Month: May 2017

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Quiet E string? Bass not sounding balanced?

Is your Bass sounding Timid and Quiet on one particular string? In a bass we want as balanced a sound as possible. If one of the strings is by its

Beautiful Practice in Minor

Beautiful Practice in Minor Remember Beautiful Practice? I did this exercise in major and it made a favorites’ list on notreble. So I thought I bring it back, this time

Doing a Clinic Near You?

Online is great - but in person is best Big thanks to Shaana and Bananas at Large  in San Rafael for putting today's clinic on! Cheers to everyone who came out to join

Happy Walls… The Wall Chart (AKA Music Theory Cheat Sheet)

The wall chart – AKA the Music Theory Cheat Sheet – has arrived on walls all over the globe… New orders are pouring in every day. We have shipped to

Ari’s Interval Formula for the Bass Player Explained

The Interval Formula started with me calling an octave a “2 by 2” and a fifth a “2 by 1″… A “2×2” is a mnemonic for one great way of fingering

Bay Area Peeps, Watch Ari Go Bananas!

Hi Bay Area Friends, I will be doing a rare in-person clinic with Q&A, book signing and wall chart signing at one of my favorite Bay Area Music Stores, Bananas at Large

Dumb, tone deaf or both? Bullocks! Do This Ear Training!

I just saw another heart breaking question from someone who is troubled by their ears: I have trouble taking a bass line off the recording. Am I tone deaf or

Distinction between a #11 and b5 chord?

Enharmonically Speaking a #11 and a b5 are the same… What this means is that a #11 and a b5 lead you to the same note: The #11 from C

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