Bassist, pianist, composer and educator Ariane Cap has decided to make understanding music theory easier to understand for bassists in her book, Music Theory for the Bass Player: A Comprehensive and Hands-on Guide to Playing with More Confidence and Freedom.
The theory in the book is designed to be approachable, and can even be used by players who can’t read music. The book explores scales and exercises, offers up fretboard diagrams, mnemonics and useful photos.
Cap, founder and director of Step Up Music Vallejo and an instructor at the California Jazz Conservatory, plays a variety of styles, from funk to jazz to Latin disco.
She also teaches online for TrueFire. Check out how she introduces the Cycle of Fifths:
Cap’s 184-page book is available in paperback.