Can Practice actually be fun?

Quick! What is the first thing that comes to mind when I mention "Practice"?

Was it "Boring"? "Tedious"? "Snore Inducing"? "Unsafe at high altitudes"?

Well....... maybe not the last one, but I'm pretty sure that the other ones were all fairly accurate.

What is it about practicing that we, as musicians, tend to hate?

Why is it such a big chore to get on your bass and play?

You would think that being able to play your bass would be fun, but every time someone mentions it, we run for the hills.

In all honesty, I used to have this problem, but I've come up with some ideas that will not only make you want to practice, but will bring fun back to practicing your bass again!

On the following pages, I've written a series of quick articles that I believe will make you see practicing in a different light and will ignite the desire for you to get down to business with your bass.

So, why is practicing sooooo tedious? Perhaps you need a few ideas of how to approach practicing in a different light. Maybe it has to do with not feeling the groove enough. How well are you Grooving? Are you practicing correctly?

Maybe mix up what you're practicing a bit. How are you going about mixing up what you learn?

Are you stuck in a rut? What about recording yourself and getting new ideas? you could always use the stuff that you play to build and create new songs!

What about Self-analysis and listening to yourself? Do you know exactly how you sound to others?

Do you need more or less structure? Would a list or a chart help you organize your time so that you get more out of it?

Practicing isn't always about dusty books and scales. What about learning tunes off of CD's and training your ear?

In all honesty, I've spent a lot of time trying to get over the whole idea of boring practice. I believe that the above articles can and will help you want to play more.

In the end, it's all up to you. To be the best player that you can be, you're going to need to put in some time on your instrument, so why not enjoy that time?

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