Contrabass Conversations double bass life

Jason Heath

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Contrabass Conversations features interviews and performances from top leaders in the world of the double bass. Podcast host Jason Heath dives deep into what makes these world-class artists tick. With 2 million downloads and counting, Contrabass Conversations is the most popular podcast for double bassists. Join the community and experience life on the low end of the spectrum!

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919: Jon Button on The Who, Roger Daltrey, and Shakira (with guest host Katie Thiroux!)

This episode, recorded live at the Golden Gate Bass Camp https://www.goldengatebasscampsf.com/, features Katie Thiroux https://www.katiethiroux.com/ and me interviewing Jon Button, who is the current bassist for The Who.  Enjoy, and be sure to check out Jon on his website, Instagram, and Facebook!         THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.     DORICO - Unlock Dorico for iPad – For Life! Want to enjoy all of Dorico for iPad’s subscription-only features – including support for unlimited players, freehand annotations in Read mode with Apple Pencil, support for third-party Audio Unit plug-ins, and much more – but don’t want to pay a monthly or annual fee? Dorico for iPad now provides a lifetime unlock option, so you can access all current and future subscription-only features for a single, one-off in-app purchase. Visit the App Store today and unlock Dorico for iPad for life!   CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY DOUBLE BASS STUDIO - CMU is dedicated to helping each student achieve their goals as a musician. Every week each student receives private lessons and participates in a solo class with Micah Howard. Peter Guild, another member of the PSO, teaches Orchestral Literature and Repertoire weekly. They encourage students to reach out to the great bassists in their area for lessons and direction. Many of the bassists from all of the city's ensembles are more than willing to lend a hand. Every year members of the Symphony, the Opera and the Ballet give classes and offer our students individual attention. Click here https://www.micahbhoward.com/ to visit Micah’s website and to sign up for a free online trial lesson.     __ __

1h 1m
Aug 08
918: Parts of the double bass

We dig into all the parts of the double bass in today’s solo show—enjoy!   THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY DOUBLE BASS STUDIO - CMU is dedicated to helping each student achieve their goals as a musician. Every week each student receives private lessons and participates in a solo class with Micah Howard. Peter Guild, another member of the PSO, teaches Orchestral Literature and Repertoire weekly. They encourage students to reach out to the great bassists in their area for lessons and direction. Many of the bassists from all of the city's ensembles are more than willing to lend a hand. Every year members of the Symphony, the Opera and the Ballet give classes and offer our students individual attention. Click here https://www.micahbhoward.com/ to visit Micah’s website and to sign up for a free online trial lesson.   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Unlock Dorico for iPad – For Life! Want to enjoy all of Dorico for iPad’s subscription-only features – including support for unlimited players, freehand annotations in Read mode with Apple Pencil, support for third-party Audio Unit plug-ins, and much more – but don’t want to pay a monthly or annual fee? Dorico for iPad now provides a lifetime unlock option, so you can access all current and future subscription-only features for a single, one-off in-app purchase. Visit the App Store today and unlock Dorico for iPad for life!   __ __

18m
Aug 04
917: Dave Anderson’s bass music back in print!

We’re thrilled to announce that the music of bassist and composer David Anderson is now available through our sheet music store!   To celebrate, we’re chatting with Dave and his longtime friend and collaborator Sidney King, who was the inspiration for many of Dave’s early works.  Enjoy, and be sure to check out Dave’s music in our catalog!         THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   DORICO - Unlock Dorico for iPad – For Life! Want to enjoy all of Dorico for iPad’s subscription-only features – including support for unlimited players, freehand annotations in Read mode with Apple Pencil, support for third-party Audio Unit plug-ins, and much more – but don’t want to pay a monthly or annual fee? Dorico for iPad now provides a lifetime unlock option, so you can access all current and future subscription-only features for a single, one-off in-app purchase. Visit the App Store today and unlock Dorico for iPad for life!   CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY DOUBLE BASS STUDIO - CMU is dedicated to helping each student achieve their goals as a musician. Every week each student receives private lessons and participates in a solo class with Micah Howard. Peter Guild, another member of the PSO, teaches Orchestral Literature and Repertoire weekly. They encourage students to reach out to the great bassists in their area for lessons and direction. Many of the bassists from all of the city's ensembles are more than willing to lend a hand. Every year members of the Symphony, the Opera and the Ballet give classes and offer our students individual attention. Click here https://www.micahbhoward.com/ to visit Micah’s website and to sign up for a free online trial lesson.   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   __ __

