5 5-Minute Practice Ideas For Bass Players

Here are five ideas you can use to improve your bass playing.

The title says 5-Minute and if that's all the time you have, then just do that.

However, the more (quality, focused, deliberate) practice you do the better. But, I'm guessing you knew that already... 🙂

The ideas are based around:

  1. Memorising something you don't know (a Mixolydian mode in the video lesson)
  2. Technique. Move your bass technique forward by focusing on hard stuff you can't do (yet)
  3. Listening. Figure out bass lines and work out what makes them so good. 
  4. Create! This is an extension of the last point. Play around with any idea you like. Make it your own. 
  5. Timing. Use a metronome or drum loop (scroll down for a free one) to get your groove together. Make sure you can comfortable play whatever it is you're about to tackle before you do this.

Quite simply, if you can get into a good practice routine where you're pushing yourself, having fun, being inspired, and most importantly, improving, then you'll set yourself for massive success in your bass playing.

You only need to improve a tiny bit each time and those gains will compound over time.


Soul Bass Drum Backing Track (110BPM)

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  • Very helpful as always Dan.I’ve been able to apply this pretty successfully over the board and to tie things together and have been for quite a while.And I should considering how long I’ve played.The way things fit and work leads me to believe I’m playing a real existing scale of some sort,but I’d like to actually know what it is I’m playing.This may be where my lack of theory hurts me.This is why it never ceases to amaze me how things automatically flow from your brain to your fingers, and also how easily and concisely you’re able to explain it all.

    • Thanks, Kevin. Once you learn even a tiny bit of theory and link it to the sound, pattern, bass lines, or whatever, the light bulb goes off! Stick at it and you’ll get it.

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