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The One-Finger-Per-Fret-Controversy
Ari | 22, April

One-finger-per-fret or not? Almost every week I get questions about the one-finger-per-fret system of fingering. Why am I using it and advocating for it in most playing situations? How can it help you? What about upright fingering? Enjoy my article on in which I go into all these questions and more, with pictures. In this article

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Bass Musician Magazine interviews Ariane Cap
The Wall Chart and the Book: Interview with Bass Musician Magazine
Ari | 17, April

Live Talk… In this half hour+ interview with Raul Amador of Bass Musician Magazine we talk about my book, Music Theory for the Bass Player how it is unique and how it came about how my students inspired me to write it the significance and content of the wall chart teaching, playing and loving both of it

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Pull-off pentatonics Pull-off-pentatonics
Can you pull off Pull-off Pentatonics?
Ari | 15, April

Pull-offs & hammer-ons are some of the coolest sounds on bass. Use them in a pentatonic context, though, and you may run into limitations… Watch Pull-off Pentatonics to break free! Sometimes box shapes can be a bit limiting because they offer just two notes per string. What if you want to do hammer-ons or pull-offs

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Ari's Key Concepts of Bass Technique
Handy Guide on Ari’s Key Concepts of Bass Technique
Ari | 13, April

Technique! Ari’s Key Concepts of Bass Technique Conscious • Connected • Coordinated Minimize Movement Maximize Relaxation Breathe • Think ahead • Practice slowly with a click* Keep posture roughly the same when standing and sitting Left Hand Keep fingers close to the fretboard Plan fingering to optimize shifts “Feel at home” with common structures (scales,

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DIva fretless by Marleaux
Fretless Bass for an intermediate Bass Player?
Ari | 10, April

This is a Diva by Marleaux. It has 26 “frets”. Or, rather, it would be more appropriate to say it doesn’t have 26 frets, since it is fretless. You get the idea. But any fretless will work. My first fretless was an Alembic where I removed the frets. That is a nice way to get

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ISB PORA video
PORA Video: Watch the Method in Action
Ari | 07, April

PORA Video Dr. Randy Kertz invited me last month to contribute to his monthly blog on ISB. He was particularly interested in my PORA method: PORA stands for: Principles of Rotating Attention. I learned the ideas behind it at the University of Music in Vienna and then created my own way of using and teaching it over

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Music Theory Wall Chart, Bass
Music Theory Wall Chart – Taking Pre-Orders Now
Ari | 05, April

The Wall Chart is ready! Taking pre-orders now! Currently Offering Free Domestic Shipping (Save $5.00)! Please allow up to five weeks for delivery.  International shipping available. International customers: postage will be computed for your country at check out. 5 posters ship for the same price as one. Share with a buddy to save on rates! Wall Wisdom at 17

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octaves on overdrive
Octaves on Overdrive (Video)
Ari | 02, April

Cool Octaves to spice up grooves! In this video I show you how playing octaves using chromatic approaches can sound exciting and cool. Fingering and good technique are of course important – after all this is my Talking Technique column on – and you will see they can be pretty tricky to pull off cleanly. These

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PORA method for Focus
Fast and addictive: the Power of Focus in Practicing
Ari | 31, March

The Power of Focus in Practicing: PORA! If you have been following my blog, my column on or read my book you have undoubtedly heard me talk about the powerful PORA process. PORA stands for Principles of Rotating Attention and is a fantastically fast and effective way to, for example: change unhealthy or ineffective posture

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