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Ariane Cap

Ariane Cap

Austrian Ariane Cap is a multi instrumentalist, educator, author, blogger and composer. An eclectic and versatile bassist, she has covered many styles, from Rock (Keith Olsen/Fleetwood Mac), Jazz (Daline Jones, Montclair Women’s Big Band) to Folk and Flamenco (Muriel Anderson), to classical music (The Mozart Band), and Top 40 (Brian Cline Band), Latin Disco (Generation Esmeralda) to Punk Rock (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’.

Her book Music Theory for the Bass Player was published in September 2015 and hit #1 bestseller status in its category within weeks. It is a groundbreaking book that teaches music theory in shapes via fretboard diagrams rather than through teaching standard notation at the same time, which, as the author says, is a vital (but different) skill, that is easier to learn once music theory is mastered.

Ariane started a blog in October 2015 at featuring free teaching videos about concepts in her book.

Ariane is also an educator for the powerhouse TrueFire. Her first course is called Pentatonic Playground for Bass and is available as a download or DVD.

Ariane has been featured for her creative playing techniques and solid bandmanship in Bass Player Magazine (January 2014), Bassquarterly (September 2013) and other publications.

She teaches at the Berkeley Jazz School and her own Music School, Step Up Music Vallejo. Ariane has facilitated countless classes, seminars and workshops. She taught and created online classes for the Academy of Art University San Francisco and was on faculty of The Golden Gate Bass Camp. Her own education includes Austrian music schools and conservatories, including the Academy of Music Vienna, as well as American Universities (University of Miami and others). She has studied and assisted in Victor Wooten’s Bass Nature Camps and Steve Bailey’s Bass at the Beach. Other teachers and mentors include Kai Eckhardt, Chuck Rainey and Michael Manring.

Connect with Ariane:

Blog | Website | OoN | Step Up Music Vallejo

Articles by Ariane Cap:

  • New Year’s Resolutions for Bass: 5 Ingredients to Get You Results

    New Year’s Resolutions for Bass: 5 Ingredients to Get You Results

    I ran a survey a few weeks back asking bass players what they struggled with the most. With an overwhelming majority, the response had to do with practicing. Specifically, how to: Practice effectively so as to see improvement. Not be distracted. Know what to work on next or where to even start. Some people formulated... »

  • Talking Technique: Whole Tone Riffin’

    Talking Technique: Whole Tone Riffin’

    The whole tone scale is a really interesting scale. Unlike our major and pentatonic scales, it’s built out of all whole steps making it sound a little bit eerie and bright. Because the scale is symmetrical, it does not sound like it has a beginning or an end. Another neat fact is that there are... »

  • Talking Technique: Switching Drills for 4, 5, and 6 String Basses

    Talking Technique: Switching Drills for 4, 5, and 6 String Basses

    Switch much? If you find yourself switching between four-, five- and six-string basses a lot, or even just between different bass models, here’s a lesson for getting comfortable with whatever bass, fast. Playing different instruments is like driving a different brand new car. It takes time to get comfortable and settle in. If you find... »

  • Talking Technique: Sweet Emotion

    Talking Technique: Sweet Emotion

    There’s nothing like starting a song with a cool bass riff. “Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith shines a light on the bass for sure! At the very top, we set the tone. To play this riff correctly and in time right out of the box is what it’s all about. How to approach learning something like... »

  • Talking Technique: The Pinky Workout

    Talking Technique: The Pinky Workout

    Is the pinky your weak link? If it is, you are not alone. The pinky and ring finger share a tendon. Either of those fingers prefers moving in tandem, rather than on their own, so it is a good idea to isolate them. As for the pinky, it is also the weakest of the bunch.... »

  • Talking Technique: Bach for Two (In Three)

    Talking Technique: Bach for Two (In Three)

    In episode 43, we looked at an easy piano piece that was arranged for two basses. This is a great exercise because it works on your reading and your technique. Bach’s bass lines are typically challenging and push us as bassists to hone our chops. This time we’re checking out the Minuet in B♭ (though... »

  • Talking Technique: Got Dexterity?

    Talking Technique: Got Dexterity?

    Let’s go to the gym. The bass-finger gym that is! This work out practices one-finger-per-fret with elaborate string crossings. I have plenty of tips for you to succeed if one-finger-per-fret is hard for you. As always, this only works if you stay relaxed, move as little as possible and keep your fingers close to the... »

  • Talking Technique: Sting Groove Workshop

    Talking Technique: Sting Groove Workshop

    Inspired by a Sting bass line, I’m bringing you a groove creation workout today. We’ll cover how to create your own bass line using a simple formula that will have you coming up with ideas for workable grooves every time. We also shine a light on the correct use of pentatonic scales and top it... »

  • Talking Technique: Intro To Triplets In Walking Bass Lines

    Talking Technique: Intro To Triplets In Walking Bass Lines

    In the last lesson, we covered adding “burps” into walking bass lines and how to practice them systematically. This time we’re spicing up your walking with triplets. We’ll go over several variations to get these triplets under your fingers and ready to go on all beats of the bar. To keep a focused practice session,... »

  • Talking Technique: “Burps” in Walking

    Talking Technique: “Burps” in Walking

    After the Talking Technique Episode on “Killer Dead Notes,” I got a question from Lionel who wanted to know about “the best technique and timing to get those really nice burps in walking baselines.” I love the way he phrased that question – he asked specifically for not only the technique itself but also the... »