New Practice Routine for 2012

In an attempt to get myself to hunker down and get a handle on music theory, and to break myself from some bad habits that I have developed, I decided to revamp my practice routine.  As you see my primary focus will be on learning and practicing the foundations, while continuing to work on Teach Me Bass Guitar.  As always, this will be a work in progress, allowing me to tweak things as needed.  I’ve already gone through this routine a couple of times now and am realizing that I know more than I gave myself credit for.  My hope is that this more rounded routine will keep me on track and allow me to advance in TMBG while continuing to work on the basics.


  1. Theory – Mainly working out of “Essential Music Theory for Bass”
  2. Warmup – Working out of “Bass Fitness” Book
  3. Scales – Mainly working out of the “Bass Guitar Scale Manual”
  4. Bass Aerobics – Working out of Jon Liebman’s book
  5. Teach Me Bass Guitar Lessons
  6. Sight Reading/Ear Training – Various sites & iPad Apps
  7. Free Jam – Playing along to my iTunes library

My Bass Library

As I continue along my journey with Teach Me Bass Guitar I have found myself looking back through various bass books that I have acquired along the way. The course has really motivated me to learn all I can about playing bass and music in general and as such I find myself utilizing these books more than ever before. As I recanted when I first started my blog, I bought most, if not all of these books hoping to work my way through them and become a better player. Unfortunately I could not keep myself motivated enough to work through any of them completely. They are all great books, which I am now looking at with freshly motivated eyes. This blog is in no small part, a major source of my motivation so I thought I would share with you all the contents of my bass library.

Mel Bay presents Essential Music Theory for Electric Bass
The Bass Player’s Handbook (Berklee Press)
Slap It: Funk Studies for the Electric Bass – BK/CD
Bass Fitness – An Exercising Handbook (Guitar School)
Bass Guitar Scale Manual
The Working Bassist’s Tool Kit Book/CD (Softcover)
Berklee Practice Method: Bass
Learn to Play the Alfred Way: Electric Bass
Hal Leonard Pocket Music Theory: A Comprehensive and Convenient Source for All Musicians (Book)