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The Attributes of Awareness

Understanding awareness means you are living in the present moment.  All good bass players understand this concept.  You need to ask yourself, “What am I doing right now?  Not last week or next month, but right in this crystal moment called NOW.” 

Confronting yourself with this question on a regular basis will not only help you to re-define your practice skills, but also greatly improve your performance ability.  Some of the key attributes of awareness that we will concentrate on in the next few days will include:

–          Visualisation

–          Focused Concentration

–          Expressive Intent

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Understanding the Learning Process of the Bass Guitar

This illustrates what I call “The Chain of Sound.”  When somebody plays their bass, this is the way the chain of sound occurs in order of importance:

1)  Spirit, Soul- YOU!

This is where the feel, heart and emotions of your sound come from.  Everybody is different and we all come from a variety of backgrounds which contributes significantly in creating the individually of sound and personality on the bass.  There will only ever be one Anthony Jackson, one Marcus Miller.  When Jaco passed away, that was it; nobody will ever replace him.  Because it’s not about notes on the paper, it’s all about the vibe, spirit and soul. 

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