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Music THeory for the Bass Player The Course

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What is all the buzz about this course?

In short: it gets results!

Why Music Theory for the Bass Player, you may wonder.

I will explain. But first let me tell you that if you have found us, congratulations. Likely it means that you are a growth-minded musician, ready to step it up a few notches! Welcome!

Can you imagine being confident all over the fretboard, relaxed and musically free! Expressing your own ideas and gaining respect from your bandmates and friends and fans!

No matter where you are in your bass journey – if you are

  • disciplined
  • have a bit of courage
  • and an open mind

you can move mountains if you follow the prescriptions in this course (on your bass and beyond).

Why these ingredients?

Discipline – it does take work. But one of the unique features of this course is that you get coaching support in the form of reflective questions, encouraging emails, rewards, reviews, reminders and even personal interaction with the course creators Ari and Wolf (Ari’s teacher!) We are here to help and if you show up, we will see you through to the final unit!

Courage – we won’t tell you what you’d like to hear, but we will tell you what will make you a better player. You are not alone in this process. We tell you how to deal with plateaus and challenges, help you navigate doubts and distractions to get you to your goals.

Open mind – just like the approach of my book Music Theory for the Bass Player is very different than your usual theory book, so is this course. You will do exercises such as “Groove and Fill”, “Creative Notefinders” and a variety of creative bass creation drills. You will even create your own bass lines in a variety of styles. The motto is groove it to remember it. And make it your own. We show you how.

Are you willing to invest in yourself?

Why am I so confident saying you will move mountains with this course?

Ariane CapMy name is Ariane Cap.  I have played bass for over 27 years and have been teaching for 20 years. I’ve been featured regularly on Scott’s Bass Lessons, NoTreble, TrueFire and the International Society of Bassists. I’ve been written about in Bass Player Magazine, Bass Musician Magazine, Der Bass Professor, Riff Magazine and Bass Quarterly. My book, Music Theory for the Bass Player, has sold thousands of copies and is a frequent Amazon #1 Best Seller in the Bass Guitar Songbooks Category.

I am an enthusiastic teacher, and I have a long string of enthusiastic students who have made real breakthroughs with my methods. I am confident that you can move mountains with this course, too!

I have always been fascinated by the learning process – how it is different for everyone, yet how there are so many parallels and commonalities when learning an instrument.  From my 20+ years of teaching bass to private students and my own 27+ years of playing experience, I realized that the “secret” for success is to start with these two vital ingredients:

  1. Solid technique– Right hand, left hand, one-finger-per-fret, alternating finger plucking, and so much more! It’s surprising how many intermediate (and even advanced) bassists have holes in their technique and are amazed how much easier playing becomes with the proper technique under their belt!

  2. Strong understanding of Music Theory – Done in a practical way and in a way that bass players learn naturally— using patterns and shapes on the fretboard that you are probably already familiar with.  Providing an understanding so deep that it becomes intuitive when playing!

What happens when you focus on these two skill sets (Technique and Theory)

  • Your technique improves. You’re more aware of what’s going on in your fingers, your hands, your entire body. Even your posture, your breathing, and your thinking become an intentional part of your playing.
  • You begin to notice the bad habits that are slowing you down as we help you overcome these roadblocks that have been holding you back for years!
  • Your practice sessions become more focused, productive, and enjoyable!
  • You reach a point where you can just pick up the bass and jam– spontaneously creating your own bass lines and grooves as you play better than you ever imagined!
  • You start to understand music theory in a new way. Soon it becomes intuitive, and then, instinctive. Applied theory becomes a regular part of your growing skill as a bass player.
  • Before long, your playing feels free and spontaneous. As exercises become natural movements, you can simply groove without thinking about it. You’ll know theory in your hands as well as in your head!
  • You know the feeling… when the music just flows through you and you know exactly what note to play next and everything fits in perfectly. You can learn to play this way more consistently!

This will not happen overnight… but, if you are willing to invest in yourself with a bit of discipline, courage and an open mind… it will happen for you!

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Book “Music Theory for the Bass Player” required and not included. Available on Amazon, or on itunes, kobo and google play.

What exactly is in this Course?

