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Pentatonic Box Shapes – Help Me Name These!

Recently David asked me in a LinkedIn comment: Hi Ari!! Your 5 pentatonic shapes lesson has had a major impact on my playing. Fills are easier, the fretboard makes more

Ari, I am cheating!

Ari, I am cheating! I am often amazed at what my students think constitutes “cheating” and hence dutifully try to avoid. Let’s clear up some misunderstandings: It will help you

Power up with Geddy Lee!

I got a kick out of this YouTube comment: “She even looks like Geddy!” Maybe you start looking like the master if you study his tunes long enough, so get

This really clicked for my student: Triads [Get your bass]

Note Naming Realization From my student Christine: The note naming exercise was amazing for triads, to figure out that A-C-E is always A-C-E even when it’s Ab-C-Eb or A-C#-E or

My Five Favorite Practicing Tools [quick read]

My Five Favorite Practicing Tools Practice Time! If you have been wanting to upgrade your practice sessions, here are five simple tools that will boost the effectiveness of your practice

Four Part Fugue with Stuart Hamm

 Four-voices Fugue on Basses What a pleasure to record this with not only one Stu Hamm, but two of him! What’s a fugue? It is a musical composition in which

VIDEO: Kids Taking Music Lessons? How to get them to practice!

Helping Your Kids Practice using Tiny Habits How to get little Mozart (or mini Jimi) practicing without nagging, agonizing, or guilt-tripping. Talent is overrated: explore powerful practice habits! Watch this

This Technique Habit Will Hold you Back on the Bass

I see it with almost all of my students – from beginners to pros – it’s just too easy to overwork the thumb! Even experienced players are guilty of this

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