Austrian Ariane Cap (‘Ari’) is a bassist, pianist, educator, author, blogger, writer, and composer living in California.
An eclectic and versatile bassist, she has covered many styles, from Rock (Keith Olsen/Fleetwood Mac), Jazz (Mimi Fox, Montclair Women’s Big Band) to Folk and Flamenco (Muriel Anderson), to classical music (The Mozart Band), and Top 40, Latin Disco (Generation Esmeralda) to Punk Rock (“kindie band” The Sippy Cups) and Cirque du Soleil. As a leader, Ariane has teamed up with star Jazz bassoonist Paul Hanson to create the critically acclaimed duo ‘OoN’. A new collaboration with Stu Hamm (Bass Beyond Borders) is underway.
Ariane is an online teaching personality with a thriving blog, bass courses and webinars that draw a loyal following. With a waiting list for private lessons over 100 strong, Ariane pivoted to teaching instantly-popular “Practice Groups” – 10-week online zoom sessions in effectively-sized groups that focus on a variety of her programs and books.
Her book, “Music Theory for the Bass Player – A Comprehensive Guide to Playing With More Confidence and Freedom” is a frequent bestseller on Amazon, and her 2021 release – cowritten with Wolf Wein – “The Pattern System for the Bass Player – Sharpen Your Musical Mind through Fretboard Proficiency, Improvisation and Mental Practice” has also reached bestseller status several times since its release.
Ariane has been written about in various leading bass magazines and was featured on the July 2019 cover of Bass Player Magazine as one of four winners of the “Hottest Bass Players on the scene” poll. She presented at the 2019 London Bass Guitar Show with a clinic and performance.
A self-publisher and entrepreneur, Ariane is a frequent guest on business and motivational podcasts. A certified TinyHabits™ coach and NLP Practitioner, she has a deep interest in the learning process and in optimizing practicing habits and learning for herself and her students.
Ariane is highly active endorsing her companies (Marleaux Basses, Kala basses, SingularSound, and others), co-runs solobassnight.com, a series celebrating the art of solo bass, and is a second term elected Governor of the San Francisco Chapter Board of the Recording Academy.
Ariane has a Master’s of Science from the University of Innsbruck/Austria and studied music at the Academy of Music, Vienna, the University of Miami, the University of South Florida, and the University of West London. She holds a Master’s of Music from the University of West London.
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!
I am very happy to be an educator with the online music education powerhouse TrueFire.com. Explore my TrueFire releases here.
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.
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:
I am regularly 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 also on the Planning Committee of and presenter/panelist at the League of Women Bass Players Inaugural Conference.
I am a proud official endorser of the following companies:
The 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 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!)