Bass Practice Log

Date

Sight reading

Ear training

Scales/Theory

Song/Jam

Other/Notes

10/12/16

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10 mins

HLBM ex 10-17

Metronome: 92

10 mins

A major scale in 2 positions while speaking solfege names and playing root between each note

10 mins

Minor pentatonic in 2 positions

Memory trick: noticed that solfege “fa” starts with “f” like “four” and “sol” starts with “S” which looks like “5”

10 mins

Major scale on 1 string

Major scale on 2 strings (4 notes each)

r-w-w-h

w-w-w-h

0-2-2-1

Pattern breaks scale in 2 even parts

On 2 strings, higher string starts 4 frets before lower string

10/13/16

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10 mins

HLBM ex 10-20

Metronome: 92

10 mins

Tetrachords on 4 strings (G)

10/27/16

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10/28/16

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Created scale comparison chart for blog

11/01/16

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11/02/16

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25 mins

HLBM ex 10-34

Metronome: 92

Created minor pentatonic mode chart for blog

11/03/16

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5 mins

Ran through Hungarian Minor scale and old post

15 mins

2016.11.03 Bm ascending & descending riff

20 mins

HLBM 18-35

Metronome: 92

Ex 34: say note names out loud to ignore finger #’s

11/04/16

15 mins

HLBM 18-34

Metronome: 92

15 mins

HLBM 18-34

No metronome

35 is going slow b/c of #’s and b’s. Speaking wrong note names but playing them right.

11/05/16

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15 mins

HLBM 18-35

No metronome

30 mins

HLBM 36-37

No metronome

Still really like the sound of 37’s blues. Mark Smith’s vid about reading music has great tips.

11/06/16

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15 mins

HLBM 18-34

No metronome

10 mins

HLBM 35-37

15 mins

HLBM 38-41

10 mins

F-G and F-A on E

Natural notes in 2nd position

39 playing right notes, but when saying them aloud, slowing down a lot

15 mins

HLBM 38-40

No metronome

Playing right notes, saying wrong ones aloud - especially E (D string)

11/07/16

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12 mins

HLBM 18-37

No metronome

Speed increasing, less mistakes!

15 mins

HLBM 18-40

Metronome: 92

5 mins

D Major chord tones with approach notes for that mid-eastern sound (blog)

40 saying wrong notes, playing right ones

11/08/16

15 mins

HLBM 38-40

No metronome

Ironing out issue with saying wrong note name aloud

11/09/16

15 mins

HLBM 38-39

No metronome

15 mins

HLBM 40-41

No metronome

Still trying to say right note names aloud

Tried 42 (D-Lite). Can’t do it w/chord names. Use copy w/o chords next.

11/10/16

15 mins

HLBM 38-42

No metronome

Used 42 w/chord names removed

10 mins

HLBM 42

No metronome

Used 42 w/chord names removed

11/11/16

15 mins

HLBM 42-44

No metronome

Used 42 w/chord names removed

10 mins

HLBM 38-42

No metronome

Can do 42 with concentration. Have to focus on notation and ignore chord names

11/12/16

15 mins

HLBM 42-45

No metronome

Getting 42 even with chord names. 45 is hard

11/13/16

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Bought acoustic bass

11/14/16

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11/15/16

25 mins

HLBM 10-42

10 mins

Random bassline snippets

Used acoustic

Tried tying cord to headstock

11/16/16

7 mins (acoustic)

HLBM 40-42

No metronome

7 mins (electric)

HLBM 42

No metronome

Getting better at 42 with chord names

10 mins

HLBM 42-44

No metronome

15 mins

HLBM 43-45

No metronome

Can play 42 slowly w/no mistakes!

Moved onto “More Notes on the D String”

11/17/16

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15 mins

HLBM 38-45

No metronome

45 is hard. I wish there was a track I could hear.

65 mins

Video: Anthony Wellington Clinic - Modes for 4, 5, 6 and 7 String Bass

11/18/16

20 mins

HLBM 38-45

No metronome

15 mins

HLBM 36-45

No metronome

15 mins

Modes via AW’s pattern

Used acoustic with strap attached to headstock

11/19/16

12 mins

HLBM 38-41

Acoustic

14 mins

HLBM 42-45

Back to electric. Focusing on 45

10 mins

HLBM 45

Timing is hard for some reason - half notes and quarter notes aren’t flowing naturally with my count

11/20/16

25 mins

HLBM 38-44

Metronome: 92

HLBM 45

Metronome: 60

15 mins

Created printout for Wellington Modes

Acoustic

Did 42 @ 92bmp w/o mistakes 3X

Doing 45 @ 60bpm. Hard.

