So now you know what areas you need to work on and you’ve got access to a whole bunch of practice resources here at Talkingbass.net. But you’re still going to be wondering “How Do I Create A Practice Routine?”
As I mentioned earlier, organizing your practice routine is going to be based on a lot of different factors and personal responsibilities. It’s almost impossible to design a one size fits all routine that works for everyone. Everyone is different with different levels of free time.
The first thing to be aware of is that every new topic you work on will need a certain amount of focus for a certain length of time. When you first start learning to read music, it’s worth devoting a significant amount of your available time to reading practice. The same would apply to learning a new technique such as slapping. Once you’ve focused on that area for a while, you’ll find it easier to spread your practice out and cover many different areas in one practice session.
When creating a more rounded practice routine I’d advise combining the different elements of R.A.I.S.E into one practice topic. For example, practicing walking basslines over a jazz standard combines all of the R.A.I.S.E elements. We read the chord chart, we apply our harmony knowledge in understanding the chord progression and creating the line, we improvise the walking line through the changes, we add to our repertoire by learning a new tune and we work on the style of walking bass and we also develop our ear simply by improvising and hearing the kind of line we want to create as we create it.
Always look to apply the musical concepts you are learning no matter how theoretical or stylistically alien they may seem to you.