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Ari is an experienced teacher who will guide you through the creativity of playing the bass guitar. Her book, Music Theory for the Bass Player, combined with her new online bass guitar course will get you improving your grooving one fret at a time.

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The One-Finger-Per-Fret-Controversy
Ari | 22, April

One-finger-per-fret or not? Almost every week I get questions about the one-finger-per-fret system of fingering. Why am I using it and advocating for it in most playing situations? How can it help you? What about upright fingering? Enjoy my article on notreble.com in which I go into all these questions and more, with pictures. In this article

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Bass Musician Magazine interviews Ariane Cap
The Wall Chart and the Book: Interview with Bass Musician Magazine
Ari | 17, April

Live Talk… In this half hour+ interview with Raul Amador of Bass Musician Magazine we talk about my book, Music Theory for the Bass Player how it is unique and how it came about how my students inspired me to write it the significance and content of the wall chart teaching, playing and loving both of it

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Can you pull off Pull-off Pentatonics?
Ari | 15, April

Pull-offs & hammer-ons are some of the coolest sounds on bass. Use them in a pentatonic context, though, and you may run into limitations… Watch Pull-off Pentatonics to break free! Sometimes box shapes can be a bit limiting because they offer just two notes per string. What if you want to do hammer-ons or pull-offs

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Ari's Key Concepts of Bass Technique
Handy Guide on Ari’s Key Concepts of Bass Technique
Ari | 13, April

Technique! Ari’s Key Concepts of Bass Technique Conscious • Connected • Coordinated Minimize Movement Maximize Relaxation Breathe • Think ahead • Practice slowly with a click* Keep posture roughly the same when standing and sitting Left Hand Keep fingers close to the fretboard Plan fingering to optimize shifts “Feel at home” with common structures (scales,

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DIva fretless by Marleaux
Fretless Bass for an intermediate Bass Player?
Ari | 10, April

This is a Diva by Marleaux. It has 26 “frets”. Or, rather, it would be more appropriate to say it doesn’t have 26 frets, since it is fretless. You get the idea. But any fretless will work. My first fretless was an Alembic where I removed the frets. That is a nice way to get

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ISB PORA video
PORA Video: Watch the Method in Action
Ari | 07, April

PORA Video Dr. Randy Kertz invited me last month to contribute to his monthly blog on ISB. He was particularly interested in my PORA method: PORA stands for: Principles of Rotating Attention. I learned the ideas behind it at the University of Music in Vienna and then created my own way of using and teaching it over

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Music Theory Wall Chart, Bass
Music Theory Wall Chart – Taking Pre-Orders Now
Ari | 05, April

The Wall Chart is ready! Taking pre-orders now! Currently Offering Free Domestic Shipping (Save $5.00)! Please allow up to five weeks for delivery.  International shipping available. International customers: postage will be computed for your country at check out. 5 posters ship for the same price as one. Share with a buddy to save on rates! Wall Wisdom at 17

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octaves on overdrive
Octaves on Overdrive (Video)
Ari | 02, April

Cool Octaves to spice up grooves! In this video I show you how playing octaves using chromatic approaches can sound exciting and cool. Fingering and good technique are of course important – after all this is my Talking Technique column on notreble.com – and you will see they can be pretty tricky to pull off cleanly. These

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PORA method for Focus
Fast and addictive: the Power of Focus in Practicing
Ari | 31, March

The Power of Focus in Practicing: PORA! If you have been following my blog, my column on notreble.com or read my book you have undoubtedly heard me talk about the powerful PORA process. PORA stands for Principles of Rotating Attention and is a fantastically fast and effective way to, for example: change unhealthy or ineffective posture

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Quora Question: Does the Major Scale Formula Work with Sharp Notes?
Ari | 28, March

When I see questions like this I love to jump in. There is someone trying to piece it together on their own, typically using some bits of music theory that help somewhat but are not the complete picture. Probably this person had heard of WWHWWWH. But then, yes, the question arises – how to name

