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Learn the Maqamat

learn maqamat

…It is still hard to find good structured ‘academic’ material about the theory of the Maqamat, and there is no one way to categorize or classify the dozens of different modes… I found a few good videos for learning the Maqamat one by one (without needing to know Arabic or Hebrew!)…
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Spy Work for Musicians

Magdi and Naim

When I was looking for visuals for my article on the double bass and Middle Eastern music I found this picture on this YouTube video: It looked kind of old, and you can see a somehow awkward looking double bass … Continue reading

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In the Ears of the Beholder

“The awkwardness grew even more when I played simple kids songs they know, and put some quarter tones in them … Ultimately, I played a traditional Arabic melody with quarter tones, and then played the same melody with no quarter tones. My question for the class was “which version was more beautiful?” Continue reading

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BASS2012 Copenhagen

Two events coming up at the next BASS1012 Copenhagen: Middle Eastern double bass recital, and the next Middle Eastern workshop in Europe. Continue reading

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Double Bass and Orchestra – the Middle Eastern Version

The phenomenon of the Israeli Andalusian orchestras is fascinating. There are at least two big orchestras with a large subscription audiences and a few smaller ones.
These orchestras mostly preforms North African music, and their main audience is the large community of Jews who immigrated to Israel during the 50’s-60’s from the North African Arab countries like Morocco, Algiers and Tunisia. Continue reading

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The Next Generation

I have written here about the “Mediterranean Musical Dialogue” seminar, and I am happy to report that my bass class included not less than 8 bass players (!) and three cellos too. All bass players had my MEDB course every … Continue reading

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The Big Question

Whether it is by email or in person from my own students, and so many times from players after every workshop I conduct, I get a lot of questions about playing the double bass in the music of the Middle … Continue reading

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Mediterranean Musical Dialogue

The “Mediterranean Musical Dialogue” is a four-day seminar for musicians who want to delve into the world of Mediterranean music. I am very happy to be included in such an impressive list of teachers and clinicians, and happy that our … Continue reading

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Give Them Fishing Rods

Imagine showing your students a totally different way of playing the bass, that is still based on the same principals and positions they are learning. See them get motivated by understanding they can play whatever they want and however they want with what they acquire by their work on classical repertoire. Letting them experience with eastern positions for playing quarter tones is actually having them have names for the notes between the notes they are usually trying to play, notes that up until now were just ‘mistakes’… The different kind of sound production this music requires allows direct experimenting with different bowings and made the students search for new sonorities and musical expression means on their own. Continue reading

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Who’s afraid of Oum Kulthum?

Or: Thoughts about encountering Middle Eastern music When we discuss the double bass in Middle Eastern music, we almost always have to discuss the issue of connecting musical styles: either when discussing the western instrument in eastern music or when … Continue reading

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