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Be Encouraged: Practice Makes Perfect / Creating Grooves With David Dyson

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In time, I’ve realized that there are several landmark growth moments in anything that you attempt to master. That goes for anything and anyone. As it pertains to creating as a young aspiring bassist and songwriter, my very first days of songwriting/recording were as a teenager in my room with a bass, amp, and two portable tape recorders. I would come up with a groove and lay it down. Then I’d play it back and add some one liners, or a chord or two by playing recorder #1 through the amp as I’m playing the added lines or chords and taping that with tape recorder #2. Then I’d play it back, proudly. It was very rewarding to listen to music that I’d created and felt good about. I didn’t get to the next level of my songwriting until I played it for a musician who asked, “Where’s the melody?” From that point on, I was cognizant of having a melody in every tune that I wrote. And the landmarks kept coming.

I’ve learned so much, yet so many things have changed since those days, but one thing is consistent: The rewarding feeling that overwhelms me when I’ve completed a composition I’m pleased with.

When it comes to writing songs, I believe everyone has something to create. I truly believe that the more you create, the better you get at composing. I also believe that there is a songwriter in every musician. Of course some are more gifted than others and it takes some longer to tap into the process, but the potential is there. I personally recognize growth in my creativeness with each song I write. I try not to stick to any particular patterns, but still follow some guidelines at the same time. As with playing or performing, there is always room to grow and learn.

All this is to say that, I’ve run into many students and professional musicians alike that are intimidated by songwriting. It’s something you simply, yet boldly, dive into and explore. I have to encourage this when I think of all the great songwriters that would never be, had they given in to intimidation.

If you ever get discouraged, or frustrated, think of all your favorite songwriters and recognize that their very first composition couldn’t hold a candle to anything they’ve created after countless numbers of tunes.

Lastly, if you run out of ideas, set it aside and come back to your work later. You’ll be surprised at how the tune you were about to can, turns out to be one of your favorite works.

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Working-Class Zeros: Episode #3 – John Patitucci IG Video, The Summer Festival Gig, iPads on Stage

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WORKING-CLASS ZEROS With Steve Rosati and Shawn Cav

In this episode we cover John Patitucci’s IG video about saying ‘no’ to the gig, the Summer Festival gig, and iPads on stage (sure it’s awesome but is it necessary?)

These stories from the front are with real-life, day-to-day musicians who deal with work life and gigging and how they make it work out. Each month, topics may include… the kind of gigs you get, the money, dealing with less-than-ideal rooms, as well as the gear you need to get the job done… and the list goes on from there.” – Steve the Bass Guy and Shawn Cav

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Interview With Bassist Curly Hendo

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Interview Wity Bassist Curly Hendo

Bassist Curly Hendo…

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, bassist Curly Hendo has been super busy. Starting with dance from a young age, Curly took up bass shortly after and has been going strong ever since. She has collaborated with numerous acts worldwide and is an in-demand session/touring bassist and musical director.

Join me as we learn about Curly’s musical journey, how she gets her sound, and her plans for a very bright future.

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This Week’s Top 10 Basses on Instagram

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TOP 10 Basses of the week

Check out our top 10 favorite basses on Instagram this week…

Click to follow Bass Musician on Instagram @bassmusicianmag

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New Album: Ben Mortiz, MORENO

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New Album: Ben Mortiz, MORENO

The Chilean bassist, producer and sociologist, Ben Mortiz, celebrates the launch of his latest studio work, “MORENO” an album that mixes jazz, soul, and funk following the characteristic Latin style of  Mortiz. The artist completely produced the album under the label “Fallen Lab Records” in the south of Chile.

“MORENO” brings deep and smooth sounds, expressing a sophisticated and elegant Latin vibe. You will find meditative harmonies and joyful melodic voices. The record’s core is the human vibration that Mortiz feels from the Latin American music. The Caribbean rhythms and strong Latin percussions are the musical glue in every song that emerges with the force of the electric bass.

“MORENO” creates a real connection between corporal reactions and mind sensations, always in reference to the originality of Mortiz to fuse modern and classic Latin sounds.

For more information, visit online at danielbenmortiz.com/

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New Gear: Phil Jones Bass X2C Dual Compressor/Effects Loop

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New Gear: Phil Jones Bass X2C Duel Compressor/Effects Loop

Step Into X2C With Phil Jones Bass Dual Compressor/Effects Loop…

Phil Jones Bass latest pedal innovation is the X2C Dual Compressor with Dual Effects Loop for performance and recording. The X2C incorporates advanced compressor circuit technology and provides comprehensive tone control with a dual crossover feature which divides the signal into frequency bands ranging from 100Hz to 500Hz, ensuring exceptional clarity and dynamics in tone refinement. 

With insert jacks on each band, the X2C unlocks limitless creativity, enabling players to use various FX pedals for custom tone sculpting. Additionally, it functions as an electronic crossover, ideal for driving high-performance, 2-way bass rigs.

PJB’s Dual-Band compression design is more flexible than standard single-band compressors and provides a more natural and transparent sound. It also provides greater control over shaping and managing dynamics where standard compressors affect the entire frequency spectrum of an audio signal.  

PJB’s dual compressor enables the player to shape specific frequency ranges of an audio signal which allows for compressing the low frequencies while preserving the high frequencies, or vice-versa. Treating the low-end with a dedicated band also allows for heavy compression without affecting the midrange frequencies, which carry the attack of the sound. 

Effects can be plugged into the insert jacks on the X2C and controlled separately. As an example, the lows can be adjusted separately for an overdrive pedal while the highs can be controlled for a chorus. 

Dividing the audio spectrum into fundamental frequencies and harmonics is also effective in the enrichment of slapping techniques. The low frequencies can be compressed without changing the dynamics of the “slap”. By controlling the low frequencies and focusing the attack on the slap the amplifier will sound louder while avoiding overloading of the amp or speakers. The low band can be compressed without the harmonics being affected. In addition, the send jacks can go to different amplifiers/speakers for a bi-amplification set up.

Compact and potent, the X2C embodies studio-grade excellence, setting a new standard for dynamic processing in an uncompromising, portable pedal. The street price is $359.99.

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