Pattern System LIVE Classes

ArisBassBlog proudly presents:

The Pattern System Master Classes

with Ari

The Pattern System - Sharpen Your Musical Mind!

The Pattern System Master Classes

Why this "Pattern System"?

It teaches you knowing the fretboard inside and out at a level you likely never ever thought possible. This complete knowledge of the fretboard is a means to a much more important end – this end goal being training the musical mind.  

Training the musical mind means being able to think ahead. Rather than chasing the notes, letting ideas and inspiration come to you ahead of time. Training the musical mind enables you to tell stories, create musical bass lines, create fitting fills and transitions. 

To explore one’s own musicality is the ultimate thrill – total fretboard proficiency, good technique, and understanding of tonal relationships are the ingredients you need to start creating freely.

To achieve this level of competency does not happen overnight – the method is neither casual nor a weekend project but anyone can learn this. I have taught this method to hobbyists and pros alike with amazing results. You need to know the basics of music theory (scales – including pentatonics and modes, key signatures, intervals, triads and four-note chords) and have some basic technique (playing scales, triads). The rest is focus, a bit of patience and an open mind!

Why Pattern System Master Classes?

The book The Pattern System for The Bass Player – Sharpen Your Musical Mind Through Fretboard Proficiency, Improvisation, and Mental Practice – comes with 111 videos and is a stand-alone method. If you would like personal guidance from Ari as you read it and to learn in community, join the master classes!

I have been teaching this powerful System for decades. With the book published, I started teaching it in small groups and discovered that the group dynamic actually much accelerated learning.

The groups go through the Blueprint For Practice Sections in the Book (and beyond). Improvisation and Mental Practice being the hallmarks of this method, in addition to the patterns themselves, the learning curves are monumental. There is absolutely no faster, deeper and more focused way to fretboard mastery than this. I have learned over the years what common sticking points are (see the FAQ sections in the book) and keeping things grounded with improvisation drills makes it all applicable and practical.

What does the Pattern System do for me?

  • It opens up the fretboard to you.
  • You know exactly where every note is. You can name it in an instant and you know how it relates to the root.
  • Common chord progressions (as we practice them in the later chapters) become second nature.
  • You can confidently play all over the neck in any key.
  • Mental practice is a powerful learning alley that turbocharges your practice outcomes.
  • Your technique soars as you do scalar studies, interval drills, and more.
  • It fosters creativity by offering a unique angle on improvisation and the use of these shapes in grooves, fills, and improvisations.
  • It teaches you how to become your own highly effective practice coach.
  • It helps you use the metronome to make sure you are not making unconscious thinking pauses.
  • Most importantly, it teaches you to be able to think ahead while playing. This helps you relax into the moment and invites the flow.

How much practicing do I need to do?

  • You will meet online once a week with Ari and the group. 
  • A concise Homework guide tells you exactly what to practice and how! Most exciting, it turns you into a master-practicer so your efficiency soars!
  • Reserve 45 minutes five times a week for the Pattern System and you will do very well!

Is this for me?

Are you interested in deeply improving, the fastest way possible? Then yes.

Prerequisites are basic playing technique and foundational music theory knowledge.

This is an in-depth study and not a weekend affair, but anyone can learn this. And if you go for it and follow along, it will transform your practicing and your playing!

You will need the book for this Group.

Which Level is right for me?

Even as an advanced player you will want to sign up for Level I as it is Level I in the method.  
Starting at Level 1 is a pre-requesite unless you have taken private one-on-ones with Ari or prior groups before. Email us through the contact tab if you think you qualify.  

You can always repeat a level as well. Many students do this as there is a lot of material that gets covered and many appreciate being able to go over it again. 

Each Level moves at its own pace but covers the same material. Repeating a level means you get similar, but not completely the same, angles and exercises. Each group turns out a little differently, as I am always watching the students very carefully. 

Levels become tightly knit communities who support each other strongly. We often talk about struggles on the path, how to deal with self doubt and other challenges. 

I am always amazed at the level of support, encouragement and understanding attendees give each other. As friends on the path and from the view point of fellow learners, they often have much to add to help each other. 

Pick your Level and sign up below!

