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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