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The history of the Hammond Organ…

the Hammond Organ

The history of the Hammond Organ goes beyond the iconic double level keyboard… Hammond patented over 100 product ideas, including… (in 1922) 3D movies and a few years later he was first to market the electric clock!

Ironically, the syncronistic motor in the clock contributed to his insights in the development of the Hammond Organ (in the 1930s). An interesting note is the fact that Lawrence Hammond was never a musician and never thought a musical instrument was in his future.

Of course, the B3-Hammond went on to become the most classic ‘jam Organ’ of all times with the help of Jimmy Smith’s Jazz electric keyboard intro… Then rock opened the doors even further.

And… the history of Hammond, well… here’s the  ‘History!’

I especially love the part about how Hammond was able to use the word ‘Organ’, whereby before, the word was reserved for pipe organ manufacurers only. Also includes the first lady of the Hammond and the most interesting, early conflicts with Hammonds important counterpart, the Leslie speaker enclosure… Wow!
Ron-

Further citations for your reference…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hammond_organ
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_speaker

Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord, The Trondheim Experiment…

A previously unreleased concert performance by former Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord is available online, courtesy of his family and friends.

Called ‘The Trondheim Experiment,’ the show features Lord working with a chamber orchestra at Nidaros Cathedral in Norway on May 24, 2010.

Noted as “a celebration of good friends and music” at a venue that Lord credited with changing his life, the recordings are now being offered as his tribute.

A celebration of a very special concert that offers fans a chance to hear an experiment of new arrangements, new musicians, and songs rarely played.

Lord himself passed away in July 2012, making ‘The Trondheim Experiment’ a sweet tribute to an artist who remained restlessly creative until his final days.

Check out the website — which also includes behind-the-scenes bonuses and an interview with Lord…
— here->
http://trondheimexperiment.com/intro.html
Ron-

Trondheim Experiment

Crazy Regulations for Live Entertainment…

OMG… As a live performance musician this story might get your distortion frequencies going crazy. Hard to believe that Homeland Security has now expanded its role to include issuing permits without which restaurant owners are barred from playing live music. FGS… it’s hard enough for a small venue owner to hire musical talent (and pay them decent fees)…
Ron

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(By Rick Yencer via Muncie Free Press)

Mike Martin, musician and owner of a local Indiana music venue, Folly Moon, was claimed to be in violation of state law by failing to obtain an entertainment permit for live music at the downtown establishment…
Worth the further read here: (musicians unite!)
http://www.munciefreepress.com/node/29089

Basic Music Theory

Hey fellow musicians… Ron Greene here,

There are a lot of decent basic music theory books, tapes etc. on the market these days, and many of them provide good technical content. However, most of the information in them seems to lack specific details that otherwise, really never get you to the point of playing your instrument.

For example, music theory publications do a good job of explaining Key Signatures and the history of music, yet, these subjects might not interest you as much as getting your instrument out and actually getting down to the matter at hand… playing it! Read the rest of this entry »

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