Level 1

Chapters I through IV

  • Laying the foundation – getting used to:
    • drawing patterns
    • visualization
    • relating to the root (ear training)
    • thinking in scale degrees 
  • The Basics for The Open Area
  • Nailing Note Names (slowly but surely!) and why it helps so much
  • The Five Shapes and how to practice them
  • Scalar Studies: simple 2- and 3-note groupings
  • Simple Interval studies, ascending and up
  • Improv using various concepts
    • groove and fill
    • pedal tones
    • cycle improv
    • rhythmic templates
  • Practicing through the Cycle

Level 2

Chapters IV through VII

  • Continued practice in the Open Area and Area 1
  • Area 2 (new place, same shapes!)
  • Cheater Beats and Skippy
  • Mandalas and Zones
  • Typical practicing challenges
  • Scalar Studies:  interval studies, now also descending and up and mixed motion
  • Improv using various new concepts
    • The story about the Donut
    • Common tones in Major Third progressions
    • Contrasting tones in major third progressions
  • Zones of Learning and Success Strategies
  • Why the Patterns are NOT the modes
  • Connection Exercises! – The gold standard!

Level 3

Chapters VII through X

  • Diatonic Triads and Four-Note-Chords (just 5 shapes each covers all!)
  • Continued Area and Pattern Drills, Areas Open, 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Thinking ahead!
  • Connection Exercises with triads 
  • The diatonic cycle – why it is the ultimate shortcut
  • Improvised Explorations:
    • modes
    • becoming familiar with emotional effects of notes 
    • improvising inside a key (common chords)
    • no longer chasing the notes, but pre-hearing them
  • Diagonal playing and connecting patterns up the neck
  • Drills on individual strings
  • Pentatonics (just 5 shapes covers all!) 
  • Be your own coach using this system!

Levels 4 & up

Chapters X and up

This is an exciting place to be in – you have understood the basics of this system. The fret board is becoming more and more yours. You appreciate how much it takes to really be able to have all chords and scales  available at your finger tips. And you are getting closer and closer now!

Plenty of combinations of scalar drills, connection exercises and diagonal drills remain – we will continue on the familiar path we are on! And, there is also reason to celebrate: you are now able to use all this hard-earned fretboard gold and put it to musical use.  

In these levels we focus on musicality, expression and leading yourself and others through a meaningful musical experience!

  • Making friends with the thought that you (yes, you!) have a musical story to tell
  • How to find your story (we start simple and small!)
  • how to overcome internal voices of self doubt and sabotage and how to find what you “have to say” 
  • Explorations on how to express your musicality using words, focus exercises and stories
  • Thematic development
  • How to become an effective performer and guide the audience experience energetically
  • How to comp effectively for soloists
  • Creativity sparks – rhythmic, theory, sounds, scale degrees, intervals – and weaving them into coherent story lines
and much much more. 
 

How Live Classes Work

    • Welcome to Ten Week Live Classes with a small group of peers LIVE on zoom or doozzoo with Ari or a handpicked teacher!

        • Meetings every week for 10 weeks!  
        • Specific practice assignments clearly described. 
        • Each Live Class gets recorded and stays available to the attendees for the duration of the class plus an additional ten weeks afterwards.
        • These classes are highly interactive – practice together with me and hear yourself only as everyone is on mute!  
        • We offer many opportunities to play in front of the group to those who would like to do so. While it is always your choice, we always encourage you to volunteer to present your assignment.
        • You can post written homework to our discussion boards.
        • Our success rate for these groups has been exceptionally high. This is because the group format takes the pressure off and you learn while seeing others work toward the same goal. You are among friends and your teacher is personally coaching you using a streamlined program.  
        • Some of our groups have been together for 40 weeks or longer. The sense of community, encouragement and support is amazing. 
        • All you need is an internet connection, a microphone, and a webcam (many computers have these built in already).  
 
 

Pattern System LIVE Classes: Level 2 Starting in June!

ArisBassBlog proudly presents:

The Pattern System Practice Groups

with Ari

The Pattern System - Sharpen Your Musical Mind!

The Pattern System Practice Groups

Why this "Pattern System"?

It teaches you knowing the fretboard inside and out at a level you likely never ever thought possible. This complete knowledge of the fretboard is a means to a much more important end – this end goal being training the musical mind.  

Training the musical mind means being able to think ahead. Rather than chasing the notes, letting ideas and inspiration come to you ahead of time. Training the musical mind enables you to tell stories, create musical bass lines, create fitting fills and transitions. 

To explore one’s own musicality is the ultimate thrill – total fretboard proficiency, good technique, and understanding of tonal relationships are the ingredients you need to start creating freely.

To achieve this level of competency does not happen overnight – the method is neither casual nor a weekend project but anyone can learn this. I have taught this method to hobbyists and pros alike with amazing results. You need to know the basics of music theory (scales – including pentatonics and modes, key signatures, intervals, triads and four-note chords) and have some basic technique (playing scales, triads). The rest is focus, a bit of patience and an open mind!   
   

