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Bach for Two Times Two
Ari | 23, March

Bach me up! Need Bach up? Alright, enough with the puns, let’s get to some serious shedding. Bassists have loved playing Bach’s music on the electric for eons – be it the famous cello suite number 1 , pieces from the Welltempered Clavier or others – Bach bass lines rock! There is something about the function of the

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Why Should I Practice Technique? I Just Want to Learn Songs…
Ari | 16, March

Why should I practice Technique? Isn’t it a waste of time and much better to practice songs instead? Whenever I heard that argument I used to throw my hands up and say – I don’t even know where to begin! It seems that saying – Nike style – “just do it” is a faster way to

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How to Become Great in Just Two Minutes a Day?
Ari | 09, March

Before you think this is some sort of hype – hear me out. There is good science behind this… The Tiny Habits® method developed by Stanford Persuasion Lab’s BJ Fogg is a powerful method for developing habits. BJ Fogg, PhD, teaches us that if something is hard to do, the motivation needs to be high to do it.

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Buying Used? Check this or you may be in for a nasty surprise!
Ari | 02, March

Used Versus New? Used and new, both are great choices! If a bass is new it is a blank canvas waiting for your fingers to shape its tone. If it is used it has a story to tell. Are you its next chapter? But if you do buy used… keep in mind: The Most Important Thing to

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What Worked and What didn’t Work in School And How to Apply it to BASS
Ari | 23, February

I received an email this morning from a course participant (let’s call him CP). He received the Monthly Ask Ari reminder and felt pressured as if failing at school, not good enough, not with the program… Ari, I am so behind on the course. Can I even participate in Ask Ari Live?? For those of you who don’t know, Ask Ari

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How to Test a Bass (or: what not to do on a first date!)
Ari | 17, February

Hope you had a lovely Valentine’s day. Did it make you remember your first date? How about your first date with your bass? Test Test… So, you are looking for a new instrument. Time to test it. Maybe you are at NAMM Show or Guitar Center. Or you are lucky enough to have a place

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What Makes me go WOW: Not Slappety, But You Doing You
Ari | 09, February

Slappety-Slap Mania Last week the exuberant spectacle known as the NAMM show occurred in Anaheim, California. (I wrote about what the NAMM Show is here). I had a fabulous time, got to meet up and catch up with bass besties from all over the US and the world and enjoyed playing several concerts and performances

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Welcome to NAMM Show! Wait, what?
Ari | 23, January

NAMM Show No doubt you have heard about this loud spectacle in Anaheim that commences every third week of the new year for four days! But – if you have never been – what is the hype about this event? And what, actually, is it? What is it? NAMM stands for National Association of Music

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Rare in-person Clinic on the East Coast: For the Love of Tone
Ari | 21, January

East Coast, Anyone? Come join me for this cool live Clinic! Please join me for a rare and free in-person clinic in Burlington, MA! There will be break-out sessions, master classes, concerts and more. Check out the featured artists, gear samplings, and sponsors on the poster above! RevSound is the company putting on this clinic

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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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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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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 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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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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