Posts Tagged ‘play music by ear’

Bass Player Stranded in Tour Van…

Sometimes good ol’-fashioned parody deserves some place within the musician network. If you’ve been on tour before, you know that it’s important to keep your sanity by fooling around and playing fun pranks on each other.

Now, this article (below) claims more of a ‘tongue and cheek’ mention of a tour prank… akin to the Onion News.

In any case, many of us can totally relate to the lightheartedness of this matter.

Oh this poor bass player. (hehe)

Jam On!
– Ron

Bass Player stranded in van

(via http://thehardtimes.net)

After 20 minutes of searching the venue for the van’s owners, Nunez and a few onlookers decided to take action. “We knew we had to act fast,” she said. “We tried to talk to him, but he seemed disoriented and would not stop looking at his phone…

Read and Enjoy it Here:
http://thehardtimes.net/2016/06/24/irresponsible-musicians-leave-bassist-hot-van/

Creativity and the Mad Genius…

Combining the left and right brain in songwriting, jamming and listening to music, promotes a deep and meaningful fascination. Where does creativity and mad genius start and stop? What do you feel and think when you are jamming… Are you a participant or are you the observer? This article gives more to ponder on this subject matter.
Jam On!
-Ron

Left-Right-Brain-Image-Music-Dials

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(The Imprinted Brain by… Christopher Badcock Ph.D. via:psychologytoday.com)

Can You Be Both Mad and Creative?

How genes set the balance between autism and psychosis… A study of all major British and Irish poets born between 1705 and 1805 found a strikingly high rate of mood disorders, suicide, and institutionalization within this group of writers and their families. By comparison with the rate of manic-depressive illness in the general population, these British poets were 30 times more likely to suffer from manic-depression…
… read rest of article here:
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-imprinted-brain/201408/can-you-be-both-mad-and-creative

Music celebrities creating silly waves…

The events of popular musicians making outrageous publicity due to their ridiculous adventures, eg., Justin Beiber finding himself in more-than-once trouble… one has to wonder if these shenanigans are nothing more than a way to draw attention, albeit negative, to their cause of creating silly waves of publicity to sell more stuff… Is it really worth it?
This recent article from Chicago Tribune sums it up…
Jam On!
-Ron

music dials sorry icon

(via: Chicago Sun Times – by: Mikael Wood)

“Sorry seems to be the hardest word,” Elton John once sang, but for celebrities that no longer appears to be the case.

 

Apologies from high-profile musicians and actors have been piling up recently, reflecting regret (or at least its image) for a wide variety of perceived offenses, from the seriously damaging to the laughably slight.

There was Justin Bieber seeking atonement after videos surfaced…
-> read the complete article here… <-

Forming Your Band…

So, I found this thread (below) that has a wonderful discussion… ‘How long does it take to form a band?’ What I enjoyed about it was the fact that some of the essential elements of forming a band are detailed. eg., the biggest factor is if the forming band-member has a gig or more in the bag… as this does indeed contribute to experienced players paying attention to answering ads and to practice time…
Jam On!
-Ron
starting a musical band

(via:TalkBass.com/forum)

I am currently in the process of recruiting 6 musicians for a new funk cover band. In two weeks, I have filled 2 of the 6 positions using my current contacts. Not a bad start, I suppose…
… read more here:
http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f67/how-long-does-take-form-band-1067847/

The launch of SXSW and it’s flashback years…

SXSW

South by South West moves forward this year beginning this week. Lots of fanfare and lots of music and music related elements for sure. I found a great way to keep-up with all the doings @ SXSW this year, without dealing with travel, accommodations and the crowds… aka, Surviving SXSW

Jam On!
-Ron

SXSW band playing music

(by: entrepreneur.com)
Entrepreneur is on the ground in Austin for SXSW 2014. Feel as if you’re there with us as we share the latest innovations and give you a sneak peek at the launches and ideas that will change how you connect to your world…

Keep up with all the doings @ SXSW here:
http://www.entrepreneur.com/topic/sxsw

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

Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead Strikes a Deal in NY…

Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead finds a home in New York

There comes a time when a road musician warrior like Phil Lesh, after close-to 50 years touring with the Dead, looks toward other options in order to keep his passion of music alive and, to continue his jamming for the fans of the Grateful Dead era. The details about his latest venture to keep the Dead music Alive are covered in this NY Times article…
Jam On!
-Ron

Phil-Lesh

(by Richard Perry/The New York Times)
Phil Lesh has logged countless miles on the road as the bassist of the Grateful Dead and, since the late 1990s, in various post-Dead ensembles. But at 73, he is looking for a change.

“I’m done with one-nighters,” he said before a Phil Lesh and Friends show on Friday at the Capitol Theater…”

Read more about the Phil Lesh deal here ->
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/04/arts/music/phil-lesh-a-grateful-dead-founder-strikes-promotion-deal.html?_r=0

Hundreds of Drummers Rock Tacoma Woodstick…

Drummers Rock

It’s got to be a gas to be in an arena with many hundreds of drums in all varieties and sounds… eg., full trap sets, snares, toms and big bass dudes!… Never knew about this event until this week… cool man, Drum On!

Ron-

Drummers Rock Tacoma

“They’re loud!” the Duvall boy shouted over his fellow musicians with a smile that stretched between his orange ear plugs.

The 2013 Woodstick Big Beat, in its 11th year, has been held in Tacoma some years, farther north in others.

It set the world record for the most drummers playing at once, with 533 in 2005 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle (Qwest Field at the time). A British charity broke that record last year when 798 drummers gathered in Manchester, England…

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

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

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