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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 groove one fret at a time.

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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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Cycle of Fifths 12 keys in music
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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Music THeory for the Bass Player-Jazz soloing question
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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Pistol Grip Ariane Cap Music Theory for the bass player
The Pistol Grip
Ari | 11, February

This episode called “The Pistol Grip” struck a chord with many and ignited a few discussions, too. It explains my reasoning behind the use of one-finger-per-fret. It also acknowledges that the pistol grip – a collapsed, sometimes a bit lazy hand that spans only over three frets and sometimes grabs the neck with the thumb sticking

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Classical Guitar: question about Classical Guitar Posture for the bass player
Seated Posture, Classical Guitar Style?
Ari | 09, February

Great Question About Posture: Hi Ariane! This is Matthew, I met you at NAMM, I’ve made it safely back to Singapore. Just started the course (the discount code worked, thank you very much!) and finished week 1’s materials (going to keep working on the drills and practices through the rest of the week through!) and

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Pedals on the Band Stand?
Ari | 05, February

Great Question About Pedals on the Band Stand Günter, a bassist from Germany, asks a great question after seeing my Hocket Delay Video: Hi Ariane, my audition went great and I am now the bassist in a rock cover band. We play Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin etc. WOuld you use an effects pedal in such

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Talking Technique: Groove Creation Workout
Ari | 03, February

Are you looking for a formula to create grooves over a chord progression? Check out this episode of Talking Technique! This lesson features an exercise that helps you hone your technique while building grooves from triads. I have a I-vi-IV-V chord progression for you. Let’s use a formula that has two main ingredients: rhythm and triad notes. That’s your tonal material: the

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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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