Yesterday I saw a poster that said, 'When you aren't practicing, somebody else is.' I lapsed into a deep, 'nudgenudgehellohello?' style trance and when I emerged I wanted to know what other upright bassists, particularly those with a passion for improvisation, practice. I rummaged through the net and found an article called 'Doing It The Slow Way: The how, when, where, what, and wise guide to practicing a musical instrument' by Joe Solomon http://www.activebass.com/default.asp?iTarget=http://www.activebass.com/articles/item.asp?i=8, apparently posted at activebass.com by our own Ed Fuqua (or should it be ED SLOWWAY?) After reading it, printing it out, going to a local park and then reading it several times in a row, coming home, taking a hot shower, and reading it again three times, I resolved to do it the right way. That is, practice the slow way. This is going to be difficult, considering the lack of teachers in my area. But I'll have one in a couple months anyway, when I move off to the big city, in an attempt to pay my dues. So for now, my question remains. When you sit down to practice (hopefully on a regular basis), what do you practice? How do you go about it? When do you do it? What kind of environment do you practice in, and what do you think before practicing? After practicing? I'd love to know.