London Bass and Guitar Show 2019

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London Bass and Guitar Show – EPIC! Plus: Find the hidden gift in this post…

Some of my favorite highlights:

  • Recording two courses for Scotts Bass Lessons with Nick Wells
  • Seeing epic masterclasses and performances by Nick Beggs, Paul Geary, Cody Wright, Ellen O’Reilly, Steve Lawson, John Patitucci (who also received the Lifetime Achievement Award), and Scott Devine
  • Getting to hear the finalists of the Young Bassist of the Year competition and sitting on the judge’s panel with Joel McIver and Nick Beggs
  • Doing an interview with Jon Liebman of
  • Meeting two of my students in real life (one from Australia, the other a Brit!)
  • Meeting Facebook buds in real life
  • Making jokes about the British food including the famed “Brown Sauce”
  • Geeking out on gear
  • Spending time with the Marleaux Family
  • Doing a performance and teaching a clinic
  • Making new friends, meeting blog readers and talking to fellow authors Jon Liebman, Stuart Clayton, Joel McIver and others from the Bass Magazine crew

I am now in Innbsruck, Austria (that’s where I was born) spending time with family. Today we are going törggelen. Comment if you know what this is! Enjoy the pictures and videos!


Getting there….

huge props to United/Lufthansa for letting me pre-board and being awesome. Luckily the instrument fit into the bin (barely, actually! Sort of diagonally)

Okay, I want to know where they keep the dragon (picture at left)

Recording for Scott at Dean Street Studios…

Good talk, Jon!

Rachel Rhodes amd Sam Montooth

John Patitucci clinic…

With my student Bill!

The Marleaux booth!

A short sandwich break for Gerald and his gang

Enjoying Marine Courtin’s beautiful performance. Marine was one of three finalists chosen for the Young Bassist of the Year Awards. 200 entries had been whittled down by Mark King, Joe Dart, Stu Hamm and others to select three winners who were performing at the event. Us judges had the hard task to choose a final winner. Read all about the event and listen to the finalists including the winner Leo de Santis here

Scott Devine!

Ellen O’Reilly on a roll talking about singing while playing bass and grooving hard…

With Lifetime Achievement Award Winner John Patitucci!

My good bud and KalaUBass virtuoso Magnus Sjoquist

With Alex Lofoco!!

This is waht happens when you forget your nail clippers… Thanks to Gordon Smith Guitars and Florina’s help I could file down my nails at her booth as she was shaping guitar necks.

Jon Liebman!

Ellen O’Reilly 🙂

Gerald Marleaux 🙂

Video of Stella by Starlight from my performance (Thank you for the video, Sam Montooth)


  • Chris Denslow
    September 28, 2019, 05:11  Reply

    Brilliant article…looked fun and educational! Hopefully get there next year.

  • Mick
    September 29, 2019, 17:29  Reply

    törggelen ‘Wine & Chestnuts’ very traditional & the Austrians pronounce the umlaut funny!

    • Ari
      September 29, 2019, 23:15

      Exactly 🙂 It is done especially in Northern Italy (South Tyrol, which Austria lost to Italy after the second world war. They talk a very beautiful accent of German there, rolling the R’s like the Italians do). We hiked to a beautiful lake, then we ate until we could no more in a cozy hut. The food just kept on coming and coming.
      It was a lovely family affair!

  • Mr Barry Hopkins
    September 29, 2019, 23:46  Reply

    Great performance Ari, saw you twice at the show and I was persuaded to buy your book – I’m gonna learn theory after 25 years of playing! 🙂

    • Ari
      September 30, 2019, 00:18

      Thank you 🙂 Nice to hear from you! Enjoy the book and nice to meet you! What a great event!

  • Maryjane Morgan
    September 30, 2019, 09:08  Reply

    Looks like u had a wonderful time.
    Hope to see u @ the Namm Show

    • Ari
      September 30, 2019, 23:39

      Oh yes, definitely! I usually hang out at the Marleaux Booth, so please come and say hey!

  • October 1, 2019, 16:30  Reply

    Love southern Austria….was in Salzburg for a week a couple of weeks ago then drove to Paris through Innsbruck where we had lunch

    • Ari
      October 2, 2019, 13:37

      Sounds like a great trip! Yes, Innsbruck (and Salzburg, too!) is very charming 🙂 I take it the food was lovely, yes? (says she who is enjoying Mom’s cooking right now!)

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