Over the years, I’ve often not practiced because I had an all-or-nothing mindset about it. “I need to practice for an hour, but I don’t have time… so I won’t practice at all!”
I’ve gotten a little better at putting in smaller amounts of time, when that’s all I have the time or energy for, and every time I’m amazed by how much can happen in five or ten minutes.
The other week I was looking up the Jaco Pastorius ‘Modern Electric Bass’ instructional video to find a litle clip I referenced in a lesson…
I stumbled on some really tasty licks he was playing at 21:45 (those first few phrases after the double stops), and thought “well, what the hell, why not put a few minutes into learning (read: stealing) those?”
Five minutes later, I had a couple new Jaco licks! And now every time I pick up the bass to solo I can play around with those new ideas.
(Obviously, your mileage will vary, it might take you way way longer to learn something like that, or it may not even be feasible, but you’ve just got to work at whatever level you’re at!)
So I’m really trying to remind myself how much I got out of those five minutes, and follow little inspirations to learn things like that more often. I also feel grateful for all the practice I’ve already put in over the years, that allows me to learn licks like that so quickly, that years ago would have been impossible to figure out even by slowing them down.
Anybody else get some cool stuff done in five minutes of practice?