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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.  It seems illogical and hard to remember to me.  I decided upon a compromise.  Since I expect that I may come across Simandl numbering in some orchestral arrangements, I studied his system enough to know the major landmarks, half position, ……etc..  But when I am playing, I still think in half step terms and visualize the fret arrangement on an electric bass.  See the video for more info!

Here’s a cross reference table.

Bass Neck Position Numbers Rev B

 

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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.)

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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!

 

Spooky is Out!

Just in time for Halloween….you can play my version of Spooky at your party or as background music as you open the door for Trick or Treaters.

You can download your copy at CD Baby by clicking this link.   Also here is the video. Or you can watch it on YouTube.

This is my instrumental version of Spooky…..arranged, performed (Yes, that’s me playing electric guitar, string bass, keyboard and synthesizer.) and recorded by me. Spooky was a billboard hit for the group Classics IV in 1968 and then again in the late 1970s for the Atlanta Rhythm Section (ARS). Spooky however, […] Continue Reading…

Spooky News

Spooky Podcast

So…..that spooky month of the year is coming up.  And I’ve been working on some tricks and treats for all of you.  I have a new cover song coming for the 60s/70s pop hit “Spooky” that I started working on back in the summer.  My cover is an instrumental smooth jazz version of the song.  It’s taken me this long because recording music is not my full-time job, even though I wish it was!  That means I have to squeeze into evenings and weekends and any other free time I can find all the steps required in the multi […] Continue Reading…

DB-8 How to Hold the Bass

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This is lesson DB-8, How to Hold the Bass, and is a continuation of my journal of things I have learned as a beginning adult double bass student.  Be sure to check out my Double Bass Lessons page for a complete list of all of my lessons!

Unlike the bass guitar, or violin you don’t actually “hold” the double bass. It just stands there! Michael Klinghoffer has a nice video on the subject that was helpful to me. It all seems pretty simple and natural. As Kenny Werner says, you need to become one with your instrument. […] Continue Reading…

New CD Released – Give Us Peace

I am doing my part to bring some peace to the world. With so much negative news that we hear each day it’s time to promote peace. I am happy to announce today the release of my new CD – GIVE US PEACE!

You can NOW order it securely online at the CD Baby store website by clicking this link.

You can also buy individual tracks by way of the links on my music page.

Thanks and Peace!

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