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Warmup

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by MikeyFingers, Mar 20, 2006.


  1. I'm in a rutt. 3 months ago, I was able to play the beginning (like the first minute) of Donna Lee, and I could do it pretty damn good.
    Now, I'm having trouble getting past the opening line. My left hand especially is getting slower and sloppier.
    I've noticed this with a lot of my playing lately, not just that song.
    I think the problem is that I never do any warmup excercises or anything. When I pick up my bass, I usually just play. I'm not in a band or anything so I don't have anything specific to practice, so I just screw around and make stuff up.
    But now it's starting to catch up with me. I'm starting to tackle harder songs now, but I've been slacking lately and I'm not as good as I was. I need some good excercises to get my hands primed before practicing. Something, anything, whatever will fix this.
     
  2. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    John Patitucci's "Spider" is a great one:

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  3. seequeue

    seequeue

    Feb 13, 2004
    what kind of speeds do you get that up to usually?
     
  4. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

  5. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    Well, IMO, speed shouldn't be the goal here but consistency. The fastest I play this is 80 bpm, but after some time playing the whole exercise as written, I take the 16th-note sections alone and try to play them at the same speed for 5 mins. non-stop at least.
     
  6. COol guys, I'm gonna try that Patitucci thing right now.
    And BTW, yes I do slap. I'm gonna try that out too.