53m
Aug 01
916: How to tune a double bass

This solo show covers various ways to tune a double bass.  Enjoy!   THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Unlock Dorico for iPad – For Life! Want to enjoy all of Dorico for iPad’s subscription-only features – including support for unlimited players, freehand annotations in Read mode with Apple Pencil, support for third-party Audio Unit plug-ins, and much more – but don’t want to pay a monthly or annual fee? Dorico for iPad now provides a lifetime unlock option, so you can access all current and future subscription-only features for a single, one-off in-app purchase. Visit the App Store today and unlock Dorico for iPad for life!   __ __

12m
Jun 30
915: Learning double bass as an adult

In today’s episode, recorded live at Bass Camp NRW https://www.paknrw.de/basscamp-nrw/ in Germany, we chat with adult learners Gabriele Fritz, Eef Weenink, and Katja Boenninghoff about their experiences learning bass and what continues to fascinate them about the instrument.  Enjoy!         THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Unlock Dorico for iPad – For Life! Want to enjoy all of Dorico for iPad’s subscription-only features – including support for unlimited players, freehand annotations in Read mode with Apple Pencil, support for third-party Audio Unit plug-ins, and much more – but don’t want to pay a monthly or annual fee? Dorico for iPad now provides a lifetime unlock option, so you can access all current and future subscription-only features for a single, one-off in-app purchase. Visit the App Store today and unlock Dorico for iPad for life!   __ __

25m
Jun 27
914: The German double bass scene

In this solo show, Jason shares thoughts on his recent trip to Germany and his observations of the double bass scene in the communities he visited.  Enjoy!     THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Unlock Dorico for iPad – For Life! Want to enjoy all of Dorico for iPad’s subscription-only features – including support for unlimited players, freehand annotations in Read mode with Apple Pencil, support for third-party Audio Unit plug-ins, and much more – but don’t want to pay a monthly or annual fee? Dorico for iPad now provides a lifetime unlock option, so you can access all current and future subscription-only features for a single, one-off in-app purchase. Visit the App Store today and unlock Dorico for iPad for life!   __ __

15m
Jun 23
913: Uli Schneider on the German bass community

Uli Schneider is a double bass performer and teacher in Germany and is the artistic director of Bass Camp NRW https://www.paknrw.de/basscamp-nrw/, which brings together dozens of bass students of all ages each summer in Heek, Germany.  He is internationally active as a clinician and regularly plays as a freelancer with professional orchestras like the Duisburger Philharmoniker and the WDR Funkhausorchester.   We talk about the origins of this bass camp, what it’s like putting it together each year, the challenges and satisfactions of bringing together the bass community with his event, and much more.   Enjoy, and be sure to check out Bass Camp NRW on Facebook, Instagram, and their website!         THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Unlock Dorico for iPad – For Life! Want to enjoy all of Dorico for iPad’s subscription-only features – including support for unlimited players, freehand annotations in Read mode with Apple Pencil, support for third-party Audio Unit plug-ins, and much more – but don’t want to pay a monthly or annual fee? Dorico for iPad now provides a lifetime unlock option, so you can access all current and future subscription-only features for a single, one-off in-app purchase. Visit the App Store today and unlock Dorico for iPad for life!   __ __

