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A Beautiful Story
Ari | 08, April

A Beautiful Story When I first launched my Indiegogo campaign for my second book “The Pattern System For The Bass Player”, it was greeted with a lot of eager backers. We were grateful and excited. And then I get an email from a course participant and student named “J.” saying that he just backed the

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Chromatic acrobatics
Chromatic Acrobatics – Finger Twister Alert!
Ari | 01, April

Chromaticism in grooves is permutation exercises in action! Check out the groove that started the Chromatic Acrobatics series for my Talking Technique column on notreble. Learn it using my step-by-step approach that teaches you more than just the groove- but also how to approach and practice such a beast! Ready to check it out?  

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The Flummoxing Phenomenon of Messing up in the Lesson or on Stage
Ari | 25, March

When Performing doesn’t go as practiced… There is a reason. And a remedy! We likely have all been there… aced the tune in the practice room. Yet, when playing it for the teacher or wanting to show it off on stage, it’s doesn’t go as planned. What is up with this flummoxing phenomenon?   Please

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Skippy T-Shirt Poll – Please give us your Input!
Ari | 18, March

Which Skippy should grace our T-Shirt? I’d like to tell you about the star of my new book “The Pattern System for The Bass Player – Sharpen Your Musical Mind Using Fretboard Proficiency, Improvisation and Mental Practice” (by Ariane Cap with Wolf Wein) His name is Skippy McBeat and he is a vintage metronome with

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My Second Book is ready for Pre-orders: Please join our Indiegogo Campaign
Ari | 12, March

Please celebrate with me as I am extremely excited to announce that my second book is ready for pre-order: The Pattern System for the Bass Player – Sharpen Your Musical Mind through Fretboard Proficiency, Improvisation and Mental Practice I co-wrote this book with Wolf Wein, my partner. It is an in-depth method of getting the

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This Octave Riff is a Winner [Video]
Ari | 04, March

Reposting this Octave riff because it generated lots of interest when it first came out. Many of my students went ahead and learned it- and then sent me their recordings! Many others told me how much it inspired them. It was a Talking Technique episode, so it was mostly designed to be a challenging technique

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Should I get a fretless? [Video]
Ari | 18, February

Fretless Dreaming! [Video] When is the “right” time to add a Fretless? Asked & Answered Series Victor asks: I’m a beginner and have a medium scale four string fretted bass. When should I add a fretless bass? Do you agree when the time is right, a medium scale four string fretless bass similar to the

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10 week Practice Groups
Now New: Study with Ari in Practice Groups
Ari | 11, February

Join Our Practice Groups Whenever I am able to open my waiting list to welcome new students I notice that while I customize content for each individual student quite a bit, I also draw from my sizable library of programs in very similar ways. I started thinking about possibilities to cater to students and get

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Get fearless ears livestream
New Free Live Streams on our Facebook Group and on YouTube!
Ari | 04, February

These free weekly streams are practice gold for your ears… They are free –  they are useful – and they are easy to join. Get Fearless Ears! If you are overly relying on TAB to learn songs, you probably realize that’s a bit of a crutch. We offer a very deep and comprehensive Eartraining Course. 

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That Riff in Spain [Video]
Ari | 14, January

Chick Corea’s Spain and the tough Riff… I collect challenging bass lines by way of asking for them in bass groups: What tune is technically hard for you? One that is requested over and over is the iconic riff in “Spain” by Chick Corea. And I’m happy to oblige in this Talking Technique. My hope

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New Year – New Cohort!
Ari | 07, January

New Year – New Cohort! Is Improving Your Bass Playing on Your To-do List for 2021? If you have dropped off online courses before, you may be an excellent candidate for peer support, accountability and coaching! Don’t take it from me…. listen to what 2020 graduates are saying… Check out our New Year’s Cohort My

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Merry Christmas Everyone
Ari | 24, December

Happy Holidays 2020! 2020 has been one. hard. year. So many people have been adversely affected. And while personally, I have been very blessed, many of my friends, colleagues and relatives have not been as fortunate and are having a rough go of it. My hope is that the Holidays can bring everyone a sense of

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Chromatic Acrobatics
Chromatic Acrobatics (Practicing Technique? Learn a cool groove!)
Ari | 10, December

Color “Outside the Lines” Using Chromatics! If you are looking to come up with some fresh ideas for grooves, try injecting some chromatics. “Chroma” is the Greek word for color. Chromatic approaches and transition notes are a terrific way to use non-scalar notes to expand the possibilities for your grooves. While a diatonic scale has

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How to Make it Swing in Five Minutes
Ari | 02, December

Make Your Walking Bass Swing Notes, notes, notes…It’s all about ‘da notes, right? We dutifully study “roots and fifths”, using chord tones and approach notes and enclosures… and then cool rhythmic skips, drops and left hand pull offs… all these get lots of attention during lessons and online discussions. But famously: It Don’t Mean a

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Sign up Now for the “2021 New Year’s Cohort” – [Early Bird Pricing]
Ari | 19, November

A Cohort. A Co-what? Our famed course “Music Theory for the Bass Player” has a proven track record for getting results in these key areas (just a few examples): Creating your own Grooves over chordchanges Finding your notes up and down the fretboard Improving your technique, agility and speed Getting a highly practical understanding of

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Ariane Cap FOundation
Check out my new Facebook Ad…. (we had some fun with that!)
Ari | 11, November

Do you Have That Sinking Feeling That Your Bass Playing Lacks Foundation? Thanks to Stuart Hamm for showing me this great place to shoot a bass course ad of all places…         [Attention Bass Players  📣📣] If you feel stuck and you want to move forward in your bass playing, this video

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Pentatonic Box Shapes – Help Me Name These!
Ari | 29, October

Recently David asked me in a LinkedIn comment: Hi Ari!! Your 5 pentatonic shapes lesson has had a major impact on my playing. Fills are easier, the fretboard makes more sense and feels connected. And I have a framework for soloing. I cannot thank you enough. But I have a question. do you have a

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Cheating Bass
Ari, I am cheating!
Ari | 15, October

Ari, I am cheating! I am often amazed at what my students think constitutes “cheating” and hence dutifully try to avoid. Let’s clear up some misunderstandings: It will help you stop shooting yourself in the foot Allow me to take a load off your shoulders Here are the top 6 “cheating” myths I keep hearing:

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Power up with Geddy Lee!
Ari | 08, October

I got a kick out of this YouTube comment: “She even looks like Geddy!” Maybe you start looking like the master if you study his tunes long enough, so get ready for your glasses and curls… and while you are at it: Learn the theory behind power chords and more… Empower – quite literally! –

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This really clicked for my student: Triads [Get your bass]
Ari | 01, October

Note Naming Realization From my student Christine: The note naming exercise was amazing for triads, to figure out that A-C-E is always A-C-E even when it’s Ab-C-Eb or A-C#-E or A-C-E, etc. I must have skipped that realization! YES! Big thumbs up for that insight, Christine! It is precisely one of the reasons why I

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My Five Favorite Practicing Tools [quick read]
Ari | 24, September

My Five Favorite Practicing Tools Practice Time! If you have been wanting to upgrade your practice sessions, here are five simple tools that will boost the effectiveness of your practice immediately! Your practice nook can be simple with just the essentials (e.g. amp, bass, music stand, tuner…). Or more elaborate with the walls decorated with

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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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