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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

The Number 1 Enemy of Creativity, Timing and Tone

I used to believe that peak creativity is just happening to us in rare, lucky moments and that the best we can do is pray to the muses. Over time

Triplets in Walking Bass Lines

Working on Walking Bass? Creating an interesting walking bass line over changes is one part art, one part science (music theory) and a whole lot of feel . Well, how

Stop! Don’t Practice a Mistake…

The hardest thing to do when practicing can often be – to STOP. Stop, and then evaluate. Somehow we tend to have it in our minds that practicing only counts

Bach for Two Times Two

Bach me up! Need Bach up? Alright, enough with the puns, let’s get to some serious shedding. Bassists have loved playing Bach’s music on the electric for eons – be

Why Should I Practice Technique? I Just Want to Learn Songs…

Why should I practice Technique? Isn’t it a waste of time and much better to practice songs instead? Whenever I heard that argument I used to throw my hands up and

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