“…[Peter] offered a full day of interesting insight, thoughtful analysis, and enjoyable music-making for the students in my program and myself.” – Mr. Michael D. Blostein , Averill Park High School, Averill Park, NY.
I was fortunate to work with local students this past winter (2013) in River Forest, IL.
”Peter participated in our string workshop at Roosevelt Middle School in River Forest. He came super-prepared to work with and motivate our students. Peter brought materials he had created just for our workshop and presented each kid with their own copy. His enthusiasm was motivating. He is very passionate about teaching and about stringed instruments, especially the string bass.” - Mr. David Wuersig, director
And from a parent of one of my private students (9/24/13):
[Student] tells me he won first chair bass, and he’s the only freshman in his bass section! Thank you for all your good work with him!!!
This is a simple arrangement for string orchestra of Jolly Old St. Nicholas, Good King Wenceslas and Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful).
Only the key of G is used and there are no accidentals. The first violin part has some third position work to provide a challenge for more advance players. Dotted rhythms and hooked bowings have been using sparingly.
The harmony is generally two part between upper and lower strings.
Markings have been kept to a minimum to allow for flexibility, interpretation and to get students in the habit of notating their part.
People are always complaining about companies, products, and customer service. Therefore I like to recognize companies when good things happen. D’Addario makes lots of great products and strings. I’m a huge fan of their patch cables with the mute button. I own three and they perform flawlessly and have been rock solid.
Anyway, I had a TINY issue with another product and their customer service is OUTSTANDING. They actually reached out to me in the popular forum TalkBass. The issue was resolved within minutes and the representative was a pleasure to work with.
Thank you D’Addario! It’s always nice to post positive things!
I have to share with you all my new speaker cabinet. It’s a Greenboy design, Bassic15 model, built by Don Barry. The Greenboy authorized builders do each one to order and there are many variations to choose from.
FaitalPro 15PR400 8ohm speaker
Natural wood bafflle
Recessed handles on both the sides and top Continue reading →
I have updated my arrangement of Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance. It is an easy version for middle school orchestra. The violins are unison and the viola doubles the violin melody. Cello and bass have the same part. I have included bowings, some fingerings, and courtesy accidentals to make this arrangement easy to put together! All measures are numbered and the staff spacing on parts is very open. I have performed this version with my orchestra and it works really well.
Do you have used or new strings that are lying around and doing nothing? Instead of trashing your old strings, you can join our growing list of string donors that include myself, Liam Wilson of Dillinger Escape Plan, and James Valentine of Maroon 5, and donate your used strings to us so we can get them to underprivileged kids, aspiring musicians, and pros who live in countries like Cuba where strings just aren’t available.
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!!
The first studio release from Jungle of Cities. The Chicago-based ensemble plays original music 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.
5 bucks gets you 6 cool new tracks. The ZIP file contains the MP3 encoded at 320 as well as some Jungle of Cities artwork.
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.
“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.
“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.
“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