can just as easily call this lesson lesson 1-10, for it is very,
very important. If you want to become a virtuoso bass player, if
you want to improve your timing, technique, hearing and your ensemble playing: learn to relax more. A great
technique is not the result of trying very hard, but of relaxation.
If you try very hard, the result is tension, which is the opposite
of what you want. When I study, which I do every day, I try to discover
at what moment I feel tension. Next, I try to play the same thing
You can feel tension in
your body and in your head, but the first is always a result of
tension arises, it becomes impossible to concentrate fully on what
you're doing andon what fellow musicians are doing, for you hear half as much. You'll
never play properly if you don't do something about this. If you do, you'll be able to look at your playing with
a new, higher level of consciousness. You'll understand better what
you and the people around you are doing and if something
goes wrong, you'll understand very quickly why and do something
musicians never seem to have to work hard. It seems
easy. It is. Its easy because theyre so relaxed.
To play well, you have to be conscious of many things at the same
time. It is a form of mind mastery. For this level of consciousness,
it is imperative that youre totally relaxed.
is not something you can only attain after long hours of practising.
When you feel tension when you're trying to play a certain passage,
just play for a short time every now and then, trying to relax while
playing it. A few minutes each time is enough. This way, you'll
become a virtuoso bass player easily! This
always works. I used to experience a lot of tension, and I can still
get more relaxed. This method helps me to raise my playing
to a higher level. I don't believe in boundaries anymore thanks
to this method; I just keep getting better and better. You can to,