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Applied Techniques With Igor Saavedra: Tips for the Modern Bass Player – Part Four

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Meet Igor Saavedra –

After many years of experience, after many mistakes, after many experiments, and finally after many conclusions, I think I have something to say regarding this matter. There’s no better master than experience itself, because when you experience something it is more likely that you’ll never forget it. So beware of this article, and don’t think because you read it you will be completely prepared for everything that might come your way because experience itself will be the only one that will really teach you.
There are tons of tips for me to give you, so this series of articles will be divided in 3 or 4 parts at least. I don’t want to give you all the tips at once because I think it will be much better for you if I give you enough time to think and to process each of them. Well, let’s go then with this fourth part.

On this last Part of the Saga that is going to be really very brief, the tips I will be sharing with you are not going to be related with the obvious aspects, like Technique, Equipment or Music Theory. On this article I’m sharing with you some thoughts that are going to be included on my Poetry Book that will be released in 2011. These thoughts are related with YOU, the “Human Being”.

Tip #1 – “I love the Electric Bass… but never forget this: “First of all you are a Person, then a Musician, and compared to that, the less important thing really is that you are a Bassist”.

Tip #2 – “Whichever experience you will have in your life that will not kill you.. is going to teach you something”.

Tip #3 – “Be Perseverant.. do not be Obstinate”.

Tip #4 – “Don’t worry so much about making a mistake in your life, because the most important action you can perform is not the one that you just did, it’s the following one… so the most important note that you can play, even if it’s a wrong note, is not the note you are actually playing, it is the following one”.

Tip #4 – “Perseverance and Talent are tools that are capable of building a house completely. The Talent makes it able for you to build a house in just one month that will last ten years, but your perseverance is capable of building a house in these same ten years that will last forever”.

Tip #5 – “I always tell my fans and followers in my Concerts and my Clinics that they have to always keep studying, and I often put myself as an example… but don’t take me wrong… what I really tell them is that my only Talent is to have been able to overcome in every moment and a thousand times my oppressive lack of Talent”.

Tip #6 – “Simplicity is the real treasure… and Complexity is just the key to its door”.

Tip #7 – “When I have one of those unlucky days in which I’m being attacked by a fanatic, dogmatic or fundamentalist position… the only thing I can think about, but not to say, is that if life would be only about music.., there would be nobody whom to dedicate a song”.

Tip #8 – “In my humble opinion… a Mistake only exists if it is sheltered by Ignorance, if that’s not the case, what you really just have is Irresponsibility and Inconsequence”.

Tip #9 – “The Error as a concept does not exist unless there is a context of successes on which to cope. Different, very different… is failure”.

Tip #10 – The greatest day in the life of a musician………. is one in which, after a long process the Neuron eventually hands over his work of years, so that the Hormone is responsible for publishing it.

This is for now my friends… I see you next month on my next article…

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Interview With Bassist Ciara Moser

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Bassist Ciara Moser…

Ciara and I sat down for this interview a few months after the launch of her debut album, “Blind. So what?”

Blind since birth, she is a powerhouse of talent; she is not only a professional bassist, but also composes music, and is a producer and educator. I am just blown away by her talent and perseverance.

Join me as we hear about Ciara’s musical journey, the details of her album, how she gets her sound, and her plans for the future.

Visit online:

www.ciara-moser.com 
IG @ moserciara
FB @ ciara.moser

Photos by Manuela Haeussler

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New Gear: Black Ice Boost and Distort, Battery-Free Modules for Bass and Guitar

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Black Ice Boost and Distort, Battery-Free Modules for Bass and Guitar…

Black Ice Enterprises introduces Black Ice Boost and Black Ice Distort, small, battery-free devices that can be easily installed in a bass or guitar.

