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Sweet Emotion: Bass Intro (Talking Technique)
Ari | 14, March

Sweet Emotion Bass Intro The iconic Aerosmith song “Sweet Emotion” boasts a killer bass line. And because the bass starts the song – you must do it convincingly straight from the very first note with a consistent feel and at tempo! No margin for error, as all eyes and ears are on you laying down

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Music is often mysterious… (Breaking the rules)
Ari | 06, March

It’s a fair question… after all, we learn to identify which key a piece of music is in, and we carefully think about functions of chords… there are all these rules in music theory and then it seems music itself breaks them left and right. So, why do some notes stray from the family and

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Spiral bound and ebook… We heard you!
Ari | 28, February
Music Theory for the Bass Player Now Available Spiral Bound Quite a few Amazon reviewers recommended to other customers to go to a local print shop, have the spine cut off and have comb or coil binding applied. And for good reason as perfect bound books can have a bit of a hard time lying
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Watch my Student teach you Modes…
Ari | 20, February

Take it from my student Stephen: This is how you know… that you know modes! My student Steve was kind enough to let me post this from a recent lesson. This is him presenting a homework assignment on modes. And as he was doing that I asked him to turn into the teacher. When we first

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Stop picking on pick players!
Ari | 24, January

Got a request to answer this question about pick use. What do you think? Do you play with a pick? Your fingers? Both? Why?   Read Ariane Cap‘s answer to Why is it looked down upon when a bass player uses a pick? on Quora

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A Little Trick that Works Wonders: Check, please!
Ari | 19, January

Check it out, one of the questions I get a lot is “How much time do I need to devote to practice?” Most folks expect my answer to be something like “6 hours/day minimum, 7 days/week… ya know: eat, sleep and drink the bass, right?” But the truth is a lot can be achieved by

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Talking Technique: The Pinkie Workout (Video)
Ari | 17, January

Grab your gear, we’re headed to the gym! This workout does your fretting fingers good. Especially the little one of the bunch… The Pinkie! We cannot address the fourth/fifth finger separation problem often enough! They just do not like to move separately! And to make matters worse,, the pinkie is by far the weakest of

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Our New Steady Track
Ari | 10, January

In case you haven’t heard yet… Music Theory for the Bass Player – The Course now comes in a bit of a more relaxed version: you get more time per unit.   When you sign up for our Course, Music Theory for the Bass Player, you receive new material at a weekly schedule. We set

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Does Knowing Music Theory Take the Magic out of Playing Music?
Ari | 02, January

I have heard these sentiments about the magic of music over and over: Doesn’t “knowing” get in the way of pure “feeling”!? Aren’t you constantly analyzing when you know theory? Doesn’t knowing what you are doing take the magic out of playing? And on and on people go, assuming that somehow knowing what you are

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