1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

Question Regarding "the Music Lesson" and practice

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by beaglegod, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. beaglegod


    Jan 6, 2009
    I was just wondering if any of you who have read Victor Wootens book or who have watched the Groove workshop DVDs, have made adjustments or added anything to your daily practice because of it.

    Im still reading the book but havent purchased the DVDs yet, thus far the only thing Ive just started to do is to set aside a little bit of practice time to jam along with songs. Trying to get the groove even before I start playing and than trying to keep that groove and feel as I feel my way to the "right notes".

    I only do this for about 10 min or so usually at the end of practice, Im hoping it will be beneficial, at the very least it is a lot of fun even though musically speaking I can only say "baby words" through my bass as apposed to everything in my head.

    Anyway just curious if anyone has gleaned helpful ,practical advice thus far from what hes shared.
  2. I just finished it about a week or two ago. I am not necessarily applying the text directly, but I am more aware of listening to music as a whole, not just to a specific part. Good luck on your quest!

  3. tobie


    Nov 26, 2008
    Nope - reading the book made me relax more during play though, as it made me aware of the fact that it's OK to play like ... ME, to wait for notes to ring out for their full time period instead of rushing to the next one - and not to expect good results without many, many hours of practice.
  4. beaglegod


    Jan 6, 2009
    I found a few things I might like to try, such as concentrating on learning a technique but than practicing that technique while being distracted in order to learn how to use the technique without making it the focus, I thought that sounded like a good idea which I may try. Oh and the exercise with the drum machine sounds very cool also.

    Hmmm and maybe the random notes exercise could be usefull trying to make even random notes sound good.
  5. BassChuck

    BassChuck Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    This is, for me, the main message of the book. There are other books out there too if you want to continue in the thought. I would reccommend Timothy Galway's "Inner Game of Tennis", not a music book, but a lot of the same concepts in a different light, and Barry Green's "Inner Game of Music", he was a fan of Galways and took them the the music level. If you don't know Barry Green he was for many years the principal bass for the Cincinnati Symphony, and a very interesting person.

    Personally I like having the TV on to sports events with the sound off. Practicing with a little distraction, IMO, is a good idea. Unless you're giving a concert at Lincoln Center, there most always will be distractions around you. Good practice in keeping your head together.
  6. paul_wolfe


    Mar 8, 2009
    This is a book I've been meaning to check out - reading this thead reminded me of that and I've just ordered it!
  7. DudeistMonk


    Apr 13, 2008
    Newark, NJ
    The book is the DVD + fluff/life lessons and - technical substance/exercises...imo

    If you are going to only get 1 get the DVD.

    Both re-enforced some concepts for me, I have started jamming more to records, and worrying less about how stuff fits into scales ext...I've been meaning to do the rhythm stuff from the DVD, I feel like it would make me much better.

Share This Page