The Flummoxing Phenomenon of Messing up in the Lesson or on Stage

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 read the excerpt from my new book – The Pattern System for the Bass Player – Sharpen Your Musical Mind Through Fretboard Proficiency, Improvisation and Mental Practice by Ariane Cap with Wolf Wein.


Before I start:
This book is an epic journey to the satisfying, comfortable command of the entire fretboard and – more importantly – the patterns of music! 

We talk about how to optimize your practice. We use improvisation and mental practice to ingrain the patterns of music in your mind and fingers to unlock your creativity like never before!

The correct use of the metronome is a must for my method and I go into when and precisely how to use it… and why. The metronome is so important in this program that we created a lively character named Skippy – he is a vintage metronome. He will be your trusted side-kick on this epic journey! He has a bit of an attitude but also a lot of wisdom.

Check out two pages from our new book and see what dear Skippy is up to…


In a PracticeGroup last week an attendee called this section “an eye-opener”.



FLummoxing phenomenon Ariane Cap bass


Has this ever happened to you? Can you relate? Let us know in the comments!


Skippy T-Shirt Poll – Please give us your Input!

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 a bit of an attitude and also a lot of wisdom.

As you make your way through the book you learn how to use Skippy effectively – when to use him, when not to use him and why. And at what tempo!

While Skippy is super helpful to help your groove and more, his main job in this book is to help you think ahead when playing.

Imagine no longer chasing after the notes or not knowing what it will sound like before you play. Skippy will lead the way so you can express the music inside your mind with confidence and command.


So, he is a wise one, and if used correctly, will make a huge difference in your playing!

He needs to be celebrated, and what better way than to feature him on our T-Shirt! But which Skippy? We have so many in the book- so we picked out a few of our favorites, but we need your help!

This is where we need your input: Which Skippy should grace our special Shirt?

Click your favorite image to vote! (We will keep voting open until noon Pacific on Sunday and then announce the winner!)


We have a winner!

Check out the stats…. quite overwhelming! Number 5 will be gracing our new TShirt!Ariane Cap Skippy MacBeat




Check out our IndieGoGo Campaign! We were fully funded within 24 hours. Come and get your awesome perks.

Indiegogo Campaign

My Second Book is ready for Pre-orders: Please join our Indiegogo Campaign

The Pattern system for the Bass Player

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 fretboard under your belt; as with any fretboard harmony book you would expect scales, arpeggios, pentatonic shapes… organized in systematic ways in all keys, all across the fretboard.

The book delivers on that expectation, and it goes far beyond just patterns and shapes on the fretboard.

It goes into the study of the patterns music itself and how to make them yours.

We use improvisation, mental practice, and meditative approaches to deepen learning and get the learner fast and practical results. I have taught this method to hundreds of students (from hobbyists to pros) who particularly appreciated what this program achieves for creativity. It opens doors one never knew existed, into music, and into the mind.

The book comes complete with

  • 111 videos that stream online.
  • Test Your Understanding Questions
  • Blueprints for Practice
  • FAQs

and more.

You also get an epic sidekick along for the journey – he comes by way of a vintage metronome with a bit of an attitude and a lot of sage wisdom. We even created a cool wallchart as a practice aide. Click the link below to meet him!

We are running an Indiegogo campaign – please check out the many exclusive perks – we’d love your support!

Good grooving,


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The Pattern System for the Bass Player - Sharpen Your Musical Mind through Fretboard Proficiency, Improvisation and Mental Practice


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“Ariane’s “The Pattern System for the Bass Player” is a landmark book! It presents a wealth of musical information with a thoughtful, systematic approach, designed to guide any student through the process of learning to create music with the bass. It is comprehensive and well organized, using a holistic learning paradigm aimed at developing the full constellation of skills involved in music making. I not only very highly recommend it, I’ll be using it myself!”

Michael Manring, solo-bass pioneer

This Octave Riff is a Winner [Video]

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 drill.

Are YOU ready to take on the challenge?

Psst, it seems a bit easier than it is.

With TAB, step-by-step instructions and PepTalk!

Killer Octave Riff! [VIDEO]