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>> Practice Groups are a great new way to study the bass, live with Ari! <<
>> Ten Week Groups with a small group of peers <<
>> Meetings every week! <<

>> Each Practice session gets recorded and stays available to the attendees in a nice course portal for the duration of the practice groups and an additional ten weeks afterward. <<

>> Know exactly what to practice as you use the accompanying material. <<

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1. A Complete Beginner’s Group (B1)

Did you just unpack your brand new first bass or feel for whatever reason like that’s where you are at? Then this group is for you. Don’t be shy, learning together like this is fun and effective!

Fridays at 1PM Pacific!
Start date: 2-19-2021
Time: 1PM Pacific/4PM Eastern/9PM UK/8AM Syndey

Sessions: Fridays: 2-19, 2-26, 3-5, 3-12, 3-19, 3-26, 4-2, 4-9, 4-16, 4-23
Sessions are an hour long each week.
Tuition: $350  (or two installments of $185)

If you are interested but cannot do that time slot, email us via the contact form with the subject PRACTICE GROUP B1

THIS GROUP IS CLOSED NOW – Sign up for info on upcoming Saturday Groups
2. Intermediate – Group (P1)

Been a player for a while and want to remove the layers of doubt between you and the fretboard? Learn through improvisation and mental practice and my new Pattern System! Play with confidence and freedom!

Fridays at 11AM Pacific
Start date: 2-19-2021

Sessions: 2-19, 2-26, 3-5, 3-12, 3-19, 3-26, 4-2, 4-9, 4-16, 4-23
Time: 11AM Pacific/2PM Eastern/7PM UK
Sessions are an hour each
Tuition: $350  (or two installments of $185)

If you are interested but cannot do that time slot, email us via the contact form with the subject line PRACTICE GROUP P1

This is the next step after completing Music Theory for the Bass Player!

Prerequisites – I do quick recaps and refreshers – and great if you:

  • read and worked through my book, Music Theory for the Bass Player, or
  • are a graduate of the Course of the same name, or
  • know the basics of:
    • how the bass fretboard works
    • technique, such as being able to play scales and triads
    • intervals
    • note naming
    • triads and four-note chords
    • scales and modes
    • pentatonic scales
    • diatonic cycle (will review)

Practice Group Overview:

Meet on Zoom with Ari
Weekly meetings for ten weeks
Sessions are one hour each week
Live sessions with a small group of peers
(reruns available, but best to join live)

All sessions organized in an appealing course portal

 

FAQs:

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Depending on the level, each practice group will have a different main topic. To spend a productive practice hour, we will practice a variety of key areas. To check out some topics of your particular group, go to the signup page to see a curriculum outline)
I will draw from several of my programs to cover:
• Technique
• Rhythm and groove
• Reading
• Theory
• Groove creation
• Creativity
• Fretboard knowledge
• Soloing
• Reading
• Styles and repertoire
• Ear training
I have a lot of experience catering to a variety of skill levels and getting you the biggest bang for your (practice) buck. Depending on the topic of the group, I will draw from several of these areas to create a comprehensive, well-rounded program that takes you from milestone A to milestone B.

If you are on the beginner side of things, join the Beginner’s Practice Group
If you have done our Music Theory for the Bass Player Course and are interested in the Pattern System (note: I recommend it!), choose the Graduates Group
If you were looking to get private lessons with Ari and are in the intermediate level, ask us about upcoming and current Practice Groups.
We will offer a variety of levels. Ask us if you are unsure.

Watch the rerun, but do your best to join live. We will have various slots available, including ones that work better for non-US participants, so you can easily find one that best fits your schedule!

No. If you are in the Cohort, focus on the Cohort!
(However, if this is your second [or third] time through the Cohort, you have a good idea if you can handle the additional activity. The P1 Group is designed for Graduates of the Course, so it may be a great fit for you. If this is your first Cohort, however, please stick with only that!)