Each Unit (20 in total) is divided into 9 main sections. Click each section to explore and watch samples!

Scroll down to open the next section!

Intro Section

Here we set the tone - so to speak - for the week!


You get:

  • Overviews of the unit

  • A short reading assignment from the book which includes the relevant book videos

  • Thought-provoking coaching questions for you to answer - take them seriously, they are very powerful! 

Finger Kung Fu

Finger Kung Fu is next and it’s all about technique.


I’ll give you practice regimens to get your fingers in shape and prepare you to conquer any foe: arpeggios, tricky grooves, fills or solos! 


There are usually two to four videos in this section, including some that you just pop in and practice along with - I call them "Practice with me" videos!


We progress from easy to pretty tough. This section is very popular because it is so satisfying to sense your progress each week!


Theory Practice

Theory Practice is the third section - this is where we marry the theory knowledge of the Intro to the fretboard! 


And we do it in a way that makes practical sense by emphasizing shapes and patterns

  • We’ll create grooves using a theory concept,

  • improvise on a new sound/shape we just learned,

  • or put the theory into practice by doing some fun improvisation.

  • Often, we practice the new concepts all over the fretboard – putting theory into action!

1 to 3 videos each unit, with descriptions, PDFs, and custom composed jam tracks!



Now new:


Mindbending and challenging interactive quizzes! They are such a great way to double check yourself! Some are tongue in cheek, some make you think, some will make you laugh out loud. You can do them often, we have a large question bank so each time you do it, it varies!

Bass Line Lab

This section gets the most thumbs up from our participants for fun factor!


Bass Line Lab follows the good grounding in theory.  Here, you’ll be creating your own bass lines using the theory material we covered previously.  Each week builds on the previous one, and we will do this in lots of variations.


  • For example, there is one exercise I call “Groove and Fill” which helps you put the theory materials to great creative use. But watch out… this can be addictive!

  • Another favorite is “Call and Response”. Can you follow along with the easier versions? How about the more advanced ones? (Hey, you can even slow down the video if it’s too fast at first!)


Jamtracks, descriptions and PDFs to help you out and make it super enjoyable! 1 to 3 videos each unit!

Combo Class

Combo Class is where you get a double bang for your practicing buck!


In particular, a series I call “Creative Notefinder” takes you through all 21 notes (Yes, twenty-one! That’s not a typo).
 All over the fretboard! In a systematic fashion!


Students say Combo Class doesn’t feel like practicing at all, but more like jamming with a friend, and that’s exactly what it is!


We switch it up each unit by using different time signatures and adding additional, progressively harder assignments. Wolf created a unique jam track for each note name, including wicked variations and rhythmic twists!


In later units, Combo Class turns into Styles Lab and that is all about various styles of grooves: we tackle pop, rock, reggae, funk, jazz, blues and more.



Descriptions, PDFs, jam tracks! 1 to 3 videos each unit! 


Combo Class Sample


Styles Lab Sample

Hip Bit

The Hip Bit section is packed with cool stuff, fun stuff, the unexpected, sample licks, name-that-bassline drills, fills, grooves, songs... it is the icing on the cake!


PDFs, descriptions, jam tracks. You know the drill. Usually one video, sometimes more.

Wiz Bit

The Wiz Bit contains valuable practice tips and tricks! Read them, use them, and turbo-charge your practice time! 


It's short, and sweet, and very useful!  


And finally, I send you off for the week with an Outro section which is much more than an outro:

  • It contains all the PDFs and jam tracks for easy download

  • as well as resources for your own practice logs,

  • and great looking unit overviews ("unit matrix" and the "Course Matrix")


With that many videos and assets staying organized is key and these visually appealing resources and practice planners make that easy!


All these goodies come in handy zip files so you can download them with one click!

Ask Ari Live feat. Wolf!

Live Q and A's! These are all about you! You can ask questions in the chat or join us "on stage" and ask about that wicked fingering or show off your latest kung-fu moves! When we can get him we also feature Wolf, Ari's very own teacher!


You can watch the archives in the OUTRO section should you ever not be able to make it.  


And so much more

We do midterms and finals and special ear training sessions!

