Here are the Top 11 Steps to Practice the Bass Guitar Effectively:
1. Set Your Goals
What exactly are you trying to accomplish?
Unless you break down and specify what exactly you’re trying to do, you will never be getting the most out of your practice time. Give your practice a purpose.
So make sure to be concise, think about what you want to achieve, and use that as your measuring stick.
2. Be Organized
Similar to setting goals, you want to be organized going into your practice.
Take a deep breath, and make sure you are organized before diving into your practice. You will thank yourself before, during, and after.
3. Be Prepared
Here is a good, yet generalized, checklist of things you may want to have before you fully shift your attention to practice:
Picks (if necessary)
Music Stand with Sheet Music/Tabs
Paper for ideas and notes
Water and/or tea
Give your wrist some good stretching and make sure your fingers, hand, wrist, and arm are relaxed and limber. After stretching, play through some scales or songs that you are familiar with and help get your muscle memory going.
5. Time Management
A good way of making sure you are managing your time well is by breaking down exactly how long you plan on practicing and what you would like to do/accomplish during that time.
6. Focus, Focus, Focus
When you begin your warm-up exercises and decide what your practice will entail, you have to shut the door (mentally and physically) to the outside world.
7. Not All Practice is Created Equal
If you have ten minutes, maybe going over some scales would be beneficial.
If you have 45 minutes, that could drastically expand what all you get to cover. However, a longer practice is not always a more effective practice.
8. Use a Metronome
Using a metronome is a great way to do the following:
Solve timing issues
Help you discover how many beats per minutes your song is
Fix speed corrections
Develop continuity with your playing
9. Practice with Others
While effectively jamming, playing, and practicing with other musicians, you will inevitably pick up on other rhythms, playing styles, and ideas that could significantly impact your own playing.
Besides, other musicians will be watching and playing with you, and their feedback can (potentially) be helpful
10. Enjoy the Process
We highly recommend enjoying the process of practice and feeling rewarded when you finish.
No doubt there will be times where you feel down and exhausted. And that is natural and okay.
11. Review (Callback to Step 1 “Set Your Goals”)
Go back and look over the goals you set for yourself. Did you achieve them? Great. If not, why? And what can you do next time to help give you that extra push?
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