How To Nail Your First Show As A Bassist

First shows can be rough. Not only do you have no idea what to expect, but nerves are likely running crazy and you’re stressed out about how the performance will turn out. This is totally normal and perfectly fine, but you’ll still want to play the best show as possible. Let’s go over some things to know before, during, and after your performance and see if we can relieve some of that pressure!  [Read more…]

How Long Should You Practice Playing Bass Each Day?

You’ve probably already invested a lot of money into your bass and your equipment, so I’m willing to bet you’re looking to invest your time into making yourself as good of a player as possible.

You may find yourself asking, “how long should I practice the bass guitar each day before I’m successful?” The truth is, the answer varies.

First of all, it’s important to define what you consider ‘successful’, because this will mean a completely different thing to two different people. If you’re aiming to become the next Paul McCartney, you’re obviously going to have to put in a heck of a lot more work than if you’re just looking to be able to play your favorite song. Words like ‘successful’ ‘good’ and ‘expert’ all are relative and you couldn’t possibly give a set time to reach a certain level.

This is especially true because we all learn at different rates. People who are already great musicians will pick up and master the bass more quickly and easily than someone who is playing bass as their first instrument. Of course, I’m sure you already knew that. But that doesn’t really answer the question – so how much time should you spend playing bass each day? [Read more…]