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Behind the Notes Launches Video Documentaries Website

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Behind the Notes (www.behindthenotes.com) is new website which hosts video documentaries with renowned musicians sharing insight into the creative process of making music.

The content is designed for an audience of musicians and music enthusiasts who are interested in seeing first hand how great musicians do their thing. “It’s like when all the notes are right, but then there’s just something else, cause if it was just about the notes – anybody can play the notes” [Branford Marsalis]

“We asked ourselves, ‘What would our audience want to discuss if they had the chance to sit down, one on one with their favourite musician?’ This is narrowcasting, where we aim to give less people more of what they really want – we are not interested in celebrity exposés, just performances and discussion about the music directly from the guys who created it.” [Martin Gibbons– Director]

Rapid advancements in broadband technology are allowing people the freedom to choose what they want to watch and when they want to watch it. Behind the Notes has teamed up with Australian based video streaming provider Vividas to deliver the content in full screen TV quality – no additional hardware, set top box or software is required, it streams straight to your computer. This technology allows the viewer to be totally immersed in the viewing experience while still having all the interactive functionality of a website with a range of information, forums, links and other interesting material to support the videos.

Featured artists include: Dominic Miller, John Patitucci, Vernon Reid, David Gilmore, Horacio Hernandez and Speech from Arrested Development.

How it Works

Each documentary has a 4-5 minute free preview. These previews are entertaining and engaging on their own. In combination with all of the other free content on site they provide a rich and rewarding experience without the need to part with any money.

The full features run for approximately half an hour plus live performances. Viewers have the option to purchase premium viewing time in 30, 60 and 120 minute units. This premium viewing time allows access to all of the video content on the site. It’s a unique concept which couples free and paid for content with a payment system that allows the user total flexibility as to what they watch and when.

Background

Behind the Notes is the result of an idea that morphed through many phases. The concept was originally for a cartoon character to be used in a music teaching program for primary school children. One thing lead to another. The primary school children gave way to the wider musical community and the cartoons were replaced by real people. And not just any real people…

The whole concept rests on the idea that those who are best placed to pass on the musical tradition are not teachers or middlemen or even cartoon characters. They are the working musicians who have created the music that people know and appreciate.

Through various contacts developed the story began to unfold. Countless phone calls and emails to musicians and their ‘people’ became filming trips from London to New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Bordeaux and Frankfurt.

Now the platform is set and ready to grow with the regular addition of new artists to the site. To experience this content please visit www.behindthenotes.com.

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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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New Gear: Aguilar Amplification Next-generation Tone Hammer and AG Series Amplifiers

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New Gear: Aguilar Amplification Next-generation Tone Hammer and AG Series Amplifiers

New Gear: Aguilar Amplification Next-generation Tone Hammer and AG Series Amplifiers…

Aguilar Amplification is excited to unveil the next generation of Tone Hammer and AG series amplifiers. These amplifiers are designed to meet the exacting standards of today’s bassists, enhancing their musical expression through in-demand features and fresh new designs.

The latest innovations in the Tone Hammer and AG series include the introduction of the Aguilar Cabinet Suite, dual XLR outputs, expanded connectivity options, and power section upgrades. These features not only provide superior sound quality and flexibility but also maintain the classic Aguilar performance that musicians have relied upon.

Key features of the next-generation amplifiers:

Aguilar Cabinet Suite: This new software allows players to load Aguilar ’s custom-designed SL/DB cabinet impulse responses (IRs), or their own custom IR files. This feature is available through both XLR and headphone outputs, offering new tone shaping and cabinet emulation options.
 
Dual XLR Outputs & Expanded Connectivity: Musicians can now tailor their tone and utilize cabinet IRs for their monitor mix, while also sending a pre-EQ ’d signal directly to the front-of-house. This dual functionality ensures optimal sound for both the artist and front-of-house. The new amplifiers include auxiliary input and headphone output options for silent practice. They also feature mix controls to fine-tune the listening experience, ideal for both practice and performance.

Upgraded Power Sections: Previously exclusive to Aguilar’s 700-series, the upgraded power sections in the Tone Hammer and AG 500 now support a 2.67 ohm load and include universal mains. These enhancements make the amplifiers perfect for international touring, offering seamless voltage adaptation.

“The new Tone Hammer and AG series amplifiers are a testament to Aguilar ’s commitment to world class sound and performance, providing bassists with the tools they need to define their sound on the global stage,” remarks Jordan Cortese, Brand Manager, Aguilar Musical Instruments.

The next-generation Tone Hammer and AG series amplifiers are available for purchase through www.aguilaramp.com and Aguilar’s extensive dealer network worldwide. For more information about the new amplifiers and other Aguilar products, please visit www.aguilaramp.com.

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Artist Update With Bassist Derek Frank

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Artist Update With Bassist Derek Frank

Bassist Derek Frank…

Many of you will remember the last time I chatted with Derek Frank was back in 2017. The main thing that impressed me was how busy Derek was and how he juggled playing with many huge acts.

Now, I am happy to hear that Derek launched a new album last March titled “Origin Story” where he digs deep into his roots and pays homage to Pittsburg.

Join me as we get caught up after all these years and hear the details about the new album, how Derek gets his sound, and his plans for the future.

Photo, Stephen Bradley

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String Instrument Humidifiers

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String Instrument Humidifiers

String Instrument Humidifiers

After living in some very humid parts of the country for decades, we moved to a dryer, much sunnier location. As a result, I started noticing some fret sprout on my string instruments and recently did a video on fret sprout correction.

It occurred to me that I should take a more preventative approach to string instrument humidification. Of course, I turned to my instrument maintenance experts, Music Nomad Equipment Care, for a solution and they suggested their Humitar series. (Note: They sent two press samples and I purchased the remainder online.)

Join me as I look at these useful tools for keeping my string instruments in tip-top condition.

The Humitar series is available online at Music Nomad Equipment Care, as well as Amazon.com

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