It was brilliant to spend a few hours with two of the bass players on the HE music degree @ Newcastle College. We talked about transcription and looked at how to get the most out of any transcription that you do. Not just learning the line, but understanding it and trying to get inside the head of the bass player who wrote it. Then we moved onto considering minor pentatonic substitution over different chords types and how this could be used for fills / solos / melodic ideas – all the result of a single bar of transcription that I did a few years ago.
The students were great to work with and came up with some excellent ideas throughout the session – I’m really looking forward to seeing what they get up to in the coming years! And of course the obligatory photo with our basses…..
I got a lovely email from Gabriele Marzoli (based in Italy) today thanking me for all the transcriptions. He’s kindly sent me his transcription of Dean Town and asked if I would post it for you good folk o’ the Internet to see. So don’t delay – head over to the transcription page immediately to find it! It’s really really cool when folks get in touch to say hi and let me know these transcriptions are being put to good use. So if you’re using them please drop me an email.
All that remains to say is ‘grazie mille’ to Gabriele for the transcription!
It’s been a busy old year so far holding down two jobs and dealing with two small demanding children. Fitting in time to even do a little practise each day has been tough let alone trying to complete new transcriptions. But there will be some more on the way soon don’t you worry! In the meantime I reckon there’s enough already up there to keep you good folks of the internet happy. But if you’ve got any specific requests fire them my way, you never know!! Thanks. Dodge
It was absolutely great to spend a few hours with three of the bass players on the Roots and Popular Music degree @ Durham New College. We talked about practice routines, transcription and looked at how to get the most out of any transcription that you do. Not just learning the line, but understanding it and trying to get inside the head of the bass player who wrote it. The students were great to work with and played some great ideas throughout the session – looking forward to seeing what they get up to in the coming years!
It’s been a while I know…..but here’s an old transcription that I dug out and finished off. It’s the track that really got me started exploring synth bass lines on the electric bass and ‘thinking like a keyboard player thinking like a bass player…!”. Some great lines in the chorus. Enjoy!
Just come to the end of the first year of my action research project using online practise diaries with my degree students. It’s been a great year, they’ve all engaged with the idea really well (some have even modified the diaries in really innovative ways) and all have made some really fantastic progress. Now I’ve got 60 mins of interview / discussion to wade through so I can start writing up my research paper.
Very pleased that the debut album ‘Inver’ by atmospheric-folk trio HAV has been released on Folkwit Records. It’s been three years in the making so it’s great that it’s finally seeing the light!
It’s had some great reviews so far including: ‘(a) profoundly moving and expressive album that is the perfect antidote to quick fixes and empty gestures’ (FRUK); ‘mellifluous, immersive and gentle’(NARC); ‘beautiful‘ (The Crack) & a five star review from Rock ‘n’ Reel who say “Inver might just be the most inspired folk offering you’ll hear in the next twelve months”.
Check it out here or on Spotify and let us know what you think!