Mar 29 2015

Practice Log Week 12 – 3/22/15

Started out this week strong, then rolled into two nights of band practiced followed by a night at The Fillmore San Francisco watching Juan Nelson tear it up with Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals.  Man is Juan a funky player!  Such an awesome show.  Juan Nelson is one of my favorite bassist, so when he …

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Mar 26 2015

TakeLessons.com Ultimate Gear Giveaway

  Looking to take lessons but not sure where to start?  Want a chance to win some new gear? Then head over to TakeLessons.com and check out their Ultimate Gear Giveaway.   TakeLessons.com is an online marketplace dedicated to helping connect students with high quality teachers for private lessons. One of their primary lesson categories …

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Mar 22 2015

Practice Log Week 11 – 3/15/15

Went the whole week exclusively playing the Mustang bass, didn’t even touch the 5 string.  I’m sure at some point I will pick up the 5 again, but lately I just haven’t been feeling it.  That’s how it seems to go with me and the 5, not sure why, I just don’t seem to take …

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Mar 19 2015

Review: Notation Trainer Android App

Concept and Features Notation Trainer is an incredible Android app created to help musicians improve their sight-reading skills.  Designed by London-based music tutor Stuart Bahn, Notation Trainer generates original sight-reading exercises to musicians’ exact requirements.   “To be able to perform music from written notation takes hundreds of hours of practice”, Stuart says. “The problem …

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Mar 15 2015

Practice Log Week 10 – 3/8/15

I went another week completely enamored with my Mustang bass.  I did play my 5 string one day, but am just not feeling it.  I even took my Mustang to band practice this week and you know what, it sounded awesome!  The short scale just feels so comfortable to me right now, I just can’t …

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Mar 08 2015

Practice Log Week 9 – 3/1/15

One of my goals for 2015 is to play my 5 string more as I have had a bit of a love hate relationship with it in the past. So far, 2 months in, that hasn’t changed much, but I have continued to play it more as a matter of course.  That is, until this week. …

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Mar 01 2015

Practice Log Week 8 – 2/22/15

Wow!  February seems like it just flew by.  This last week I was still nursing a bit of a cold and minimized my practice time so I could go to bed early, but I still managed to finish up Module 2 of Scott’s Harmonic Layering Course.  Man, module 2 was jammed full of so much …

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Feb 22 2015

Practice Log Week 7 – 2/15/15

The longer I continue to keep a practice log, the easier I am finding it is to do.  I’m now at the point where if I miss a day, I feel bad.  This week I actually forced myself to pick up the bass, even if only for 15 minutes just to feel complete. I completed …

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Feb 15 2015

Practice Log Week 6 – 2/8/15

Today I took the time to review the data from my last 6 weeks of keeping a practice log and am starting to see some patterns emerge.  On average I am practicing 5 days a week, with each session being about an hour.  As I expected, Fridays and Saturdays are typically the days that get …

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Feb 08 2015

Practice Log Week 5 – 2/1/15

Some weeks are tougher than other to stick to my practice routine and this past week was a whooper!  I got off to a good start, but on Thursday my wife left for a week-long conference in Vegas.  My Mother was able to come and help out with the kids on Thursday and Friday, but …

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