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Thunderstruck By 2Cellos

Posted in Music on March 31st, 2014

The Piano Guys have been previously featured here at Reflections From A Murky Pond. Now let me introduce you to 2Cellos.

The Audience Was Thunderstruck

Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, the duo known as 2Cellos, left the audience thunderstruck – pun quite intended – with their cover of the 1999 AC/DC hit single.

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10 Commandments Of Bass

Posted in Humor, Music on February 28th, 2014

Yes, while it might come as a little bit of a surprise to some folks, I do more than just work and blog. One of those other things is music or, at least it is now. As the damage to my hands precludes me from continuing to play the harp as I have for several decades, one of my wives got me a bass guitar.

Hofner Ignition / Icon - Beatles Bass
My Hofner Ignition “Beatles” Bass

More specifically, she got me a left-handed Hofner Ignition / Icon series violin body bass aka a Beatles Bass, which I immediately restrung with LaBella 760FHBB Labella Flatwounds, an Ampeg BA108 Bass Combo Amp, and various other bits of kit.

Hence, much of my time has been spent learning this new instrument, both how to play it and how to follow its creed.

Like all instruments, the bass has its required strictures and rede. These are summed up in the following commandments to all who would play the bass. Cleave unto them lest you place your soul – and funk – in dire peril.

The 10 Commandments Of Bass

  1. Thou shalt not fuck up the groove. Fuck up the notes if thou must, but not the groove.
  2. Thou shalt not lust after thy guitar player’s part. He keepeth the fun, thou keepeth the groove.
  3. Be thou not swayed by a drummer with crappy time, for thou art the keeper of the beat.
  4. Be thou not led into temptation before the gig. After is cool.
  5. Thou pusheth thy luck with five strings, six is a mortal sin, for thou hast no business in the upper register.
  6. Thou shalt not thump with thy thumb, nor honk with a pick when thy fingers are the way of truth.
  7. Thou shalt not fear whole notes, for they can be the way and the light.
  8. Thou shalt leave the fancy shit to thy bandmates, so they might wrestle with their own bad taste.
  9. Thou shalt change thy strings at least once per decade, whether they need it or not.
  10. Thou shalt tune thy bass before each and every gig, even though it was in tune when last thou put it away.

So, my fine fellows, if you would be as I, follow well the Commandments of Bass. Elsewise and with no rancor, find the instrument which suits you best and learn its law.

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Bluegrassification

Posted in Music, Society on February 18th, 2014

Bluegrassification – Is it an insidious plot to “mountainize” music, an example of returning music to its roots, or just of means of keeping bluegrass music alive in the 21st Century?

Bluegrassification

I know some people will dislike it and think it a heinous thing, especially when non-White music is “mountainized.” They’ll consider it some horrid form of cultural appropriation. Others, without certain prejudices, will think it’s awesome. Still more I think will just shrug, not being the least bit fond of bluegrass music in the first place.

Personally, I think it’s oddly cool. It’s also, in my opinion, musically significant that so many genres of music can be so thoroughly “blugrassified” without losing the character of the original score at all.

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