The second part of our Student Voicebites on Practising is by a young bass guitar player who has achieved Grade 8 distinction (95%) and a bass guitar performance certificate. He gives his straight forward sound advice:
Fully involved in bands, school shows and festivals.
Play what you enjoy playing so that playing becomes a hobby rather than a chore. Don’t wait for your teacher to teach you what you want to learn. Try and teach yourself and then impress your music teacher.
Joining school bands gives you a specific time of the week at which you will always play. Joining bands also means you can be forced to play a range of different styles and pieces you may not have otherwise played. For an exam make sure you can play the pieces well consistently so that the theory is the only part you need to revise/learn.