15 mins

HLBM 42 & 45

Metronome: 60

Making progress with 45. Can play parts with metronome

11/21/16

20 mins

HLBM 10-40

Metronome: 92

Making mistakes with some earlier exercises that I haven’t reviewed recently

30 mins

HLBM 10-44

Metronome: 92

Less mistakes with earlier exercises. Had to drill some

11/22/16

20 mins

HLBM 10-45

Metronome: 92

Still some mistakes. 45 getting better - playing at ½ speed

10 mins

Minor triads across 2 octaves

45 mins

Minor triads across 2 octaves

Experimented with grooves using chord tones in 2 octaves. Really like it in Bm

11/23/16

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20 mins

2-octave chord post for blog

25 mins

Minor chords in B

11/24/16

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Thanksgiving!

11/26/16

30 mins

HLBM 10-44

Metronome: 92

Sloppy. Might be food coma.

15 mins

HLBM 45

Metronome:40

Slow. Making mistakes. Hard exercise

10 mins

HLBM 45

Metronome: 40

Slow. Getting better… slowly

10 mins

HLBM 45

Metronome: 40

Getting better. Still glacial

11/27/16

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25 mins

HLBM 10-44

Metronome: 92

Acoustic

11/29/16

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22 mins

HLBM 10-44

Metronome: 92

Acoustic

10 mins

HLBM 45

Metronome: 40

Making less mistakes

11/30/16

10 mins

HLBM 45

Metronome: 40

10 mins

Working on chord idea from Frank Smith (1-3-5-7; 2-4-6-1; 3,5,7,2, 4-6-1-3; etc.)

12/03/16

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10 mins

HLBM 45

Metronome: 40

10 mins

HLBM 45

Metronome: 44

10 mins

HLBM 45

Metronome: 50

Increasing speed. Finally getting it (slowly)

Keep calling the opening “D” an “E” still...

5 mins

HLBM 45

Metronome: 50

5 mins

HLBM 45

Metronome: 54

10 mins

HLBM 45

Metronome: 60

5 mins

HLBM 45

Metronome: 60

15 mins

HLBM 45

Metronome: 66

12/04/16

5 mins

HLBM 45

Metronome: 50

5 mins

HLBM 45

Metronome: 54

5 mins

HLBM 45

Metronome: 60

12/05/16

5 mins

HLBM 45

Metronome: 50

5 mins

HLBM 45

Metronome: 54

5 mins

HLBM 45

Metronome: 60

12/06/16

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12/07/16

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45 mins

HLBM 45

5 mins

Metronome: 50

5 mins

Metronome: 54

5 mins

Metronome: 60

5 mins

Metronome: 66

5 mins

Metronome: 72

5 mins

Metronome: 80

5 mins

Metronome: 84

5 mins

Metronome: 88

5 mins

Metronome: 92

45 mins. Finally did it. I can play ex. 45 at 92 bpm

45 mins

HLBM 45

5 mins

Metronome: 50

5 mins

Metronome: 56

5 mins

Metronome: 60

5 mins

Metronome: 66

5 mins

Metronome: 72

5 mins

Metronome: 80

5 mins

Metronome: 84

5 mins

Metronome: 88

5 mins

Metronome: 92

Ran ex. 45 for 45 mins again, from 50bpm to 92bpm

I can finally move on to a new exercise

This took me almost 4 weeks!

Got 90 mins of practice on that one exercise today with 2 sessions. Ouch

12/08/16

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40 mina

HLBM 46

Metronome: 50

12/09/16

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12/11/16

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60 mins

HLBM 46

10 mins

Metronome: 50

10 mins

Metronome: 54

10 mins

Metronome: 60

10 mins

Metronome: 66

10 mins

Metronome: 72

10 mins

Metronome: 76

15 mins

HLBM 46

Metronome: 60

Trying to figure out how to record sound for practice vids. Camcorder not picking up ANY bass

12/12/16

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First video upload in 5 years. Its not gotten any prettier

25 mins

HLBM 46

5 mins @ 60 bpm

5 mins @ 66 bpm

5 mins @ 72 bpm

10 mins @ 76 bpm

Made another video of this exercise @ 76 bpm

30 mins

HLBM 46

10 mins @ 76 bpm

5 mins @ 80 bpm

5 mins @ 84 bpm

5 mins @ 88 bpm

5 mins @ 92 bpm

Made it to 92 bpm

12/13/16

60 mins

HLBM 45

5 mins @ 60 bpm

5 mins @ 66 bpm

5 mins @ 76 bpm

5 mins @ 84 bpm

5 mins @ 92 bpm

HLBM 46

5 mins @ 60 bpm

5 mins @ 66 bpm

5 mins @ 76 bpm

5 mins @ 84 bpm

5 mins @ 96 bpm

HLBM 47

10 mins @ 50 bpm

Tried octave exercise (47)

