I haven’t posted lately. I’ve been really busy at work, but about 3 weeks ago I made a change. I was looking at my beautiful Seafoam Green PJ, and thought to myself, “That bass on the stand over there…it really doesn’t care how much I work, or about any of my other excuses.” So, I committed to play the bass every day, no matter how short a time. If I want to get better, I have to put in the work.
It’s like when you first go the the gym, and you don’t see results right away. Having recently gotten my strap and holding the bass properly, I just needed to…do the work. What to do? How do I do this?
What I ended up doing, that works for me, was what amounted to some drills (something like Josh’s finger twister exercises, or spider climbs or pinky exercises). The idea here was to 1) have something to do if I am too short on time to setup a video lesson, and 2) work on a skill as a warm-up. In this way, there’s always time to do something on my bass. Then on those days when I have 30 minutes or an hour, after some drills, I’ll put on B2B and get to work.
Drills are, at least at the beginning were real drudgery, but then I could put on Josh’s course afterward as motivation to get through them.
- 10 minutes of skill drills
- 10 minutes of some site reading (knowing my fret board, knowing the staff)
- Fun time with the B2B course
I’m happy to say it’s starting to pay off. Today, I had only 15 minutes of lunch left for my bass time, and for the first time I was moving down the fretboard with hardly any buzz. Something just started working, and now things just seem much more attainable than before. I may fret like crap tomorrow, or maybe I’ll get even better-- but, I’ll keep working.
Just have to put in the work to get better.