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SIlent Night
Silent Night for Solo Bass – Happy Holidays
Ari | 05, December

My favorite Christmas song – Silent Night for solo bass Enjoy my solo bass rendition of my favorite Christmas song which also happens to have been written by a fellow Austrian. It is going live on Thursday the 6th at 6 Pacific on youtube. You can even join us there live on chat at that

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Time Limited Offer for the Course: Off to a Great Start!
Ari | 21, November

It’s that time of the year again… sales everywhere. I get the allure (and often necessity) of them, believe me! We used to offer them, too, for the course: Black Friday, Memorial Day, July 4th… …but we don’t do these types of sales anymore. For a bunch of reasons. The main one being that this

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Why are pentatonic scales used for instrumental solos?
Ari | 07, November

A Quoran asked about pentatonic scales in instrumental solos, I answered. It is a good question. Did you, for example, know that the pentatonic scale is a slice right out of the cycle of fifths? Just stack four fifths on top of each other and there is your major pentatonic (well, you have to put them

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Practice with a Purpose
Practice with a Purpose
Ari | 02, November

Practice with a Purpose! Related article: Why “Just keep playing is not working!” Are you a “weekend warrior” looking to up your game, but always pressed to find time to practice? Or maybe you’re just starting out and not sure where to begin when it comes to practicing?  In both situations, you may find yourself

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Sting Groove Workshop
Sting Groove Workshop (Videos) – Learning a Song and learning from a song
Ari | 19, October

Okay, so let’s say you are learning a song. Here is the usual approach: You decide to figure out the right notes as a first step to learning the song. So you: check out the TAB (a discussion for another time), or have the guitar player show you, or find a bass cover on youtube.com

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Side by side comparison: Old versus New Platform
Ari | 14, October

Want a sneak-peek? Check it out! The new Platform is now OPEN! Tuition going up October 20th! Enroll now and SAVE! ENROLL NOW

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How to get into the new platform if you are grandfathered in
Ari | 14, October

Current Course Participants  Yes, I have kept my promise to you – whether you were an early bird or signed up any other time with any plan – you got grandfathered in! All the new features, no increase. This is my thank you to early adopters and loyal course ninjas! You already received an email with

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The New Platform is OPEN!
Ari | 11, October

Obsessed with Your Success
And we are incredibly proud to unveil course 2.0 – now open on the new platform!
To say we are obsessed with making this course the best it can be so you will excel on the bass is an understatement: since November 2017, I and the A-team have been tweaking, creating, re-creating, testing, pulling our hair out, testing and enhancing yet again. Night-shifts and lots of coffee!

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Happy Birthday, Music Theory for the Bass Player!
Ari | 05, October

It was three years ago in September when I had finally finished Music Theory for the Bass Player! And it had taken me just as long to write it! Many writing retreats to carve out time, even students giving me their keys to summer homes and huts so I could work without distraction… rounds and

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On Becoming an American Citizen…
Ari | 26, September

It’s an American Dream story for sure…. The desire to study music in the American tradition brought me to this country. Then the dream of entrepreneurship blossomed and possibilities galore opened up. Thank you, America, for welcoming me! And thanks to Rich Freedman for a great interview, published in the Vallejo Times Herald!

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Three minutes? Yes, three minutes! The Power of Focus
Ari | 21, September

“C’mon Ari, how you say I should do this exercise for only three minutes – I haven’t even scratched the surface!” Well, actually, if you do it right, that is really all the time you need for the type of practice I have in mind. And when you do it right, you will make more

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Fill fills
To Fill or not to Fill?
Ari | 06, September

We are getting all Shakespearean here but it is indeed that deep (ha!) of a question: To Fill or not to Fill? Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to be content always staying in the background or to take arms and make a fitting statement? Whether it’s worth the risk of getting chastised (or fired)

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solo groove groove solo
Oh my, they want me to solo: Super Simple and Effective Strategy!
Ari | 24, August

Called to solo and feel cold sweat coming on? Wrestling with a million thoughts in your mind and feeling like you have to now play a million notes to impress everyone with your chops, speed, loudness, and amazingness? There is lots to say about soloing effectively (more on that coming). But if this is new

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dexterity drills
Video: Got Dexterity?
Ari | 17, August

These Wicked Dexterity Drills are just what the Doctor ordered… First published on notreble, this dexterity regimen effectively addresses several common issues: coordination between the right and left hands independence of all fingers, but especially the third and pinky fingers more comfort with one-finger-per-fret string crossing speed training Dexterity is all about coordination It’s a

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Gadgets for Technique Practice?
Ari | 10, August

I got this question twice last week: Ari, what do you think of squeeze balls and grip devices and other gadgets to strengthen my fingers? From my experience these items will not help you. I advise against them because to use them corectly, one needs to have a good plan, pay attention, be constantly aware

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How to Send Tension Packing… And Play More Relaxed
Ari | 03, August

Last week I was talking about the importance of sending tension packing so creativity and flow can move your way instead. Here are a few general tips and checkpoints for relaxed and effective playing technique Work on your technique regularly so overgripping and overworking become a thing of the past. Let the big muscles get

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The Number 1 Enemy of Creativity, Timing and Tone
Ari | 29, July

I used to believe that peak creativity is just happening to us in rare, lucky moments and that the best we can do is pray to the muses. Over time I realized that there are a lot of things I could do to foster creativity and to have more of these lucky moments. This gives

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Kinked or crooked fingers? Here is relief!
Ari | 13, July

When I wrote my book, Music  Theory for the Bass Player, me and my editors went back and forth (and forth and back!) about using the description of “kinked fingers” in the Technique Chapter! My editors wanted me to use the word “crooked” instead. It’s a subtle distinction between the two, but the word crooked just didn’t

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Triplets in Walking Bass Lines
Ari | 05, July

Working on Walking Bass? Creating an interesting walking bass line over changes is one part art, one part science (music theory) and a whole lot of feel . Well, how can we turn this somewhat cryptic recipe into a useful recommendation for walking chord changes to give your own lines an instant lift? Walking bass

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fret buzz
Buzz off, Fret Buzz! (Buzz-free Bass tone)
Ari | 22, June

Got a fret buzz that is just not going away? A fret buzz can really be putting a damper on the joy of playing. Here is help: First – check your set up! Maybe your truss rod is not adjusted correctly, or you have a fret sticking out that is causing the buzz. Take your

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Tonic – Subdominant – Dominant – Why you need to know
Ari | 15, June

If you have ever opened up a music theory book, you will see the “functions” of chords within a scale. They are famously named: The “Functions”: Tonic, Subdominant, Dominant Tonic (that’s the chord built on the first scale degree) Subdominant (that’s the chord built on the fourth scale degree) and Dominant (that’s the chord built

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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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