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!
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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