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