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Music Theory
for the Bass Player

A Comprehensive Guide to Playing with more Confidence and Freedom

by Ariane Cap

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Learn Music Theory - it's key to playing with more Confidence and Freedom

👉 Music Theory for the Bass Player is a foundational and immediately applicable guide to making you a well-grounded groover, informed bandmate, and all-around more creative musician.

📺 This book comes with 89 online streaming videos.

✏️ This is a workbook, so have your bass and a pen ready!

✅ Do you long to create your own bass lines and feel stuck creating great ones? 
✅ Have you always wanted to learn music theory but felt it was too overwhelming a task?
✅ Have you noticed that many of the books out there seem to be geared toward pianists, advanced Jazz players, or classical musicians?
✅ Do you know lots of songs, but don’t know how the chords are put together or how they work with the melody?

👉 If so, this is the book for you!

Here’s why:
🎯 Starting with intervals as music’s basic building blocks, you will explore scales and their modes, chords and the basics of harmony.
🎯 Packed with fretboard diagrams, musical examples, and exercises, more than 180 pages of vital information are peppered with mind-bending quizzes, effective mnemonics, and compelling learning approaches.
🎯 Extensive and detailed photo demonstrations show why relaxed posture and optimized fingering are vital for good tone, timing, and chops.
🎯 You can even work your way through the book without being able to read music which becomes easier once theory is mastered.*

👉 Learning theory on the fretboard using diagrams is very accessible and immediately usable.

*Note: You do not need to be able to read score or TAB to follow along this book. Learning to read – while a vitally important skill – is a different skill than music theory. Once the theory is understood, learning to read becomes much easier. Please read this blog post for more information.

Note: Buy this book new rather than used:

  • it is a workbook – there are spaces provided for you to write answers. These exercises are great to help your understanding. I suggest you do them!
  • Look for the red 89 Videos flag on the cover to make sure you get the information on the videos.

Where to get the book



You can order the printed version of the book at these Amazon stores:

The print version of the book Music Theory for the Bass Player is also available at http://www.indiebound.org, at Barnes and Noble and other major outlets.

Stores we love who are carrying our book:

Book sighting at a store in Cronulla, New South Wales, Australia


spiral boun music theory for the bass player spiralbound

Spiral binding allows the book to conveniently lie flat on a music stand. 

US buyers can get it on Amazon;

International buyers, please  check out our store.


TIP: to avoid the higher price tag of spiral bound books or if you already bought the perfect bound version: I recommend you go to a print shop (FEDEX, Office Max, UPS) and ask for the spine to be cut off and coil binding put in. They often do this while you wait.  



eBook – order the ebook version on iTunesGoogle Play Scribd or Kobo

NOTE: this book is not available as a Kindle ebook on Amazon. Counterfeit versions sometimes circulate which are of low quality (scanned hard copies) and not approved by the author. If you come across such a book please send us the link where you bought it.



For your practice room wall

⚫️ The most important fundamentals you learned from the book at a single glance so you keep the basics top of mind

⚫️ Tutorial videos on how to use it for short daily drills

⚫️ Staring at the Wall has never been so productive


Go far beyond the book:
our 20 Unit course

⚫️ In order to internalize theory you must practice it step by step, in various contexts, complete with technique exercises (we call them finger kung fus).

⚫️ In this 20-unit course you put the theory building blocks from the book into action and you get theory not just under your fingers, but into your musical mind.

⚫️ Ari and Wolf's flagship course goes through the book and far beyond it with groove creation, improvisations, notefinders, fills drills, styles labs, and much more.

⚫️ Twice a year we offer a unique and very popular version of this course, which helps you achieve your goals with personal success coaches, assignments, meetings and more. We call it The Theory Cohort!