Why Pattern System Practice Groups?

The book The Pattern System for The Bass Player – Sharpen Your Musical Mind Through Fretboard Proficiency, Improvisation, and Mental Practice – comes with 111 videos and is a stand-alone method. If you would like personal guidance from Ari as you read it and to learn in community, join the Practice Groups!

I have been teaching this powerful System for decades. With the book published, I started teaching it in small groups and discovered that the group dynamic actually much accelerated learning.

The groups go through the Blueprint For Practice Sections in the Book (and beyond). Improvisation and Mental Practice being the hallmarks of this method, in addition to the patterns themselves, the learning curves are monumental. There is absolutely no faster, deeper and more focused way to fretboard mastery than this. I have learned over the years what common sticking points are (see the FAQ sections in the book) and keeping things grounded with improvisation drills makes it all applicable and practical.

What does the Pattern System do for me?

  • It opens up the fretboard to you.
  • You know exactly where every note is. You can name it in an instant and you know how it relates to the root.
  • Common chord progressions (as we practice them in the later chapters) become second nature.
  • You can confidently play all over the neck in any key.
  • Mental practice is a powerful learning alley that turbocharges your practice outcomes.
  • Your technique soars as you do scalar studies, interval drills, and more.
  • It fosters creativity by offering a unique angle on improvisation and the use of these shapes in grooves, fills, and improvisations.
  • It teaches you how to become your own highly effective practice coach.
  • It helps you use the metronome to make sure you are not making unconscious thinking pauses.
  • Most importantly, it teaches you to be able to think ahead while playing. This helps you relax into the moment and invites the flow.

How much practicing do I need to do?

  • You will need online once a week with Ari and the group. 
  • A concise Homework guide tells you exactly what to practice and how! Most exciting, it turns you into a master-practicer so your efficiency soars!
  • Reserve 45 minutes five times a week for the Pattern System and you will do very well!

Is this for me?

Are you interested in deeply improving, the fastest way possible? Then yes.

Prerequisites are basic playing technique and foundational music theory knowledge.

This is an in-depth study and not a weekend affair, but anyone can learn this. And if you go for it and follow along, it will transform your practicing and your playing!

You will need the book for this Group.

Which Level is right for me?

Even as an advanced player you will want to sign up for Level I as it is Level I in the method.  
Starting at Level 1 is a pre-requesite unless you have taken private one-on-ones with Ari or prior groups before. Email us through the contact tab if you think you qualify.  

You can always repeat a level as well. Many students do this as there is a lot of material that gets covered and many appreciate being able to go over it again. 

Each Level moves at its own pace but covers the same material. Repeating a level means you get similar, but not completely the same, angles and exercises. Each group turns out a little differently, as I am always watching the students very carefully. 

Levels become tightly knit communities who support each other strongly. We often talk about struggles on the path, how to deal with self doubt and other challenges. 

I am always amazed at the level of support, encouragement and understanding attendees give each other. As friends on the path and from the view point of fellow learners, they often have much to add to help each other. 

Pick your Level and sign up below!

Level 1

Chapters I through IV

  • Laying the foundation – getting used to:
    • drawing patterns
    • visualization
    • relating to the root (ear training)
    • thinking in scale degrees 
  • The Basics for The Open Area
  • Nailing Note Names (slowly but surely!) and why it helps so much
  • The Five Shapes and how to practice them
  • Scalar Studies: simple 2- and 3-note groupings
  • Simple Interval studies, ascending and up
  • Improv using various concepts
    • groove and fill
    • pedal tones
    • cycle improv
    • rhythmic templates
  • Practicing through the Cycle

Level 2

Chapters IV through VII

  • Continued practice in the Open Area and Area 1
  • Area 2 (new place, same shapes!)
  • Cheater Beats and Skippy
  • Mandalas and Zones
  • Typical practicing challenges
  • Scalar Studies:  interval studies, now also descending and up and mixed motion
  • Improv using various new concepts
    • The story about the Donut
    • Common tones in Major Third progressions
    • Contrasting tones in major third progressions
  • Zones of Learning and Success Strategies
  • Why the Patterns are NOT the modes
  • Connection Exercises! – The gold standard!

