For less than a week now, I have been exercising my shoulders, arms, sides and back with 2 pound, hand-held weights. That seems to be working, as I am tiring less quickly than before.
Today my practice consisted of playing my bass along to my music app, iRealPro. This part of the practice is most important, as it (1) exercises my hands and arms, (2) develops my ear and improves my intonation and feel for the neck, and (3) allows me to practice making basslines on the fly.
I also spent some time sight reading notes to a couple of songs. You should practice sight reading notes every day.
When I finished practicing, I noticed that my hands, arms and back weren't tired or painful. Further, my sound production was good -- clear tones, produced by strong left hand fingering and correct right hand plucking (using the side of your plucking fingers rather than the tips).
I feel encouraged. It indeed seems possible that I will gain the strength and skill to play the one to two hours I will face in a typical gig.
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