Here’s a cool site called Patternroot I just discovered from bassist Gahlord Dewald:
Three things for this site — getting better at playing bass instruments, helping composers use bass instruments well in making new music, sharing and promoting contemporary art music.
via Bass: Learn, Make, Listen – PATTERNROOT.
The International Society of Bassists (@ISB_World) recently put out a post featuring Randy Kurtz talking about tennis elbow for bassists. This is something that affects a great number of bassists, and this video is well worth a viewing for a better understanding of the condition.
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.
Matt Heller: Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2014 | Alberta Venture.
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.