Level 3

Chapters VII through X

  • Diatonic Triads and Four-Note-Chords (just 5 shapes each covers all!)
  • Continued Area and Pattern Drills, Areas Open, 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Thinking ahead!
  • Connection Exercises with triads 
  • The diatonic cycle – why it is the ultimate shortcut
  • Improvised Explorations:
    • modes
    • becoming familiar with emotional effects of notes 
    • improvising inside a key (common chords)
    • no longer chasing the notes, but pre-hearing them
  • Diagonal playing and connecting patterns up the neck
  • Drills on individual strings
  • Pentatonics (just 5 shapes covers all!) 
  • Be your own coach using this system!

Levels 4 & up

Chapters X and up

This is an exciting place to be in – you have understood the basics of this system. The fret board is becoming more and more yours. You appreciate how much it takes to really be able to have all chords and scales  available at your finger tips. And you are getting closer and closer now!

Plenty of combinations of scalar drills, connection exercises and diagonal drills remain – we will continue on the familiar path we are on! And, there is also reason to celebrate: you are now able to use all this hard-earned fretboard gold and put it to musical use.  

In these levels we focus on musicality, expression and leading yourself and others through a meaningful musical experience!

  • Making friends with the thought that you (yes, you!) have a musical story to tell
  • How to find your story (we start simple and small!)
  • how to overcome internal voices of self doubt and sabotage and how to find what you “have to say” 
  • Explorations on how to express your musicality using words, focus exercises and stories
  • Thematic development
  • How to become an effective performer and guide the audience experience energetically
  • How to comp effectively for soloists
  • Creativity sparks – rhythmic, theory, sounds, scale degrees, intervals – and weaving them into coherent story lines
and much much more. 
 

How it Works

  • Ten Week Groups with a small group of peers LIVE on zoom or doozzoo with Ari or a handpicked teacher
  • Meetings every week for 10 weeks!  
  • Specific practice assignments clearly described. 
  • Each Practice session gets recorded and stays available to the attendees for the duration of the practice groups plus an additional ten weeks afterwards.
  • These groups are highly interactive – practice together with me and hear yourself only as everyone is on mute!  
  • We offer many opportunities to play in front of the group to those who would like to do so. Everyone is always encouraged to volunteer to present their homework.
  • You can post written homework to discussion boards. 
  • Our success rate for these groups has been exceptionally high. This is because the group format takes the pressure off and you learn while seeing others work toward the same goal. You are among friends and your teacher is personally coaching you using a streamlined program.  

    Some of our groups have been together for 40 weeks or longer. The sense of community, encouragement and support is amazing. 

    • All you need is an internet connection, a microphone, and a webcam (many computers have these built in already).  

Music Theory Practice Group
Join anytime!

ArisBassBlog proudly presents:

Music Theory Book Group - Join anytime!

with Ari

The Theory Practice Group

Reading "Music Theory for the Bass Player"

Are you reading Ari’s book and would like some personal support from her?

Then join this Theory Practice Group! You will be able to follow along or uncover what you need to go over (again).

What is This Practice Group?

If you are going through Ari’s Music Theory for the Bass Player  book, are in her Theory course or the cohort, and are looking for even more support, then you can now participate in our Theory Practice Group. Unlike our installment Plans (for courses and practice groups), this is billed as a monthly membership – so you can start and stop at anytime.

Furthermore, right now the first month is only $35.00 so you can check it out. Subsequent months are just $75.00. You meet for 45 minutes four times a month.

Why are you offering this, Ari?

Astute learners realize quickly that the way our materials are laid out leads to game-changing results. Our students continually ask for more – more courses, more support, more practice materials, more musical applications. The Practice Groups, where students get the opportunity to practice with me in real time and get immediate feedback,  are extremely popular. So, many of you asked for it and I am very happy to now add live Music Theory Practice Memberships to our repertoire!

Watch what effective practice in a short period of time looks like!

There may be one or more groups running at any given time. You can join any group at any time as every individual practice session is completely standing on its own. Where it references back to earlier sections in the book, I will provide support. 

  • You will see in the portal what pages we are currently reading so you can prepare.
  • First month is half off. 

Is this for me?

It is for you if you are looking to get theory under your fingers, increase your creativity and play with more confidence and freedom. It is for you if you enjoy learning with others and want to learn from Ari directly!

Are there any Prerequisites?

No need to have read the book. No need to have finished the course. If you have, fine, too. These exercises are so deep, even pros get great results from them.

You do need the book and an internet connection, bass and amp!

