Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by ButtBass, Nov 14, 2001.

  1. ButtBass


    Nov 14, 2001
    I've been reading these forums for a long time and was just wondering how you guys practiced? I haven't found a thread so I thought I would start one.

    I have been playing for 4 years or so and I have gotten in a rut for practicing. I know all the notes on my neck and all that stuff and I was just looking for some sugestions on how you guys practice.

    Usually I just play along with a cd or work on a lick or something.
  2. ble_rush


    Jun 13, 2001
    Mty, México
    Welcome to TalkBass !

    I have been playing for 15 years, and I have been changing practice routines from time to time. These days I start with some exercises for left and right hands, and scales (all modes in all keys) for 1 or 2 octaves, arpeggios, following certain mode with 4ths, 5ths, 6ths, etc. (6ths Ex. C, A, D, B, E, C, etc.), and things like that.

    Some times I also use some exercises from Haslip, Pastorius, and Patitucci.
  3. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    My suggestion would be - get into a band or a group that jams recreationally.

    Being in two bands and doing some stand-in jobs, I always have fresh material to nail down. It's practice or showing up at rehearsal cold.

    Moreover, when you know your playing is going to be critically judged every week by a slew of people you don't know, the pressure helps.

    The only catch is discipline. There's no, "Maybe later."
  4. red-hot-bassist


    Sep 18, 2001
    i agree with rick, playing with other people and having a little pressure to get better is always a good incentive to play and practice more foten,
  5. Yeah, I also agree.

    I know my practice routine gets a lot more intense and involved when I have to learn new material or tighten up what I already know. I'm going to be trying out for a new band next week and, even though I have three gigs this week, I will be spending a lot more time in the wood shed. ;)
  6. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    If nothing else, just play the bass once a day. at least. no set time, just play it. If you really like the bass you will really WANT to play it.
  7. ButtBass


    Nov 14, 2001
    The thing is, I do play with people alot. I play with 4 different groups, 2 of which are serious. I don't know. I have just found myself in a rut.
  8. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Now, that sounds familiar - you're plateauing???

    I've hit those periods over the years. It's like I'm in a comfort zone - I can play what I need to but there's no challenge, no excitement, going on.

    What gets me off of it is to listen to music I haven't been paying attention to or totally ignored.

    What really helps me is to go see some famous bass monster live. Last time I plateaued, I saw California Guitars with Tony Levin on bass. :eek: That was a real kick in the butt!
  9. red-hot-bassist


    Sep 18, 2001
    what do you mean rick, go see someone who is waay better than you are, get really pissed at yourself for not practising enough and being as good as that guy and then going home and playing the bass like youve never played it before, with an enthusiams unrivled by the tartan army,

    is that about right??

  10. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    That's it red-hot. Nothing like a humbling bass experience to keep the TV turned off.
  11. red-hot-bassist


    Sep 18, 2001
    when u bought my fisrt (and only) primus cd i decided i would like to play very well , and got pissed off cos the guy on the cd was realllgood, i tried to slap my way to china, my thumb really hurt, ive never had any instructioon so my technique probabaly sucks but i am learning all the time, and my thumb bled and bled for about 3 days, there was little skin on the side and my strings minged.
    that is my story.