Here’s a quick wrap-up of this week’s bass scene news, blog posts, and other activity:
I released the first part of my new series called ‘This Crazy Business’. This first installment lays the groundwork for what follows in future installments. I wanted to make sure that I had established my position on the general eccentricity of artists in general and musicians in particular before going into some more lighthearted and fun examples.
If you ever want to see a complete listing of all the longer-form writing (articles, crazy gig stories, essays, advice), just visit the Articles page. This list is constantly updated and includes a short summary of each article.
This week we featured the first part of our interview with double bassist Ranaan Meyer. You can check out the episode here. Contrabass Conversations regular collaborator John Grillo co-interviewed Ranaan with me, and we also featured music from Guy Tuneh, Los Lonely Boys, the Fonkmasters, and The Latin Soul Syndicate.
Give a bass player a new camera (capable of taking 640 x 480 video), some cats, and a lot of time off and this is the result you get.
We’ve added a whole lot of new luthiers to the bass blog directory, but we still have an enormous number to go. A few new ones are added each day, so keep checking in to see what’s new. Feel free to comment on any of the shops listed or e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) your suggestions for additions to the directory.
Two of this week’s posts discussed the recent Seattle Symphony audition for assistant principal bass. No one was picked for this position, and I chime in on how frustrating I find this kind of situation. We also heard from Seattle Symphony bassist Jonathan Burnstein.
Bass luthier James Condino sent in a great photo of a fully polished Alcoa aluminum bass from the 1930s.
We put out a video that clearly explains what it means to subscribe to a blog, and the benefits and advantages of doing so. This is both a helpful and fun way to explain blog (and podcast) subscriptions.
Double bassist and Contrabass Conversations frequent guest Phillip Serna is now a regular contributor to the bass blog. You will see his signature at the bottom of any posts he has contributed. This week he wrote an excellent piece on the Octobass. Check it out if you didn’t get a chance to do so earlier this week. Click here to find all of Phillip’s contributions.
Here is a summary of this week’s blog activity:
- CBC #28: Ranaan Meyer interview
- Ravinia squeezes out the Chicago Symphony
- Itzok Hrastnik performs the Gliere Tarantella
- Double bass pencil drawing
- Top 7 ways that blogs are different from regular websites
- Basses on a concert break
- Audition – Quad City Symphony
- Orchestra Musicians = Zoo Animals
- Jeff Bradetich advanced technique packet available
- Itzok Hrastnik performs Koussevitzky mvt 2
- Audition – Ann Arbor Symphony
- Jason on his podcast recording rig
- Cats in the stroller video
- The Octobass – Dr. Phillip Serna post
- Alcoa Aluminum Bass
- BassGirls.com Monthly for sale
- Subscribing explained in plain English
- Lots of traffic on the new Contrabass Conversations site
- The look of brilliance
- Seattle Symphony follow-up
- This Crazy Business Part 1 – Hard-Wiring the Musical Mind
- No one picked at Seattle Symphony audition
- Double Bass Blog welcomes Phillip Serna
- Double bass in nature
- Organizing practice time
- Itzok Hrastnik performs Koussevitzky mvt 1
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- Vanhal Concerto mvt 1
- Bottesini Concerto mvt 1 (version 1)
- Bottesini Concerto mvt 1 (version 2)
- Bach Suite No. 3 Allemande
- Beethoven 5 mvt 3
- Eccles Sonata mvt 2
- Verdi Rigoletto
- Mendelssohn 4 mvt 4
- Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
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