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How do I know which Book I need?
Ari | 24, June

Which Book to get? Are they the same? A reader asked: I am looking at getting your new Pattern System book on Amazon. Would I also want to get the “Music Theory for the Bass Player” book? Or does the Pattern System book encompass everything in the previous book and more? This question makes a

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What is the Difference between a Triad and an Arpeggio
Ari | 17, June

I love questions. They reflect the state of understanding of our course participants and students. And I love watching the answers come in on our Facebook Group when the question is posted there. Some spot-on, but others adding more to the confusion revealing why precise and careful instruction is needed. After an epic thread that

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The New Book is up on Amazon!
Ari | 10, June

Now Available on Amazon! Four years to write and 20 years in the making, my new Pattern System for the Bass Player – Sharpen Your Musical Mind through Fretboard Proficiency, Improvisation and Mental Practice is now available on Amazon! What is The Pattern System?  Is it just moving shapes up and down the fretboard?  Is

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Ari | 03, June

I get a lot of questions about our Cohort. What of all things is that? So let me take a minute to walk you through the answer. What is this Co-hort Thing? And how did it come about? It all started with my best-selling and highly-regarded book, Music Theory for the Bass Player – A

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Rhythmic Relevations
Ari | 20, May

Rhythmic Revelations When a student of one of our Cohorts has a question and something is not clicking I cannot let it be. For instance: Natalie from our Cohort posted this question into our FB group (at 6:00 AM no less, a very eager student. Also, she lives in New Zealand!):        

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marleaux Bridge
Two Marvelous Marleaux Details [Video]
Ari | 06, May

The Amazing Marleaux Bridge and the Zero Fret It is no secret that I love my many beautiful Marleaux basses. I am blessed and truly lucky to have collected all these amazing instruments over the years. There are several reasons why I like them so much: Superior comfort and playability, absolutely amazing craftsmanship, the versatile

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The Story of Skippy [and Last Chance to pre-order with Discounts]
Ari | 29, April

Skippy MacBeat Whether you call him the “metrognome” (Steve Bailey), the “basscot” (Forrest from our Facebook group), channeling Pete Townsend as “Skippy MacPete”, or by his real name Skippy MacBeat, this lovable little vintage metronome is the star of my new book – The Pattern System for the Bass Player – Sharpen your Musical Mind

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Meet the Cover Girls!
Ari | 22, April

There is a story to these two basses that grace the covers of my books.   Music Theory for the Bass Player Cover Girl It all started with being hired by my friends over at TrueFire to create my first teaching video with them. I was super excited about this opportunity and wanted to do

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Chromatic Acrobatics 2
More Chromatic Acrobatics [Video]
Ari | 15, April

More Permutation Drills in Action? Chromatic Acrobatics 2!   You don’t have to have Chromatic Acrobatics 1 under your belt to tackle this one, but you surely want to have some permutation exercises  (or these permutation drills) under your fingers. These chromatic grooves are a great creative application of permutation exercises. Sometimes permutation drills get

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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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The Pattern system for the Bass Player
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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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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