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476: Chris West on thumb position

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:00:55 +0000

Former Guildhall Strings solo double bassist Chris West has built a tremendous resource for learning thumb position, and he’s finally unleashed it upon the world.  Titled Reaching the Heights – Thumb Position on the Double Bass, it’s chock full of useful exercises and pieces that will have you navigating the upper reaches fo the fingerboard...

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475: The Bass Player’s Guide to the Trio

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:35:10 +0000

When I heard that Danny Ziemann was filming courses for Discover Double Bass, I couldn’t wait to sit down with Danny and Discover Double Bass founder Geoff Chalmers to learn more details about the project. Both Danny and Geoff are past podcast guests, and they happen to be two of my favorite people in the bass...

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474: Dan Carson on auditioning and taking a leap

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:00:38 +0000

Dan Carson is the latest member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s bass section.  I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Dan for over a decade.  He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and worked with Andy Anderson and a few other teachers (including me!) during high school. Dan attended Indiana University and won principal...

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473: Jacqueline Pickett on a well-rounded education

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:00:04 +0000

Dr. Jacqueline Pickett has built a remarkable career as a double bass performer, educator, and community activist.  From managing nonprofits to launching programs in the public schools, Jacqueline has been a major force for good in the double bass world. She teaches bass at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia as well as serving as...

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472: Colin Corner Recital

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 07:05:55 +0000

I had the good pleasure of spending time with Oregon Symphony and Grant Park Symphony principal bassist Colin Corner recently.  We did a deep-dive interview on auditioning, being a principal string player, and much more. Colin and I also talked about getting some recent playing of his up on the podcast, and he shared this...

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471: Choosing Strings – What’s Right for You?

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 12:00:36 +0000

Today’s episode is a deep-dive into double bass strings.  We take a look at D’Addario’s Kaplan, Zyex, and Helicore strings and learn more about how these strings play, feel, and sound. You’ll hear perspectives on strings from the following D’Addario Orchestral Artists: Alexis Cuadrado – New York-based jazz bassist, composer, and educator Andres Martin –...

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470: Dan Chmielinski on Jazz at Juilliard

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 12:00:01 +0000

I’ve known Dan Chmielinski for over a decade, and it has been a real pleasure watching his career unfold.  Dan grew up in metro Chicago, and I had the privilege of being his bass teacher through middle and high school.    Dan started playing bass at age 3 with Virginia Dixon, and he has one...

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469: Pascale Delache-Feldman on French traditions

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 11:00:58 +0000

Pascale Delache-Feldman has been a frequently requested podcast guest, and it was such a pleasure to get a chance to connect with her! Pascale enjoys a multifaceted career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and teacher.  She is the founder of the Boston Bass Bash and is co-founder of the co-founder of Duo Cello...

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468: Melody Chia on careers, marketing, and Australia

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 11:00:24 +0000

I was first introduced to Melody Chia by our mutual friend Lauren Pierce.  Melody is located in Melbourne, Australia, and in addition to being an excellent bassist, she has worked for many years in marketing. Melody has also begun making shoes, and you can follow along with this fascinating process and all of her other...

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467: Chuck Israels on Bill Evans and a life in music

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:30:52 +0000

I had the opportunity to spend some time with Chuck Israels during my recent trip to Portland, Oregon.  In fact, we even took a trip together to visit Seth Kimmel’s shop in Eugene! Both Chuck and Seth are past podcast guests, and I thought that a rebroadcast of my conversation with Chuck was in order. ...

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466: Colin Corner on auditions and being principal bass

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:30:40 +0000

A podcast listener recently suggested that I re-interview Colin Corner about how he has managed to win audition after audition.  It turned out that I would be in Portland, Oregon for a couple weeks, and Colin and I sat down for a terrific deep-dive into auditioning, the role of a principal bassist, and much more....

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465: Henry Chen on China, Taiwan, and Chicago

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:00:52 +0000

I met Henry in Chicago. While in Chicago, Henry spent his time studying with Rob Kassinger and playing principal bass with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Fast-forward ten years, and Henry is now teaching at  Soochow University School of Music in Jiangsu, China.  We talk about Henry’s journey from Chicago to China and the steps...

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464: Volkan Orhon

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:00:19 +0000

Volkan Orhon was one of my early podcast guests, appearing along with fellow Bad Boyz of Double Bass members Anthony Stoops, David Murray, and Paul Sharpe.  I chatted with the Bad Boyz ten years ago (!), and I realized that I’d never actually sat down with Volkan one-on-one for the podcast. We fix that today!...

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463: The Mental Game

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:00:21 +0000

This year’s Winter Olympics inspired podcast listener Steven Bingham to write in the following topic request: “If I could suggest a future podcast topic, it would be “performance psychology” with a bassist or other musician who also is a subject matter expert, for example, a university teacher or researcher. Watching the Winter Olympics reminds me...

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462: Posture with Barry Green

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 14:00:38 +0000

Barry Green’s creative output is filled with surprises and unexpected new directions.  The last tie he was on the podcast, we were chatting with Barry and Jeff Bradetich about Anna’s Promise. An article from Barry just came out in the American String Teachers Association’s journal.  Titled “Chair Factor,” this article is an examination of body...

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461: Erik Higgins on chamber music careers

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 14:00:04 +0000

I was first introduced to Erik Higgins by orchestra director and bassist Jonathan Lane.  Jonathan passed along a mesmerizing video of Erik performing an improvised duet with clarinetist Kinan Azmeh.  This duet is based on a Syrian Folk tune and took place during a live performance with A Far Cry and the Silk Road Ensemble. ...

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460: James Oesi on going for what you believe in

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 14:00:29 +0000

James Oesi is truly blazing new trails for double bassists worldwide.  Originally from South Africa, James spent several years studying in Russia before moving to the Netherlands.  Over the past decade, James has established a vibrant career for himself as a solo double bassist.  He also founded and hosted the Dutch Double Bass Festival in...

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459: Music School Auditions – Advice from the pros

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:00:21 +0000

This episode is one of those astoundingly complex projects that I love digging into!  We’re featuring questions from double bass student Baylee Brown, which are answered by 27 noted double bass faculty members.  This idea was suggested by University of Texas at Arlington bass faculty member Jack Unzicker, who help design and execute this project....

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TCU International Double Bass Festival Preview

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:04:40 +0000

The line-up for the 2018 TCU International Double Bass Festival (March 3-4, 2018)  is like a who’s who in the double bass world! Founded and organized by Artistic Director and TCU Professor of Double Bass Yuan Lu, this fifth bi-annual festival is the largest such event for double bassists in North America. Learn more about...

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458: Gary Karr home

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:00:19 +0000

Gary Karr… I mean, what can I say?  He’s the reason that I play bass. That so many people play the bass.  He’s truly one of a kind, and he’s not slowing down anytime soon! When International Society of Bassists General Manager Madeleine Crouch heard that I would be the guest artist for the 2018...

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