12/14/16

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2:30 AM blog post

60 mins

HLBM 45

5 mins @ 60 bpm

5 mins @ 69 bpm

5 mins @ 80 bpm

5 mins @ 92 bpm

HLBM 46

5 mins @ 60 bpm

5 mins @ 69 bpm

5 mins @ 80 bpm

5 mins @ 92 bpm

HLBM 47

5 mins @ 60 bpm

5 mins @ 69 bpm

5 mins @ 80 bpm

5 mins @ 92 bpm

Trying to play more on fingertips and less on pads

Fingertips are really sore after running these. 47, in particular, really hits index and pinky with roots and octaves

12/15/16

25 mins

HLBM 47

5 mins @ 50 bpm

5 mins @ 58 bpm

5 mins @ 69 bpm

5 mins @ 80 bpm

5 mins @ 92 bpm

Index & pinky...

15 mins

HLBM 48

5 mins @ 50 bpm

5 mins @ 60 bpm

5 mins @ 72 bpm

48. Octa Gone

15 mins

HLBM 48

5 mins @ 72 bpm

5 mins @ 84 bpm

5 mins @ 92 bpm

That F# to B in bar 3. I miss it sometimes

25 mins

HLBM 49

5 mins @ 50 bpm

5 mins @ 60 bpm

5 mins @ 72 bpm

5 mins @ 84 bpm

5 mins @ 92 bpm

Notes on the G String (G-A-B)

12/16/16

15 mins

HLBM 45

3 mins @ 50, 60, 69, 80 & 92 bpm

15 mins

HLBM 46

3 mins @ 50, 60, 69, 80 & 92 bpm

Trying shorter intervals between tempo increases (15 mins per exercise)

15 mins

HLBM 47

3 mins @ 50, 60, 69, 80 & 92 bpm

15 mins

HLBM 48

3 mins @ 50, 60, 69, 80 & 92 bpm

Bopps has her first school performance earlier

15 mins

HLBM 49

3 mins @ 50, 60, 69, 80 & 92 bpm

15 mins

HLBM 50

3 mins @ 50, 60, 69, 80 & 92 bpm

Least productive period. 5 mins is better than 3 mins. Maybe make bigger metronome jumps, if needed, but keep 5 min runs. 3 is too short

12/17/16

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Drum set arrived

12/18/16

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25 mins

HLBM 47

5 mins @ 50, 60, 72, 84 & 92 bpm

Set up drum kit

12/23/16

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25 mins

HLBM 47

5 mins @ 50, 60, 69, 80, 92 bpm

25 mins

HLBM 48

5 mins @ 50, 60, 69, 80, 92 bpm

First practice after hurt shoulder and allergic reaction to eye (Lindt?)

15 mins

HLBM 49

5 mins @ 50 bpm

2.5 mins @ 60, 69, 80, 92 bpm

15 mins

Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus (with wife on drums)

Wifey was learning Personal Jesus. I figured out bass part (E-G-E, 1-3-8) and played along

12/24/16

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12/25/16

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30 mins

HLBM 51

No metronome

15 mins

HLBM 51

Metronome: 50

Happy Holidays!

25 mins

HLBM 51

5 mins @ 50, 60, 69, 80, 92 bpm

12/26/16

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40 mins

HLBM 52

Metronome: 50

10 mins bars 1-4

10 mins bars 5-8

20 mins all

Hard one. 3 strings. Did first 4 bars, then 2nd 4 bars, then all 16 bars

Updated YouTube channel overnight

12/27/16

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25 mins

HLBM 52

5 mins @ 50, 56, 60, 66, 72 bpm

45 mins

HLBM 52

5 mins @ 72 bpm

15 mins @ 80 bpm

5 mins @ 84 bpm

5 mins @ 88 bpm

15 mins @ 92 bpm

Made it to 92 bpm

12/28/16

35 mins

HLBM 52

5 mins @ 60, 66, 72, 80, 84, 88, 92 bpm

12/29/16

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25 mins

HLBM 53

5 mins @ 50, 60, 72, 84, 92 bpm

12/30/16

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25 mins

HLBM 46 @ 5 mine

HLBM 47 @ 5 mins

HLBM 48 @ 5 mins

HLBM 49 @ 1 min

HLBM 50 @ 4 mins

HLBM 51 @ 5 mins

Metronome: 92

Can play old stuff @ 92 bpm!

35 mins

HLBM 46 @ 10 min

HLBM 47 @ 5 min

HLBM 48 @ 5 min

HLBM 49 @ 2.5 min

HLBM 50 @ 2.5 min

HLBM 51 @ 10 min

Metronome: 92

92 bpm might be hard to start cold with. Made more mistakes than usual. Probably need to ramp up to it

Date

Sight reading

Ear training

Scales/Theory

Song/Jam

Other/Notes

Rows w/o a date are later sessions from previous dated row