Music Theory for the Bass Player: A Comprehensive and Hands-on Guide to Playing with More Confidence and Freedom


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Capcat Music Publishing
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8.5 X 11.0 X 0.4 inches | 0.98 pounds

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I met Ariane a few years back and since our meeting I've only used her for all my bass tracks. Her inventive style, expertise, and time are exceptional. I suggest that everyone look at her book and listen to her playing. She underscores the true meaning of "foundation with style and groove". Keith Olsen Grammy award-winning Producer (Journey, Foreigner) I've read a lot of books about how to play the bass, and I've read lots of books about music theory, but this was the first book I've read that covers music theory from the perspective of a bass player. Ariane teaches you to be a musician fist, and a bass player second, which is how it should be. The book is appropriate for all levels, even the absolute beginner with no prior musical experience. Experienced bassists will learn new ways to understand how music works, and how the bass fits in with the rest of the band. Dan Callaway Bassist Ariane Cap has given us a remarkably comprehensive and accessible work suitable for bassists and all musicians who play with bassists. In chapter 13, entitled "Technique Basics" she begins by stating: " Be mindful that learning proper technique is as much about the mechanics of the body and bass as it is about building consciousness of what you do and how you do it." From my medical and musical viewpoint, it is a marvelous rarity when a master musician simultaneously addresses ergonomics, instrumental mechanics, and the substance of creating beautiful musical lines. Ariane has succeeded mightily. Robert E. Markison, MD Hand Surgeon, Musician Clinical Professor of Surgery, UCSF School of Medicine Co-founder, UCSF Health Program for Performing Artists Music made with grace, ease, and proper alignment sounds more beautiful! Ariane's chapter on posture contains information vital to the health of your body and hence, the body of your music. As a somatic educator with a 30 year practice, I've seen disharmony and imbalance due to teaching techniques that lack this kind of instruction. Ariane's approach can save you from pain and physical therapy! Highly recommended. Play on! Alison Post Somatic Practitioner, Craniosacral Therapist Author of "Unwinding the Belly" The clear, well-designed chapter on technique incorporates ergonomically sound playing methods, good posture and careful positioning of the hands to reduce muscle effort and musculoskeletal strain while playing the bass." Kathy Bender, BCIA, SF, CEAS Nationally Certified Biofeedback Practitioner