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Powerful Questions to Ask Yourself

Powerful Questions to Ask Yourself


The Right Questions at the Right Time…

When a student is interested in working with me, I send them an in depth questionnaire. Why do I ask you questions? Am I not the teacher, the one who is supposed to have the answers for you?

Besides the fact that I genuinely want to know the answers so I can best help, I love that questions do on your end: the right questions set your mind in a certain direction. They are powerful. That’s why in my initial student intake questionnaire I ask a whole lot of them; I want to know about your musical background, experiences, gear, goals and heroes; but I also want to know what motivates you and what makes you tick to do something, to stick with it, to put in the work in service of a bigger goal or dream. Why? Because the answers to these questions may be just as revealing to you as they are helpful to me to help you. I believe just thinking about these answers already does powerful things to our mindset, helps us evaluate where we stand and what we aspire to.

  • Try a few on for size:
  • What is your passion?
  • What is stopping you?
  • How have you overcome obstacles in the past?
  • Why do you play bass?
  • What does playing bass do for you?
  • What are your immediate and long term goals for playing?
  • And how do you know you have achieved them?
  • What motivates you?
  • What does the most helpful feedback look like?
  • Why?
  • What are you aware of as you answer these questions?

What happens?

Just thinking about these will likely point your mind toward success. Ask them often. Practice, and dream big!


PS: I also want to point out that the featured photo in this post is a mash of a bass clef and a question mark made from chocolate almonds. Just to make sure you saw that, because I thought that was pretty sweet (!) how I did that…

PPS: So, if you are interested in learning more about powerful questions and how to use them in your practice routine, check out my Music Theory course. The outro tab has weekly practicing tips. Rewards, for example, are an important habit building practice tool. Which really is a perfect segue from sweet chocolate almonds…

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5 Replies to “Powerful Questions to Ask Yourself”

  1. Socrates’s would B really,really,really,really,really,really, proud. “Brevity is the soul of wit” W. Shakespeare.. 60 character BS

    1. Shakespeare and Socrates… whoa, you are using some big names 🙂 Thank you for reading and commenting, and I guess no pressure 😮 PS: Now what does Cavendish, the cat say, though? That is the wisdom beyond wisdom, what the cats say….!

  2. Cavendish the Cat sounds very cool. My Springer Bailey appreciates your videos. So much so that he was almost barking in key to one last week…. I think he likes your unison advanced galloping groove….. I didn’t have the heart to tell him he was disturbing my practice ;-p. if he can play it I wish he’d show me how …..

  3. Dish say’s “Don’t quit your day job”, or “Call in sick today and work on a few of ARi’s lessons and take me for a walk”.. But my cat telepathy isn’t that good, need to work on my cat to human feedback loop…LOL
    Thanks for the newsletter they’re helpful.

    1. Cat to human feedback loop… har, good one! Usually it is something like: food -> affection -> more food -> more affection… tune up that purr, ‘Dish 🙂

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