Category : Practise

Practise by Recording

How do you feel about your playing when you sit down to record. Are you confident that you’ll capture good takes, that you’ll play your ideas with consistency and great feel? Does the thought of the red recording light coming on fill you with a…

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Music First, Ego Last

Feel first, virtuosity second. If you haven’t got good feel, everything else counts for nothing. Why do we get so easily distracted by the unimportant stuff? Why is it often so hard to discipline ourselves to play only what’s required when we are being creative? It…

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Staying in Control

Here are some of my notes from a workshop I was fortunate enough to lead in Latvia in March 2011. To create a successful bassline or musical idea we must always be in control of what we are trying to do. Think of music as…

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Judging Yourself Too Harshly

Recently I sat down to attempt to record a new bass playing video for the teaching page. I had high expectations about what I wanted to achieve but when I listened back, nothing sounded good enough. I couldn’t get anything I was happy with. I…

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Learning the Fundamentals

A common reason for a student booking a bass lesson is this. ‘I’ve been playing for years but have never really understood what I’m doing.’ When we start looking at what and how the student plays it often becomes clear that there is a lack…

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