If you are not familiar with the developments over the years, Pink Floyd’s famous album and The Wizard of Oz, arguably, are in sync. For years, musicians, college kids and music lovers of all ages have tried syncing the album and movie, but not with 100% success. Enter Brooklyn audio engineer Bryan Pugh, who geeks out about all things music/audio and made what appears to be this perfectly synced version, called “Dark Side of Oz.”
Sit back, relax and enjoy!
Mozart’s new “single” is here, lol. Seriously, this is pretty darn cool…from the LA Times:
Experts in Austria say they have identified a piano composition that they believe was written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when the composer was as young as 10 years old…wrote the piece around 1767.
The newly discovered piece can be viewed at the link below; Allegro Molto in C Major as performed by pianist Florian Birsak. Drop it like it’s hot, Mozart http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoTfvakQZXA&feature=youtu.be
The only question we have is, how did it take this long to come out with a Marshall cabinet fridge??
Some of the features probably won’t matter to those who already know they want this Marshall fridge:
- Jim Marshall signature authentic Marshall logos and facing
- Control knobs that go up to 11
- 4.4 cu ft of space
- “high-efficiency” freezer
It’ll only cost you a cool… $299… they won’t be shipping until October 1, 2012. But you can reserve a spot in line to get yours here: http://marshallfridge.com/?kid=75JW
LA Music Academy’s Doug Ross graduated with honors from MI in 1988 and the University of Maryland in 1992. For over twenty years, he has performed, recorded and taught bass all over the world, including four years as head of the bass department at Fukuoka School of Music in Japan. A few of the artists that Doug has recorded or performed with include Brett Garsed, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Otmaro Ruiz, Fantasia Musical Circus, Katia Moraes and Sambaguru, Gregg Bissonette, and jazz pianist Ron Kobayashi. Information on Doug’s activities and recent solo album can be found on his website at www.dougross.net.
Doug features quite a few bass lessons on his website here - http://dougross.net/bass-lessons/ – and he’s allowed us to “borrow” one for the Get to the Music blog! In this condensed version of his lesson, Doug offers tips for practicing your bass. Not all as obvious as you’d think!
Practice Tips For Bassists
by Doug Ross
If you’ve already been playing for a while, you have probably come to the realization that bass ain’t as easy as it’s cracked up to be. Playing any instrument well requires a long-term commitment to disciplined practice. I have personally experienced the frustration and wasted effort of bad practice habits, and I’ve also seen many students struggle to keep on track. With the hope of helping you to avoid some potential pitfalls, here are my suggestions for maintaining a healthy practice routine:
1. Every Day is the Only Way
Practice 5-6 days a week. Regularity of your practice routine will get you where you want to go. Practicing 10 hours a day only on the weekends will never yield results like practicing one hour a day all through the week.
2. What Do I Suck At?
This is the first thing I ask myself every time I sit down to practice — the guiding principle for setting my practice priorities. After working on one skill for a while (like reading music for example), it gets better and becomes a relative strength.
3. Practicing vs. Goofing Around
Let’s define “practice” as solitary, focused work on musical skills you haven’t yet mastered. That excludes a lot of other valid musical activities: performing, jamming with others, listening to music, playing familiar tunes and licks, rehearsing with a band, and just goofing around with your bass for fun.
4. Budget Your Time
If you can only consistently do one hour a day or even 30 minutes a day, then plan on that and divide up your hour into small chunks of time for each item on your “suck list”. Even 5 or 10 minutes per subject per day can yield some progress.
5. Break Before Burnout
If you are practicing for longer stretches of time, it’s important not to run yourself into the ground on any one topic. Remember, we’re working on new, difficult stuff here, so frustration is a real danger. Figure out your own attention span, and make sure that you get in the habit of switching subjects before you start pounding your fists on the music stand or your eyes glaze over.
6. First No Time, Then Slow Time
Give yourself the luxury of playing out of time at first. Once your fingers are making the right moves, then you’re ready to turn on the metronome at a slow setting and add that timekeeping element into the equation. If you’re consistently making mistakes, that means you’re probably going faster than you’re ready to play, or biting off too big a chunk of music, which leads me to my next point…..
7. Isolate the Difficult Bits
Don’t waste time going back to the beginning of that Beethoven piece every time, it’s just half notes and you can already play it! It’s that tricky shift in the middle that keeps tripping you up, so what you need to do is isolate those few bars and work them out. Repeat them a bunch of times, and once that’s solid, make sure you can also nail the transition from the easy part into the hard part.
8. Practice in All 12 Keys and in All Neck Positions
Yes, it’s kind of a drag. It’s one thing to understand a musical idea conceptually, but it’s something else to truly master it. You don’t really own anything until you can play it in all keys.
An interesting article from BBC News says that English music schools do not include enough music in their actual music lessons.
In some lessons, teachers do not play or sing a single note, according to a report looking at music education as a whole.
The article goes on to explain that there is too much time spent talking about tasks without instructors actually demoing what was required of the students. That’s rather surprising! But many schools passed the inspections with flying colors. Read the rest of the article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-17226187
At LAMA, there’s definitely not a shortage of hands-on playing in class!
Neil Peart, Doane Perry, Gil Sharone, Zigaboo Modeliste, Marco Minneman, Ralph Humphrey, Joe Porcaro, Tony Inzalaco, Gary Ferguson and Uli Frost are confirmed for the third annual Drummer’s Reality Camp, June 27-30, 2012 at Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music (and one day at DrumChannel.com studios).
For more information, CLICK HERE. The new Facebook page is up: www.facebook.com/drummersrealitycamp. Stay up to date and connect by liking the page today. Didn’t get a chance to attend last year? Check out the new 2012 promo video for some highlights!
Please help us spread the word about this fantastic event!
We’re very excited for the third annual Drummer’s Reality Camp at LA Music Academy (and one day at DrumChannel.com studios). They haven’t even announced official dates yet, but usually takes place at the end of June/early July. We’ll know more about dates and artists very soon.
For now, there is a brand new Facebook page up: www.facebook.com/drummersrealitycamp. Go like the page so you don’t miss any announcements or news!
Here’s a wrap up video from last year. Please help spread the word about this fantastic event!
If you have read our blog in the past you know that LA Music Academy is a college that is extremely passionate about youth music education. That is why we were so happy to help out our friends at CYMG. CYMG stands for Crescendo Young Musicians Guild which is a non-profit music education and community service organization that provides quality music instruction, mentoring, and performance opportunities to students who may otherwise not have them.
We have opened our campus to CYMG so they have somewhere to practice on Saturdays. Specifically facilities for violin, voice and their chamber group. So if you are walking on campus over the weekend and hear some beautiful classical music emanating in the morning it is probably CYMG. We wish these youngsters all the best with their musical pursuits and hope this sets the framework for them to maybe become LAMA students when they are older!
For more information on CYMG please visit their official website here.