Music Theory for the Bass Player

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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

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

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: Tiny Habits for Practicing Musicians

Tiny Habits for Practicing Musicians Celebrating the good notes: Bring the joy back to learning music and make practicing your instrument a favorite part of your day! Check out this

This was an amazing technique workout [Video with Mark Smith/Bach Prelude] – with TUTORIAL

Bach Prelude Number 2 for 2 Basses with Mark Smith! Mark Smith of talkingbass.net approached me a while back about doing a Bach piece together. And he happened to suggest

In practice, when I make a mistake, should I go back to top or just push ahead?

One of our course participants just asked me this question. Here is my answer: Neither!! First let me say this loud and clear: Never “go back to the top” if

You Got a Friend in me [UBass solo • VIDEO]

My Little UBass Friend and I have a Little Note for you… Enjoy!       Thank you Kala, for creating amazing instruments that are highly addictive and impossible to

How the Pros Use Inversions

How the Pros Use Inversions A student recently asked me: “I’m not 100% sure I get the necessity of inversions… I understand them, but when I’m playing and I need

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