Exploring the Fingerboard (1): Notes on your A string

“Exploring the Fingerboard” is a series of video lessons especially made for double bass players. It’s all about fingerboard orientation, so these video lessons should help you to find notes all over your fingerboard. This is part 1 of 4. It features an important navigation rule, and the first of a series of exercises.   topics: fingerboard orientation, notes, note names Level: beginner Instruments: double bass Duration: approx. 7:46 min   For a list of all my video lessons go here. You could also use the tag cloud (in the footer area of this website) in order to look for…

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Fixing phase issues in the mix

Phase correlation is always important in recording and mixing, and if you’re interested in this topic, please read on. I’d like to tell you how I „rescued“ a guitar recording during the mixing stage. Written by Tim Teissen   First of all, I must admit I did the recording myself, using M/S technique. It’s one of my own songs. I used an omnidirectional mic for the mid signal (which is not as usual as using a cardoid pattern but nevertheless possible), and, of course, a figure of 8 for the sides. All in all, I liked the overall sound, which,…

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Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier

Mein musikalischer Weihnachtsgruß 2017: “Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier”, ein Choral mit der Melodie von J. S. Bach (BWV 469). Ich habe das Lied für 5-saitigen E-Bass arrangiert. Zum Einsatz kommen neben einem Looper analoge Effekt-Pedale. “Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier” (Beside Thy Manger Here I Stand) – an adaptation of J. S. Bach’s melody (BWV 469), arranged for bass and played by Tim Teissen. This version features live looping, an odd-meter loop cycle, and an improvisation. No overdubs, everything you hear was recorded in a single take. Season’s greetings and best wishes for the New Year!

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The Power of Konnakol (7): How to play anything over anything

Step-by-step instructions how to play any number of notes over any number of beats. This video lesson includes the following polyrhythms: 3 over 4, 3 over 5, 3 over 7, 4 over 7, 5 over 4, 7 over 4.   topics: rhythm, konnakol, subdivisions, polyrhythms Level: advanced Instruments: for all instruments Duration: approx. 9:40 min   For a list of all my video lessons go here. You could also use the tag cloud (in the footer area of this website) in order to look for video lessons. All German-speaking viewers may have a look at my translation page.

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Exporting stems and mix-buss compression – A workaround

Some mixing engineers like to have compression or even limiting on their mix-buss. This is fine unless you want to export your mix into stems, especially when you decided for stem-mastering of your song. (If you don’t know what stem mastering is, please read this first.) The problem is as follows: Let’s say you have your mixdown (brown) split into two stems, a so-called TV-stem (without vocals, here: blue), and all the vocals (yellowish). When your mixing engineer exports these two stems (blue, yellow), your mix-buss compressor (or limiter) behaves differently than during mixdown (where it is fed by the…

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Why you should care about mastering before your mix is done

Mastering is the last stage before your music is being published. During mastering, the sound of your production is enhanced. And it’s the last chance to correct flaws and weaknesses of your song’s mix. As a musician producing your own music, there are some mistakes you can make that lower your chances of getting really pro-level results. Therefore, you should think about mastering before you’re finished the mix, and I’m going to tell you why. I hope my following advice is useful and worth reading on. 1. Make sure your mixing engineer does the mixdown of your song in the…

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The Power of Konnakol (6): Practising five-note groups

In part 6 of my series on Konnakol, we’re going to practise five-note groups on several subdivision levels. This includes polyrhythms like 3 over 5, or 4 over 5. Exercise #8 shows how to do it. It is not easy, so be patient.   topics: rhythm, konnakol, subdivisions, polyrhythms Level: advanced Instruments: for all instruments Duration: approx. 9 min   For a list of all my video lessons go here. You could also use the tag cloud (in the footer area of this website) in order to look for video lessons. All German-speaking viewers may have a look at my…

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Maria durch ein’ Dornwald ging

Mein musikalischer Weihnachtsgruß 2016: “Maria durch ein’ Dornwald ging”, ein altes Adventlied aus dem 19. Jahrhundert, ursprünglich vermutlich viel älter und eigentlich ein Hymnus des Pilgerns. Ich habe das Lied für E-Bass und Loop Station arrangiert. Analoge Effekte kommen ebenfalls zum Einsatz. Keine Studio-Tricks, alles, was man hört, wurde live so gespielt! Viel Freude damit! “Maria Walks Amid the Thorn”, a traditional German Advent hymn (actually an old pigrimage song), arranged for bass and played by Tim Teissen. This jazz-like version features live looping, an improvisation, and an uncommon time signature (a 15/4 cycle). Season’s greetings and best wishes for…

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The Power of Konnakol (5): Practising four-note groups

In part 5 of my series on Konnakol, we’re going to practise four-note groups on several subdivision levels. This includes polyrhythms like 3 over 4, and 5 over 4. Exercise #7 shows how to do it, and how to make your own patterns sound quite polyrhythmic. Enjoy!   topics: rhythm, konnakol, subdivisions, polyrhythms Level: advanced Instruments: for all instruments Duration: approx. 8:30 min   For a list of all my video lessons go here. You could also use the tag cloud (in the footer area of this website) in order to look for video lessons. All German-speaking viewers may have…

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