About Ari’s Bass Blog
The free videos and writings on my bass blog include a wide array of topics: Theory, Reading, Technique, Bass Geography, stuff you need, fun stuff, cool stuff, eclectic stuff… And, most important: YOUR stuff! Questions and requests – bring them on! Ask away here.
My free blog videos and articles offer ways to think about music and the bass that may just “click” for you: mnemonics, shapes, patterns designed to help your playing right away, but you will also learn theory and reading you need to succeed in today’s diverse musical landscape.
I also have guest contributors here, Q&As, recommendations on practicing habits and more on here. Roam around and check it out. Welcome! (oh and make sure to subscribe to my newsletter!)
This is the home of my instructional videos, courses and writings for bass guitar.
I am a big believer of a systematic approach to learning. Want to go deeper (pun intended!)? That’s why I have created and am in the process of creating courses, books and series as well as a one-on-one teaching program. Check the Course and Book menus for more info.
If you have my bestselling book, Music Theory for the Bass Player, view the 89 videos that go with the book.
To coach you through the book and beyond – with a focus on theory, technique, groove creation and bass line building – check out our in-depth course Music Theory for the Bass Player – The Course. Co-created with my own teacher and mentor, composer/bassist Wolf Wein, this course
- includes “practice with me” sessions
- is a well thought out step by step way that teaches best technique practices
- makes music theory stick by applying it creatively
- teaches groove creation through engaging exercises that build in difficulty
- gives practice tips and tips on habits
- optimally prepares the player for reading and fretboard fitness.
I create a popular lesson series, called Talking Technique, on the epic bass magazine notreble.com. This is all about technique, health, posture and letting the energy flow when playing. NoTreble is a must for every bass player – podcasts, videos, columns, commentary, recommendations, reader spot lights, give aways, gear reviews… Check it out!
Scott’s Bass Lessons
I am a proud contributor to the awesome website scottsbasslessons.com. I get to do Seminars, Sunday Roasts and more. Scott’s Bass Academy is a great place with lots of fantastic bass info, a great forum, classes, encouragement… check out a free trial, I know you will want to stick around and explore.
I am very happy to be an educator with the online music education powerhouse TrueFire.com. I am very proud of the course I have released for them and more to come.
I am an elected board member of the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy (The Grammys). Voting members, please connect with me here. Interested music professionals should find more about the Academy here.
Influences and Stuff I Love
My partner in crime and life is Wolf Wein, my teacher, mentor and inspiration. He is a composer, bassist and fantastic musician and educator whose influence on me and my music and teaching cannot be overstated.
For the latest in gear talk, I recommend you check out Andy Irvine’s new site, and to keep up with what’s new in the world of bass I recommend these sites:
- Bass Player Magazine
- Bassmusician Magazine
- For Bass players Only (Jon Liebman’s site)
- No Treble
- Der Bass Professor (German print magazine)
- bassquarterly.de (German print magazine)
- Warwick (they do awesome things for the bass world)
Supporting Women and Girls
I am proud to regularly be involved with the California Jazz Conservatories’ Jazz and Blues Camps for Women and Girls. Here is an article I wrote that explains a bit why.
I am a proud official endorser of the following companies:
- Marleaux Bass Guitars
- TC Electronic Pedals
- Gruvgear Fretwraps and Accessories
- Dean Markley Strings
- Fibenare Bass Guitars
- Eminence Upright Basses
Austrian Ariane Cap (‘Ari’) is a bassist, pianist, educator, author, blogger, writer and composer living in California. An eclectic and versatile musician, she has covered many styles, live and in the studio. Collaborators include Grammy award-winning producer Keith Olsen, finger style guitar virtuoso Muriel Anderson, the German flamenco duo Tierra Negra, Celtic rock band Tempest, Austrian funk artists The Mozart Band, Latin disco stars Generation Esmeralda, kindie rock sensation The Sippy Cups and Cirque du Soleil. As a leader, Ariane has teamed up with innovative jazz bassoonist Paul Hanson to create the critically-acclaimed chamber jazz duo, OoN.
Her education includes diverse institutions such as the Academy of Music in Vienna, Austria, and the University of Miami, as well as inspiring studies with Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Kai Eckhardt, Michael Manring, Carol Kaye and Chuck Rainey.
The founder and director of Step Up Music Vallejo, she also teaches at the California Jazz Conservatory and has facilitated and lead numerous classes, seminars and workshops at schools and universities. Ariane is also an educator for the online study powerhouse Truefire. She has taught and created online classes for the Academy of Art University – San Francisco and was on faculty for the Golden Gate Bass Camp, among others.
Ariane has been featured for her eclectic virtuosity, innovative playing techniques as well as her solid and infectious groove skills in Bass Player magazine, BassQuarterly.de, Bass Musician magazine, Der Bass Professor, and others.
An in-demand and multi-faceted performer, she aims to pass on what the serious bassist needs to succeed in today’s diverse and challenging musical landscape. Ariane’s keen interest in optimizing practice habits and years of experience instructing individuals and groups have resulted in a concise and focused teaching style that offers highly effective learning methods that get results.
Ariane is an avid writer – at regular writing retreats she writes about tested teaching methods and creates material for musicians and educators. She is the author of Music Theory for the Bass Player and arisbassblog.com
To contact Ariane email her via the contact tab.