26m
Jun 20
912: Making Thumb Position less scary for double bass

In this solo show, we dig into ways to make thumb position more natural and less scary on the double bass.         THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Unlock Dorico for iPad – For Life! Want to enjoy all of Dorico for iPad’s subscription-only features – including support for unlimited players, freehand annotations in Read mode with Apple Pencil, support for third-party Audio Unit plug-ins, and much more – but don’t want to pay a monthly or annual fee? Dorico for iPad now provides a lifetime unlock option, so you can access all current and future subscription-only features for a single, one-off in-app purchase. Visit the App Store today and unlock Dorico for iPad for life!   __ __

10m
Jun 16
911: Fer Acosta on connecting the Latin American double bass community

Fernanda Acosta began her formal music studies at the age of 15 in the Conservatorio de las Rosas. She has had the opportunity to participate in different festivals in Mexico, including OSIM (2016), Encuentro de orquestas en Toluca de Lerdo (2016), Festival internacional de Música de Morelia (FIMM 2016) with the Orchestra of the Swan, FIMM 2017 with Voces 8 and La Galatea, and FIMM 2019 with Andrew Laurence-King.  She has participated in masterclasses with Víctor Flores, David Curtis, Stacey Watton, Philip Alejo, Jacqueline Thomas, and Dominic Seldis, among others. She is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree, is a member of Orquesta del Conservatorio de las Rosas and Orquesta del Tzintzuni, and currently studies with Pierluigi Ferrari. We talk about life in Morelia as a double bassist, her goals to organize the Latin American double bass community, a new podcast she’s working on, and much more. Enjoy, and be sure to follow Fer on Instagram as well as the latinamericanbassist feed she manages!         THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Unlock Dorico for iPad – For Life! Want to enjoy all of Dorico for iPad’s subscription-only features – including support for unlimited players, freehand annotations in Read mode with Apple Pencil, support for third-party Audio Unit plug-ins, and much more – but don’t want to pay a monthly or annual fee? Dorico for iPad now provides a lifetime unlock option, so you can access all current and future subscription-only features for a single, one-off in-app purchase. Visit the App Store today and unlock Dorico for iPad for life!   __ __

23m
Jun 13
910: Why extensions on double bass?

In this deep-dive solo show, Jason explores why double bass extensions are popular for reaching the low notes, their various styles, and advantages vs. disadvantages between 4 string basses with extensions and 5 string basses.       THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Unlock Dorico for iPad – For Life! Want to enjoy all of Dorico for iPad’s subscription-only features – including support for unlimited players, freehand annotations in Read mode with Apple Pencil, support for third-party Audio Unit plug-ins, and much more – but don’t want to pay a monthly or annual fee? Dorico for iPad now provides a lifetime unlock option, so you can access all current and future subscription-only features for a single, one-off in-app purchase. Visit the App Store today and unlock Dorico for iPad for life!   __ __

13m
Jun 09
909: Kyle Motl on harmonics and sound worlds

Kyle Motl is a bassist, composer, and improviser dedicated to the performance of creative music. His work explores aspects of chaos and complexity through involved rhythmic and spectral transformations while remaining grounded in an embodied approach to performance. Kyle regularly gives solo concerts that expand upon the vast timbral resources of the contrabass.   We talk about how he found his way into the world of creative music, harmonics on the bass, what it’s like working as a performing bassist in the genres he explores, and much more.   Enjoy, and be sure to check out Kyle’s solo album and website https://www.kylemotl.com/ and also follow him on bandcamp, YouTube, and Instagram!         THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Unlock Dorico for iPad – For Life! Want to enjoy all of Dorico for iPad’s subscription-only features – including support for unlimited players, freehand annotations in Read mode with Apple Pencil, support for third-party Audio Unit plug-ins, and much more – but don’t want to pay a monthly or annual fee? Dorico for iPad now provides a lifetime unlock option, so you can access all current and future subscription-only features for a single, one-off in-app purchase. Visit the App Store today and unlock Dorico for iPad for life!   __ __

