This is Flea, some of you may already know of him. If not, click.
He did an AMA on Reddit recently and gave some nice advice to the question “what is the number one thing I should practice?”:
Well, once again, thank you for the kind words.
The most important thing – well, there’s 2 really important things in playing the bass, or ANY instrument. One is being very diligent about getting your technical facilities together, so you can physically play anything that you can think. So that entails doing all your exercises and scales, and practicing a lot to build up the knowledge, and music theory, and your physical ability to handle the instrument. And the other part, after you do that, is be yourself. Because every single person is completely different inside. We all have our own nervous systems, our own sets of fears and neuroses, and when we look at what we love, a sense of what makes us feel good, and to live a life where you are in touch with yourself, where you can express your most inside part on your instrument.
You have to be willing to put in the work when it’s boring, so that when the real exciting moment comes, you can ride that wave.
I think the last line sums up fantastically why you need to push through the ‘boring’ bits of practising a new skill. You’re essentially preparing yourself to be able to deal with the good stuff once it comes – a nice thing to keep in your mind.
The equal importance he places on sound technical knowledge and being true to your own personality is good too.Read More