Whether you are a beginner with no formal training or a seasoned professional with years of playing experience, this techniques checklist will solidify the foundation required to become a proficient bassist and save you countless hours of frustration by learning how to do it right the first time. If you discover flaws in your technique after having spent months or years playing bass, it can be extremely discouraging to have to start over from the beginning so we want to get it right from the onset.
By regularly reviewing this techniques checklist, you can acquire the proper mechanics, finger independence, dexterity, and range of motion necessary to execute bass lines and solos with accuracy, speed, and endurance in any style of music. As time passes, musicians often become complacent with the manner in which they play their respective instrument, and in the process, inadvertently develop bad habits. To avoid this from occurring, it is critical that bassists, especially beginners, review this checklist periodically to correct any bad habits that may have unintentionally formed over time as well as to continually reinforce the proper muscle memory and refine the accuracy that is required to build technique.
This list features a series of questions to ask yourself when playing anything from elemental technique building exercises to complex solo bass music.
With repetition, technique will become internalized through muscle memory. Depending on the technique and the amount of time spent practicing, it may take anywhere between a couple days to several months before a technique is thoroughly internalized. At first, you will need to make a conscious effort to think about the mechanics and movements required to execute a technique, but eventually, you will reach a point that doesn't require much conscious thought due to muscle memory.
As you play, pay particular attention to your degree of relaxation, concentration, and breathing. People tend to learn new material faster and more thoroughly while in a relaxed and concentrated state of mind. The best musicians can make the performance of extremely complicated lines look very easy because they are able to maintain a high level of relaxation and can concentrate more deeply than an average person. Also, the manner in which you breathe directly affects your ability to perform. If your breathing is shallow or irregular, often indicating some form of tension is present, take a few seconds to stop and refocus your attention.
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