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Extended Bass With Al Caldwell

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Nothing is more time consuming than second guessing one’s self when it come to composing. I have just finished composing my latest project. My biggest problem was trying to say something to myself. I wanted to play some music that made sense to me. When I was younger, all I wanted to do was be the best and the fastest bassist in the world. Now all I want to do at 48 is to understand my intent. Every musician is judged by another. Some of us have great technique but no substance. Some of us have great vision but 90% of our note selection belongs to another artist. We’ve learned to do impressions to the point where we don’t know how to stop. All we have for the rest of our lives is our intervallic decisions. That tells the world the pattern that our musical mind follows.

I’ve been afraid for most of my musical life to speak. I have been such a fan that I question my voice. It “Finally” occurred to me that a child doesn’t learn to speak without copying every little thing that their parents say. Eventually they form their own words and sentences and they find themselves. I have arthritis now, so my technique isn’t what it use to be but the music I hear in my mind has matured. Flash sounds like screaming to my ears now. I know why Joe Pass and Jim Hall and Wes are Legends now. They played in a manor that stayed with you. It was like a great bowl of chili!! Extra beans please!!

I will put videos on you tube showing some of the methods of my recording process. I still use midi but I find myself playing clean bass 80% of the time. I will do an all MIDI CD someday. The two new CD’s are “Wisdom from the World” and “My 11 String”. The “Wisdom” CD is mostly fretless and it’s based on songs that were inspired from my travels abroad. “My 11 String” CD is based on songs that remind me of why I play music. I love the bass. I love music. I want to see that neck move when I play. That’s what a great bassist does. He’s into the pocket. What a great musician does is listen and then play. I’m still learning how to be both. Everything is just making sense to me. I hope that you enjoy the new music. I will put samples on my MYSPACE page. The banjo has been a bright light in my life as well. The banjo doesn’t sustain long so you have to approach it differently. I love the way other people play the banjo but I just don’t want to play the same way that’s been played for years. Thank God that we have so many ways to play Bass and Guitar. I love funky banjo. I’ll give some examples of that as well.

I hope that my explanation of my journey can help someone find the road to themself.

Music is Everything. It’s not as obvious as I thought it was as a child. It’s hard work learning to share yourself harmonically. I’ll have New Music in January folks.

Happy Holidays and Stay Blessed!!

Your Pal Al Caldwell

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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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