Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2005
    Kansas City, MO
    Practicing alone at home typically involves learning new songs, which is done using my computer. I sit so I have easier access to the computer.
     
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