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Hey Guys,

Most of the talk on this forum revolves around Sheldon's incredible basses, so I figured I would see what you guys do with them. What are you currently practicing and trying to improve on?

For me I'm really trying to improve rhythmic accuracy and feel. Also, I'm really trying to get my reading together. These are just two of many things I work on daily.
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As a beginner, I'm working on my feel in different genres - learning to adopt my touch. Shuffling between songs of very different genres and trying to get each song sounding right in it's own specific context without turning any knobs. I've also just completed Slap it! by Tony Oppenheim, it's a great book.
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Yeah, touch is very important to sound good. For example, here is someone who needs to refine their touch a bit as he is making this Dingwall sound less than stellar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=II-1lxFxZGU
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Whenever I have a chance to play my bass that doesn't involve band rehearsal or gigging I would practice stacks of music books mostly theory, odd time signatures, sight reading etc. When I do this there are two things I would always make sure I use which are either a metronome or a drum machine. After a couple of hours I would take a break and then go back to lay basslines over all kinds of different songs and try not to copy the exact bassline but to give it my personal approach, trying to be individual and always in tune with the song and it's rhythm. Eventually whenever I practice with my band, my goal is for them to rely on my playing as something not bland but original and accurate at the same time.
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Eh.

Any practicing I do is based upon feel and time and almost all groove. At home I work with a Pandora and no amp. I tend to warm up by playing through a handful of albums that reinforce what I want to hear. For me that means mostly Roots Radics and Sagittarius Band, and some newer Sly & Robbie things, occasionally a few other albums/artists. That mostly to get my fingers moving, my touch on the strings the way it needs to be. I have some favorites that are uptempo (usually live recordings) obscure albums by those artists that really can give a workout. I usually then do finger exercises with a click, both fast and slow. For me practicing is like working out...I do it to keep my strength, speed and stamina...I do it to keep my touch even and tight, it's repetitious. I can spend several hours on just one riddim, working it and different ways to fill, or fit different dancehall mix patters across the groove.

I never practice ANY of my own band's material, unless I'm writing songs or if someone has brought a piece in and I'm working on composing my part or arranging parts for the band, in which case I'll also work with guitar (Telecaster) as well.
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