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Low on Motivation? The Power of Tiny Habits
Ari | 07, August
A Tough Place to be It can strike without warning or creep up slowly over time- this feeling of being in a lull with our instrument pursuits: burnt out, joyless, completely without motivation to pick up the beloved bass. It makes no sense, because you know that you are a bassist at heart, you know
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Converting to fretless?
Ari | 03, August

How difficult is it to convert from fretted to fretless bass playing? While I don’t recommend to convert fully – both fretless and fretted have their uses – read in my article below what I recommend to keep in mind. The transition is so much easier if you have a solid one-finger-per-fret regimen under your

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Arianecap.com: Website Redesigned
Ari | 01, August

Websites Gallore: arianecap.com I am very happy you are here, on my blog! My blog (arisbassblog.com) is dedicated to bass education, courses, learning, my blog. arianecap.com is my artist site and I have completely redesigned it with the help of my awesome web wiz Amber Kim. For new releases, artist news, bio, audio, video, pictures,

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Does the bass guitar sound good when played solo?
Ari | 30, July

Solo Bass Playing? To some it is a sacrilege – using bass outside of the band context, using bass for anything but grooving in a band. I challenge that view – amazing solo bass music has been made. It is a very special sound – even though it is “just bass”, the variety of tones

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The Horrors of Errors
Ari | 26, July

In this article I answer a question on quora about errors. Errors are a difficult topic for me personally because I have a history of being extremely hard on myself if things are not “perfect”. So much so that my self judgment at times completely paralyzed me and sure took the fun out of performing

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Efficient Practice Hacks: Sleep!
Ari | 19, July

Learn in Your Sleep or: Put Your Bass Under Your Pillow for Maximum Practice Effect. Wait, what? In this article I talk about the magic window of learning we get right before we drift into dream land. Another opportunity to maximize your practice bang with just a small pre-sleep routine. It is really easy and

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Learning Channels: My 5 for Bass and How to Use Them
Ari | 17, July

Learning Channels Ever played a piece over and over and it still failed to “stick”? No matter how often you repeat it, when you return back to it it feels as if you are starting from scratch? Don’t worry, there is nothing wrong with you. Likely you just never learned how to practice effectively. Focusing

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Efficient Practice Hacks – How to Take Breaks
Ari | 13, July

It’s a no-brainer, you practice, then you take a break, right? True, but, even that process of taking breaks can be improved upon and hence make your practice session significantly more effective. How you take those breaks, the spirit in which you take breaks and at what intervals all plays into how much you will

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Efficient Practice Hacks – Creating Feedback Loops
Ari | 09, July

I recently wrote on Feedback Loops, and I got a few questions on it. So I wanted to go a bit deeper on the topic, particularly, by giving you examples of “how not to” and rather “how to”. It helps to have examples  – whether it is to improve yourself or others! Make sure to

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Adapting Patterns for Four-, Five-, Six-string Basses
Ari | 05, July

Adapting The Patterns for Four-, Five-, Six-string Basses – Surprisingly Easy and Not What you Might Think I have been getting a few emails lately with questions about The Pattern System. The Pattern System is a systematic approach of getting the fretboard down, learning to think ahead (great for the groove!) and being able to

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PORA Video: Watch the Method in Action
Ari | 04, July

The best method I know of for habit change is the PORA method. I learned the basics of it at the University of Music in Vienna, Austria, refined it over the years and created a step-by-step infographic. Get the scoop and a video I did for ISB here.        

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Bach on Bass: Cello Suite #1 on Electric Bass
Ari | 30, June

New playing video play list: Bach Cello Suite #1 in its entirety I recently released the entire Bach Cello Suite #1, all seven movements, on youtube. Let me know how you like it, please give a comment and a thumbs up. Bach is an amazing teacher. Notice how the bass lines weave through the chords…

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Powerful Questions to Ask Yourself
Ari | 26, June

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

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Paul’s Bass Matters – New European Wall Chart Source!
Ari | 22, June
European Wall Owners - Rejoice! Shipping to Europe - Now Awesome! I am fully aware that even the lowest shipping costs I could obtain to ship to our European friends from California were still - ridiculously high. Of course I have no control over that, it's not like I am a big warehouse or Amazon,
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How Exactly do You Help Folks be Accountable?
Ari | 18, June

Help Being Accountable? A question I just got in: I read that one of the reasons you created the 20 unit program was to help folks be accountable with practice/studies.  My question is, how does the program actually do that? Here is the reply I wrote on email: Hi Derek, Quick answer to your query:

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Why, in music, do B and E notes not have sharps? (Don’t only black keys have sharps?)
Ari | 14, June

White keys, black keys… Got a question, wrote an answer. This is a very fundamental one on black keys on the piano, but nonetheless important to the bassist. Without a clear understanding how notes relate to each other it is too hard to understand theory and use it. Get the fundamentals under your belt, it’s

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Practicing and Motivational Tip: Make it Emotional!
Ari | 14, June

If you want to remember something, make it emotional Very often we can vividly recall times/moments of our lives that were very dramatic; or loaded with emotional (good or bad) responses. This means to me that we were very deeply involved with a given situation. We were living it with great intensity. And this imprints

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Tritone Tricks on the Bass – Rule the Devil’s Interval
Ari | 11, June

Tritone Tricks – using ’em for big effect on the bass I got a question about the tritone. What is it and what can it do for me on the bass? Oh, it is all about tension and resolving it in wicked ways. Unless it’s a blues context, then we quite like that tension. I show you

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How to get into Upright Bass
Ari | 09, June

Upright Bass… I received a question today about how to get into upright bass. My journey started on the electric bass, and a great entry point for upright it was for me: I remember picking up the upright for the first time and – bam – it connected instantly! I remember my classmates being astounded: even

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Efficient Practice Hacks
Ari | 07, June

Always on the hunt for the biggest pay-off for your practicing time… I am taking on an important and often overlooked aspect in this Talking Technique Episode: Feedback! We learn effectively (and unconsciously) through feed-back loops all the time. And we are excellent at it, whether we know it or not! After all, this is how

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TrueFire Live Video – if you missed the Q and A
Ari | 04, June

Three Awesome Tools to Spice up Your Practice TrueFire Live video seminar – if you missed it, watch it here! 3 Awesome Tools to Spice up Your Practice (for Guitarists and Bassists) There is a good reason scales and arpeggios are essential mainstays of any meaningful practice regimen: they will improve your playing and understanding

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Healthy Bassist

Persuasive Point For Good Bass Technique

November 30, 2015   14 Comments

In this blog post I will put a bit of attention on the importance of good overall bass technique when playing and tell you about an awesome experience I had a few months ago that plays right into healthy bass technique. Effective Bass Technique – My Take in a Nut Shell I believe effective right

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