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Things you never knew iRealPro can do! (Video Tutorial)
Ari | 20, June

Practice tips galore in this iRealPro Tutorial From how to get started with the program, to downloading songs, to using its practice capabilities to the fullest. iRealPro is a great practice tool! Did you know you can create loops that change the key so you can shed transposing? Or put a click on 2 and 4?

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Watch my Student… play Beautiful Practice in Eb!
Ari | 13, June

Scroll down to watch the video Student Feature: Beautiful Practice Beautiful Practice is a practice regimen that tackles a whole legion of core challenges: the diatonic cycle arpeggios inversions of triads open voicings going up the bass neck in a systematic way string crossing playing with a hocket delay  It is a bear on your

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Thank you for your vote!
Ari | 06, June

This post is a big shout of thanks to all who voted for me! I have been busy recording and releasing the new Ear Training Course for you, so I am just now getting to the big news that – thanks to your votes – I am one of four winners! The prize is a

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The Whole Tone Scale – Why it’s cool! (with free jam track)
Ari | 30, May

I refer to this video lesson on the Whole Tone Scale regularly in my lessons As one YouTube commenter stated: “I always found little use in this scale, you have just changed my mind. Thanks as always! You’re amazing.” The whole tone scale is a very educational scale because it is the easiest of all

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Transcribe! Tutorial
Transcribe! Tutorial – My Favorite transcribing Software Explained (Plus: Best key commands!)
Ari | 23, May

(Scroll down to watch video. Header is image only) Transcribe! is one Nifty Program Here are 9 reasons why you really should look into it: It is far superior to iTunes and other audio players (or worse, YouTube!) in just finding your spot. Ever try to transcribe a tune using YouTube? Forget about getting to

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Why I dislike the WWH WWWH Method for Creating a Major Scale
Ari | 16, May

You have all heard the advice… Create a major scale with the formula W W H W W W H – which of course stands for whole step – whole step – half step – whole step – whole step – whole step – half step Don’t. Just don’t. Here’s why: It’s a mouthful! It’s way too

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Lydian Dominant
A Cool Scale to use over a Dominant: The Lydian Dominant Sound!
Ari | 09, May

Dominant 7#11 – The Lydian Dominant Sound Dominant seventh chords are all about tension! Why? Quick reminder, there is a tritone between the third and seventh of a dominant seventh chord that begs to resolve since hundreds of years. Western harmony (the “functional harmony” part of it!), you could say, is built on that resolution

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Switching Between 4, 5, and 6 String Basses (Video)
Ari | 25, April

Multiple Basses – Switch Routines! (Talking Technique) Love options? Me, too. I have 4-string, 5-string and 6-string basses (I know there are way more, but those three serve all my needs). Sometimes when switching from one to the other, it takes me a second to adjust. This is even true when using different basses with the

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“Dmin sus” Chord – Talk About a Contradiction!
Ari | 18, April

Dmin sus or “D minor sus” Dmin means a D minor triad, the root, flat three, and perfect fifth. D sus means a triad without a third. The third is suspended, in favor of the 4 (or, if specified as sus2, the 2), so typically root, perfect fourth, perfect fifth. Or, in the case of

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Bass Player Magazine Interview
Ari | 10, April

Bass Player Magazine Article It is a huge honor to find myself in this month’s Bass Player Magazine with a great interview that Joel McIver conducted.   Other players featured in this edition are: Shez Raja Jeremy Lenzo Bill Wurtz David Friesen Max Moran Horace Panter Jeff Hughell Stuart Clayton Heike Mueller Andrew Taylor-Cummings Gabe

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Why We Want You to Create Your Own Basslines Right Away
Ari | 03, April

Why We Want You to Create Your Own Basslines Right From The Start Have you been playing for quite a while and been mostly copying basslines and learning songs instead of being able to create your own basslines?? Get me right that is a valid way to learn but it is quite limiting if that

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D# or Eb? Why it matters
Ari | 28, March

A Quoran asked whether it matters to call the middle note of a C minor triad D# or Eb D# or Eb? Oh, yes, does it ever matter. Read my answer below. It is comprehensive, yet as always I like to give you shortcuts and immediately usable tricks. You can skip straight to the tricks

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Sweet Emotion: Bass Intro (Talking Technique)
Ari | 14, March

Sweet Emotion Bass Intro The iconic Aerosmith song “Sweet Emotion” boasts a killer bass line. And because the bass starts the song – you must do it convincingly straight from the very first note with a consistent feel and at tempo! No margin for error, as all eyes and ears are on you laying down

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Music is often mysterious… (Breaking the rules)
Ari | 06, March

It’s a fair question… after all, we learn to identify which key a piece of music is in, and we carefully think about functions of chords… there are all these rules in music theory and then it seems music itself breaks them left and right. So, why do some notes stray from the family and

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Spiral bound and ebook… We heard you!
Ari | 28, February
Music Theory for the Bass Player Now Available Spiral Bound Quite a few Amazon reviewers recommended to other customers to go to a local print shop, have the spine cut off and have comb or coil binding applied. And for good reason as perfect bound books can have a bit of a hard time lying
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Watch my Student teach you Modes…
Ari | 20, February

Take it from my student Stephen: This is how you know… that you know modes! My student Steve was kind enough to let me post this from a recent lesson. This is him presenting a homework assignment on modes. And as he was doing that I asked him to turn into the teacher. When we first

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Stop picking on pick players!
Ari | 24, January

Got a request to answer this question about pick use. What do you think? Do you play with a pick? Your fingers? Both? Why?   Read Ariane Cap‘s answer to Why is it looked down upon when a bass player uses a pick? on Quora

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A Little Trick that Works Wonders: Check, please!
Ari | 19, January

Check it out, one of the questions I get a lot is “How much time do I need to devote to practice?” Most folks expect my answer to be something like “6 hours/day minimum, 7 days/week… ya know: eat, sleep and drink the bass, right?” But the truth is a lot can be achieved by

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Talking Technique: The Pinkie Workout (Video)
Ari | 17, January

Grab your gear, we’re headed to the gym! This workout does your fretting fingers good. Especially the little one of the bunch… The Pinkie! We cannot address the fourth/fifth finger separation problem often enough! They just do not like to move separately! And to make matters worse,, the pinkie is by far the weakest of

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Steady Track
Our New Steady Track
Ari | 10, January

In case you haven’t heard yet… Music Theory for the Bass Player – The Course now comes in a bit of a more relaxed version: you get more time per unit.   When you sign up for our Course, Music Theory for the Bass Player, you receive new material at a weekly schedule. We set

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Does Knowing Music Theory Take the Magic out of Playing Music?
Ari | 02, January

I have heard these sentiments about the magic of music over and over: Doesn’t “knowing” get in the way of pure “feeling”!? Aren’t you constantly analyzing when you know theory? Doesn’t knowing what you are doing take the magic out of playing? And on and on people go, assuming that somehow knowing what you are

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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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