Black Ice Boost offers two selectable stages of up to 7 dB of boost, broadly concentrated in the midrange frequencies to add humbucker-like qualities to Strat®, Tele® and other types of single-coil pickups. Black Ice Distort is an overdrive module that can be configured to offer anything from slight overdrive to distortion. Both models are compatible with all passive guitar pickups and electronics (they’re not compatible with battery-powered active pickups).

Black Ice Boost (SRP: $119.95; MAP, $79.95) can be installed using several wiring options, including a simple “stealth” install that utilizes a single push-pull pot, and a dual-switch option that allows users to select between two different levels of boost. For those using the boost along with Black Ice Distort, a second push-pull pot or switch can be used to select a clean or distorted boost.

The Black Ice Boost module is approximately 2/3 the size of a 9-volt battery, and can be easily installed in most instruments with no routing or permanent modifications required. The tone of the instrument remains completely unaffected when the boost is bypassed.

In addition to use with popular single-coil pickups, Black Ice Boost can also be used with other pickup types. Use it to fatten up a P-90 style pickup, or add girth to a low-wind humbucker. Jazz Bass® players can use the additional midrange content provided by Black Ice Boost to produce a sound that’s reminiscent of a P-Bass® or soapbar-type pickup. Black Ice Boost is not recommended for use with high-output humbuckers and other dark-sounding pickups.

Black Ice Distort (SRP: $27.95; MAP, $21.95) is an overdrive module that can be configured for just a touch of grit, or a more aggressive grind, all the way to a 1960’s-flavored fuzz. While its battery-free circuit will never replace the more refined sound of a well-designed pedal, it provides handy, there-when-you-need-it access to a variety of fun old-school flavors, and is a great way to add additional textures to an already overdriven amp or pedal. Bass players will especially dig its raw dirty grind.

Like Black Ice Boost, the sugar-cube-sized Black Ice Distort provides a lifetime of tone with no maintenance or power source required. A variety of wiring options are included that let you activate the Distort via a switch or push-pull pot, or by easily converting your guitar’s tone control into a control for the Black Ice Distort circuit. It can be used in conjunction with the Black Ice Boost for a wide variety of useful tones.

Black Ice Boost and Black Ice Distort are now shipping.

Visit online at www.blackiceoverdrive.com

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

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New Gear:  D’Addario’s New Humidipak

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New Gear:  D’Addario’s New Humidipak

D’Addario’s New Humidipak Absorb Protects Instruments Against Excess Moisture…

Utilizing two-way humidity control technology, D’Addario’s new Humidipak Absorb protects against damage to wooden instruments in environments with too much humidity. 

Humidipak Absorb allows players to safely return an instrument and case to the ideal relative humidity level. Using Boveda’s patented two-way humidity control technology, Absorb automatically soaks up excess moisture at a safe rate, re-establishing the right humidity level and eliminating the guesswork of revitalizing your instrument. 

Like all the Humidipaks before, using Humidipak Absorb is easy—there’s no dripping sponges or manual adjustments. All players need to do is put the humidification packets in the included pouches and place them in the instrument case, close the lid, and relax. The instrument and case will remain at the optimal 45-50% relative humidity level for 2-6 months. 

D’Addario’s other Humidipaks, Restore and Maintain, are still available for those who need to increase and sustain the humidity around their instrument. 

To learn more about Humidipak Absorb, visit ddar.io/absorb-pr 

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Interview With Bassist Travis Book

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Interview With Bassist Travis Book…

Bluegrass music has had a very solid following over many years and I am always happy to hear from one of the pioneers in that genre.

Travis Book plays bass for the Grammy award-winning band “The Infamous Stringdusters” and has recently released his first solo album “Love and Other Strange Emotions”. As if he wasn’t busy enough, Travis also hosts a podcast, Plays a Jerry Garcia music show with Guitarist Andy Falco, and is constantly gigging locally in his neck of the woods.

Photo, Seyl Park

Visit Online:

www.thetravisbook.com
www.thestringdusters.com
FB @ TheTravisBook
IG @ travisbook

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