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Pivot Permutations
Pivot Permutations Series (Talking Technique)
Ari | 10, January

Pivot Perms… If you have been following my prescriptions for good bass technique you have come across my recommendations for permutation exercises (powerful technique exercises to get your fingers nimble and moving independently from each other, yet in sync with your plucking hand); check out the basics of permutation exercises here, a few variations to

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2018 New Year snapshot
New Year Snapshot: Skills Assessment Sheet
Ari | 04, January

Happy New Year, Bass Blog Friends! Ah, a fresh start! 2018 is here and a new adventure begins. In a way, it is just a date on the calendar, but since our time on earth in our current form is limited, a new year is always a milestone, reminding us of that fact while feeling

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Close Your Eyes and See in New Ways…
Ari | 25, December

Eyes closed…. When I wrote this article for notreble about playing without looking at the fretboard, about the micro and macro ways of feeling the instrument and how that can help us practice and play better, I did not at all expect to receive an email such as the below. Thank you, Eric, for sharing your

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saga of the charts
The Wall Chart Saga or: Grab them while you can!
Ari | 18, December

                Behind the Scenes of the Wall Chart The response to the music theory wall chart has been off the charts, so to speak! I calculated that since the chart went up for pre-sale on April 1st 2017, we fulfilled hundreds of orders in house, shipping to 42 different

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The Course as a Christmas Gift?
Ari | 14, December

Looking for a Christmas Gift for the Bassist in Your Life? Our Course shows up on a lot of Christmas lists this season. If you’d like to give the course as a gift, we can create a lovely stocking stuffer for you. It looks like this:       Just purchase the course and forward

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Never Cancel Your Lesson For This Reason…
Ari | 11, December

I get it, you had all the best intentions since the last lesson, but just didn’t get to as much practice as you had hoped. • Maybe there was no way you could have done better (the kids started school, the dog was sick and there was an emergency at work). • Or you know

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How to get the most out of your Video Learning Experience – Tips and Plug Ins!
Ari | 04, December

Hey, Ari, can you play that again a bit slower? Totally! Found some new tools… check it out! Ever watched a video and would have loved to have it go by much slower? Such as when you wanted to figure out what a musician is doing and needed it slower? In the course, watching the

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Music theory for the Bass PLayer
Why I don’t do Black Friday (or any other) sales on the 20 Unit Course anymore…
Ari | 27, November

Why I don’t do Black Friday (or any other) sales on the 20 Unit course anymore… Okay, guys, please stop asking… Last time I ran a sale on the course (Memorial Day) it was massively successful. Wow, what a weekend! Unbelievable! What them marketing people say works, aye?! I took a few days off if

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Care for Bertha: Gifts for the Upright Bassist
Ari | 27, November

Big Bertha AKA “the upright” is beautiful. And if you have an upright in your home (and/or on the road) make sure you treat her right. Here is my list of favorite upright bass accessories (some of this is archived in the resources section as well) General Storage Tips Make her comfortable… You can store

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Why “just keep playing” is not working… And what is
Ari | 21, November

At a recent bass camp I co-taught at, a student shared her frustration with me. She had been playing for a while but felt that she was not really making progress. She told me how inspired she was hearing all this amazing playing at the clinic and how she wanted to feel measurable improvement. After

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Why Intervals? Music Theory for the Bass Player
Why Intervals? Do I really need to learn them?
Ari | 14, November

Why do you place so much emphasis on learning the intervals, Ari? Hi Ari, I have your book and you spend quite a bit of time on intervals. I have been playing songs for years and have a pretty good ear. Why do you think I need to learn them? What role do intervals have

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21 guns
21 Guns by Green Day – What key?
Ari | 07, November

Excellent question – 21 Guns by Green Day – is it in D minor or F major? And how to tell? After all, both scales share the same notes: F G A Bb C D E F. F major. D E F G A Bb C D. D minor. Same notes, just started on a

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mordent mordents
Pesky Mordents for Finger Strength (Talking Tech)
Ari | 31, October

I love borrowing from classical music for the electric bass – especially in the technique department! Classical music looks at hundreds of years of teaching and working out getting the fingers strong and coordinated; this presents lots of data to draw from: how to best do and how to best teach technical proficiency! In this

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Please Don’t Call it the “Cycle of Fourths”
Ari | 24, October

My last post on fifths  (when not to play the perfect fifths) and the one before on the forgotten fifth are hopefully still fresh in your memory because there is one additional really important thing to know about the fifths. And I consider it super important, because it sits at the root of Western harmony since the

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When you should not play the perfect fifth…
Ari | 17, October

The Perfect Fifth is always safe to use, right? Yes. Except when it isn’t! Related, in case you missed it: The Fifth – Why it is the bassist’s best buddy The Forgotten Fifth We often refer to “perfect fifths” as just “fifths” – that is sort of an okay thing to do, since there are

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The Forgotten Fifth (Have it Under Your Fingers?)
Ari | 10, October

Fingering a Fifth You probably know it as a “1 by 2”: one string up, two frets over, like this (the numbers are fingering options for fifths): According to my Wall Chart’s interval formula, this is a “1 by 2” – one string up, two frets over.   The Forgotten Fifth But what about this

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The Fifth – Why it is Your Best Buddy…
Ari | 03, October

Root – Five – Root – Five… it is a kind of signature bass line – and it works! In country, bluegrass, folk music, as well as in bossa (where it’s root – five – five – root root – five – five); also, a great way to start playing walking bass, for example, is

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Pi mnemonics
Remember How You Remembered Pi? (On Bass Mnemonics)
Ari | 26, September

“May I have a large container of coffee?”  This handy mnemonic never made it to my German speaking  classroom back in high school, but it would have come in handy to remember those elusive digits that make up the mysterious Pi! Mnemonics are one of my favorite ways to learn and teach because they work

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sus chords
Sus2, Sus4, Sus7 or just plain Sus? I’m in Suspense!
Ari | 19, September

Ah, sus chords! Sus means suspended – what we are suspending here is the third of the chord, so a sus2 or sus4 chord is essentially a chord with “something else” instead of the third, which leads to it being less stable and not defined as major or minor. This “something else” can be the

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phonetic alphabet for the bass player
The Music Theory for the Bass Player Spelling Bee…
Ari | 12, September
It all started with marveling about the note H in the German musical alphabet and me being on the phone trying to spell something akin to Oachkatzlschwoaf (which means tale of a squirrel where I come from!). English is not my mother tongue. The way German is wired, we just don't spell like they do
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rhythm changes
The Ultimate Shortcut to Rhythm Changes
Ari | 05, September

What does “Rhythm Changes” mean? We refer to “Rhythm Changes” to a chord sequence made famous by George Gershwin’s tune “I Got Rhythm”. The A section of this tune features a two bar phrase with chords changing every other beat, like this: I chord, VI chord, II chord, V chord. In the key of C:

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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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