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Happy Birthday, Music Theory for the Bass Player!

It was three years ago in September when I had finally finished Music Theory for the Bass Player! And it had taken me just as long to write it! Many

On Becoming an American Citizen…

It’s an American Dream story for sure…. The desire to study music in the American tradition brought me to this country. Then the dream of entrepreneurship blossomed and possibilities galore opened

Three minutes? Yes, three minutes! The Power of Focus

“C’mon Ari, how you say I should do this exercise for only three minutes – I haven’t even scratched the surface!” Well, actually, if you do it right, that is

To Fill or not to Fill?

We are getting all Shakespearean here but it is indeed that deep (ha!) of a question: To Fill or not to Fill? Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to be

Oh my, they want me to solo: Super Simple and Effective Strategy!

Called to solo and feel cold sweat coming on? Wrestling with a million thoughts in your mind and feeling like you have to now play a million notes to impress

Video: Got Dexterity?

These Wicked Dexterity Drills are just what the Doctor ordered… First published on notreble, this dexterity regimen effectively addresses several common issues: coordination between the right and left hands independence

Gadgets for Technique Practice?

I got this question twice last week: Ari, what do you think of squeeze balls and grip devices and other gadgets to strengthen my fingers? From my experience these items

How to Send Tension Packing… And Play More Relaxed

Last week I was talking about the importance of sending tension packing so creativity and flow can move your way instead. Here are a few general tips and checkpoints for

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