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Performance and Pedagogy Blog

A blog about the performance and pedagogy of music.

Filtering by Tag: Bass

PROJECT Trio: Monday YouTube Fix

Andrew Hitz

PROJECT Trio is an incredible ensemble that blends a whole lot of musical styles to create their own genre. This clip is a great example of what they do.

I love the creativity of the arrangement juxtaposed with the virtuosity of the articulations at the beginning. They are hard to describe and that is a good start to be successful in today's crowded music business.


Victor Wooten on Music as a Language: Monday YouTube Fix

Andrew Hitz

Victor Wooten is one of my heroes and this video is awesome.  In under five minutes, Victor touches on the importance of embracing mistakes and of playing often.

Warning: You are going to need to watch this video twice.  He is narrating over a video of him performing Amazing Grace and the performance is stunning.  I inadvertently blocked out all of the speaking the first time because the playing is so gorgeous even though I clicked on the video to hear him speak!

Rest assured, the message is just as good if not better than the playing.


Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond with the Dave Brubeck Trio: Monday YouTube Fix

Andrew Hitz

Every time I stumble onto a clip like this I try to wrap my head around being able to watch things like this, a performance from close to 45 years ago, on my phone while sitting in my pajamas.  The internet sure is a wonderful thing.

Gerry Mulligan is one of my musical heroes.  Not that the rest of the guys in this clip aren't legends, but Gerry has always spoken loudly to me.  The effortless flow to his phrasing.  A tone that seems to sing all on its own.  The first time I heard an album featuring both him and Chet Baker it changed me.  I don't think Paul Desmond or Dave Brubeck need any introduction.

This is live performance is from November 4, 1972 in Berlin.  The full personnel:

Gerry Mulligan - bari sax
Paul Desmond - alto sax
Dave Brubeck - piano
Jack Six - bass
Alan Dawson - drums


Jason Newstedt of Metallica: Monday YouTube Fix

Andrew Hitz

I saw Metallica perform at the Worcester Centrum on December 22, 1991 as a junior in high school.  I was blown away by their intensity and musicianship.  While all four of them were phenomenal, it was the bass and drums that were really driving the bus that night.

The number one challenge I face as a tuba player, whether it be as a soloist, in a brass quintet, or in a large ensemble, is articulation and clarity.  This is the case for all bass clef instruments.

This clip is the isolated bass track from Metallica's Jason Newstedt on the song "Blackened" from their album ...And Justice For All.  It is a great example of how super clean articulation can aid a bass clef instrument in groove and drive.  If you play any instrument in any genre with this kind of intensity, you tend to get compensated for your interests.