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The Shure SM58 Continues to be Musicians Fav…

Shure SM58 microphone vocal mainstay…

If I asked you to name one of the most-used stage equipment items, I just bet that the Shure-58 microphone would probably come to the top of your mind. The legendary Shure SM58® vocal microphone continues to be designed for professional vocal use in live performance, sound reinforcement, and studio recording. It was tailored for singing or speech response and is (of course) a world standard.
Jam On!
-Ron

Shure_SM58_microphone

(by: Wikipedia)
Like all directional microphones, the SM58 is subject to proximity effect, a low frequency boost when used close to the source. The cardioid response reduces pickup from the side and rear, helping to avoid feedback onstage. It uses the balanced XLR three-pin connection. There are wired (with and without on/off switch) and wireless versions. The SM58 uses an internal shock mount to reduce handling noise…

More wiki data here -> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shure_SM58

Music Instrument Museum (MIM)…

Music Instrument Museum

Located on Tatum and Mayo Boulevards in Phoenix, Arizona, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is the only museum in the world devoted to global musical instruments. MIM opened its doors to the public on April 24, 2010, and immediately became recognized as a fun, family-friendly, worldwide tourist destination. It includes exhibits for every country in the world, along with exhibits that offer an insider’s view of how some instruments are made, how they are played, or the varied contexts in which they are used.
-Ron

http://mim.org/

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The Bad Plus finding jazz in Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’…

the Bad Plus

I just knew that someday a (capable) Jazz group would render a Classical movement justice. In this instance… the Bad Plus has taken it upon themselves to really encapsulate the works of Stravinsky. Now, there are a lot of considerations when taken-on a task of this magnitude.
For instance: the very thought that a modern-day acoustic Jazz trio could even approach the powerful scores of Stravinsky’s orchestral may seem a tad silly, until you consider how interestingly enough the composer’s other works sound in similarly to existing sounds of the Bad Plus’ 3-piece jams.
Ron-

Listen to the entire movement of Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ by the Bad Plus here ->

AND… read an in depth review in Chicago Tribune
( by: Howard Reich October 22, 2013)
“Stravinsky’s orchestral score – with its convulsing rhythms and shattering dissonances – will be delivered by the bare-bones instrumentation of Ethan Iverson’s piano, Dave King’s drums and Reid Anderson’s bass. While they’re trying to capture the savage intensity of Stravinsky’s original, a series of abstract videos will play on two screens, just as an orchestra 100 years ago accompanied members of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes during that notorious premiere of Vaslav Nijinsky’s provocative choreography…”
Read article in its entirety here ->
http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/chi-jazz-stravinsky-reich-20131023,0,4995862.column

 

Joan Jett at 55 Still Rockin’…

You’d have to admit that Joan Jett (whether you like her or not) is considered one of the main women Rockers of all time. Here’s a quick recap of her October (’13) tour gigs with pics…
Ron-

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(By Cassie Carpenter for Online Mail @ dailymail.co.uk)
She penned The Runaways’ Cherry Bomb in 1976.

And 37 years later, Joan Jett still looked toned and taut in her red catsuit as she rocked out Santos Party House in New York Wednesday.

The 55-year-old guitarist – born Joan Larkin – finished off her signature slinky look with a silver belt and Converse high-tops…

White Boys and Metal Music…

The Heavy Metal minority includes women and blacks. Interestingly enough, some music does have a fair amount of race and gender exclusions… some that you’d never think would be the case…

Ron-

Heavy Metal Girls

(by Mike Bell, Postmedia News)

 

What shouldn’t happen and what is entirely inexcusable, though, is when the self-proclaimed gatekeepers of a certain musical style let more important things such as race and gender enter into their “membership requirements,” and do all that they can to make sure those who don’t fit the bill know they’re interlopers…
Read On Here ->
http://www.montrealgazette.com/entertainment/heavy+metal+minority/8975442/story.html

