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Czardas

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.
Structure
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…

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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…

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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…

April Update

With a lot of other distractions going on, not to mention the little time suckers of Twitter and Facebook, I haven’t blogged in a while.  I have mostly been preoccupied with Camelot.  In early March I was invited to play in an orchestra playing for the musical Camelot, written by Lerner and Lowe.  We began rehearsals in March, which accelerated towards the end of April and we had the show opening this weekend.  It has been a LOT of work, but a lot of fun as well.  It was the first musical theater orchestra that I have played in […] Continue Reading…

Thoughts on Success

In my new journey of discovering and learning the upright bass, or string bass, or double bass, or bass fiddle, or whatever you want to call it, I came across a gentleman by the name of John Clayton.  John is a grammy nominated bassist, composer and conductor who as a teenager studied bass with the legendary Ray Brown.  On John’s website I discovered a booklet that he has made available called the “self management book”, which I think is awesome as I know that I need an ongoing dose of self-managment to keep me on track.  If you are interested […] Continue Reading…

Puget Sound

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  Here is one glimpse of why I am in love with Puget Sound.

FLAC and all that Jazz

I added some new information to my music store page explaining the lossless audio format that my songs are available in called FLAC.

If you are interested in FLAC, but don’t have a clue yet whether it is something fighter aircraft try to avoid or the latest Starbucks drink concoction, you can read all about FLAC at this Wikipedia article that explains everything you ever wanted to know about FLAC.  And, those nice wiki folks have even compiled a list of list of hardware and software that supports FLAC.

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