An Introduction to Double Playing
is available as a multimedia book on iTunes for the iPad at
An Introduction to Double Bass Playing for iPad
Check out the the first studio EP, Burlap Soul from my band, Jungle of Cities.
An Introduction to Double Playing
A banner of the order of flats and sharps. I tried having two banners for each but students found it confusing. So here is a banner where they can just read it from the appropriate side and with a single flat and sharp they know which side to use. The banner it 60″ x 6″, made of durable vinyl and has 6 brass grommets for hanging. $50 + $15 S&H
Since the eStore here at MostlyBass is about digital downloads, there are no shipping charges. There was an issue where PayPal was adding a $10 shipping charge (no wonder people weren’t buying)…. IT IS FIXED and there are NO SHIPPING CHARGES on digital downloads. Thank you for your patience!!
Thomas Tallis Spem in Alium
Bach Well Tempered Clavier
Bach Cello Suites
Bach Musical Offering
Beethoven Symphony 3 5 7 9
Berlioz Symphony Fantastique
Debussy Sunken Cathedral
Stravinsky Rite of Spring
Messiaen – Quatuor pour la fin du temps
2nd Viennese School
Elvis / Beatles
Ramones / Clash??
Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine
What would you add?
Support local music in Chicago! This is the first studio release from my band, Jungle of Cities.
Click here to purchase on iTunes.
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Here are samples from our brand new studio EP, Burlap Soul.
Is there a social correspondence between the number of laws of society the number of rules for music. Such as the baroque period there were many guidelines and rules to follow for composition but that were much less number of laws society.
Now with our thousands of laws on the books composers are free from such norms.
From StageTrix website:
“Most pedalboards have only one level and therefore require an awkward tap dance to access the second row of pedals without stomping on others accidentally. The Pedal Riser raises your second row of pedals to the perfect height, and has drop-in-from-the-top™ cable routing features that clean up your messy cables.”
The Pedal Riser is definitely built well and made to last. The steel is solid and the design is simple. Although it’s not very heavy – a single on has just enough weight to feel it in your hand -. I can see using several of these adding a bit of weight to your board. But it’s a worthy tradeoff for unencumbered access to your pedals.
From StageTrix website:
“We have seen multiple ways for people to mark the settings on their amplifiers, effects pedals and mixing consoles, but non seemed easy and convenient. Everything now
changes with the introduction of the Setting Saver™. A marker that applies a clean, bright fluorescent green ink to mark your settings. The ink is easily removed by wiping itoff with your finger, and will not leave any
markings when removed (use only on smooth, non-porus surfaces). Donnie Spada (guitar tech for No Doubt, The Offspring, 311) said this about the Setting Saver™: “Easy to read, easy to clean, no more pieces of tape or grease pens”.
Perfect for amps, pedals, rack equipment, anything with knobs!
No more loosing your settings when you transport your equipment.
Works great on consoles, equalizers, DJ gear, anything with sliders!
Dial in a session, completely change it all, and than go back to the original settings in no time flat.”
Upon first glance the Setting Saver seems obvious and perhaps superfluous. But the more I used it the more I liked it and it’s taken a permanent spot in my gig bag.
From StageTrix website:
“The Pedal Fastener is a hook fastener designed specifically for attaching
pedals to pedalboards. It features industrial strength adhesive optimized to stick to the rubber on the back of most pedals and hold fast up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit (93 degrees Celsius).
The optionally removable center preserves the
specification sticker. Now players can move beyond over-sized rolls of low-quality generic fastener and attach pedals the professional way.
- Optionally removable center area keeps pedals clean by preserving specification sticker
- Economical 3-pack lets you attach your new pedals and replace lower quality fasteners on existing pedals
- Use two for double size pedals
- Dimensions are 2.25″ × 4.375″ (5.7 cm x 11.1 cm)”
This allows you to avoid this: Continue reading
The first studio EP from Chicago ensemble, Jungle of Cities, is now available.
Burlap Soul features 6 original music songs rooted in traditional electric/acoustic folk, pressed with a cinematic feel and delivered with lyrics drawn from today’s headlines.
Influenced by music from Roots Americana and Blues-Rock, but our influences are as much literary as musical as we pay homage to Ginsberg, Ferlingetti, Bruce, Orwell and Stephen Vincent Benet.
Check it out on iTunes, Spotify or right here.
I was recently in the market for a new strap for my bass guitar – a walnut 5 string by Carvin. It’s a bit on the heavy side so I knew I wanted a wide (4″) strap. There are a lot of choices out there with a
quality go for nice leather straps (including the guitarist in my band). So the hunt began for a quality, 4″ strap that didn’t require a bank loan.
Enter Italia Leather Straps.
I was fortunate to be a guest clinician this past weekend at Roosevelt Middle School in River Forest, IL for their string workshop. It was great to work with several young bassists. They worked very hard and sounded great!
Thank you to the director, school, and parent association for hosting an outstanding event and having me participate.
I’ll soon be doing a review of the Setting Saver from StageTrix Products.
This is a very useful product with more uses than just effects pedals. It’s intended for musicians to mark on their pedals what the knob settings are. It works great and comes off easily. Full review coming soon!
from here: http://lifehacker.com/5966555/use-the-20+second-rule-to-improve-your-life
Use the 20-Second Rule to Form Better Habits
Building good habits and breaking bad ones isn’t easy when we have a limited supply of willpower. One way to make this easier is by implementing a “20-second rule” to lower the barrier for change.
This simple trick comes from Harvard happiness expert Shawn Achor, as quoted by writer Eric Barker on Barking Up The Wrong Tree. In The Happiness Advantage:The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work, Achor recounts how just moving his guitar to be in immediate reach instead of 20 seconds away made him practice more. He no longer needed self-control to create the habit he wanted:
I like to refer to this as the 20-Second Rule, because lowering the barrier to change by just 20 seconds was all it took to help me form a new life habit. In truth, it often takes more than 20 seconds to make a difference-and sometimes it can take much less-but the strategy itself is universally applicable: Lower the activation energy for habits you want to adopt, and raise it for habits you want to avoid. The more we can lower or even eliminate the activation energy for our desired actions, the more we enhance our ability to jump-start positive change.
So, for example, you could end bad habits by making them take 20 seconds (or longer) to start (e.g., move the junk food to the back of the pantry).
Sometimes, if you want to change your life, the tiny things are what make a big difference.
I’m at an orchestra festival today where one of my violin students was accepted. Of course, as a bassist, I immediately gravitated toward the bass section. I was horrified!!! The position, technique, and bow holds – OH MY!
Here is some info on the subject of humidity and the use of Dampits.
On the Topic of Humidification
By Barrie Kolstein
It is once again that time of the year, that with the leaves falling, the temperatures and humidity is falling as well. Thus, it is imperative to bring out the humidifiers and activate them to protect your string instruments.
Many people have misconceptions of or don’t understand what a wolf tone is. I found a student cello that provides an extreme example.
Wikipedia’s definition – “A wolf tone, or simply a “wolf”, is produced when a played note matches the natural resonating frequency of the body of a musical instrument, producing a sustaining sympathetic artificial overtone that amplifies and expands the frequencies of the original note, frequently accompanied by an oscillating beating (due to the uneven frequencies between the natural note and artificial overtone) which may be likened to the howling of the animal. A similar phenomenon is the wolf interval, usually between E flat and G sharp, of the various non-circulating temperaments.”
Here is a video of an open G without a wolf and a fingered A with the wolf.