Often, when you're practicing or jamming around on the Bass, you'll come across a new musical idea.

And, a lot of the time, if you don't have some way to remember it, you'll lose it.

I know. It's happened to me more than once and I regret it every single time.

However, I've managed to find a few ways to keep track of ideas so that I don't lose them as often, if at all, anymore.

1. Musical Journal.

This is an idea that I heard about a while ago, but never really considered until I realized how useful it could be.

Basically, every time you find a new one, you either write it down or record it, and then keep it somewhere.

I like to do both, if possible.

Sometimes, I'll record my idea into an mp3 and then write a note in Finale or Sibelius (Whichever is closer at hand) with the music.

That way, you remember more of them.

2. Jamming on it.

When you have a new idea, don't just play it a few times; Play it over and over again as many times as possible until you can't stand it any more, and then play it a few more times.

After that, try playing around with it in different rhythmic styles. How about in different keys? Maybe try playing it in different tempos?

Again, just play it until you can't forget it!

3. Turning it into an exercise.

After you've got the idea up and running, try turning it into something you can use for different exercises.

If you speed it up really, really quickly and then play it with the metronome on 2 and 4 instead of 1 and 3, then you can make into something more than just a simple groove; It becomes an exercise as well.

Another thing that I want to point out is this: If you have no use for it now, keep it; Don't forget it. You might not have a use for it now, but later, when you need something for a tune of yours, it might come in handy. Hold on to all of your ideas.

Remember to keep experimenting. Never stop. That is how the best music happens :D

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