Setting Goals?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by JPSixx52, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. JPSixx52


    Jan 13, 2013
    Mesa, Az
    I'm just starting out, been playing about a week. I'm using the website as a guide and supplement since i can't spare the dough for a teacher right now. I'm trying to take it slowly through the lessons and then after practicing them for a while I move on and work on learning a song or practicing previous things I've learned on the website.

    My problem is I feel like I don't know where all this is leading or what my goals should be. I have plenty of free time. Usually 4+ hours a day I can dedicate to practicing. Overall I guess I just feel a bit overwhelmed.
  2. henry2513

    henry2513 Supporting Member

    May 9, 2011
    Los Angeles, Ca
    I'd set some simple but concrete goals to start with.

    Like maybe:

    Week 1-4 work on develop good technical habits. i.e strict alternation between fingers on plucking hand, straight wrists, some sort of system for left hand, either 1 finger per fret or whatever suits you and etc, etc.

    Week 4-8 Learn Major, Minor, Dominant Arperggios in all positions, inversions etc. etc.

    That's what I did when I started back and I think it's helped me focus my practicing and playing.
  3. Fergie Fulton

    Fergie Fulton Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2008
    Retrovibe Artist rota
    Learn to play some songs, have some fun..till curiosity kicks in.
    Then you will look for answers to why you play the way you do an why some things sound great and other don't....then you are on the road to set goals and learn more.:)
  4. JPSixx52


    Jan 13, 2013
    Mesa, Az
    Thanks guys, this should at least help me get going in the right direction
  5. MalcolmAmos

    MalcolmAmos Supporting Member

    Print this off and see if you can use any of it. I believe there are certain fundamental things we need to get under our fingertips before we get too far down the road. Take the following in sections, and as henry2513 said, set realistic time limits to have 1) the section understood and then 2) to be able to play it on your bass.
    Print this off, break it into sections and study it a little at a time. Set realistic goals to understand and then play these items on your bass. Bass Burgers. Eat enough to satisfy your hunger, but, take little bites so it does not make you sick.

    Have fun.