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What are you practicing right now?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by twinjet, Jun 2, 2016.

  1. twinjet

    twinjet GE90-equipped Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    I'm sitting on the couch watching TV. Not really doing any intense practice, just a small improv sesh on E minor. Modelled after Mel Brown's playing.

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  2. sambass0124


    Mar 2, 2013
    Hong Kong
    Recently I focus on increasing speed
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  3. Walking ....
  4. Daily practice works these studies in:

    Spider drills (metronome)
    Scale sequencing over two octaves (metronome)
    Chord sequencing over two octaves (metronome)
    Reading practice with Hal Leonard Bass Method
    Learn a new melody (Real Book)
    Jam with some MP3s (sometimes with Real Book)
    Some free form screwing around between things

    Record something once a month

    This is me catching up after 3 decades off bass.
  5. Learning songs with many different styles of playing so I can use certain styles interchangably.
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  6. I don't practice much of my sets anymore. I should so I can find some neat extra stuff to add in every once in a while, but when I do play I'm usually sitting at the laptop thinking of new riddims.
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  7. Right now (before posting) I was doing MJ's "Billy Jean"....

    Lately my practice consists of playing to songs.
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  8. rufus.K


    Oct 18, 2015
    Esther a Phillips version of Home is Where the Hatred Is
  9. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    Rootless chord voicings like Dario Deidda is talking about in this masterclass vid.
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2016
  10. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Singing something (improvised) out loud and playing it at the same time to make sure I can hit exactly what I'm hearing in my head and in real time.
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  11. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    That is some serious dedication to your craft. Bravo! :thumbsup:
  12. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    Super Mario Themes
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  13. btmpancake

    btmpancake Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2015
    Apollo beach, Florida
    Killer bassline on Gladys Knights version of "I heard it thru the grapevine"- 90% done in ( 1) hr.
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  14. Rev J

    Rev J

    Jun 14, 2012
    Berkeley, Ca.
    Let's see:
    About 2 hours of warm up exercises from Dave Overthrows "Shredding Bass Guitar
    15 minutes working on the first example from Alex Websters "Extreme Metal Bass"
    30 minutes transposing a Janek Gwizdala ii-V-I lick through all of the modes of the Major Scale
    30 minutes working through a freebie exercise packet I got for signing up for Gwizdalas mailing list
    15 minutes of rhythm exercises I got from Kai Eckhardt
    15 minutes of slapping

    Then alternating between Afro Cuban Grooves and working through Gary Willis' Fretboard Harmony book.

    Generally I'll do one hour of right hand warm ups before work and the rest after.

    Rev J
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  15. two fingers

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

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Scrolling through Talk Bass on my phone left handed. Hey, everybody needs a challenge.
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  16. Practice? That's what gigs are for.
  17. friendlybass


    Jul 19, 2012
    Slapping and muting. Finally have a gig that calls for it
  18. Alice cooper's poison.
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  19. Drums !:hyper:!
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  20. jp58


    Dec 9, 2009
    I haven't been. I need to start back practicing more. I took a few weeks off because of moving, and I was RUSTY tonight. Definitely need to get back at it. Will probably continue to learn songs. That's been most of my practice the last few months.

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