56m
Jun 06
908: A cool new bass quartet for students or pros

Today’s episode features a performance of Andrés Martin’s bass quartet Kitsune with Andrés (bass 1), Barry Green (bass 2), Owen Lee (bass 3), and Jason (bass 4).   To purchase a copy of Kitsune, you can email Andrés at mgandres@gmail.com, and you can learn more about his great music on his website, YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook!         THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Unlock Dorico for iPad – For Life! Want to enjoy all of Dorico for iPad’s subscription-only features – including support for unlimited players, freehand annotations in Read mode with Apple Pencil, support for third-party Audio Unit plug-ins, and much more – but don’t want to pay a monthly or annual fee? Dorico for iPad now provides a lifetime unlock option, so you can access all current and future subscription-only features for a single, one-off in-app purchase. Visit the App Store today and unlock Dorico for iPad for life!   __ __

8m
Jun 02
907: Eli Broxham on his Newgrass path

Eli Broxham is a bassist in Nashville who recently released Watch Me Learn, the debut album from his band Dallas Ugly.  We talk about his path from classical performance major to multi-style bassist, making the move from Chicago to Nashville and lessons learned along the way, and much more.   Enjoy, and be sure to follow Eli and his work on his website, and check out the latest from Dallas Ugly on Spotify, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram!         THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Dorico 4 is here to supercharge your workflow. Steinberg’s latest major version of music notation and composition software for macOS & Windows is packed with powerful new features that are designed to accelerate your workflow and make it quicker and easier than ever to go from inspiration to finished product. If you’re a composer, arranger or orchestrator, you’ll be delighted by the sophisticated new tools on offer – and there are improvements across the whole application, whatever your focus. For more information and to download a free 30-day trial  of Dorico 4 visit steinberg.net/dorico.   __ __

54m
May 30
906: 12 tips to ACTUALLY get better at double bass

Today’s deep-dive is a “highlight reel” from our recent conversation with Luis Celis, the awesome new bassist in the Cincinnati Symphony, sharing tips for improving that will help anyone.  Enjoy!         THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Dorico 4 is here to supercharge your workflow. Steinberg’s latest major version of music notation and composition software for macOS & Windows is packed with powerful new features that are designed to accelerate your workflow and make it quicker and easier than ever to go from inspiration to finished product. If you’re a composer, arranger or orchestrator, you’ll be delighted by the sophisticated new tools on offer – and there are improvements across the whole application, whatever your focus. For more information and to download a free 30-day trial  of Dorico 4 visit steinberg.net/dorico.   __ __

15m
May 26
905: A cool double bass camp in France!

We’re chatting with Eleanor Martindale about this summer’s RCR Double Bass Camp, which will be coming up August 15-20 in Perpignan, France. We talk about how the camp is organized, the teachers that will be there, and much more. Enjoy, and you can learn more about the RCR Double Bass Camp on their website, Instagram, and Facebook!         THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Dorico 4 is here to supercharge your workflow. Steinberg’s latest major version of music notation and composition software for macOS & Windows is packed with powerful new features that are designed to accelerate your workflow and make it quicker and easier than ever to go from inspiration to finished product. If you’re a composer, arranger or orchestrator, you’ll be delighted by the sophisticated new tools on offer – and there are improvements across the whole application, whatever your focus. For more information and to download a free 30-day trial  of Dorico 4 visit steinberg.net/dorico.   __ __

17m
May 23
904: Thoughts on Nicholas Walker's Chorale

Today’s episode is a deep-dive into Nicholas Walker’s beautiful solo bass work Chorale.  Enjoy!   THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Dorico 4 is here to supercharge your workflow. Steinberg’s latest major version of music notation and composition software for macOS & Windows is packed with powerful new features that are designed to accelerate your workflow and make it quicker and easier than ever to go from inspiration to finished product. If you’re a composer, arranger or orchestrator, you’ll be delighted by the sophisticated new tools on offer – and there are improvements across the whole application, whatever your focus. For more information and to download a free 30-day trial  of Dorico 4 visit steinberg.net/dorico.   __ __

