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 Extras/Download: Additional exercise – for electric bass only   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…

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The Power of Konnakol (4): Practising three-note groups

In part 4 of my series, we’re going to practise three-note groups on several subdivision levels. This video lesson is also about controlling polyrhythmic structures (e.g. 4 over 3, or 5 over 3). It includes an exercise in two versions. Personally I like how the latter of the two sounds. Enjoy!   topics: rhythm, konnakol, subdivisions, polyrhythms Level: advanced Instruments: for all instruments Duration: approx. 7 min Extras/Download: Additional exercise – for electric bass only   For a list of all my video lessons go here. You could also use the tag cloud (in the footer area of this website)…

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Musical Terms: English – German

Here’s a list of musical terms I use in some of my videos, and their German translation. Einige musikalische Fachbegriffe auf Englisch und Deutsch: accidentals – Vorzeichen B (note name) – H (Note) division levels – rhythmische Ebenen (z.B. Achtel-, Sechzehntel-Ebene) enharmonic spelling – enharmonische Verwechslung flat – b (Vorzeichen) fret – Bund open string – leere Saite pitch – Tonhöhe quintuplet – Quintole sharp – Kreuz triplet – Triole unison – Prim  

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Vote for my song!

Ich nehme mit meinem Song “Fehler im System”, einem Vorboten meines Albums, an einem Songwriting- & Produktionswettbewerb teil. Ich habe ihn komponiert, spiele (fast) alle Instrumente selbst und habe ihn selbst produziert & gemixt. Hört mal rein: http://songcheck.hofa.de/index.php?p=song&id=934 Wenn er euch gefällt, gebt ihm bitte eure Stimme! Danke.

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The Power of Konnakol (3): Practising two-note groups

In part 3 of my series, we’re going to practise two-note groups on several subdivision levels. This video lesson is also about controlling polyrhythmic structures (e.g. 3 over 2, or 5 over 2). It includes an exercise in two versions, which sound a bit as if you’re time-stretching a scale … Enjoy!   topics: rhythm, konnakol, subdivisions, polyrhythms Level: advanced Instruments: for all instruments Duration: approx. 8 min Extras/Download: Additional exercise – for electric bass only   For a list of all my video lessons go here. You could also use the tag cloud (in the footer area of this…

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Tim Teissen – Some Other Day (Tina Dico Cover)

Ich liebe Tina Dicos Songs. Für mein Cover habe ich “Some Other Day” ausgewählt, einen sehr nachdenklichen Song. Tim Teissen – vocals, guitar Mixed by Tim Teissen (Sorry für einige übersteuerte Stellen, das geschah während der Aufnahme. Mir gefiel die Performance, deshalb ließ ich die Audiospur so, mit all den Fehlern …) Dieses Video gibt es natürlich auch auf YouTube.

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