Tips for Teachers

Tips for Teachers

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Tips for Teachers

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MuseScore - What is it?

Tips for Teachers

I created and ran a local music school that I started way back in 2009. It was called “Step Up Music Vallejo” and was the buzz of the town, with our rock camps for kids, music for pre-schoolers, lessons for adults, school assemblies, recitals… at one point we had two floors and 14 teachers! We were featured in the newspaper and on local media all the time and our patrons loved us.
Here is an example by the Vallejo Times Herald:

 

I paid attention to why some teachers were very successful and others not so much and created policies, processes and procedures that predictably lead to success. I eventually taught a blue print of success to our teachers that worked!

I had also done the “online thing” very successfully long before Covid hit. Replicating some of the brick-and-mortar strategies in the online space, paying attention to the differences and similarities, where online failed and where it thrived… I was able to create a thriving online teaching studio long before my first book came out.
  
Colleagues and peers ask me all the time about “how I did it” and how they, too, can build a thriving teaching business, whether online or brick-and-mortar. Become a member and join the live sessions and Q and A!

From tech to teaching tips, let’s talk teaching.

Note: this session will only be available LIVE, however, we have a few dates on the books for this topic. 

 

Who it's for

When is this?

Find upcoming Tips for Teachers events on 2-16, 3-16, 4-20

We are offering several dates. Join live and bring your questions. See the Calendar below!

How do I sign up?

Become a member! As a member you have access to several live practice sessions each month such as Ear Training Mondays, Beginners Fridays, Theory Thursdays…  
You can listen to recordings or join the live practice. In addition we have events on popular music programs, on teaching, and more! 

Tips for Teachers

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Find upcoming Tips for Teachers events on 2-16, 3-16, 4-20

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Practice LIVE with me

MuseScore 4 – Quickstart Guide on Notation

Musescore

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MuseScore 4
Quick Start Guide

with Ari & Helen

MuseScore - What is it?

Musescore

MuseScore is free (open source) notation software that you can download here
It’s a great program and quite intuitive once you get past a few initial hurdles. 
We have had oodles of requests for help getting started, so we are doing several segments, each with Q&A to get you up and running.
I am delighted that Helen McManus, one of our students, has created cool templates and key commands for us and will be taking part as well!  

Why it's useful

Some of what we will have for you

When is this?

We are offering two Musescore events on 1-22 and 2-19 for starters!
Don't miss this!

We are offering several dates. Join live or watch the reruns. See the Calendar below!

How do I sign up?

Become a member! As a member you have access to several live sessions each month.
You can listen to recordings or join live. 

Musescore

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All events with this image are included in your membership: 🦡
Number of stars means level: ⭐️ (easier) to harder ⭐️⭐️⭐️

We are offering two Musescore events on 1-22 and 2-19 for starters!
Don't miss this!

Become a Member
Practice LIVE with me

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Eartraining & Transcribing Mondays

Eartraining Mondays

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EarTraining Mondays

with Ari

Ear Training and Transcribing Mondays!

Eartraining Mondays

EarTraining Mondays - What is it?

A highly effective ongoing Series with Ari!
Not a theory class, and not your smartphone’s EarTraining app either – this is intuition training!

We meet (most) Mondays at 12.30 Pacific/3:30 PM Eastern for half an hour of EarTraining!

Eartraining has several layers and can and should be practiced in many different ways.

I have seven different ways I mix and match constantly. Even if you think you are tone deaf, you can learn (because most likely you aren’t clinically tone deaf. if you were you would not be so drawn to music!). 

If you like to learn more about my seven favorite ways of training the ear you can check out my course Ear Confidence – 7 Paths to Fearless Ears. It is a very deep course that provides endless hours of on-your-own practice. However, I noticed that learners really benefit from live practice with me in particular when it comes to ear training. In these sessions, we do just that!

Practicing this regularly is a surefire way to get better at this! And doing it with guidance is what will give you excellent and reliable results

All you have to do is show up and join us!

And Here is the Wild Part

We made EarTraining Mondays a part of our Membership!

