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Quiet E string? Bass not sounding balanced?
Ari | 25, May

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 nature on the skimpy side, that can be a problem, especially for the fat E. Or the low B on a five. Keep in mind that

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Beautiful PRactice in Minor
Beautiful Practice in Minor
Ari | 22, May

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 as Beautiful Practice in Minor. One of my personal favorites, it is so cool because it is a heck of a mental workout, as well as

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Doing a Clinic Near You?
Ari | 21, May
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 me for two hours straight of music theory talk, technique talk, pedal talk, "beautiful practice" talk... We went through a lot of topics and playing
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Happy Walls… The Wall Chart (AKA Music Theory Cheat Sheet)
Ari | 20, May

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 17 countries and 35 US states so far. The pre-order phase has passed, but you can order on amazon now, or for international or signed copies, click

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Ari's Interval Formula
Ari’s Interval Formula for the Bass Player Explained
Ari | 17, May

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 the octave on the bass: two frets over, two strings over. Same principle for the fifth… Mnemonics rock my world when teaching because they drive complex

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Bay Area Peeps, Watch Ari Go Bananas!
Ari | 16, May

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 in San Rafael. Some FAQs about the event: Bring instrument? Come to just listen or bring your bass to play along, plug in or not, up to

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ear training
Dumb, tone deaf or both? Bullocks! Do This Ear Training!
Ari | 13, May

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 just dumb? What to do? Some people are less than helpful and say well meaning things like: “Just listen to it and you will get

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b5 or #11?
Distinction between a #11 and b5 chord?
Ari | 09, May

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 is F#. The b5 from C is Gb. Same difference, different naming. Why is it important? Bit of an advanced theory answer below – it involves

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Bass Player Magazine introduces the Wall Chart
Ari | 06, May

Bass Player Magazine acknowledges the Music Theory for the Bass Player Wall Chart A super big thank you to Bass Player Magazine for acknowledging the wall chart! I always read that magazine cover to cover when it arrives in my mail box. I am really old fashioned that way – when it comes to that particular mag! With

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