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CD “Double Bass East” now ready for download

CD front

I am happy to tell you that my CD “Double Bass East” is finally digitized and ready for you to listen to or buy. More news from this summer’s work on the website and the recording of the solo project … Continue reading

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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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From the teachings of Prof. Dalia Cohen

It has been a long time since I wrote here, and many good things happened to tell about. One of those things was that Prof. Dalia Cohen, one of my teachers and the first instructor on my master’s paper, was … 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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Eastern Positions for the Double Bass

3-4 position

The “eastern positions” for the double bass are a way to execute the micro tonality, or ‘quarter tones’*, that are in use in Middle Eastern music’s modal frameworks, making it possible to play the double bass in an ensemble and … Continue reading

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