So if you sign up for EarTraining Mondays you are becoming a member and can participate in as many of our other membership events as you wish! Beginner Classes? Theory? Technique? Intermediate? Advanced? Join! 

Check out our calendar below!

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How Our Membership Works

What is the best place to start?

If you are new to my teaching, become a member. I will get to know you and will advise!

Beginner or feel like one? Ongoing Live Practice w/ Ari

Beginners with Ari

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For Beginners

or those who feel like one

Beginner - or feel like one?

Beginners with Ari

Then this is for you!

What will you be learning?

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. They specifically ask for Beginners Bass Groups proceeding at a relaxed pace;  

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

All you need to do is turn up each week to class. On your calendar, on your mind.
People are amazed how much you can get done in a focused amount of time.

Is this for me?

It is for you if you are looking to get better than you were yesterday. We have players of all ages, walks of life and backgrounds. If you are passionate about music and have an open mind (we do things a bit differently!), you are welcome to join! 

Are there any prerequisites?

Yes, you need your Bass, an internet connection and need to be ready to rock! 
Bass beginners welcome!

I also recommend to get the book as a companion aide!

How The Beginners Rapid Results Practice Works

    • Start and stop at any time. Ongoing monthly membership that you can cancel at any time.
      • Each session is complete on its own. 
      • As you join you get an instant look at many previous sessions!
      • Each session gets recorded so if you miss one,  just catch up with the recording. 
      • Highly interactive – practice together with me and hear yourself only as everyone is on mute!  
    • Our success rate for these practice sessions 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 all the while Ari is personally coaching you using a streamlined program.   
    • This particular time slot has been going strong for more than 50 weeks. 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). 
    • You will be muted throughout the lesson but can ask questions or ask to play at any time!
    • 45 minutes 3 times a week (the first three Fridays of the month!) 

And Here is the Wild Part

  • We now made Beginner’s Rapid Results Practice part of our regular Membership!

    So if you sign up you are becoming a member and can participate in as many of our other membership events as you wish!

    Want to try a few of our more advanced classes? Ear Training Mondays? Special events on Transcribe! Musescore or others? Join us!

Check out our calendar below!

All events with this image are included in your membership: 🦡
Number of stars means level: ⭐️ (easier) to harder ⭐️⭐️⭐️

How Our Membership Works

Music Theory Thursdays: Intermediate Practice!

Theory Thursdays

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Theory Thursdays

Practice Live w Ari

Theory Thursdays

Theory Thursdays

Reading "Music Theory for the Bass Player"?

Are you reading Ari’s music theory book? Would you like some personal support and guidance from her as you go through it?

Then join these 3 times per month sessions! Uncover what you need to go over again, put things into context and practice in Ari’s signature ways! 

What does Live with Ari mean?

It means you are online with Ari and other students and practice under her guidance. We meetthe first three Thursdays a month to practice technique, theory, creativity, improv. You can ask questions and volunteer to play. Everyone is muted so you can can hear and practice along with the jam tracks. 

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. Most of all I notice that many do not know how to practice effectively. That’s where these sessions guide you with precision – all you have to do is turn up, tune up and tune in!

• Music Theory Thursdays is ongoing •

🚀 Start and stop any time 🚀

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

We call it “Rapid Results Practice” for a reason! Practice effectively, receive feedback from Ari and learn together with your peers!

Is practicing Theory for me?

If you are looking to get music theory under your fingers, increase your creativity and play with more confidence and freedom – then yes, it’s for you! Theory deepens the magic, gives you tools for your creative shelf and widens your palette. If you enjoy learning with others and want to learn from Ari directly – then yes, it’s for you!

Are there any Prerequisites?

The Level is intermediate. Basic playing technique and an open mind!

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

Note: By registering for this event, you agree to us recording the event and making it available on our platform, in our communities and on socials.

  • 3 Thursdays at 1:00PM Pacific/4:00PM Eastern Ongoing
  • Join now (first two weeks free) $99.00

And here is the Wild Part

  • We now made Theory Thursdays Rapid Results Practice part of our regular Membership!

