If you like Beethoven and Simon Fitzpatrick, you must see this video. Simon Fitzpatrick always blows my mind, and their is nothing new here. Watch the amazing Simon Fitzpatrick play “Fur Elise” by Beethoven.
As technology keeps advancing, the need for paper is going down. There is a school where I used to live that would give their students iPads instead of a bunch of textbooks. Down here, if you go into each of the bars, I’m for certain you’ll find at least one person per band with an iPad mounted on their mic stand. I found this very intriguing, so I did my research and came up with some pros and cons of using an iPad
Apps and Programs:
I’ve talked about iPad apps before, so it’s very evident that you can do just about anything on your iPad. There are apps that allow you to write music, record music, and even practice with your iPad. You can even download Garage Band to your iPad.
Portability and Organization:
iPads, or any tablet for that matter, are extremely portable. They can easily fit into a small bag that you can take to your gigs. The other great thing, is that you can condense several hundred pdf files (of sheet music, charts, lyrics, etc) into an iPad. There are apps that can organize your data, as well, so that’s it easy to find if you get an “on-the-fly” song request.
The ease of an iPad is definitely the best. With the ability to store many files and the ability to be transported easily, the iPad is definitely superior when it comes to “ease.” When you arrive at a gig, all you’d have to do is set up your iPad on a music stand or mic stand and go.
The newest iPads have a projected 10-hour battery life, however if you don’t have your iPad fully charged before a gig, it could die. If your iPad dies during the gig, you may have just lost your setlist, charts, and/or lyrics. Or if your iPad ever dies for good, you could lose everything permanently. Make sure you back up your iPad frequently. You can also buy back-up batteries just in case.
iPads, or any tablets for the matter, can really break the bank. The iPad itself is expensive, but then when you factor in the accessories, it really adds up. You may need a back-up battery, a protective case, a keyboard (if you intend on writing a lot), car chargers, etc. After you add everything up, it could cost more than just buying a MacBook Air.
I really like iPads even though I don’t have one. I think they are extremely convenient and I hope to get one someday. Let me know what YOU think about iPads. Tweet me, Facebook me, or leave a comment below!
I’ve never really played with a pick before, but I’ve been playing with one recently. And I honestly really like it. It’s a cool alternative to finger-picking. However, I found that the tone REALLY varies between the different gauges of picks. Here’s what I found.
Light picks are great for fast picking. The give on them allows for frequent alternate picking. When I used a light pick, I definitely heard that “grumble” and “string-y” sound that everyone talks about. I definitely liked how “gritty” it was and how easy it was to use.
Medium picks are kind of the perfect (no pun intended) medium. These picks gives a little more than heavy picks so you can still play fast with it. However, the sound becomes a little less grumbly. The sound is a little closer to the sound of using your fingers
Hard picks have almost no give. So, they sound the most like using your fingers. I also think that it’s easier to control a hard pick, so it is easier to get clear, crisp notes with one. However, you can’t really move fast with a hard pick. I use hard picks for slower songs that may call for a little more “grumble.”
Using a pick is one of those “personal preference” things. Go to a guitar store that has picks out and try a few. Personally, I keep hard and light picks at my disposal. I couldn’t give up the tone I got with the hard picks, so I keep the light picks for those fast songs.
As a musician, I’ve come to really appreciate and marvel at guitarists. In Nashville, I’ve met some really talented guitarists and have just fallen in love with the instrument. So, in honor of my love for the guitar, here is moonchild89 covering “Cliffs of Dover” by Eric Johnson.
One of the top trending songs right now is “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk. Not only is it a totally cool song, it has an awesome bass groove. Here is Valter Kabas covering “Get Lucky.”
Muse has a lot of bass driven songs, but my all time favorite is Hysteria. The song has crazy bass riffing that goes on for the WHOLE SONG! My hand would be killing me! Check out 1423gre covering “Hysteria.”
This song has one of the most fun bass lines to play. It’s very simple, but people would recognize this bass line anywhere. So, here is “Hotel California” cover by infusion26
I’ve come to the conclusion that every bassist needs a flanger pedal. Well, maybe not everyone, but I do. Also, “need” is kind of a stretch. I just want one really bad.
