What is your practice regiment?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Nimzowitsch, Jun 13, 2020.

  1. Nimzowitsch


    May 6, 2020
    Hi TBers,

    I picked up bass playing a month and a half ago, after a long break of 10 years, and have been enjoying it tremendously. This time around, I decided to do it properly, meaning learn fundamental music theory, diatonic harmony, scales, arpeggios, modes, do rhythm practice, learn proper chord progression playing along to jazz standards, etc.

    I subscribed to Scott's Bass Lessons (which btw is an AWESOME resource I wholeheartedly recommend) and I also got a bass teacher. I have been practicing at least an hour a day, but some days I'd lose track of time and put in 3-4 hours.

    However, now I am at a point where I feel a little overwhelmed by all this new material before me.

    My teacher is giving exercises to do, (playing scales in octaves, different patterns in playing the scales and arpeggios, jazz songs to learn, etc.) and also I'm making slow, but steady, progress through the different modules in Scott's harmonics course.

    This got me thinking - once I'm done with the lessons (I got a 15 lessons package) what will I be practicing? It's convenient having someone give you exercises and check up that you've done your homework. I'm afraid that without a proper framework / practice regiment I may start drifting.

    So with all of that in mind, what is your practice regiment? How often do you practice and what do you practice? How often do you practice scales, arpeggios and rhythm sense?

    Just for some context - i have never jammed with other people nor do I ever intend to. I just play for the fun of it at home. My end goal is to be able to hear a song, infer the chords and "find" the bassline
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2020
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  2. ELG60

    ELG60 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    My practice regiment was the 42nd (Royal Hoghland) Regiment of Foot until they were consolidated or amalgamated into the Scottish Regiment, but for serious combat operations, I'll take the 5th Marines.

    But as far as my practice regimen, it depends upon my operational objectives. Do I have a gig or audition? Is it for enjoyment, or for my knowledge of theory. Also, I my be working on dexterity. Each goal engenders different procedures.
  3. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    Some combination of the following:
    A) tightening up and memorizing partially learned songs. Targeting difficult passages.
    B) putting on a playlist and trying to play along cold
    C) reading written transcription
    D) scale patterns or chord changes, improvising up the neck
    E) vocalizing, coordinating singing and playing

    I like to hit something from each “category” every session, or at least hit them all in 2 sessions. Keeping a log/journal is super helpful. Maybe talk with your teacher about making a long term plan (like 6 or 12 months) before you finish the course of 15 lessons. Something broad, you’ll have to fill in the dots yourself but would give you a little structure.

    If you wanna see organization, check this out
    She-Ra's Shed
  4. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Uh... Pay for more lessons. :)

    As @alanloomis1980 says, learn songs, memorize Songs, rinse and repeat.
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