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Bassist Matt Heller named as one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People

It makes me incredibly happy to see double bassist Matt Heller named as one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people!  Matt and I go way back–we did the American Russian Youth Orchestra ad Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival together in the late nineties, and we have kept in touch during his time in Chicago and now Canada as a bassist in the Calgary Philharmonic.

Matt is an active writer and has served as president of the Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians.  He also appeared on a Contrabass Conversations episode several years ago.  He’s a great guy and is a great choice for this list.

Article link:

Matt Heller: Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2014 | Alberta Venture.

photo credit: Alberta Venture

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Next Level Bassist – a great offering from Ranaan Meyer

If you aren’t familiar with Ranaan Meyer’s publication Next Level Bassist, you really should check it out. This free quarterly publication delivers a high-quality electronic journal to your inbox four times a year. It’s a thoughtful and useful resource that has thrived for the past several years, and I continue to learn from every issue.

Check out Ranaan’s Contrabass Conversations interview if you haven’t before, and if you’re a student or are looking for a chance to grow as a bassist, Ranaan’s Wabass summer program is highly recommended.

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Things to Know About Your Bass Bridge from Donovan Stokes

Great article from @notreble from former Contrabass Conversations guest Donovan Stokes:

Having a properly set up bridge on your upright is an important factor in the playability, sound and the long-term health of your instrument.

Here are some things every upright player should know:

The internal, not external, notches you see on the F-holes determine the proper distance of the bridge from the fingerboard. They should correspond, more or less, to the center of each bridge foot. Furthermore the feet should be in a straight line from E side to G side. Bridges without height adjusters won’t generally have issues in this regard, but the feet of bridges with adjusters can become massively askew.

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