How The Theory Practice Group Works

    • This Practice Group works a bit different than our Live Classes. 
      • Start and stop at any time. Ongoing monthly membership that you can cancel at any time.   
      • Each session is complete on its own. While eventually you will want to go through the book from the beginning, I weave applications, technique and theory together into one complete and highly productive session. 
      • We go through the book. You will see in the course portal what we are working on.
      • As you join you get an instant look at the previous four weeks. 
      • Each Practice session gets recorded so if you miss one,  just catch up with the recording. 
      • These groups are highly interactive – practice together with me and hear yourself only as everyone is on mute!  
    • Our success rate for these groups has been exceptionally high. This is because the group format takes the pressure off and you learn while seeing others work toward the same goal. You are among friends and your teacher is personally coaching you using a streamlined program.   
    • Some of our groups have been together for 40 weeks or longer. The sense of community, encouragement and support is amazing. 
    • All you need is an internet connection, a microphone, and a webcam (many computers have these built in already).  
 

Jazzy Jazz Tunes – Level 3
Starts Aug

ArisBassBlog proudly presents:

Jazzy Jazz Tunes

with Ari

Jazzy Jazz Tunes

What is it?

This series is all about Jazz. If you like the Great American Songbook, you will love this!

  • How to create effective and melodic walking bass lines
  • How to listen to Jazz effectively
  • Reading chord changes and Jazz charts without getting confused 
  • How to make it swing! 
  • How to keep the form!
  • Repertoire!
  • Soloing and improv
  • Cool rhythmic variations when walking (skips, burps, drops, triplets)
  • Bossa, Ballads, 3/4… 
  • and much much more

How to make it Swing?

Yupp, that’s the most important thing! 
Good swing feel is created from understanding the subdivision, phrasing and articulation, feeling the drummer’s swing feel. 
It takes a bit of technique and a dash of patience, but this is where it must start!  

Learn the ding-a-la and the Katching and people will love t play with you!

How will this help me?

This class will get you ready for Jazz jams, will improve your skills so you get the call back from your bands and give you confidence and rhythmic stability. 

You will also get a great set list under your belt!

Is this for me?

Easy Going Jazz is right for you if you love the Great American Songbook and want to foray into  walking bass lines. We start out with a simple blues, then graduate to a Jazz Blues and work our way up to Fly Me to the Moon and Autumn Leaves. A bit in 3/4, and some Bossa for good measure!

This course will go over the Diatonic Cycle, a landmark theory detail. Knowing simple intervals and triads helps, and there will be lots of review of the theory shapes, and of course, lots of practice.

 

Which Level is right for me?

Level 1 starts out nice and easy. 
Feel free to join Level 2 if you already have experience walking changes. 

How it Works

  • Ten Week Groups with a small group of peers LIVE on zoom or doozzoo with Ari or a handpicked teacher
  • Meetings every week for 10 weeks!  
  • Specific practice assignments clearly described. 
  • Each Practice session gets recorded and stays available to the attendees for the duration of the practice groups plus an additional ten weeks afterwards.
  • These groups are highly interactive – practice together with me and hear yourself only as everyone is on mute!  
  • We offer many opportunities to play in front of the group to those who would like to do so. Everyone is always encouraged to volunteer to present their homework.
  • You can post written homework to discussion boards. 
  • Our success rate for these groups has been exceptionally high. This is because the group format takes the pressure off and you learn while seeing others work toward the same goal. You are among friends and your teacher is personally coaching you using a streamlined program.  

    Some of our groups have been together for 40 weeks or longer. The sense of community, encouragement and support is amazing. 

    • All you need is an internet connection, a microphone, and a webcam (many computers have these built in already).  

Ari’s Rhythm Matrix:
Level 2 starting in June!

Rhythm Matrix Ariane Cap

ArisBassBlog proudly presents:

The Rhythm Matrix

with Ari

Ari's Practice Groups: The Rhythm Matrix

What is it?

For many, rhythm is the missing link. and I mean – the – missing link:

  • it stands in the way of you transcribing tunes by ear
  • it stands in the way of you being able to improvise freely
  • it stands in the way of your reading chops

I have seen amazing players who couldn’t make their chops shine because they were locked into the samey-samey type rhythm. Sound familiar?

On the other end of the spectrum, I have observed many beginner level players who would drop a beat here or there or freeze up when improvising, reading or trying to copy someone’s playing.

…And I have seen everything in between.

Here’s the great news: this is a really easy fix! I break down binary rhythms into 16 shapes (and ternary ones into 8).

Shape-based learning is not only great for the fretboard, it works really well for rhythm too, especially because I help you feel those rhythms in your body. You cannot “count yourself” into feeling rhythm in the body, but that is exactly where it must reside for you to be able to use it freely. I have many a story to prove this to you and how starting to count can actually make you crumble! Sure, counting has its place, but try improvising while counting – it just does not work very well at all. Why is that? Simply put, it taps into a different half of the brain!

