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Happy Player… Sad Player… by Igor Saavedra

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Igor Saavedra-bio-jan2012Considering that music is an Art form, and that “Art” is probably the most sublime way to express the very essentials of our existence, then it seems obvious that through playing music that we can learn very much about “The Art of Living…”

What I’ll write here is just my opinion…

There are trillions of questions in this world to be made, and I’m convinced that all of them have some kind of answer, with just one exception….

As a form of a psychological exercise…

  • If you ask somebody why they would choose a particular house, you might get the answer, “Because it’s big!”
  • If you then ask why they need a big home, they might respond, “Because it can fit the whole family!”
  • If you ask again why this is important, the answer can be, “Because this is good for creating links between all the family individuals and supporting each other.”
  • The next question will be, why is creating links and supporting each other is important? And the answer will be, “Because you will constantly feel that you are not alone in this world and that you are going to get help when you need it and also be able to provide it to the others.”
  • Which leads you to ask, why do you like to feel supported and at the same time provide support to your family? And the answer will be, “Because it makes me happy!”
  • The final question is obvious…. Why do you want to be happy? That question has no answer…

In my opinion, the purpose of this life is happiness itself, that purpose has no secondary purpose… it’s the final achievement, and you don’t need a ‘reason’ to be happy!

That being said, IF happiness is the most important thing in life (even further than Love itself because the question “Why to love” has an obvious answer, then in my opinion that means we can measure intelligence based on “The ability of any human being to live through happiness…” and not on the ability to know, solve or achieve any other thing in life.

That’s REAL intelligence for me!

What is happiness? Well in my opinion, it is something very simple… “Happiness is an attitude.”

Life is what it is, and highly overused phrases like “Looking for happiness”, “The search of happiness”, “Trying to find happiness”, etc., really misguide people, because happiness is not something you have to look for, instead happiness is something you have to LIVE right and here right now; every hour, minute and second of your life!

The key is very simple: “Developing the ability to always find and focus on the goodness ‘within’ the goodness and mostly, the goodness ‘within the badness”

Have you met a rich person that is never satisfied? For example… that 17-year-old daughter that receives a brand new red Ferrari for her birthday and when she sees it she starts screaming and crying because that was not the color she wanted. She begins to blame her father for not listening to her and explains to him that all of her friends have red Ferraris and that she wants to be the only one with a different color! This young lady didn’t invent this behavior; she has seen it many times throughout the years in her parents and friend’s attitudes.

“That’s the ability to see the badness within the goodness… the most perfect way to achieve unhappiness in your life”

At the same time, have you meet this very poor people that are really in trouble, seriously sick, have almost nothing, and yet for some unknown reason always have a smile on their faces and a handy joke on their mouths every five seconds?

“That’s the ability to find the goodness within the badness… the most perfect way to achieve happiness in your life”

But the real truth is that you are probably not ultra-rich or super-poor, instead you are probably a normal human being, a normal musician trying to live and be happy like most of us. And you find yourself asking, what has all this philosophical matter have to do with music?

Everything!

As I’ve learned throughout my life as a musician, music MUST be one of the maximum expressions of joy and happiness that a human being can feel and experience. While you play it, music has the power to reveal in just a second what kind of human being you are. In relation to this, we have mainly two types of musicians that I’m certain you’ll be able to immediately recognize within your friends, bass colleagues and music heroes.

“The Unhappy Musician” That bitter being who’s always complaining about everything, who never likes or is satisfied with what he hears from himself or from others (mostly from the others hahaha). The kind of guy that when it comes to play, immediately behaves like a selfish and bitter human being, scared about everything, worrying if the other players are making him look bad because they are really bad or too good… complaining about a thousand things and transforming the whole musical experience in something very similar to a military context.

“The Happy Musician” That positive being that is always happy to play and really doesn’t care if somebody is not making him look good and not doing the proper thing. Or if somebody plays better than him, he is the kind of guy who is not thinking as a teacher while he plays and evaluating and correcting everything he hears and prefers to share and live the experience from a radically different perspective, that being to see the others as brothers and not as bad behaved sons, students or subjects…. that means through love and happiness!

Take a look and see if any of your friends… and mostly yourself fit within either of these two descriptions. And mainly, think about the importance of happiness in life, “Be intelligent /be happy”, don’t be searching for happiness, “Just live it night now!”

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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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