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For bass players, visualisation is the process of imagining in your mind’s eye what you would actually hear in your mind’s ear. Being able to visualise and “picture” your fingerboard and the notes you are playing is a valuable skill to acquire. This tactic will enable you to play the bass, rather than the bass playing you.
Visualisation is something that we all do everyday. In fact, forming a mental image of something before we actually do it is all too common in most people’s everyday lives. Actors visualise their performance before they go on stage. Sports athletes of all types have used visualisation techniques for decades and swear by them. Public speakers visualise the speeches they prepare and musicians of all types, including bass players, visualise what they are going to play before they actually play it.