Ariane Cap Releases Music Theory Wall Chart for the Bass Player

To help keep the most important points to remember fresh in the player’s mind, she has created this comprehensive and clever wall chart that arranges the most important building blocks of music in a visually appealing and easy-to-grasp chart, with reference to the fretboard.
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Ariane Cap, a well renowned music educator and busy bassist, announces the companion poster for her best selling book, Music Theory for the Bass Player. It serves as a visual reminder of important music theory basics and is perfectly suited to enrich every bass players practice room.

Ariane is a firm believer that music theory needs hands-on practicing just like everything else: “Just knowing and understanding it in theory is not enough. You need to have the music theory shapes under your fingers to use them in a musical situation effectively”, she says. To help keep the most important points to remember fresh in the player’s mind, she has created this comprehensive and clever wall chart that arranges the most important building blocks of music in a visually appealing and easy-to-grasp chart, with reference to the fretboard. 

The Music Theory for the Bass Player Wall Chart is…

• a stand-alone resource for everyone familiar with the basics of music theory
• a great add-on to the book to serve as a visual reminder and summary
• an 18 by 27 inches sized high quality offset printed poster
• created to be visually appealing, inspiring and informative through the use of fret board diagrams, photos and examples
• professionally designed by a team of designers led by the author with input from students and readers of Ariane’s book

It contains, in logical presentation:
• How notes are organized on piano as well as fretboard diagrams for visual memorization
• Intervals and inversions with fretboard diagrams, best fingering examples and tips for identifying them by ear, as well as Ari’s Interval Formulas for bass
• Triads with fretboard diagrams and best fingering practices
• Explanations of how triads and sevenths chords are built, correctly named and how they sound
• Scales:
• major and natural minor scales: how to best think about their construction for improvising and grooving, and how they relate
• major and minor pentatonic and blues scales
• an easy to memorize blueprint for the blues
• the modes (of the major scale): sounds and shortcuts for creating them
• The Cycle of Fifths as well as the Diatonic Cycle of Fifths 

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Bassist and educator Kai Eckhardt says about Ariane’s book: “Ariane has accomplished nothing less than a flawless road map from the microcosm of basic building blocks to the macrocosm of advanced comprehension. The book's holistic methodology skillfully combines the unavoidable facts of music with an elegant psychological approach to the art of learning itself.”

The wall chart aims to continue in that vein and provides an engaging constant reminder of the most important elements of music theory as they relate to the bass. Get the book Music Theory for the Bass Player on Amazon (most countries). It has undergone a few typo fixes and now features video flags in the diagrams to make finding the corresponding 89 videos even easier.

The Wall Chart is available at (US only). It may also be ordered at (international orders, signed copies).


Austrian Ariane Cap is an in-demand live and session bassist, educator, author and blogger in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ariane, who is also an educator with,, and teaches online via skype. She can be reached at

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