Assuming that talent does not exist and that the skill of a musician is directly related to the time spent learning, it follows that investing 1000 hours into learning, with a daily practice routine of 1 hour, would take approximately 3 years. As a self-taught musician with 1 year of practice under my belt (equivalent to 300 hours), my goal is to be able to play in a band as a bassist and to arrange and potentially compose original tunes.
My approach to learning is to use the instrument as a way to learn music, and while I enjoy studying music theory, I have not and do not plan to learn sight reading. Instead, I prefer to rely on my ears and tools such as the Nashville number system. In an effort to create a efficient and effective practice plan, I am trying to focus my efforts and avoid wasting time by spreading myself too thin. My aim is to get the most out of every hour spent learning.
Currently, my routine includes 15 minutes of ear training exercises that involve intervals (shapes), as well as fretboard visualization and music theory. The remaining time is spent learning basslines, new chords and practicing chord progressions with a beat. Occasionally, I will practice licks or scales, although I do not see the value in simply running up and down scales if I do not know how to use them in a solo, as soloing is not a primary goal.
I would greatly appreciate any advice or recommendations you may have. According to you, what's the most valuable exercice to practice ? Thank you for reading.