    So if you sign up you can participate in as many of our other membership events as you wish!

    Want to try a few of our more advanced classes? Ear Training Mondays? Special events on Transcribe! Musescore or others? Join us!

Check out our calendar below!

All events with this image are included in your membership: 🦡
Number of stars means level: ⭐️ (easier) to harder ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Pattern System 10 Week Practice Groups

Pattern System with Ari

ArisBassBlog proudly presents:

The Pattern System Live Classes

Learn the Bass Fretboard w/ Ari

The Pattern System - Learn the Bass Fretboard and Sharpen Your Musical Mind

Pattern System with Ari


***DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND I AM STARTING A NEW
10 WEEK PATTERN SYSTEM PRACTICE GROUP SERIES
***

The Pattern System Live Practice Group

Level 1

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Anyone with basic Theory knowledge and ability to play a major scale may join.

If you have done a prior group, feel free to join again for review.

That said, this group will start from zero.

  • Laying the foundation to master the fretboard – 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

How is this different to the ongoing Rapid Results Practice in the membership?

Intensity and Time Commitment 
Ongoing Rapid Results Practice sessions are more low key than 10-week practice groups.
Each session stands on its own, whereas with Practice Groups, Week 1 builds on Week 2 and so forth.

Homework and Practicing on Your Own
Ongoing Rapid Results Practice Sessions only require you to show up, bass in hand, and practice along.
In Practice Groups, homework and assignments are given each week, so you will want to spend some time in between sessions to practice and prepare.  

Focus
Practice Groups are perfect for anyone desiring to go deeper into a specific topic and its applications.
Rapid Results Practice is perfect for anyone between courses or other Practice Groups and for anyone who is not sure how to practice effectively to begin with. The focus is broad.   


Why this "Pattern System" to learn the bass fretboard?

The Pattern System helps you to master the fretboard 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. The first step is to learn the bass fretboard extremely well.

To achieve this level of competency and master the fretboard does not happen overnight – the method is neither casual nor a weekend project but anyone can learn this. I have taught this Pattern System 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!

The Book

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 live classes!

I have been teaching this powerful Pattern 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 master the fretboard 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 helps you learn the bass fretboard.
  • 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 Pattern System live class for me?

Are you interested in deeply improving, the fastest way possible? Do you want to learn the bass fretboard deeply and completely and train your musical mind? 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 Pattern System Level is right for me?

Even as an advanced player you will want to sign up for Level 1 as it is Level 1 in the method.  
Starting at Level 1 is a prerequisite 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 and 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. 

Levels do not move consecutively. Once you finished Levels 1 and 2, you can jump into any higher level. This is because we work on applications of the patterns, creativity, mental practice and musicality (in addition to more Pattern Practice). 

Level 6

For those who have completed all previous levels 1-5 may join.

  • This is an exciting place to be – you understood the basics of this system. The fretboard 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, not the least of which is to master the fretboard. 
     
  • Watch for New Groups! Starting Soon!
  • One-time tuition $370.00
  • Two Installments $195.00

Level 2

Join Level 1 after Level 2.
Qualified students may join if you have read most of the book or have had prior lessons with Ari.

  • 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!
Ariane Cap Pattern System Level 2
  • Saturdays at 1:00PM Pacific/4:00 PM Eastern Starting soon
  • One-time Tuition $370.00
  • Two Installments $195.00

Level 3

  • 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!
  • Watch for next Class here Starting soon
  • One-time Tuition $370.00
  • Two Installments $195.00
  • Fridays at 11:00 AM Starting Soon
  • One-time Tuition $370.00
  • Two Installments $195.00

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).  

Membership Perks

    • You can take part in this Practice Group without becoming a member. However, if you do, you may join additional live classes with Ari if you choose to and you save substantially in tuition.

    • Membership is ongoing and you can start and stop at any time by going into your account settings. 

    • If you participate in a practice group using the membership discount option you are required to stay a member until the end of the ten weeks in order to not be charged full price.  

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