  • Reminder emails!

  • Reviews, Reviews, Reviews!

  • Reward emails on completion of a unit!


And that is still not all: We sprinkle motivational videos throughout the course to help you stay on track and energized.


 This course is an amazing journey, guaranteed to take you to new heights in your bass pursuits!

Will you have to practice for hours and hours on end?

You can if you want to but this is way better: Quality over quantity!

We show you exactly how to practice. If you follow our detailed instructions you can cut practice time dramatically while getting great results. I have met many people who have been moving their fingers mindlessly for years, sometimes decades, without seeing a lot of improvement. If this is you, you owe it to yourself to join this course and learn how to be much more effective!

What we know is that this minimum formula works for success with the course:

45 minutes of practice, 5 days a week = RESULTS!


Tuition as low as $39.95 a month! (That is 19.95 a unit)

One of the reasons why I created this course is that my one-on-one lesson studio is full and has a long waiting list. By creating this course I make our methods available to a much larger audience – also at a fraction of the cost (note: one-on-ones with me are 95$ per lesson and the material in this course is about 40 lessons with me)

We offer a no-questions-asked money back guarantee so your commitment is risk free for 20 days.  Try it on for size and you’re not completely convinced that this Course is right for you, I will promptly refund your money.

There are now two tracks:

The course is the same, but the pace is different.

Choose between:

  • Fast Track – one unit per week! Prepay the entire course at just $379 or pay five monthly easy installments of $79.95
  • Steady Track – slow and steady wins the race! Choose this option if you prefer to receive a new unit every other week. It is 39.95 per month (10 installments)

What’s great is that no matter what track you choose – you retain LIFETIME ACCESS

Note: most students report taking longer than a week to practice all the material. Two weeks provides a very realistic pace that keeps you on top of the assignments at a terrific pace.

You get all this for only $379!

Installments as low as $39.97 a month!

That is 19.95$ a unit.

Each unit is an hour + of new video, background tracks, PDFs and more.


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A smart investment in yourself!

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Thanks to our early adopters

This course was first published in July 2016. Since then we have made numerous additions and improvements, we moved to a brand new platform with lots of bells and whistles and have added a lot of support and additional, very helpful content. If you were an early bird or an early adopter – you received all the upgrades at no additional cost. We would have had many reasons to charge “upgrade” and “premium” fees. We chose not to. Our commitment to you is firm and ongoing. It does not stop with you paying the tuition. We are there for you to help you succeed! And we are near obsessed with making this course the very best it can be for you! 

So, make the investment in yourself.  Click on the signup button below and take the big first step in becoming the bass player you always wanted to be!

enroll in Ari's Music Theory course

Book “Music Theory for the Bass Player” required and not included. Available on Amazon, or on itunes, kobo and google play.

Questions and Answers about this Course

What do I need for this course?

  • The book (get it on your country's Amazon or order it in bookstores. TheBookDepository has free shipping worldwide!)


  • Email and an internet connection! This is all online. Exclusive content will be streamed straight to you.


  • Your bass

Does this Course teach me how to read music, or is reading a pre-requesite to taking the course?

You may be surprised at this, but the answer is “neither.” Reading is a super important skill, but it is one that is not best learned at the same time as you learn theory!!

I have an in-depth program on reading and the Pattern System coming, but believe me when I say – learn the theory shapes first! You likely already know many of them, my students are always surprised to find it feels much more familiar than they thought!


One thing I’ve learned after teaching hundreds of students (and really paying attention to them):


Bass is a visual instrument and fretboard shapes are a great way to approach the instrument. Most players do this intuitively! 

Many bassists learn songs quite rapidly and may play in bands for years without really knowing what they are doing.

 So when they get to the point at which they do want to know what they are doing, how it is put together, how to get to the next level… they pick up a theory book and it is all about reading or it requires reading.

 They open up the book and it is like a foreign language stares at them.


I say forget all that and go to what you do know – shapes on the fretboard.

 Why make the learner step back, undo all they already DO know?


If you have played a song on bass you have played a pentatonic, for example. You are not starting from zero!

And even if you are starting from zero, this course is the best way to start because it tackles theory AND technique.


