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Scales and Modes With Joshua Barnhart: Locrian

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Welcome back to the last chord scale of the Church Modes, Locrian. Locrian is in its self, ambivalent. Once you get the starting note in you head you’ll almost always want to resolve it up to the next note that would be the Tonic in this case. Locrian is a very unused scale; even for the chord it should be responsible for the min7b5 (half diminished) chord, most use the Locrian natural 9 scale from the 6th degree of Melodic minor.

Locrian’s signature note is the b5. No other scale in the church modes boasts a tritone as a chord tone in the triad. Not much music is written in Locrian. A lot of that can be attributed to that face that nothing really resolves to Locrian. It has the most unstable interval in music, the tritone, built into its sound. Another reason maybe that the tritone interval was considered the ‘devil’s interval’ for hundreds of years, and composer such as Bach and Beethoven were well know for their commissioned works they did for the church. But ultimately as you will see Locrian is a hard sound to resolve to, you ear just wants you to keep moving. In most classical situations the 7diminished chord was used as a substitute for the V chord. So to resolve to the V7 would sound unsettling to most people even without a trained ear.

So for the exercise this time we’re going to just play through Locrian really straight forward. The catch is you have to start and end on the extremes of the scale. Lets stick with out theme and pick B Locrian, no sharps no flats. We’re going to play the lowest note in the scale and end on the highest note in the scale. For you 4 string guys we’re going to start on E, which is the 11th, and anyone sporting a 5 string or my personal preference 6 you’re going to start on B. The key to this is to find a path up and find a different one back down. The idea is the find the easiest way to shift all the way up your neck and back down as smoothly as possible. Start on your low E or B and work your way up to your highest note most likely E, G, or C.

Try and keep your brain from switching modes, a lot of times when doing this you’ll get lost because you switching patterns. Its ok to have different fingerings, but don’t lose the fact that you’re in Locrian.

Now that we’re done with the church modes we’ll move on to some of the most used scales in Melodic and Harmonic Minor.

Take your time get it right… remember perfect practice makes perfect.

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Artist Update With Mark Egan, Cross Currents

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Artist Update With Mark Egan, Cross Currents

I am sure many of you are very familiar with Mark Egan as we have been following him and his music for many years now. The last time we chatted was in 2020.

Mark teamed up with drummer Shawn Pelton and guitarist Shane Theriot to produce a new album, “Cross Currents” released on March 8th, 2024. I have been listening to this album in its entirety and it is simply superb (See my review).

Now, I am excited to hear about this project from Mark himself and share this conversation with our bass community in Bass Musician Magazine.

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Review: Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB

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Review: Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB

Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB…

Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB – Hearing protection has always been front and center on my mind because I love music so much, I cannot imagine my life if I were unable to hear.

You might remember back in 2021, we had a good look at the Minuendo Lossless Earplugs featuring adjustable protection. This system has a lot of very good features but there was always the question of how much sound attenuation to choose.

Now, the great folks at Minuendo have come up with a new version of their earplugs that has a set 17dB noise reduction. You still get a lot of the great features of the adjustables but you just don’t have to think about the specific sound level. In addition, this new version of earplugs comes at a very attractive price point.

For more information, visit online at Minuendo.com

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Review: The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass by Brian F Wright 

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Review: The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass by Brian F Wright 

I was intrigued when The Bastard Instrument showed up on my desk… let’s dig in!

When we dive into the history of our beloved instrument, the bass, we find roots that go back as far as the 15th century. This instrument was a member of the violin family and was for the longest time, an acoustic instrument. As the years passed and music changed, there was a need for the instrument to evolve and the electric bass was born.

Comparatively, the electric bass is a relatively new instrument with its earliest appearances dating back to the 1930s and it is exciting to be an electric bass player while this history unfolds around us. Fortunately for us and future generations to come, Professor Brian F. Wright has taken on the herculean task of documenting the trajectory of the electric bass with this excellent book.

The Bastard Instrument presents an extraordinary amount of fine details about the instrument itself, the development of the amplification to handle its output, the pioneers that dared play it, the rapidly evolving music that flourished because of its presence and so much more. 

When I first started reading this book, I noticed that it felt a tad academic, like a textbook (it might be one someday) or a doctoral thesis, but to present all this information accurately, this approach is more than appropriate. Another detail that might be a bit of a spoiler is that the book only gets us up to the late ’60s. I was left wanting more as we know that so much has happened in the bass world since that time frame; I hope there is another volume in the works to get us up to the present!

All in all, “The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass” is a must-read for all of us who play electric bass and understand its essential place in music.

I found that there was a lot that I already knew but also quite a bit that I was unaware of. I believe that to know and understand where you are, you must know the history of exactly how you got here.

Highly recommended.

The Bastard Instrument is available at Amazon.com (beginning July 2024)

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

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Interview With By the Thousands Bassist Adam Sullivan

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Bassist Adam Sullivan…

Hailing from Minnesota since 2012, By the Thousands has produced some serious Technical Metal/Deathcore music. Following their recent EP “The Decent”s release, I have the great opportunity to chat with bassist Adam Sullivan.

Join me as we hear about Adam’s musical Journey, his Influences, how he gets his sound, and the band’s plans for the future

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