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How many notes are there?
How Many Note Names are There?
Ari | 19, February

How Many Notes Are There? In the movie Amadeus, the Austrian Emperor Joseph II says to Mozart – as the last notes of the opera he had commissioned the young composer to write: “Mozart, this piece of music has too many notes in it!” And Mozart answers: “Exactly as many as necessary, your Majesty!” (good story, and yes, there is

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Bass at The Grammys
Ari | 16, February

Bass at the Grammys What an amazing adventure to get to experience the 2017 Grammy Awards show (pre-telecast, telecast, and after party), and a week of parties and special events on top of it! From getting to see the historic Village Recorder at the Producers and Engineers Party (who honored Jack White) to the incredible Clive Davis

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Scale drills for fills applied
Scale Drills for Fills – Applied Creatively!
Ari | 15, February

Scale Practice got you down? Try this and apply it! Remember the “drills for fills episode” on a while back? We got the question if I could demonstrate how to use these scale drills in fills. You ask, I answer. Here is the reply and a PDF to follow along and play those fills. Practicing

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Pistol Grip Ariane Cap Music Theory for the bass player
The Pistol Grip
Ari | 11, February

This episode called “The Pistol Grip” struck a chord with many and ignited a few discussions, too. It explains my reasoning behind the use of one-finger-per-fret. It also acknowledges that the pistol grip – a collapsed, sometimes a bit lazy hand that spans only over three frets and sometimes grabs the neck with the thumb sticking

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Classical Guitar: question about Classical Guitar Posture for the bass player
Seated Posture, Classical Guitar Style?
Ari | 09, February

Great Question About Posture: Hi Ariane! This is Matthew, I met you at NAMM, I’ve made it safely back to Singapore. Just started the course (the discount code worked, thank you very much!) and finished week 1’s materials (going to keep working on the drills and practices through the rest of the week through!) and

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Pedals on the Band Stand?
Ari | 05, February

Great Question About Pedals on the Band Stand Günter, a bassist from Germany, asks a great question after seeing my Hocket Delay Video: Hi Ariane, my audition went great and I am now the bassist in a rock cover band. We play Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin etc. WOuld you use an effects pedal in such

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Talking Technique: Groove Creation Workout
Ari | 03, February

Are you looking for a formula to create grooves over a chord progression? Check out this episode of Talking Technique! This lesson features an exercise that helps you hone your technique while building grooves from triads. I have a I-vi-IV-V chord progression for you. Let’s use a formula that has two main ingredients: rhythm and triad notes. That’s your tonal material: the

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What Key is this Piece of Music in?
Ari | 31, January

Finding the Key to the Key… How do you know what key a piece of music is in? Great question that I get a lot. Sometimes it’s simple. other times it’s not. Start here… You can determine a single key with most diatonic songs – those are songs that only – or mostly – use notes

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One to Ponder as You Figure out How the Fretboard Works
Ari | 28, January

Question about Notes on the Fretboard Ask and you shall receive. Matter of fact, it is really helpful to me if the student freely asks about things he or she is confused about. Got this one earlier today from one of my awesome students. This one illuminates how terms can be cause for confusion, so it

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