17m
May 19
903: Renée-Paule Gauthier on life coaching

Renée-Paule Gauthier is a violinist, teacher, performance coach, writer, clinician, yogi, wife, mother, aspiring hiker, and personal growth junkie.  She is also the host of the Mind Over Finger podcast, runs the Music Mastery Experience coaching program for musicians, and has recently been certified as a life coach.   We chat about podcasting, playing with professional orchestras, mindset, and much more.   You can reach out to Renée to work with directly, and be sure to follow along with her work on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/mindoverfinger/, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mindoverfinger, and her podcast!         THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Dorico 4 is here to supercharge your workflow. Steinberg’s latest major version of music notation and composition software for macOS & Windows is packed with powerful new features that are designed to accelerate your workflow and make it quicker and easier than ever to go from inspiration to finished product. If you’re a composer, arranger or orchestrator, you’ll be delighted by the sophisticated new tools on offer – and there are improvements across the whole application, whatever your focus. For more information and to download a free 30-day trial  of Dorico 4 visit steinberg.net/dorico.   __ __

1h 30m
May 16
902: Fixing collapsing left hand fingers

Today’s deep-dive covers techniques for fixing collapsing left-hand fingers.  Enjoy!         THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Dorico 4 is here to supercharge your workflow. Steinberg’s latest major version of music notation and composition software for macOS & Windows is packed with powerful new features that are designed to accelerate your workflow and make it quicker and easier than ever to go from inspiration to finished product. If you’re a composer, arranger or orchestrator, you’ll be delighted by the sophisticated new tools on offer – and there are improvements across the whole application, whatever your focus. For more information and to download a free 30-day trial  of Dorico 4 visit steinberg.net/dorico.   __ __

9m
May 12
901: Luis Celis on auditioning

Luis Celis recently won an audition for the double bass section of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.  Luis is originally from Venezuela and studied with Susan Hagen at the Berklee College of Music.  He was also a diversity fellow with the CSO prior to winning the audition with the CSO.   We talk about Luis’ musical journey, what his preparation process for the CSO audition was like, and much more.   Enjoy, and be sure to follow along with Luis on Instagram!         THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Dorico 4 is here to supercharge your workflow. Steinberg’s latest major version of music notation and composition software for macOS & Windows is packed with powerful new features that are designed to accelerate your workflow and make it quicker and easier than ever to go from inspiration to finished product. If you’re a composer, arranger or orchestrator, you’ll be delighted by the sophisticated new tools on offer – and there are improvements across the whole application, whatever your focus. For more information and to download a free 30-day trial  of Dorico 4 visit steinberg.net/dorico.   __ __

56m
May 09
900: Joe Policastro live from Cincinnati

Joe Policastro played a great set to close out the Cincinnati Bass Bash this April.  This episode features Joe on bass along with Steve Schmidt http://steveschmidt.net on piano and James Leslie on drums.     Enjoy, and be sure to follow along with Joe and his trio on their website, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/joepolicastrotrio/, and Spotify!         THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Dorico 4 is here to supercharge your workflow. Steinberg’s latest major version of music notation and composition software for macOS & Windows is packed with powerful new features that are designed to accelerate your workflow and make it quicker and easier than ever to go from inspiration to finished product. If you’re a composer, arranger or orchestrator, you’ll be delighted by the sophisticated new tools on offer – and there are improvements across the whole application, whatever your focus. For more information and to download a free 30-day trial  of Dorico 4 visit steinberg.net/dorico.   __ __

44m
May 05
899: Barry Green in Ohio

Barry Green hit the ground running when he moved back to Cincinnati a few years ago, and I was fortunate to be a part of two recent Ohio events.  This short episode features an interview with Barry and is a great example of his enthusiasm for the double bass and the community surrounding it.  Enjoy!         THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Dorico 4 is here to supercharge your workflow. Steinberg’s latest major version of music notation and composition software for macOS & Windows is packed with powerful new features that are designed to accelerate your workflow and make it quicker and easier than ever to go from inspiration to finished product. If you’re a composer, arranger or orchestrator, you’ll be delighted by the sophisticated new tools on offer – and there are improvements across the whole application, whatever your focus. For more information and to download a free 30-day trial  of Dorico 4 visit steinberg.net/dorico.   __ __

