Whats your practice routine?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by basss, Sep 6, 2001.

  1. basss

    basss Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2001
    Whats your practice routine?
    What exactly do you practice and for how long? Any good bass books to recomend for practicing especially for funk/fusion?
  2. Hello, and welcome to talk bass.

    i usually practise using tabs.
    but i think i need to learn a bit of theory!

    ive only been learning 3 months, and my practise routine usually consists of about 1-2 hours a day when im bored. but sometimes about 10 mins :(.
    im gonna try and make it at least 2-3 hours a day.

    i really need to pick my bass up and jam....

    so...... ive got my bass now, and im serching for a few tabs :D

    books? ive only ever once used a book. but instructional videos are FAR better in my opinion.

    u can probobly buy them from second hand shops for about £4 each.

    im buying 2 for £5 :)

    hope that helped

  3. RandSoundgarden


    Sep 10, 2000
    I usually practice for about two hours a day, consisting of:
    first 40 minutes warm-up i.e. finger stretching, scales, arpeggios, etc.
    30-60 minutes sight reading
    30 minutes writing own songs, etc
    Then, I usually just study theory and chord progressions, and lately I've been learning to play chords and melodies too.
  4. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Yeah, well im to lazy for that. i just make sure i play everyday.
  5. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    I do scales every now and then, just so I don't forget. But most of the songs I write can be a finger exercise in their own, so I just hit two birds with one stone.
  6. it will depend on the type of player you are and the amount of time you have at you disposal.

    for myself, i usually play everyday, i don't set myself targets, i won't say, that i have to play today for an hour or two. this is because if , for whatever reason you don't you can feel dissapointed with yourself.

    at the beginning you may feel as if you need to cram, but taking your time is just a beneficial.

    you need to understand a technique or a piece of music in order to truley be one with it, to have the confidence to pull it of when and where necessary.

    you may not realise this, but you thinking about music all the time, i know i do, and that in it's slef is a workout.

    make sure you warm up, i have one of two different chorded songs i play, i'll play portait of tracey, or something by joe zawinul, i'll play scales then the arpeggios of the relevant node.

    i'll slap a bit, anything to get the fingers and you groove going, but remember, when doing this, get the rhythm and timing accurate.

    lifes not a race, don't get caught up in the idea that everything has to be learnt today.

    chill, know when to keep it simple, when to shine and most importantly,

  7. td1368


    Jan 9, 2001
    I usually try to practice about 45 min to an hour everyday. I've been taking lessons so mostly I review the exercises and concepts from the lesson.

    My instructor always seems to find my weaknesses so it seems sometimes I could never practice enough.
  8. 10 min practice then sex 10 min practice then food 10min practice then drink 10 min practice then sex smoke sleep food and drink:D :D
  9. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    Fred - you seem to have a certain preoccupation with a certain topic as is evident from your posts.

  10. Chris A

    Chris A Chemo sucks!

    Feb 25, 2000
    Manchester NH

    You must be either really good, or really bad.:D

    Chris A.:rolleyes:
  11. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Play a few riffs, for maybe ten minutes, then get to work polishing/creating songs. Sorta noodling, I guess, but sometimes I go in with a specific plan. Pretty much, I guess, I am a terminal noodler when I practice...