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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…

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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.

How to Open a CD Case in Three Easy Steps

Have you gotten frustrated trying to open a new CD?  Do you end up cracking the jewel case or leaving parts of the adhesive label on the case?  Here is how to open it up quickly and easily.

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Handel’s “Messiah”

We spent the afternoon today enjoying the wonderful sounds of George Fredric Handel’s “Messiah” filling the air of the Linda M. Byrnes Performing Arts Center in Arlington, Washington.  The chorus and the orchestra were led by Lyle Forde and composed of all volunteer community members.  Besides the community choir, the program features the Overman Family Musicians who also composed a large percentage of the orchestra with a family member in almost every section.  For a suggested admission fee of $5.00, we received a lot of bang (as in timpani) for the buck.  Besides the complete Messiah there were also performances […] Continue Reading…

6th String Root Jazz Chords

Continuing on from the last post, here are three Major 7 and Major 6 type chords with the root note on the 6th string, or low E string on the guitar.  Major 7 chords do have a distinctive “jazzy” sound, so they will make you sound cool instantly.  Be sure to notice that you must mute the 5th string with the tip of your first finger and the 1st string with either a finger or part of your hand .  The Major 6 chord requires that you bar the notes on the 4th and 5th strings with your 3rd finger.  And the […] Continue Reading…

Learning Some Jazz Chords

I’ve started trying to learn some jazz.  So here are a few jazz guitar chords that I have been working on this week.  Of course, the first major chord is not just a “jazz” chord, but is widely used, but for a basic major chord with a 6th string root, it seems to be about the only option.  I will post some more next week, assuming I survive this sinus infection that decided to make my head its home for the time being.  For now I am concentrating on chords with a root note on the 6th string (low […] Continue Reading…

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