Alberti Bass for Finger Fitness and Theory Shedding [Video]

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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 topic at a time, especially technique and music theory. If you manage to make some beautiful music on top of it with that, all the better :).

Here, for example, is a Talking Technique episode where I hope to achieve all that:

The Alberti Bass Talking Technique Episode

This exercise definitely sheds your fingers quite a bit (left and right!) and it gives you a good theory workout as we are going through the diatonic cycle in minor.

In it, I  explain the “Alberti-inspired” keyboard figures that we can adapt to the bass. Domenico Alberti was a composer in the 18th century. His left hand piano figures provide inspiration to this day and also give us some heavy-duty technique shedding: string crossing, right-hand shedding, and coordination.

Exercises like these are a beneficial part of a smart practice regimen. In this lesson, we’ll go over these Alberti-inspired figures over the diatonic cycle in minor.


Be sure to download the PDF that comes with Ari’s Alberti Bass episode for this lesson and follow along with the video.

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Check Ari’s Talking Technique Episode on the Alberti Bass here

Related Topics: 2-octave triads, beautiful practice


  • Maryjane Morgan
    December 5, 2019, 16:03  Reply

    Thank you so much!
    Hope to meet you one day so we can do what’s on ur pentatonic vid.

  • Greg Roosevelt
    December 5, 2019, 17:55  Reply

    A great instrumental from the 60’s makes use of these Alberti figures. It’s called ” Pipeline ” by the Chantays. I used to perform it. Check it out. You’ll enjoy it. Keep up the good work.

  • Ken Collins
    December 8, 2019, 05:16  Reply

    Wow, thanks for this! As a novice, this is so much fun to play, and I’m exercising and learning theory at the same time. I’m starting on the basic figure to build consistency and speed, and then going to work up to the variations. Just brilliant!

  • Bob Wright
    December 10, 2019, 23:50  Reply

    Amazing workout will be downloading the pdf and hopefully have a crack

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