10m
May 02
898: Intonation "hacks"

Today’s deep-dive covers ideas for getting more accurate with double bass intonation.  Enjoy!     THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Dorico 4 is here to supercharge your workflow. Steinberg’s latest major version of music notation and composition software for macOS & Windows is packed with powerful new features that are designed to accelerate your workflow and make it quicker and easier than ever to go from inspiration to finished product. If you’re a composer, arranger or orchestrator, you’ll be delighted by the sophisticated new tools on offer – and there are improvements across the whole application, whatever your focus. For more information and to download a free 30-day trial  of Dorico 4 visit steinberg.net/dorico.   __ __

6m
Apr 28
897: Tom Fiorini on electric bass concertos

Thomas Fiorini recently performed the premiere of the Groslot Concerto for Bass Guitar with the Brussels Philharmonic. This concerto has recently been released on all digital platforms, and Tom has released a fascinating video series https://youtu.be/srli1ETKh34 documenting the story behind this important new addition to the repertoire.   We talk about the story behind this piece, what it has been like working toward the premiere, similarities, and differences in the mindset and physical skills needed for electric bass and double bass, and much more.   Enjoy, and be sure to follow along with Tom on his website https://thomasfiorini.com/, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thomas.fiorini.9/, and YouTube!         THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Dorico 4 is here to supercharge your workflow. Steinberg’s latest major version of music notation and composition software for macOS & Windows is packed with powerful new features that are designed to accelerate your workflow and make it quicker and easier than ever to go from inspiration to finished product. If you’re a composer, arranger or orchestrator, you’ll be delighted by the sophisticated new tools on offer – and there are improvements across the whole application, whatever your focus. For more information and to download a free 30-day trial  of Dorico 4 visit steinberg.net/dorico.   __ __

40m
Apr 25
896: Bass camps - my thoughts

Today’s deep-dive covers thoughts on bass camps and the benefits they have to local communities.  Enjoy!     THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Dorico 4 is here to supercharge your workflow. Steinberg’s latest major version of music notation and composition software for macOS & Windows is packed with powerful new features that are designed to accelerate your workflow and make it quicker and easier than ever to go from inspiration to finished product. If you’re a composer, arranger or orchestrator, you’ll be delighted by the sophisticated new tools on offer – and there are improvements across the whole application, whatever your focus. For more information and to download a free 30-day trial  of Dorico 4 visit steinberg.net/dorico.   __ __

11m
Apr 21
895: Richard Duke on bass camps

Richard Duke is the director for the Golden Gate Bass Camp and the San Francisco Winter Bass Bash.  In this episode, we talk about Richard’s early years in music, moving from Alaska to California to study at UC-Santa Cruz, our shared time at Northwestern University in the late 1990s, the Bay Area music scene, how Richard got involved with the bass camp, and what it has been like since taking over as director a decade ago.   Enjoy, and you can learn more about the bass camp here (now accepting applications!).  Also, be sure to give Richard a follow on Instagram!         THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Dorico 4 is here to supercharge your workflow. Steinberg’s latest major version of music notation and composition software for macOS & Windows is packed with powerful new features that are designed to accelerate your workflow and make it quicker and easier than ever to go from inspiration to finished product. If you’re a composer, arranger or orchestrator, you’ll be delighted by the sophisticated new tools on offer – and there are improvements across the whole application, whatever your focus. For more information and to download a free 30-day trial  of Dorico 4 visit steinberg.net/dorico.   __ __