In the Cohort, you go through our course, Music Theory for the Bass Player with a group of peers supported by coaches and mentors. You get the group experience and – in the higher tiers – support and feedback from the teachers. It is a 40-week course with weekly homework assignments that you are expected to submit.
You get support from Ari and Wolf (the course creators) via monthly Q & As. The content is the material from the book, but goes way beyond (how to build grooves, improvising using music theory, technique to name a few). It is very focused on a specific subject matter. Because of how the course is designed, a person with a lot of knowledge will be able to do the course with high facility, where a less experienced player will focus on just the basics. It works well for a variety of levels and even highly motivated beginners have done well in Cohorts (or even self-directed study of the course).
Practice Groups differ in that:
• they include a variety of topics (including many not in the Theory course, such as the Pattern System, basic playing techniques, rhythm and specific ear training)
• they are great for complete beginners

A bit nervous is a good sign. Many things worth doing come with varying levels of excitement. Join us. You are welcome here. As are late starters, self-proclaimed nervous nellies, air-guitar players and everything in between. Choose the level that fits (beginner?) and go for it.
What’s important to us is that you:
• Are willing to learn
• Have a bit of discipline
• Keep an open mind!
• Willing and happy to support your bass friends who are in the same boat as you!

Pick the right level. The Pattern System themed groups are a terrific option for example.

Yupp! You will get concise instructions. About 30 minutes five times a week will do wonders. Short and consistent practice beats sporadic marathon sessions every time! And the nice thing is, the environment is designed to keep you nicely motivated. We also give precise, specific instructions on how to practice so that 30 minutes will do wonders.

Yupp, just like everyone else. But it truly is “all about ‘da bass”… so if you’d prefer to keep your face out of the shot just show your hands and bass, that’s cool.
Anonymous is fine as long as you have a fun avatar and cool screen name

You don’t need to but everyone in the group will be invited to volunteer. You can learn a lot by stepping up onto the stage.
And remember, we only accept attendees who are enthusiastic cheerleaders for everyone who is here to learn. So it’s a great environment to step outside your comfort zone a little…

15 to 25. We found that to be the sweet spot!

All you need is an internet connection and Zoom. Most computers have cameras built in, if yours doesn’t, a simple Logitech webcam will do. For sound, you don’t need anything fancy. Great if you have it but not necessary. I will show you some tricks in the first lesson to optimize sound. Don’t let tech stop you. To test your current set up go to zoom.us/test!

• Short scale basses, U-Basses as well as acoustic bass guitars, headless basses, etc. are all fine.
• Fretless and upright basses will have their own specific classes. Fretless welcome, if (only if) it is the only bass you have or play (else best to wait for specific fretless groups)
• Five and six-string basses welcome (slight adaptations for exercises will be made but in general, >4- stringers should be able to easily follow along with the four-string session. I will give tips on how to include all strings for your practice)

This is worth a conversation. Email me and I can advise outside of your lesson time.

Yes, absolutely! I am booked solid and openings are rare at the moment. These groups work (we tested them!) and offer a great alternative until an opening does occur. In all of my one-on-one sessions, I use material from my various step-by-step programs- just customized to the individual. In the group settings, we get a nice blend of personal attention and my highly successful and effective step-by-step signature programs.
Plus, you may discover some unexpected advantages of the group format:
• The group format – while very focused – is also nicely relaxed!
• Some people learn better through absorption and watching others rather than being put “on the spot” by the teacher!
• You will hear and learn from questions that others ask that you hadn’t thought of yourself
• Supporting others helps you learn!
• Meeting with your group once a week provides great motivation and inspiration!

Yes and no. I ran these tests to gather specific info about this online group format (on levels and group sizes for example!)
The experience itself will be a bit similar in that you are on zoom with everyone but nothing like it in that it will be interactive, include homework and backing tracks and will be tightly focused on a well-rounded plan with lessons that build on top of each other each week.

If you feel you are not placed correctly after the first session or that this is not for you, email me immediately after the first session; we will either refund you or move you to a more suitable group.

Yes. You can select the installment plan that breaks the total into two smaller payments. Click the down arrow on the purchase page.

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