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Bass Lessons Update

Just a quick news release to update you that I have not forgotten about continuing the double bass lesson series.  My last lesson post was on February 26th.  I was preoccupied and/or traveling for business (I have a full time day job other than music to keep me busy!) for most of the month of March.  Then in the first week of April I managed to break my thumb!  And I’ve been struggling with the VA healthcare system ever since trying to get properly treated. (See “Dear VA – Sorry, but you still suck” post for details!)

Broken Thumb

Anyway, stay tuned because once the thumb is better I will be continuing the DB series of double bass lessons and videos.  The next lesson will be on beginning to play open string notes, learning to control the bow and then moving on to fingering notes from, as Simandl calls it, the “usual” or “half position”, or as I call it from the open strings through the third position (equivalent to the 3rd fret on the electric bass).

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Dear VA – Sorry, but you still Suck

Dear Congress and the VA:

I’m not a dying vet (yet) that you have abandoned.  But I am a vet (Navy) and I did have a medical issue and you did abandon me.

You gave me VA health care coverage under the Veterans Choice Act because they are not accepting new patients at my local VA facilities.  In theory you said I can go receive care by a non-VA provider.  Sounds great right?

WRONG

I managed to break my thumb by smashing it between a sledge hammer and a steel fence post.  (OK my bad….but stuff happens, you know?)

I went to my primary […] Continue Reading…

Sunset over Puget Sound

I just had to share this.  Finally, the SUN has returned to the Pacific Northwest!  All I can say is “ahhh”.

DB-12 Left Hand Form and Fingering on the Double Bass

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This is lesson DB-12 Left Hand Form and Fingering on the Double Bass, and is a continuation of my journal of things I have learned as an adult double bass student.  See the video for a few pointers about the unique aspects of left hand positions on the neck of the double bass compared to electric bass.  Be sure to check out my Double Bass Lessons page for a complete list of all of my lessons!

Key Points:

 Use your finger tips, not the flat part.
 Be careful to not bend your wrist too sharply.  Excessive playing with a bent wrist can […] Continue Reading…

DB-11 Position Numbering on the Double Bass

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This is lesson DB-11 Position Numbering on the Double Bass, and is a continuation of my journal of things I have learned as a beginning adult double bass student.  See the video for a few pointers about the unique aspects of left hand positions on the neck of the double bass compared to electric bass.  Be sure to check out my Double Bass Lessons page for a complete list of all of my lessons!

Being a convert, coming from electric bass and guitar world, to the double bass, I had a tough time understanding the Simandl position numbering system. […] Continue Reading…

Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer

I know Christmas just ended, but I didn’t get around to posting this until now.  These guys were a lot of fun and really talented.   Also, hey, as of today, there are only 348 shopping days until Christmas.

Merry Christmas World

Isn’t there anyone who can tell me what Christmas is all about?

Thank you Linus!

Christmas Concert

Here is the flyer for the Evergreen Community Orchestra (ECO) December 13th Christmas Concert.  I will be playing double bass.  Come out and enjoy some beautiful music.  We will be performing at the Northwest Music Hall, 1402 SE Everett Mall Way, Everett, Washington 98208.

DB-10 Playing Your First Notes on the Bass

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This is lesson DB-10 Playing Your First Notes on the Bass, and is a continuation of my journal of things I have learned as a beginning adult double bass student.  See the video for a few pointers about beginning to play your first notes.  Be sure to check out my Double Bass Lessons page for a complete list of all of my lessons!

For making progress in orchestral playing I am using the big “orange” Simandl bass method book and a book of bowing techniques called, “Mastering the Bow”.  (I’ll talk more about jazz, blues and pop playing later.)

You […] Continue Reading…

DB-9 How to Hold the Bow

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This is lesson DB-9, How to Hold the Bow, and is a continuation of my journal of things I have learned as a beginning adult double bass student.  See the video for a few pointers about holding the bass bow.  This is for the French bow.  Be sure to check out my Double Bass Lessons page for a complete list of all of my lessons!

 

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