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New Book - "Integrated Reading Technique"

Integrated Reading Technique is more than just a collection of notes. The 155 musical passages follow a specific, step-by-step progression of developmental technique. Written with the bass guitar in hand, each example is melodic by design and reinforces shape recognition in your fingers.

Integrated Reading Technique includes the notation of common bass riff patterns that have become part of the standard bass repertoire. By learning these shapes, you will become familiar with numerous lines found in written bass parts.

Reading music can be a weakness for many musicians, yet it is often the one skill we would most like to improve. Our reading practice can be random and unfocused, lacking systematic study. Integrated Reading Techniqe is a guided process for the study of reading music in bass clef.

Integrated Reading Technique

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"Strong Foundation: Double Bass Level 1

Introduction

Strong Foundation was written to help you learn to play the double bass. Because of the physical challenge presented by this big bass, a systematic approach is needed to build strength and avoid developing bad habits. Strong Foundation offers a clearly defined and organized methodology that will focus your practicing and solidify your technique.

I was fortunate to have had great teachers, James Harnett - Principal Bass Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Ronald Simon - Assistant Principal Bass Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Roger Fratena -Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Ed Barker - Principal Bass Boston Symphony Orchestra, and from these gentleman I learned to play correctly. I will simply pass on what I learned from these outstanding bassists.

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"The Sound Of Music Theory"

Introduction

Learning music theory can be mistaken for learning to play music. We all want to understand the principals of our craft, but theory without sound is merely and academic exercise. The Sound Of Music Theory is designed to help you play theory on your instrument.

For much of my life I have taught musicians how to play music. At some point in the learning process, understanding the theory behind the music can be valuable. However, I want to warn you, theory without aural representation is not music. Today our world seems to be filled with folks who talk a much better game of music than they can play. As professionals, these folks are called musicologists. I am, and always will be, first and foremost, a performer of music. For me, music an aural art form. The sounds of music is what moves me. I use musical sounds to communicate to the world around me. All of that said, it is important that you learn the basic theory behind the sounds you probably already use. This will give many of you a comfort level that you don't seem to have at this point. Sometimes it just feels secure to know.

The Sound Of Music Theory will not offer any new theoretical insights or analysis. You should however have great fun playing the exercises designed to get basic theory into your ears. I have had tremendous success teaching the sound of theory for many many years now. Playing good music is always fun, and learning music theory can be your launching pad for creating good music. Be sure to use this book with instrument in hand.

Release date: Sept 2010     

 

"Dance Of The Bottom Feeders"

A new CD featuring:

Michael Manring- electric bass, hyper bass
Grant Stinnett- electric bass
Jim Stinnett - electric bass, double bass, keyboard
Howard Krebs - electric bass
Kurt Broderick - electric bass
Dom Moio - percussion

Scheduled Release date: Sept 2010