Beautiful Practice: Diatonic Triads in open position

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Beautiful Practice: Diatonic triads in an open position through the Diatonic Cycle

Who knew music theory exercises can sound so Bach-esque and pretty?

In this episode of Talking Technique on I explain:

  • what diatonic means
  • what diatonic triads are
  • what I mean by “diatonic cycle”
  • and then I demonstrate this in all areas of the bass according to the Pattern System.

I just love the way it sounds. And, it is a killer workout for your right hand as well as left. PDF provided. I am using a TC Electronic delay pedal and Wolf used a sweet plugin to create the sound that sounds like a violin pad in the beginning. Is all bass, though 🙂


Check out the minor variety of this practice as well. This episode made a favorites list on, so I decided to repeat it in minor.


And yes, that is a notreble beanie. I love it. It is soooooo soft!



  • April 7, 2017, 18:11  Reply

    If your arcleits are always this helpful, “I’ll be back.”

    • Ari
      April 8, 2017, 19:34

      Haha, Emmly, I see what you did there 😉
      And you know I am Austrian so let’s throw another shrimp on the barbie 😉

      Thank you for your comment!

  • R
    January 16, 2020, 07:00  Reply

    This _is_ beautiful. Where can I find the notation/instructions? The pdf link is a 404.

  • Melanie
    January 16, 2020, 10:00  Reply

    Hi Ari.

    Unfortunately the link to the pdf does not seem to work anymore. Is there any way to get it.

    CU, Mel.

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