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





Wednesday 8/3/17



Managed almost 2 hours with the bass this morning.


Bass  (6 string)


Walking bass over C minor blues (1353)

Cycles in 12 keys

Random Modes in C (all strings starting C to B)

Repertoire (in the hall of the mountain king melody)

A bit of messing with the loop pedal




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.







Thursday 19/1/17



Piano practice

2 octave scales in C and F major

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

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

Harmonize C & F major using root 3rd and 7th over 2 hands

F blues


Double Bass


Long open notes

F major scale

F etudes Simandl


F Blues walking bass



That’s all folks

Wednesday 18/1/17



Today’s practice was as follows


2 octave C major scale

2 octave F major scale

Harmonized F major scale triads and arpeggios — roots, 1st and 2nd inversion

Harmonized F major scale 7th Chords and arpeggios — roots, 1st, 2nd and 3rd inversions

F blues from Jamey Abersold blues in 12 keys



Bass (6 string)

Walking bass random modules F blues, C blues and My Funny Valentine

maj, minor & dom scales and arpeggios in 12 keys 155 bpm







Friday 13th Jan 2017


Practice notes for today are as follows.


C Major scale over 2 octaves.

Triad chords and arpeggios in root, 1st and 2nd inversions, harmonized in C major

7th chords and arpeggios in root, 1st, 2nd and 3rd inversions, harmonized in C major

‘essence’ of chords (root in bass, 3rd and 7th)

chords over a chord progression in inversions.


Bass Practice (double bass)

5 mins bowing open strings (whole, half, quarter & 8th notes)

5 mins F major scale

5 min F major etude (Simandl)

10 mins Walking bass in F blues


Bass practice (6 string)

walking bass in F blues

I’m not really covering much ground at the moment on the electric bass

Every time I try practice the electric bass the cat comes and sits on my laptop and messes with my bass and cables so it’s really putting me off my practice. I think I need to start kicking him out of my practice room



That’s another day done. I’ll probably post more of my other practices on here as I’m sure it will make me into a more rounded musician.