Tag Archives: Upright bass

A little nugget from the ask Dave section of Dave Holland’s website:

“Do you have a regular practice routine that you do, or in what ways to you organise your practice schedule?” – Luke Sellick (from

I divide my time between technical practice and creative practice. Of course, the two areas overlap and support each other.

Like most musicians I use scales and arpeggios for a lot of my practice material. There are endless variations. I also have a series of exercises that works particular aspects of bass technique. Basically left hand technique, pizzicato and bowing.

The creative practice involves just playing through ideas, sometimes within a given framework and sometimes just in a free association kind of way. I might be working on ideas that relate to music that Ill be playing on gigs. I try to have a focus to my practice and I often have several things that I will be working on at any given time.

Dave Holland, December 10′