Category Archives: Musical education

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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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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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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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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Mr. Karr, Would You Teach Me How to Drive a Double Bass?

Mr. Karr, Would You Teach Me How to Drive a Double Bass? My teacher Dr. Michael Klinghoffer has published his double bass method book- the method by which I was taught, and it includes all the great tricks and tips … Continue reading

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Study Abroad at the JAMD’s Oriental Music Division

Jerusalem Sounds – a new program for studying abroad in Israel: The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (JAMD) and The Hebrew University Jerusalem (HUJI) announced a new program called Jerusalem Sounds, in which students from all U.S.A. colleges and … Continue reading

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Arabic Music and the Audience

Traditional Arabic music includes a unique and inseparable connection between the performer and the audience. Due to the improvisational nature of the performance, the audience plays a major role in performing and the performer is often dependant on the reactions … Continue reading

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