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Practicing away from home

Sackbass
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11 months ago
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Hey guys, I work in a factory from 6pm to 40am daily, and I don't find the time to practice as often as I would like between homework, family, and work (Sometimes, barely even once a week!).

I thought about getting a shredneck just to practice fundamentals, but I don't know if it's worth the money. I'd like to take my bass to work, but I'm pretty sure that Chrysler won't be happy with that. I wish there was something relatively compact and unnoticeable, but I can't seem to find anything.

Does anyone have any ideas or opinions on how they managed to practice away from home, or with such major time constraints?
johnny [staff]
Posts: 433
It's really tough not finding enough time to practice.

This is a trick that I use a lot when I commute to work: I just visualize myself playing in great detail (e.g. I visualize myself playing a part that has been giving me problems very vividly). When I come home and pick up my instrument I find that I can play it much easier.
Sackbass
Posts: 8
I appreciate the help Johnny. When I'm away, I usually study some theory, or listen to songs and try to improve by ear training. I can never seem to shake the urge to pick up my bass though, haha. I'll try the visualization method too. Anything to help me improve.
Sidsquishus
Posts: 863
Something along the lines of what Johnny has suggested would be to visualize playing the major and minor fretting patterns in different keys.

I also wondered if a ukulele might work. No idea if it would but it is a small four-stringed instrument. Maybe not small enough…
Good luck!

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