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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Exploring the Fingerboard (3): Sharps and flats

In part 3 of my “Exploring the Fingerboard” series, I’m adding sharps and flats to the notes. This helps us exploring the “in-between” positions. The “next stop” rules (part 1) are necessary to master this episode’s exercises (#5 to #7). Index: 0:56 – sharps 1:21 – Exercise 5: Play the ABC on the A string but add a sharp to every note 2:06 – Exercise 5A: upwards 3:30 – Exercise 5B: down the A string (same fingering) 5:03 – flats 5:58 – Exercise 6: Play the ABC on the G string but add a flat to every note 7:25 –…

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Exploring the Fingerboard (2): Notes on the other strings

In part 2 of my “Exploring the Fingerboard” series, I’m exploring the other strings, using the same rules and concepts introduced in part 1. This part includes exercises #2 to 4. Index: 0:46 – Summary of part 1 1:33 – Exercise 2: Play the ABC on the G string 4:33 – Exercise 3: From E to E on the D string 6:04 – Exercise 4: From E to E on the E string   topics: fingerboard orientation, notes, note names Level: beginner Instruments: double bass Duration: approx. 8:22 min   For a list of all my video lessons go here.…

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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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