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Free Webinar on how to Teach Music Online
Ari | 16, March

Music Teachers: How to Take Your Music Teaching Online Many of my musician friends and colleagues are in dire straights right now because of gig cancellations and school closures. I understand the sentiment – I lost several awesome camps and gigs I had been looking forward to myself (Bass Boot Camp got rescheduled, Women’s Camp

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Why I love Philly: Bass Boot Camp! (POSTPONED)
Ari | 07, March

** Please note that Gerald Veasley’s Bass BootCamp has been postponed and rescheduled for August 14 – 16! **   Four Reasons why I love Philly, where Bass BootCamp is about to hit!   Why I love Philadelphia Philly is special to me for a variety of reasons already… though, as you will see Bass

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Are all Dominant Chords Seventh Chords?
Ari | 27, February

Do dominants, secondary dominants, or tritone substitutions have to be seventh chords? You might think yes. But really, no…. This deserves further explanation which I provide in my response to the Quora poster. Included in my explanation is how even single notes can imply the dominant effect. And a deeper dive into the all-important tritone.

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The Rainbow of Modes (Video, Student Feature)
Ari | 20, February

Really hearing the modes It is quite fitting to use a song about the rainbow as a teaching tool for the (often dreaded but oh so beautiful!) modes… Watch my student Carmie – who starred in another student feature a while back – beautifully demonstrate a terrific ear training exercise he picked from our popular

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Groove Creation Station – New Course!!
Ari | 10, February

Fresh off the printing press… This course that Wolf and I created for Truefire is now available!           Probably one of the most frequent requests I get from students is t learn to create their own grooves. And in this course, I bring you a clever formula that will get you

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The point of DIMINISHING returns…
Ari | 06, February

Is it true that when music calls for a diminished chord, it really means a diminished 7th? Ahh… the diminished chord. It does cause confusion. Because one needs to be really precise with nomenclature, it generates questions like this one from a Quora poster. Diminished chords come your way in a variety of styles of

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Student Feature: Jeremy Sherman
Ari | 16, January

Student Feature Jeremy: Beautiful Practice in A One of the milestone exercises I assign to almost all of my students over the course of me working with them is our Beautiful Practice Routine. Beautiful Practice is an exercise that I featured in a Talking Technique Video. Because it was so successful on that platform, I

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Scale Strategies [Video]
Ari | 09, January

Talking Technique: 11 Strategies for Learning an Alien Scale Okay, not that kind of alien… but rather a new or unfamiliar scale. It’s important to be rock solid with your scales. In all areas of the instrument. In all keys. Whether it is the good old major scale or a more exotic fare, spending time

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New Year’s Buddy Support Cohort 2020!
Ari | 31, December

Bass New Year’s Resolutions! Have you made New Year’s resolutions before about playing more bass only to break them within a few weeks? The Truth about learning an instrument is… It takes a bit of patience and discipline. Our 20 unit course is systematic and in-depth. From technique to grooves, from applying theory to fills,

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Powerful Practice Tip
Ari | 12, December

Reframing your practice… Wolf Wein and Ariane Cap   A crucial aspect of learning is coming to the point (although it’s not actually a point, but rather a stage on the journey) where you know you can do something. You are aware of your skill – aware of what you can do and what you

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Alberti Bass for Finger Fitness and Theory Shedding [Video]
Ari | 05, December

A common question I hear a lot has to do with practice routines: “What are some good exercises to improve my technique?” “What should my practice routine look like?” “How can I be more creative?” “How can I make music theory accessible and practical?” Well, I love, love, LOVE exercises that practice more than one

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Two Great Gifts in one Email (and Solo Bass Night)
Ari | 11, November

I have been gigging and traveling non-stop: London, Austria, Germany, Florida, San Francisco. So, no educational blog this week, but I do bring gifts! Solo Bass Night VII in LA (Read on for gifts!) Solo Bass Night was such a celebration in the Bay Area (sold out!), we are doing it all over again in

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Omitting the fifth in chords… Why?
Ari | 07, November

I have a few Quora answers for you today. The first one is for guitarists, but highly relevant for us bassists, as well. Guitarists/Pianists omitting the fifth in chords One person commented on my answer: “This is one of the best two-minute music lessons I have experienced, maybe ever…” Why is the fifth note often

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Bass Solo versus Solo Bass
Ari | 24, October

With solo bass night upon us,   (compile of the Los Angeles Show, there are two, see solobassnight.com) the question re-emerges… what is solo bass? Bass Solo So, there are bass solos…. when a bass player plays a solo, when the band “gives the bass player some” – after dutifully laying down the groove and

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How can I learn theory faster so I can create my own Music?
Ari | 17, October

Well, the Quoran opened a bit of a can of worms with that question. Some of the “worms”: Do you even need to know theory in order to compose? How do you advise someone whose biggest concern is to learn something fast? What styles are we talking? (I don’t think a single style of music

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Tiefgang – the Marleaux Camp
Ari | 10, October

Goodness, what a blast we had at the Marleaux Camp! It is called Tiefgang, which is a play on words in German. We are “going deep” – as in notes, low tones on the bass, and we are diving down deep to the bottom of the sea (of knowledge). It was held from October 4

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Upper Structure Pentatonics: Thinking inside the Box (Talking Technique)
Ari | 03, October

Scroll down to watch the video Thinking Inside the Box: Upper Structure Pentatonics If you have been following me for a while or if you have taken any of my courses, you know that I am big on boxes. Boxes, as in box shapes, as in 0f course pentatonics. After all, pentatonics make up a

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London Bass and Guitar Show 2019
Ari | 28, September
London Bass and Guitar Show - EPIC! Plus: Find the hidden gift in this post… Some of my favorite highlights: Recording two courses for Scotts Bass Lessons with Nick Wells Seeing epic masterclasses and performances by Nick Beggs, Paul Geary, Cody Wright, Ellen O'Reilly, Steve Lawson, John Patitucci (who also received the Lifetime Achievement Award),
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Why all the interval sequences in your book, Ari?
Ari | 19, September

Hi Ari, On page 36 of your book “Music Theory for the Bass Player”, there are two interesting statements about minor and major thirds. When repeating minor thirds, you reach the starting note after four minor thirds, creating three unique interval sequences: [diatonic naming, meaning Bbb is called A for practical purposes] C – Eb

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Funny Video – All 88 piano keys on the bass (no treble!)!
Ari | 12, September

Happy Birthday, Notreble! We are celebrating our favorite online bass magazine by taking the “notreble” idea all the way, asking the question: Can you play all the 88 notes of the piano on basses? Turned out that notreble part all the way up was doable with a bit of finesse, but we ran into a

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I have a new Buddy… [discount code!]
Ari | 05, September

Everyone – meet The BeatBuddy! The fabulous peeps at Singular Sound contacted me a while back asking me if I would take a look at their BeatBuddy Pedal. I only promote what I truly like and almost all of my endorser relationships have started with me liking and promoting a product for a while and

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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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