Nah I’ve got stuff to practice. And I get your marathon analogy but it’s a little different for me. With a marathon you have a goal to meet and a deadline. I don’t have either. When people ask me what I’m doing with my bass I have no answer - band, record, write stuff, I dunno? Just having fun, see where it goes.
I want to type all sort of smartass responses…
Until my fingers bleed!
Until I’m so drunk I fall over!
Until the woman put their clothes back on!
Sadly the answer is usually when my wife says it’s either time for bed, or I am crying in frustration
I love playing and am either playing B2B or jamming with Heidi (hot-wife) and our friends.
Also, our son is just getting going (5th grade) on drums, so we rock too!
I just started the course on June 2, and have been averaging about 3 hours a day. I need more. If anything I want to devote even more time to it. Annoyances such as this thing called ‘a job,’ and a few hours of sleep per night keep getting in my way.
Oh, I should have known! I truly play morning noon and night, and when I’m listening as a passenger in a car, I am air bassing. I feel like I am in love.
I’m pretty much playing on a daily basis - but I have 2 modes where I play. After finishing working from home, I normally go straight on it for anywhere between 30 mins and an hour, and this is where I want to do proper warm up exercises and then practice whatever is on my mind at the time. This is my ‘technique’ practice where I’m conscious of what I want to do and I keep trying to iron out mistakes.
Then later on in the evening, well, that’s when it all goes a bit free-for-all, and they’ll be a few beers involved, and it’s more of a fun jam. That can last anywhere from 1 hour to god-knows how long.
Some days work is too annoying though, and I might want to play afterwards, but I need to chill out from work and the odd day gets missed where I don’t play at all. I’d say that’s about 1 or 2 times every 7 days. Or even more bizarrely, I’ll have the bass set in my head but then when I turn everything on, a song might pop in my head and it will sound better on keys, so I might just do that instead.
It all seems to be whatever is going on at the time I think.
As an example, yesterday, work was fairly annoying, so when I finished, a friend came around (socially distant and all that) and we just had a few drinks with some music and having a catch up. Then a song came on that we both like, and I just picked up the acoustic bass which is in the same room and just messed about on that for an hour or two. Didn’t fire up the electric basses at all.
Today? Who knows I’ve just looked up the bass line for Money for Nothing by Dire Straits as it literally just popped into my head, so I had the Ultimate Guitar Tab playing the bass solo while I was air-bassing it with my hands, and humming, all while on mute on a works conference call!
Sure it’s the same for me but aren’t there even little goals you want to achieve? For example I am currently working on playing Pink Floyd - Money.
The difficulty of the bass line isn’t that high but the song is loooooooooong and my fingers don’t have the endurance yet.
If you practice for practices sake I can understand your situation. I would also probably pick up the bass less if I just did it for practices sake.
I get the impression that you are not sure about the direction you want to go to and don’t have goals to achieve. I can understand that (not having) these two factors reducese practice time.
At the same time I’m not sure what to tell you because I think you have to find your own way out of that slump. My general advice would be: set short term goals so you have something to achieve and also the feeling of accomplishment instead of just gradually getting better without noticing.
I practice B2B every day except Sunday for about 2 hours.
Thursday mornings I meet with my churches Praise Team leader for a 1-on-1 practice.
Thursday evening is praise band practice.
Sunday is praise team practice at 8 AM and performances at 9 and 11.
So, all said and done I’m practicing or playing for a minimum of 18 hours a week.
If not for walking the dog, tending the garden, taking care of the “honey do” and caring for my disabled mom, it would be more.
You people are making me look bad
When I was playing saxophone, which was the case until about two months ago, I hardly ever practiced, because I guess I just didn’t want to. But since I got my bass 6 weeks ago, I have played about an hour a day almost every day, except for the week when my wrist was hurt. I sometimes play a couple of hours on weekend days, but not all at once.
I don’t try to make myself practice, although I do have to be intentional about getting up off the couch and starting at a reasonable hour, or else next thing I know it’s bedtime. I usually do a few different things while practicing, like exercises from my method book, B2B videos, scales, playing songs I already know, or playing Rocksmith, all according to my mood. Some days I am up for working on something hard in a serious way, and other days I can’t focus on that and I play more for relaxation and enjoyment.
Gotta say… I was overconfident with my statement!