So What is one to do, then?

  • Use movement and the sensing of “light” and “heavy” beats.
  • Learn the 16 shapes and make them expand and contract.
  • Assimilate the shapes using my rhythm matrix words.

How will this help me?

It will open up creative doors, give you confidence and direction, and it is an amazing trick for reading rhythms!

Is this for me?

All levels of players find this approach surprisingly beneficial. Usually, the revelation is – oh wow this is not so hard! Then we practice it – I show you how – and a strong rhythmic foundation becomes yours forever. Advanced players improve their reading chops and discover new ideas for solos. Players at the beginning of their journey benefit by learning a good rhythmic foundation that is felt in the body!

Which Level is right for me?

Even as an advanced player you will want to sign up for Level I as it is Level I in the method. Advanced readers will have an easier time yet will still highly value the tips for tightening the groove, deepening rhythmic creativity and feeling the internal metronome.   
Level II is specifically for attendees of Level I. It goes deeper into rhythms, interesting rhythmic groupings, adds ties, complex syncopations, and more!  

How it Works

  • Ten Week Groups with a small group of peers LIVE on zoom or doozzoo with Ari or a handpicked teacher
  • Meetings every week for 10 weeks!  
  • Specific practice assignments clearly described. 
  • Each Practice session gets recorded and stays available to the attendees for the duration of the practice groups plus an additional ten weeks afterwards.
  • These groups are highly interactive – practice together with me and hear yourself only as everyone is on mute!  
  • We offer many opportunities to play in front of the group to those who would like to do so. Everyone is always encouraged to volunteer to present their homework.
  • You can post written homework to discussion boards. 
  • Our success rate for these groups has been exceptionally high. This is because the group format takes the pressure off and you learn while seeing others work toward the same goal. You are among friends and your teacher is personally coaching you using a streamlined program.  

    Some of our groups have been together for 40 weeks or longer. The sense of community, encouragement and support is amazing. 

    • All you need is an internet connection, a microphone, and a webcam (many computers have these built in already).  

Ari’s Rhythm Matrix:
Level 3 starting in June 2022

Rhythm Matrix Ariane Cap

ArisBassBlog proudly presents:

The Rhythm Matrix

with Ari

Ari's Practice Groups: The Rhythm Matrix

What is it?

For many, rhythm is the missing link. and I mean – the – missing link:

  • it stands in the way of you transcribing tunes by ear
  • it stands in the way of you being able to improvise freely
  • it stands in the way of your reading chops

I have seen amazing players who couldn’t make their chops shine because they were locked into the samey-samey type rhythm. Sound familiar?

On the other end of the spectrum, I have observed many beginner level players who would drop a beat here or there or freeze up when improvising, reading or trying to copy someone’s playing.

…And I have seen everything in between.

Here’s the great news: this is a really easy fix! I break down binary rhythms into 16 shapes (and ternary ones into 8).

Shape-based learning is not only great for the fretboard, it works really well for rhythm too, especially because I help you feel those rhythms in your body. You cannot “count yourself” into feeling rhythm in the body, but that is exactly where it must reside for you to be able to use it freely. I have many a story to prove this to you and how starting to count can actually make you crumble! Sure, counting has its place, but try improvising while counting – it just does not work very well at all. Why is that? Simply put, it taps into a different half of the brain!

So What is one to do, then?

  • Use movement and the sensing of “light” and “heavy” beats.
  • Learn the 16 shapes and make them expand and contract.
  • Assimilate the shapes using my rhythm matrix words.

How will this help me?

It will open up creative doors, give you confidence and direction, and it is an amazing trick for reading rhythms!

Is this for me?

All levels of players find this approach surprisingly beneficial. Usually, the revelation is – oh wow this is not so hard! Then we practice it – I show you how – and a strong rhythmic foundation becomes yours forever. Advanced players improve their reading chops and discover new ideas for solos. Players at the beginning of their journey benefit by learning a good rhythmic foundation that is felt in the body!

Which Level is right for me?

Even as an advanced player you will want to sign up for Level I as it is Level I in the method. Advanced readers will have an easier time yet will still highly value the tips for tightening the groove, deepening rhythmic creativity and feeling the internal metronome.   
Level II is specifically for attendees of Level I. It goes deeper into rhythms, interesting rhythmic groupings, adds ties, complex syncopations, and more!  