1h 6m
Apr 18
894: Getting older - my thoughts

In this solo show, Jason covers his thoughts about turning 46 and what the last few years have been like.     THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Dorico 4 is here to supercharge your workflow. Steinberg’s latest major version of music notation and composition software for macOS & Windows is packed with powerful new features that are designed to accelerate your workflow and make it quicker and easier than ever to go from inspiration to finished product. If you’re a composer, arranger or orchestrator, you’ll be delighted by the sophisticated new tools on offer – and there are improvements across the whole application, whatever your focus. For more information and to download a free 30-day trial  of Dorico 4 visit steinberg.net/dorico.   __ __

15m
Apr 14
893: Johnny Hamil's new podcast

Johnny Hamil recently released a new podcast called Jamming With Johnny, and we hopped on the line to do a podcast for both of our respective shows. In this episode, we catch up with Johnny, dig into his inspiration for and continued experiences starting and running the Kansas City Bass Workshop, and much more.   Enjoy, and learn more about this summer’s KC Bass Workshop here.         THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Dorico 4 is here to supercharge your workflow. Steinberg’s latest major version of music notation and composition software for macOS & Windows is packed with powerful new features that are designed to accelerate your workflow and make it quicker and easier than ever to go from inspiration to finished product. If you’re a composer, arranger or orchestrator, you’ll be delighted by the sophisticated new tools on offer – and there are improvements across the whole application, whatever your focus. For more information and to download a free 30-day trial of Dorico 4 visit steinberg.net/dorico.   __ __

1s
Apr 11
892: Deliberate practice

This podcast is a deep-dive on the topic of deliberate practice, inspired by this week’s YouTube video about the Musical SuperLearning course from Musical U.  Enjoy!         THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Dorico 4 is here to supercharge your workflow. Steinberg’s latest major version of music notation and composition software for macOS & Windows is packed with powerful new features that are designed to accelerate your workflow and make it quicker and easier than ever to go from inspiration to finished product. If you’re a composer, arranger or orchestrator, you’ll be delighted by the sophisticated new tools on offer – and there are improvements across the whole application, whatever your focus. For more information and to download a free 30-day trial  of Dorico 4 visit steinberg.net/dorico.   __ __

7m
Apr 07
891: Jackson Jay Kidder on singing and playing the double bass

Jackson Jay Kidder is a bassist, vocalist, and composer based in Chicago.  He recently released his debut EP Standing By and will be celebrating with a live event in April.   We talk about his musical background, his time studying at DePaul University, what it has been like as a working jazz artist, how the pandemic inspired Jackson’s singing, and much more.   Enjoy, and be sure to check out Jackson’s album on bandcamp and Spotify, and also give him a follow on Facebook!         THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Dorico 4 is here to supercharge your workflow. Steinberg’s latest major version of music notation and composition software for macOS & Windows is packed with powerful new features that are designed to accelerate your workflow and make it quicker and easier than ever to go from inspiration to finished product. If you’re a composer, arranger or orchestrator, you’ll be delighted by the sophisticated new tools on offer – and there are improvements across the whole application, whatever your focus. For more information and to download a free 30-day trial  of Dorico 4 visit steinberg.net/dorico.   __ __

46m
Apr 04
890: Nina DeCesare in San Francisco

Nina DeCesare was recently in San Francisco as the guest artist for the 2022 San Francisco Winter Bass Bash.  We talk about her recital, her recent faculty appointment to the Peabody Institute, and much more.   Enjoy. and be sure to follow Nina on her website http://www.ninadecesare.com/, Instagram, and YouTube Channel!           THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!   UPTON BASS STRING INSTRUMENT COMPANY - Upton’s Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players.   DORICO - Dorico 4 is here to supercharge your workflow. Steinberg’s latest major version of music notation and composition software for macOS & Windows is packed with powerful new features that are designed to accelerate your workflow and make it quicker and easier than ever to go from inspiration to finished product. If you’re a composer, arranger or orchestrator, you’ll be delighted by the sophisticated new tools on offer – and there are improvements across the whole application, whatever your focus. For more information and to download a free 30-day trial  of Dorico 4 visit steinberg.net/dorico.   __ __

20m
Mar 31