So trust me when I say: learn theory first (shapes! shapes! shapes!)


My course combines that with good technique. After this course, we do the Pattern System, Reading and Rhythm, and then some advanced theory, and you are truly unstoppable!

 After this course, reading becomes a breeze! Boom!  What a shortcut!


Do it this way around, not the other way. Utilize your strengths rather than fight against your weaknesses.

You talk a lot about “coaching” us, Ari. Nobody can make me do anything, only I can! What do you mean by your “coaching support”?

While I can’t practice for you, there is a lot that we can do to support you. Performance and learning psychologists study peak performance and motivation for obvious reasons and we borrowed from them heavily:


  • The more accomplished you feel after a practice session the easier it will be to do more of it. We have designed the course to foster continued growth as you follow along by making you use the theory material in specific ways.


  • We show you focused practice techniques that can accomplish surprisingly fast results if you choose to accept the challenge.


  • Bite-sized learning units – just the right length.


Engaging quizzes


  • Reminders – emails to keep you on track!


  • Reviews – constant review sessions ensure that you stay on top of everything!


  • Rewards – after you finished a unit you receive a reward email.


  • Community support – everything is easier “with a little help from my friends”.


  • Progress tracking – it is motivating to see the progress bar near completion!


  • Coaching questions – research has shown that if you write down your goals by answering specific questions you contribute massively to making your dreams a reality!


  • Motivating videos with reminders to keep a supportive mindset.


More than likely, you have never seen all these listed items mentioned or considered in an online course. That’s what I mean when I say this is a comprehensive course. And that an open mind is a great way to go into the course!Yes, at this time you can start anytime (we are experimenting with cohorts and groups soon however so this may change).


Once you sign up you start getting your course materials with more to come each week (fast track) or every other week (steady track). Once unlocked, the material stays open to you so you can review to your heart's content. 


This course is a time- and student-tested method!

Will I learn how to create my own basslines?

Yes! You will be creating and playing your own Basslines, licks, grooves & fills, and even solos! Usually along with a jam track, and trading off with me!  This is really at the core of this course. And mighty fun, too!

Does this course go beyond the material in the book?

Yes!! This course contains lots more information, exercises, and concepts than the book. It refers heavily to it, but it goes way beyond it.


Lots of additional material, videos, and applications that can best be shown in videos. And, the core of it: the step by step approach, with each unit building upon the next, using the material in the book in more and more challenging contexts and applications.

Is this suitable for complete beginners?

Yes, if you are motivated and enthusiastic. If you are just starting out you will need to pace yourself and go at a slower pace.


A good rule of thumb is to allocate at least two weeks for each unit. I have included a beginner crash course as well and instructions as to how to proceed through the course if you are a novice.



I am an advanced player and just want to plug some music theory holes. Will I get value out of this?

Yes! Intermediate to advanced players who are looking to improve their theory and technique will find a treasure trove of useful exercises here.


Can I start anytime?

Yes, at this time you can start anytime (we are experimenting with cohorts and groups soon however so this may change).


Once you sign up you start getting your course materials with more to come each week (fast track) or every other week (steady track). Once unlocked, the material is accessible to you to come back to anytime.

 You have lifetime access to it!


What is the difference between the Fast and Steady Tracks?

If you select the Fast Track option, new content opens up for you once a week. you get a reminder email and you can also directly access your next unit from the dashboard.


The Steady Track option is the exact same course, just slower. We noticed that most people said it took them two weeks to finish a unit and it would be easier to keep in step at a two-week pace. Hence the steady track was born - slow and steady wins the race! Tuition for both tracks is the same. Steady track allows for a very relaxed payment plan of 39.97 per month.


And remember: With either option you retain life time access!  With either option you can, in fact, always go slower than what the emails say, however, 49 % of our participants said they preferred to stay in sync with the reminders and over 80% of participants said it typically took them two weeks to finish a unit.


Slow and steady wins the race! So go ahead and choose what's right for you!


Do you offer a money back guarantee?

Yes, we offer an unconditional 20-day money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied for any reason, do not hesitate to email for a full refund.


Buy completely risk-free and you get lifetime access to the material.

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