I am taking a break today because I overdid my Billy Jean training and my pinky is still protesting after a good nights sleep so I don’t want to cause any damage to my wrist/tendons and decided to rest for today. (On bass playing and powerlifting)
My vocal chords on the other hand don’t deserve the rest. When I got to the end of B2B I got so excited that I kept playing bass instead of switching to vocal training later and missed two days of training. Most vocal trainers tell you to sing every day. Just has to be five minutes but I am inclined to trust them after my performance dropped with a 2 day break
I try to practice every day, and when I do it’s at least 30 minutes and often lasts 1 hour, sometimes more. I just don’t have more time that that. I picked up the bass for the first time 5 months ago, and now the experience is beginning to be more satisfying in that I can catch a groove more easily. I can hear a song where ever I am, and I’ll want to pick up the bass and chug with it, or try to figure it out. I have a long, long way to go though.
I’m just gonna move it here so you have to get into the thread and @Jazzbass19 doesn’t have to worry about us filling up the welcome thread
It’s all a balance thing. There’s no time someone else can tell you. But practicing for a long time puts more strain on your hand, tendons and everything and I don’t know how far you got into techniques. For me it was impossible to play the octaves with my pinky for longer than 5 minutes at first. Now I can do half an hour of that.
So practice as long as you feel comfortable with. A little bit uncomfort might be okay for new things but never pain.
2) when do I practice, after each lesson or each module?
Probably after each lesson. You can either replay the workouts as often as you want to until you are satisfied and can play it in a relaxed state or have a look here: BassBuzz YouTube Video Guide
It connects the B2B course to the Bassbuzz youtube videos. So when you learn something in the course you can go to youtube for additonal training resources for a lot of lessons.
It is also fun to use the playalongs in the course extras. Joshs explanations are welcome but I don’t need a chord progression explained the Xth time.
That said if you feel comfortable playing the workouts to the lessons and are nailing it - move on in the course! You can decide on your practice routine after you finished the course. You will probably also have more of an idea what things you want to learn and what things you are struggling with.
Since I started talking about practice I can’t hold back: In order to play fast you have to learn to play slow and get faster. It can’t be said often enough. Nothing is gained if you tigthen up and fumble the coordination. Rather go slow and right than fast and messy.
Also it’s sometimes worth it to move on with the course instead of fixating on nailing the fast workout. Especially Module 4 Lesson 6 - most, maybe all people can’t do that on fast after going through the whole course. All of us are working on it though.
Very nicely written piece you’ve put together with some very wise words
I learn bass only 1 month and I practice about 1 hour everyday,i don’t want to let teacher and me get disappointed about myself.
If you do it every day I think one hour is plenty.
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@juli0r that’s some really great advice, I taken a few of your practice ideas and incorporated them into my mish mash practice routine. I’ve had a bad bout of pancreatitis for the past few weeks, so my practice has just been a few scales, just making sure that I pick up my bass several times a day and hopefully I’ll get back to a better practice regime in a few day’s.
Thank’s Juli for all your work.
Thanks. It’s not work for me. I just try to fill my day with somethin productive/constructive. And my fingers and vocal chords won’t let me work out indefinitely as I described. Honestly sometimes I hold back in order to not flood the forum And that’s probably barely or maybe not at all noticable.
Also as someone who apparently reads all my posts you probably notice that I’m just saying the same things over and over. With less time on my hands I would probably also just refer to an existing thread and let them read through it but I like the direct communication and surely he would have found the answers to his questions in those threads but he’d have to navigate thorugh a lot of fluff that’s not interesting to him.
Hope you get better soon. It’s always frustrating to be held back from practice. My back pain is finally gone. In the morning it was still some left but by now everything is fine. Now I just have to get into the habit of doing my workout regularly so it will stay that way.
This is very helpful, thank you! I’ll just try to squeeze in as much time as I can right now, and see how things go later. I need to familiarize myself with the site too. Do you do both lessons and BassBuzz’s YouTube channel?
Yes! We are all thankful to @eric.kiser for taking the time to create it and keeping it up to date. It is a really useful resource.
I personally did those rarely. There are a few topics in which I did - Slap for example. Slap is a bit better explained in the youtube video compared to the course to be honest. But all things that came relatively easy to me I just did the workout and moved on with the course.
I already started doing the finger exercises (5 Levels of Bass Finger Exercise (Beginner to Advanced)) before starting the course but to be honest I am not very disciplined with it. I just sometimes throw it in my practice.
Overall I just recommend focusing on finishing the course. You can create a workout/practice schedule afterwards. If you have time to play try to progress in the course. You can always have a look at the youtube guide but I would not get hung up on trying to nail the things Josh talks about in his youtube videos. Some of them are also more of a long term practice thing to make you gradually better. Not to “learn it” and then nail it.
So it’s actually more than one thing going on when we’re going through the course. I like the bit-size approach, and I’m already at it. Little practice here and there as we go down the course. You’ve been very helpful, thank you. I have bookmarked your posts for future reference!