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blues solo
How to Solo Over a Blues?
Ari | 18, March

A quick and easy roadmap for a good blues solo… Read Ariane Cap‘s answer to I am learning Bird’s blues “Now’s the Time” on vibraphone, and my soloing sounds corny. Can you give me some ideas to make my solo sound more bluesy? on Quora

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Why Are There Only 12 Keys in Music?
Ari | 15, March

A reader on Quora requested my answer to this question: Read Ariane Cap‘s answer to Why are there only 12 keys in music? on Quora

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The Natural Minor Scale – the Ultimate Shortcut!
Ari | 10, March

The Natural Minor Scale Now that we have looked at my ultimate shortcuts for the major scale, look at the minor scale. Make sure to check out this blog post on notes as well as this one on the major scale, in case you missed these posts. Major and minor scales are related! Start a

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Music Theory for the Bass Player Wall Chart
Exciting News – Music Theory Wall Chart shipping soon!
Ari | 08, March

You requested it – here it comes – the Music Theory Wall Chart! You wanted me to call it a “cheat sheet” but I like Music Theory Wall Chart better… A wall chart with the music theory foundation laid out in neat tables, formulas and graphs. Related to the bass fret board. With everything neat and well

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Maybe the Most Important Post For Any Musician: Your Hearing
Ari | 06, March

Musician: If you are planning to make music for a long time, and hear the voices of the ones you love… please take heart and a set of earplugs. Your hearing is too important to toy with. Did you know that… Inside our ears live tiny hair cells. They are part of a truly miraculous

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Some Quick Soloing Tips for Bassists
Ari | 02, March

Here is a list of quick tips to get you started in thinking about soloing – Idea triggers for soloing, basically. Check it out or click READ MORE below   I just answered a question on soloing on Quora. Please check out my answer Read Read Ariane Cap's answer to What are some Jazz soloing

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Pitch versus Note – Time to Note the Pitch!
Ari | 26, February

Nomenclature: The Difference between Note and Pitch Important to be clear on important basics. What is a Note? The term note refers to a name of a note. As in, the note A. That could be any A… high, low, in the middle… An A is an A. If the chord chart says A, and

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Major Scales
Major Scales – the Ultimate Shortcut!
Ari | 25, February

Shortcut to Major Scales Cycle of fifths, key signatures, WWHWWWH got you confused?  Check my super simple shortcut method for naming major scales correctly. Huh? Why would you even want that? Because it makes it way easier to think of scales if you are naturally (!) sharp with your accidentals (and not just flat out oblivious). (And

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How many notes are there?
How Many Note Names are There?
Ari | 19, February

How Many Notes Are There? In the movie Amadeus, the Austrian Emperor Joseph II says to Mozart – as the last notes of the opera he had commissioned the young composer to write: “Mozart, this piece of music has too many notes in it!” And Mozart answers: “Exactly as many as necessary, your Majesty!” (good story, and yes, there is

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Bass at The Grammys
Ari | 16, February

Bass at the Grammys What an amazing adventure to get to experience the 2017 Grammy Awards show (pre-telecast, telecast, and after party), and a week of parties and special events on top of it! From getting to see the historic Village Recorder at the Producers and Engineers Party (who honored Jack White) to the incredible Clive Davis

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Scale drills for fills applied
Scale Drills for Fills – Applied Creatively!
Ari | 15, February

Scale Practice got you down? Try this and apply it! Remember the “drills for fills episode” on notreble.com a while back? We got the question if I could demonstrate how to use these scale drills in fills. You ask, I answer. Here is the reply and a PDF to follow along and play those fills. Practicing

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Healthy Bassist

Persuasive Point For Good Bass Technique

November 30, 2015   14 Comments

In this blog post I will put a bit of attention on the importance of good overall bass technique when playing and tell you about an awesome experience I had a few months ago that plays right into healthy bass technique. Effective Bass Technique – My Take in a Nut Shell I believe effective right

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