But that isn’t enough.
You need to perfect your practice. That means not just doing exercises, but doing them correctly with the right technique. Push yourself to work hard everyday and you will reap the benefits soon.
Play with Others
The easiest way to become a better bass player is by forcing yourself into situations were you are playing with other musicians. It can be helpful to play with other bass players as well.
Start out by finding a drummer or guitarist and scheduling a practice session. Also decide on the formality of the meeting, whether you’re just jamming or you are playing a set list of songs.
Learn Hard and Fast
Continue to learn about new techniques and playing styles, especially when you hit a brick wall in your creativity. Don’t stop playing because you become bored, there is always something new out there.
Rock bass player? Try joining a big band jazz group. Funk bass player? Start a reggae band and sing vocals. Always keep adding new talents to your bass playing toolbox.
Recognize and Fix Your Flaws
If you are having trouble playing a new song, try and figure out why you’re struggling. Is it because you’re too slow? Or you can’t get the rhythm down? Diagnose the problem so you know what else to work on to nail that riff.
Once you find your problem, you should be able to find lessons or exercises to help you overcome it.
Sometimes the best strategy for becoming a better bass player is to simply take a break. Unwind, and stop practicing.
Put the bass down!
Consider stopping your practice session if you hit a brick wall and can’t seem to make any progress. Sleep on the problem and come back the next day ready to face it.
Do not give up if you become discouraged. All great bass players have had to break through plateaus and moments of uncertainty.
Do not quit. Keep practicing and working through your problems.
In summary, keep your bass playing on track and remember to never quit. Take a break if you feel discouraged. Recognize and fix your flaws and bass problems. Continue to learn and improve. And finally, keep practicing.