Playing music with your Heartbeat…

This idea about creating music with your heartbeat opens-up a ton of considerations… In this article the ‘BioBeats’ application creates the music ‘from’ your heartbeat… but, I can see the power in arranging your tune(s) with your own heart tempo.
Ron

heartbeat music

(by Natalie Robehmed, via Forbes Staff)
BioBeats’ first foray into so-called “adaptive media” is Pulse, an experimental app which generates electronic music based on your heartbeat. All you have to do is open the app and hold your finger over the…  Read more here ->

http://www.forbes.com/sites/natalierobehmed/2013/08/27/an-app-that-makes-music-from-your-heartbeat/

 

Visually impaired since birth, she plays the trumpet on stage…

This is an inspiring story whether you are a sight and/or memory music player!
Ron-

Trumpet playing

(by By Belen Casillas yes@tylerpaper.com)

Dedicating two to three hours to daily practice, seven months later Ms. Allen earned 14th chair in the district band. She proved to hundreds of spectators that being visually impaired was not a disability to becoming a great musician…

Continue reading here ->
http://www.tylerpaper.com/TP-Yes/184391/visual-impairment-cant-stop-musician-from-making-music#.Uht9Mj_WmCk

Tempo of Music…

Tempo continues to come-up in discussions amongst band members. I’ve noticed that when I play live the average listener wont notice a slight tempo change, as long as you’re all still following each other. Musicians might notice, but if you try to force the other player back to tempo it tends to hurt the song rather than help it. I stumbled across a couple of comments on a Bass forum thread and was appreciative of their notations (no music pun intended)…
Ron-

Tempo in a Band

(via an interesting discussion on the TalkBass forum between, SevenYearsDown and Jack Clark)
I was a “rock slab” guy for years who transitioned to upright about 5 years ago. I play in an old time string band now. Someone already described what beat you should be countering on so I wont go into that…
read their two comments on this thread here ->
http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f179/tips-holding-tempo-992386/#postcount14704771

Revisting Shredding Fusion Genious, Hugh Ferguson…

Although it was the early part of 2012 when fusion guitar extraordinaire, Hugh Ferguson passed-away… it just seemed like a good time to revisit his wonderful writings and sounds. The first article I found was from a Truth in Shredding blog, which spends some time devoted to Hugh’s past. The other site I found fascinating was the actual (still exists as of today) Hugh Ferguson .net website. The section I really found intriguing was his ‘ask’ section of the blog. The questions were the type that real players would ask, eg., gear, recording, sounds, scales, etc (you know, deeper stuff)…
Ron-

hugh ferguson tribute

(by via, Truth in Shredding blog)
Hugh started his career in music on the drums at the age of six, playing his first concert at eight. Originally from the Boston area, he grew up in a musical family with two older guitar-playing brothers. Switching to guitar at eleven. Hugh grew up with the sounds of rock and roll through the 60’s and early 70’s. By the ripe old age of 14 he was already playing the Boston Club scene…
>read more here->
http://www.truthinshredding.com/2013/07/hugh-ferguson-bostonian-legato-legend.html

AND, be sure to read this section of ‘Ask Hugh’ on Hugh Ferguson’s blog… good, deep musician questions and answers to be had…
http://www.hughferguson.net/ask_hugh.php

4 Good Bass Guitar Practice Routines…

These very same tips for practicing and expanding on the Bass Guitar can be applied to your guitar and keyboard. A reminder of the basics is handy now and then to remain tuned-up on our instruments
Ron-

bass guitar post

(By Robert Paul – via Street Articles)
Ever wonder what you should be practicing? Is what I’m practicing really helping me become a better player? Very good questions to be asking yourself. If you’re serious about developing your skill as a bass player, a good practice routine is essential…
Get the ‘4’ Bass Guitar Practice Elements here ->

http://www.streetarticles.com/music-instruction/4-elements-to-a-healthy-bass-guitar-practice-routine

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