Thursday practice


Practice for today goes a little like this

Bass (6 string)


Blues in G minor. walking bass (1353)

Walking blues in F

Cycles in 12 keys at 140 bpm on A string all over fretboard

random modes in C all strings (gonna have to go between modes and pentatonics each day)

Repertoire. In the hall of the mountain king. and learning sonata in Bb minor

and some general messing about with the looper. Gotta find more stuff to add to the repertoire


By for now





Tuesday 7/3/17


It’s Tuesday. Didn’t really play much over the weekend. I did have a gig with the covers band a a local(ish) pub on Friday night which was cool (and financially welcome 😉 ). And I had a Sunday rehearsal. So between getting home and dumping my gear after the gig and rehearsing on Sunday I really couldn’t be bothered to set up all the gear just to take it apart again so, instead of practicing bass I wrote music. Which was good. I’ll maybe post tracks at a later date.




Monday 6/3/17

Bass (6 string)

Yardstick of rhythm and groove


Tuesday 7/3/17


Got a good hour and half or so in in the bass this morning. It was a good time indeed

Bass (6 string)

A bit of messing on the loop pedal with a groove (until Arthur started attacking my feet)

Yardstick of rhythm and groove

Walking over a C blues and G minor blues

cycles in 12 keys

random Modes in C on B string

Some classical melodies and started learning In the hall of the mountain king.







Tuesday 28th Feb 2017


Practice schedule as follows.

The weekend I spend welded to the sofa. I did a little bit of playing on the six string looping  a 12 bar blues in F, looping a walking bassline and then playing and looping chords over the top. I even went as far as attempting to solo (good grief) over the loops. That needs waaaaaay more practice. And in different keys.


It also appears I have to practice bass with a cat in my lap as well :/



Monday 27/2/17

Bass (6 string)

Walking lines over blues in F, C and G minor

maj, min & dom cycles in 12 keys D & C string above 12th fret

modes in E



Tues 28/2/17

Bass (6 string)

Walking lines over blues in F, C and G minor (focusing on combining 151a + 151b)

maj, min & dom cycles in 12 keys D and C string above 12th fret

a quick looped 12 bar blues in F, bassline and chords

a listen and rough play through Kim Wilds Kids in America for the covers band

Friday 24/02/17


Today’s practice. Again. I could barely get out of bed. I possibly need to look at that. If any of you good folk have any suggestions for being tired 24 hrs a day let me know.


Bass practice (6 string)

maj, min and dom scales and chords, 12 keys D string above the 12th fret

modes in B (asc one mode and desc the next mode in 3rds)

Pentatonics in B (asc and desc in 3s)


Walking bass, blues in C


That’s it 😦


At least Arthur no longer jumps on the laptop every 2 mins


14&15/2/17 practice




14th Feb practice


7th Chords all inversions

2 – 5 – 1 in C major until Arthur turned into Sun Ra and stopped me practicing


Bass (6 string)

Maj, min & dom scales and arp in 12 keys up the dusty end on D & C string

Modes and Pentatonics in F

Blues in F walking

Blues in C walking

Blues in Gminor walking



15th Feb practice


Bass (6 string)


Blues in F walking

Blues in C walking

Blues in Gminor walking

Maj, min & dom scales and arp in 12 keys up the dusty end on D & C string

Modes and Pentatonics in Bb


Blues in Gminor walking





Two practices in one week.


Also I got a mister spray for Arthur so I can squirt him when he decides to jump on the laptop.

He pretty much stopped jumping on all the stuff and biting all my cables (especially the guitar and headphone cables when I’m using them)




arrrgh practice practice practice


It feels like it’s been weeks since I have posted here. And weeks since I practiced.

I have practiced a little but not really much. I made a new change and have now made my bedroom a kitten free zone. I made this decision two nights ago and it has been the best thing ever. I have slept soooo damn hard over the last two nights. No kitten attacking my face with full claws at 3am. No kitten licking my nose and biting my toes at 5am. No itchy eyes. No listening to Arthur scurry around the bed at  4am chasing ghosts (or more likely stalking the crap out of me).



This blog should hopefully resume as normal(ish)




Tues 17th Jan



Today was piano practice as I had to take Arthur to the vets for his jabs before I had to go to work


Piano practice 7am

Two octave F major scale

Harmonize F major scale  in triads and arpeggios, root, 1st and 2nd inversion

Harmonize F major scale in 7th chords and arpeggios, root, 1st, 2nd and 3rd inversion

F blues from Blues in 12 keys book


Total time was around 1 hr.


Got rehearsal tonight so I’ll take the double bass out