Wexford Carol

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Mein musikalischer Weihnachtsgruß 2019: das irische Weihnachtslied “Wexford Carol”, arrangiert für drei Kontrabässe. A traditional Irish Christmas carol, arranged for three double basses, played, recorded and mixed by Tim Teissen. Season’s greetings and best wishes for the New Year!

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Question & Answer (1): Is there a 5 UNDER 4 polyrhythm?

In my new Q&A video, I’m sharing my thoughts on polyrhythms, notation and rhythmic modulation. And I’m discussion a particular rhythmic problem, which originally was a question of one of my followers. Contents: 0:19 – Question: Is there a 5 UNDER 4 polyrhythm? 2:00 – How to draw a 4/4 measure 2:47 – How to draw a 4 over 5 polyrhythm 3:49 – Why 4 over 5 is equal to 5 over 4 4:36 – What is rhythmic modulation? 5:34 – Answer: solution #1 7:12 – Answer: solution #2 8:29 – Example: real 4 over 5 vs. fake 4 over…

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Tim Teissen – I Was Just Thinking (Teitur Cover)

Of all the songs the Danish singer-songwriter Teitur Lassen has written, this is probably my favourite. I like all of it: its melodic range, its melancholic lyrics, its perfect structure. It’s a drama told within a few minutes. This is my homage to Teitur’s superb songwriting. Hope you like it! Tim Teissen – vocals, acoustic guitar Recorded and mixed by Tim Teissen

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Tim Teissen – Vincent (Sarah Connor Cover)

Ich habe an Sarah Connors Song “Vincent” einiges verändert, bis er zu mir passte. Ich hoffe, euch gefällt das Ergebnis! This is my personal take on the German pop song “Vincent”. I changed quite a bit, and it’s become a fairly soulful version in the end. Hope you like it! Tim Teissen – vocals, all instruments, drum programming Arranged, recorded & mixed by Tim Teissen

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Splitting Measures (3): The tumbao

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Episode 3 shows how to play afro-cuban grooves. It introduces the tumbao (the main bass pattern) and its relation to the clave (a percussion pattern). Contents:0:38 – Introduction: tumbao & clave1:49 – Exercise 7: Simple tumbao: 3323322:40 – Exercise 8: Salsa with a tie: 332_3323:28 – Recommendations3:48 – 4 versions of the clave3:56 – Exercise 9: Salsa variation – 332:_332:4:46 – A matter of notation topics: rhythm, konnakol, tumbao, afro-cuban, clave, Latin musicLevel: beginnerInstruments: for all instrumentsDuration: approx. 5:55 min For a list of all my video lessons go here.You could also use the tag cloud (in the footer area…

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Splitting Measures (2): Two 16th note grooves you should know

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Episode 2 presents two 16th note grooves you ought to know. Especially the first one is essential for modern pop and R’n’B music. Contents: 0:39 – Introduction 1:14 – The “famous one”: double time 3:5 2:11 – Exercise 5: The 3 3 2 3 3 2 split 3:12 – The “almost polyrhythmic” split 4:07 – Exercise 6: The 3 3 3 3 4 split 5:21 – Final thoughts topics: rhythm, konnakol, syncopation, 16th note grooveLevel: beginnerInstruments: for all instrumentsDuration: approx. 6:11 min For a list of all my video lessons go here.You could also use the tag cloud (in the…

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Splitting Measures (1): The “classic” rhythm

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This is my new series of video lessons on rhythm. Again, it’s all about konnakol, and how to use it to play grooves in many styles and time signatures. Episode 1 focuses on syncopated eighth note grooves in 4/4 time. Contents: 0:27 – Introduction 1:17 – Konnakol summed up briefly 2:15 – split a 4/4 measure on floor #2 – possible splits 3:27 – 3 ways to play a 3:5 split 4:00 – how to translate into konnakol 4:40 – Exercise 1: The 3 3 2 split 6:06 – Exercise 2: The 3 3_2 variation 6:53 – Exercise 3: The…

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Mastered by Tim Teissen

Coming out soon (October 2018): The new album of gulis, a Graz-based alternative rock band with its own unique style of music. “Just Like A River” is released on Engine Records, also a Graz-based indie label. I’m happy to announce that I mastered the whole album for CD release. Thanks to the open-mindedness of the band’s members, I was able to achieve a fairly high dynamic range for this album’s music. (For those who are interested: the album’s dynamic range is DR9, and its loudness ranges between approx.  -10 and -11 LUFS.) Thus, I could keep the punch, impact, and…

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Exploring the Fingerboard (4): Octaves and fourths

The last episode of my “Exploring the Fingerboard” series is about finding and naming notes within any single position. To this end, we have to make use of octaves and fourths, and the “next stop” rule. Contents: 0:50 – The “small window” problem 1:31 – Octaves 2:39 – Fourths 3:49 – Octaves again 4:29 – Exercise 8: Naming 2 notes on each string within a position 5:12 – Ex. 8A: Starting with the note D (A string, 3rd position) 6:09 – Ex. 8B: Starting with the note E (A string, 4th position) 7:04 – Summary & goodbye   topics: fingerboard…

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