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David Carroll: Glen Campbell And The Power Of Music –

Awesome article about Glen Campbell and his struggle with Alzheimer’s.

I’ve just watched an amazing film, and I hope you will too, if you haven’t already.  It’s called “I’ll Be Me” and it documents Glen Campbell’s descent into the twilight: Alzheimer’s Disease.

Source: David Carroll: Glen Campbell And The Power Of Music –

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Digital Underground : The Record : NPR

There is a wealth of music, along with music-related artifacts and conversation, on the Internet, but the companies that control these vast resources don’t always prioritize permanence.

Source: Digital Underground : The Record : NPR

DB-5 How to Transport a Double Bass

Here is what I’ve learned so far about how to safely transport my double bass.

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About Transporting the Bass

This is lesson DB-5, “How to Transport a Double Bass” and is a continuation of  my journal of things I have learned as a beginning adult double bass student.

Today, I am going to talk about things to consider when you are moving or transporting your bass.

Number 1.

Use a bass bag. The bag that I have, which you can see in the picture, came with the bass when I bought it and it provides a good level of protection, but the […] Continue Reading…

DB-4 How to Change Strings on a Double Bass

Here is what I’ve learned so far about how to safely change the strings on my double bass.

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About Changing Strings

You wouldn’t think there is much involved in simply changing the strings, but there a few things to be aware of which will save you a lot of trouble in the long run.

Change one string at a time. Without the tension from all of the strings pushing on the bridge, a thing called the “sound post”, which is wedged inside the bass between the front and the back, could come loose and fall down. Any my luthier […] Continue Reading…


Here is a short excerpt of Czardas, a tune based on a Hungarian folk dance, that our orchestra, the Evergreen Community Orchestra performed last week in our spring concert.  I didn’t get the complete number recorded, just this excerpt.

Here’s what the all knowing Wikipedia has to say about Czardas:
“Csárdás” (or “Czardas”) is a composition by Italian composer Vittorio Monti. A rhapsodical concert piece written in 1904, it is a well-known folk piece based on a Hungarian csárdás.
The piece has seven different sections, each one of a different tempo and occasionally key. The first half of the piece is in D minor, then modulates to D major, back to […] Continue Reading…

DB-3 The Parts of the Double Bass

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Common Double Bass Construction terms…

The anatomy of the bass is pretty simple, many of the names are like the human body! This should fill you in on all that, so that you know what I am talking about in my lessons!

First of all, you need to know that there are multiple names people use to refer to this instrument. Here are most of them that I know of and the genre of music that typically uses that term:

Double Bass – Classical
Contra Bass – Classical
Upright Bass – Jazz, Blues…. “Upright” distinguishes it from the electric bass.
String Bass […] Continue Reading…

Proof That I’ve Been Working

Really, I’m not slacking off.

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DB-2 What kind of bass should I get?

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A few tips about getting your first double bass:

If you are in school use the school’s bass to get started learning the basics.

When you’re ready for your own, you can RENT or BUY. (Take an expert with you: Your teacher or a friend who plays bass.)

Local music instrument stores: Entry level and intermediate basses

Larger cities should have a violin shop with some basses, or there might even be a bass specialty store.

Classified ads.  Caveat emptor!

Carved or laminated or both?

This is a deeply personal decision with many choices to make. I don’t pretend to be an expert, […] Continue Reading…

DB-1 Frequently Asked Questions About My Bass Lessons

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First, a few questions:
What’s the purpose of this bass lesson series?
These lessons are different that other lessons that you may have come across. I am presenting them as my step-by-step journal and commentary from a student’s perspective as I learn how to play the double bass. In each lesson I will cover what I have just learned, any struggles I have had and how I have grown. I welcome your comments and questions on each one.
Am I too old to start learning the bass?
Absolutely not. I have to believe this since I’m no spring chicken myself! […] Continue Reading…

Here is the Camelot Orchestra

This was the first time I have played in an orchestra for a musical (aka a pit orchestra), and it was probably the most challenging playing I have done so far.  We played in the dark (with stand lights).  There were many key, tempo and meter changes. There were many “cuts” from the original score, which made reading the music a bit messy.  There were over 60 pages of music to learn.  The music and the cast must be in sync every moment, so watching the director constantly was a must.  So, all in all, it was a great […] Continue Reading…

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