How it Works

  • Ten Week Groups with a small group of peers LIVE on zoom or doozzoo with Ari or a handpicked teacher
  • Meetings every week for 10 weeks!  
  • Specific practice assignments clearly described. 
  • Each Practice session gets recorded and stays available to the attendees for the duration of the practice groups plus an additional ten weeks afterwards.
  • These groups are highly interactive – practice together with me and hear yourself only as everyone is on mute!  
  • We offer many opportunities to play in front of the group to those who would like to do so. Everyone is always encouraged to volunteer to present their homework.
  • You can post written homework to discussion boards. 
  • Our success rate for these groups has been exceptionally high. This is because the group format takes the pressure off and you learn while seeing others work toward the same goal. You are among friends and your teacher is personally coaching you using a streamlined program.  

    Some of our groups have been together for 40 weeks or longer. The sense of community, encouragement and support is amazing. 

    • All you need is an internet connection, a microphone, and a webcam (many computers have these built in already).  

Rob Smith – Roaring Rock Riffs Set 1 Starting in June

ArisBassBlog proudly presents:

Roaring Rock Riffs 1

with Rob Smith

Roaring Rock Riffs

Is this for me?

⇒ Do you wanna Rock? Then it’s for you!

Says Rob:

For as long as I’ve been playing and listening to Rock, there is one thing that instantly hooks me to a song. A great riff. Whether it is Classic Rock, Punk, Metal, Grunge, or Prog, the ability to write and play amazing riffs has always been an essential component in Rock. In this course, we will learn 50 of the greatest Riffs ever written and learn exercises to help you create your own.

It is for you if you:

⇒ Want to learn Classic Riffs from the ’60s to 2000s
⇒ Want to analyze the techniques, tones, note choices, and rhythms that make riffs great
⇒ Want to create your own Riffs

Prerequesites

⇒  You only need basic technique and theory knowledge.
⇒  All examples will be written out in standard notation and tab.

What about the Levels I, II, III?

⇒  Start with Level I or or a higher Level. While the tunes follow a sequence from easier to harder, the most important thing about the levels is that the tunes are different. 

So if you have done Level I, sign up for II. 

If you are taking your first class with Rob, pick either one! 

How Live Classes Work

      • Welcome to Ten Week Live Classes with a small group of peers LIVE on zoom or doozzoo with Ari or a handpicked teacher!

          • Meetings every week for 10 weeks!  
          • Specific practice assignments clearly described. 
          • Each Live Class gets recorded and stays available to the attendees for the duration of the class plus an additional ten weeks afterwards.
          • These classes are highly interactive – practice together with me and hear yourself only as everyone is on mute!  
          • We offer many opportunities to play in front of the group to those who would like to do so. While it is always your choice, we always encourage you to volunteer to present your assignment.
          • You can post written homework to our discussion boards.
          • Our success rate for these groups has been exceptionally high. This is because the group format takes the pressure off and you learn while seeing others work toward the same goal. You are among friends and your teacher is personally coaching you using a streamlined program.  
          • Some of our groups have been together for 40 weeks or longer. The sense of community, encouragement and support is amazing. 
          • All you need is an internet connection, a microphone, and a webcam (many computers have these built in already). 
 
 

Rob Smith – Roaring Rock Riffs Set 2 Starting in June

ArisBassBlog proudly presents:

Roaring Rock Riffs 2

with Rob Smith

Roaring Rock Riffs Set 2

Is this for me?

⇒ Do you wanna Rock some more? Then it’s for you!

This class is the continuation of Rock Riffs I. You can join either I or II.
If you took part in Roaring Rock Riffs I, then choose II now.

Says Rob:

For as long as I’ve been playing and listening to Rock, there is one thing that instantly hooks me to a song. A great riff. Whether it is Classic Rock, Punk, Metal, Grunge, or Prog, the ability to write and play amazing riffs has always been an essential component in Rock. In this course, we will learn 50 of the greatest Riffs ever written and learn exercises to help you create your own.

It is for you if you:

⇒ Want to learn more Classic Riffs from the ’60s to 2000s
⇒ Want to analyze the techniques, tones, note choices, and rhythms that make riffs great
⇒ Want to create your own Riffs

Prerequesites

⇒  You only need basic technique and theory knowledge.
⇒  All examples will be written out in standard notation and tab.