If some of you are reading this and are like, “What would she use a flanger pedal for?” The answer is “very little.” However, can you imagine how cool it would be if all of a sudden, there was flanger in the bass?! Even if someone in the audience had no idea what Flanger was, they would be like, “Hmmm….that was cool.”
I personally feel that using a flanger is much like how I use overdrive. I use my overdrive scarcely (unless I’m playing hard rock stuff) and usually for just a few seconds of a song. That’s how I would use my flanger. Flanger is good in moderation and could become a very cool staple during a song. Even if you’re no soloing, it could definitely add a cool little twist.
I don’t really know how to describe the flanger sound in words, but if you listen to the intro of “Barracuda” by Heart, you can get a taste of what it sounds like. Also, you can watch this demo video below!
P.S. I’m sorry this was such a silly post. :-)
Technology truly amazes me everyday. Today, at random, I decided to search for an “Ear Training App.” Behold, I found 3 free apps for iPhone/iPad. How cool! Here they are!
1. “Ear Trainer Lite” by Dev4phone
This app contains exercises with interval comparison, Chord identification, Chord progressions, and scales. You can also view the statistics page to see your progress. This app also allows you to control the tempo of the exercises, control what the sound or instrument is, and you can control what keys the exercises are in. I was impressed and tried it out. This app has many exercises, is easy, and very clear-cut. Of course, because it is a “lite” app it is missing some of the more in-depth exercises.
2. “Play By Ear – Ear Training” by SuperNonstop.com, inc.
This app is a lot more basic. You can change the tempo and how the intervals, chords, and melodies are played, but there is no way to track your progress. What I especially love about this app is that it requires you to play back the interval, chord, or melody. So, after hearing the interval, you have to sing back the interval and it will tell you if you are correct. Or you can play the interval on your instrument. While the app heard my bass just fine, it was hard to read because it’s in treble clef. Maybe there will be an update soon .
3. “GoodEar Melodies – Ear Training” by iMobilTec
This was probably my least favorite of the three apps that I downloaded. This app just plays a melody to you and you have to play the melody back on the piano the app provides. The app isn’t as customizable as the others and it wasn’t as effective. The app moves on to the next melody before I could even comprehend what intervals I was guessing. This is probably a good app for someone that has good ear training and just wants to exercise their abilities.
At the end of the day, I saved the first two apps. I love that the first app is mostly just recognition. The second requires a play-back so it is more challenging.
If you want to try these apps out, they are in the app store (I’m not sure if they are made for Android) and are completely free! Let me know what you think!
A few days ago I wrote a post, “Pros and Cons of Five String Basses“, and a lot of people liked it, so I figured I would write “Pros and Cons of FOUR string basses.” I especially think that this post is important, because I only play four string basses. So, here goes!
I personally think that a four-string bass has a lot more punch than any other bass. I also feel like you can get a better “slap” tone out of a four-string bass compared to a five-string. I really prefer the punchier, brighter sound of a four-string compared to a five-string.
My hands are small, but my fingers are long. Because of that, I couldn’t really get used to a five-string. In a five-string, the neck is wider and the strings may be closer together. So, for me, a four-string feels more natural for my hands. Of course, playing the five-string is probably something that you have to work on and acclimate to.
A four string bass works for pretty much every genre. If it’s not low enough for the type of music you play, you can put it in a different tuning and still get the “four-string punch.” I think the four-string is the most versatile bass.
The fact that you have to tune down the whole bass if you wanna play in a lower key, can be extremely annoying. And it can be pricy. Some people who are on big name tours don’t have time to tune down their bass before the next song. So, they buy several four string basses and tune each one to a different key. That can really hurt the wallet!
2. Hand Movement
I’ve heard people say that “If you can play it on a 5-string, you can play it on a 4-string. You just have to be more creative.” I completely agree with this statement. However, this may call for more hand movement. On a 4-string, you’ll most likely need to jump between different octaves and move your hand more. On a five-string you can almost stay in the same hand position for a whole song.
It’s not hard to see (or hear) that a five-string bass has more options. With an extra string, it’s easier to come up with really deep riffs. Playing chords with a five-string also sounds nice, because you do have those extra notes. Some feel very limited with a 4-string.
Ultimately, you have to play the bass that feels right for you. I’ve tried many five-strings and I just can’t grasp it. That’s fine, too. Every bassist is different.