How it Works

  • Ten Week Groups with a small group of peers LIVE on zoom or doozzoo with Ari or a handpicked teacher
  • Meetings every week for 10 weeks!  
  • Specific practice assignments clearly described. 
  • Each Practice session gets recorded and stays available to the attendees for the duration of the practice groups plus an additional ten weeks afterwards.
  • These groups are highly interactive – practice together with me and hear yourself only as everyone is on mute!  
  • We offer many opportunities to play in front of the group to those who would like to do so. Everyone is always encouraged to volunteer to present their homework.
  • You can post written homework to discussion boards. 
  • Our success rate for these groups has been exceptionally high. This is because the group format takes the pressure off and you learn while seeing others work toward the same goal. You are among friends and your teacher is personally coaching you using a streamlined program.  

    Some of our groups have been together for 40 weeks or longer. The sense of community, encouragement and support is amazing. 

    • All you need is an internet connection, a microphone, and a webcam (many computers have these built in already).  

Rob Smith – Thumbs up for Slap!

ArisBassBlog proudly presents:

Thumbs Up for Slap

with Rob Smith

Thumbs Up For Slap!

Want to learn to slap (better)?

Then the Thumbs up for Slap Practice Group is perfect for you! 

Slap Bass has come a long way. From its origins with Larry Graham to the incredible virtuosic playing of Victor Wooten, Slap technique has been used on a ton of records for its unique percussive sound. 

In this Practice Group, we will analyze some of the greatest Slap bass lines ever from bassists such as Larry Graham, Stanley Clarke, Chuck Rainey, Mark King, Flea, Les Claypool, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, and more! 

We will explore many different ways to get percussive sounds on bass such as 

  • Slapping
  • Popping
  • Hard Plucking
  • Double Thumping
  • Left Hand Muting
  • Flicking
  • Hammering
  • and Paddywhacking

Ok… that last one isn’t real….. but we’ll learn the rest!

In each class, you will be provided with PDF transcriptions and other help files.

How Live Classes Work

      • Welcome to Ten Week Live Classes with a small group of peers LIVE on zoom or doozzoo with Ari or a handpicked teacher!

          • Meetings every week for 10 weeks!  
          • Specific practice assignments clearly described. 
          • Each Live Class gets recorded and stays available to the attendees for the duration of the class plus an additional ten weeks afterwards.
          • These classes are highly interactive – practice together with me and hear yourself only as everyone is on mute!  
          • We offer many opportunities to play in front of the group to those who would like to do so. While it is always your choice, we always encourage you to volunteer to present your assignment.
          • You can post written homework to our discussion boards.
          • Our success rate for these groups has been exceptionally high. This is because the group format takes the pressure off and you learn while seeing others work toward the same goal. You are among friends and your teacher is personally coaching you using a streamlined program.  
          • Some of our groups have been together for 40 weeks or longer. The sense of community, encouragement and support is amazing. 
          • All you need is an internet connection, a microphone, and a webcam (many computers have these built in already).  
 
 
 
 

Josh Cohen – Bass Legends: Paul McCartney

ArisBassBlog proudly presents:

Practice The Legends: Paul McCartney

with JOSH COHEN

Practice The Legends: Sir Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney Josh Cohen

Are you a fan of the Beatles?

Then the Practice the Legends: Sir Paul McCartney Practice Group is perfect for you! 

Come join bass instructor Josh Cohen as he takes you through a deep dive (pun intended!) into the bass lines of Paul McCartney and learn together why he was so influential and is indeed a bass legend.

In each class, you will be provided with a custom transcription (notation and tablature) to aid you in the learning process. 

Together we will examine what makes each line so effective, learn practice strategies to help you get the line under your fingers, and learn how to apply similar concepts to your own bass lines.

 

Come join our brand new practice group Practice the Legends: Sir Paul McCartney and take this journey with us!

How Live Classes Work

      • Welcome to Ten Week Live Classes with a small group of peers LIVE on zoom or doozzoo with Ari or a handpicked teacher!

          • Meetings every week for 10 weeks!  
          • Specific practice assignments clearly described. 
          • Each Live Class gets recorded and stays available to the attendees for the duration of the class plus an additional ten weeks afterwards.
          • These classes are highly interactive – practice together with me and hear yourself only as everyone is on mute!  
          • We offer many opportunities to play in front of the group to those who would like to do so. While it is always your choice, we always encourage you to volunteer to present your assignment.
          • You can post written homework to our discussion boards.
          • Our success rate for these groups has been exceptionally high. This is because the group format takes the pressure off and you learn while seeing others work toward the same goal. You are among friends and your teacher is personally coaching you using a streamlined program.  
          • Some of our groups have been together for 40 weeks or longer. The sense of community, encouragement and support is amazing. 
          • All you need is an internet connection, a microphone, and a webcam (many computers have these built in already).  
 
 
 
 

Practice The Legends:
Sir Paul McCartney

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