Bass: An Interview with Jaco Pastorius

Jaco Pastorius is one of those amazing bass players in history, that set the bar and in fact still does for many players today.

On youtube I found this series of videos comprising an interview with this grandmaster of the bass, where he talks about modern electric bass. There is such good advise in there, for bass players but also for guitar players that I decided to put it out here for you.

So things that particularly struck me is his way of approaching things analytically (like I teach) , how he uses classical music and scale patterns to get proficient, and in fact some of the things he showed on the bass are not to dissimilar to what one might be taught on the guitar by the likes of Paul Gilbert.

So, sit back with a coffee, a notebook and  perhaps your bass to try things out.

Did you enjoy that as much as I did?

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Five Online Guitar Magazines

Personally, nothing beats getting a copy of the Total Guitar or Guitar Techniques and subsequently placing myself in a chair in the sun in the garden or cuddling up on the couch with a cup of coffee. At the same time there is a wealth of magazines available online for free. Here are five of my favorites.

Guitar Player Magazine

One of my old guitar magazines of choice, has a substantial site for the guitar player with lessons, articles, interviews, gear reviews and more. A definite recommend.  Go and visit here >>>

Premier Guitar

A comprehensive guitar magazine with everything you may expect from a modern guitar magazine. Gear reviews, lessons, and more. Go visit the magazine here >>>

A free subscription to the digital version of the magazine is available, including the option to search back issues. A big recommend.

Interactive Guitar

Guitar Interactive is the world’s first fully interactive digital magazine for guitarists the world over – and it’s completely free! Drawing on the resources of Licklibrary – the internationally renowned music teaching resource – GI brings together expert players to analyse the styles and techniques of the world’s best guitarists, which you can see and hear in the hours of video that are in every issue.

An amazing new magazine and a very definite recommendation with a free subscription available here >>>. What appealed especially is the way in which the magazine actually reads like a magazine but on screen.

Total Guitar

One of my favorite magazines to pick up in the shop and read. It comes with a free CD/DVD with further instructions, lessons and play along tracks. Go see the magazine here >>>.

Guitar Techniques

It is through this magazine that I keep myself growing. Monthly lessons that push the beginner as well as the advanced players. Great magazine that comes with a CD/DVD with further information, lessons and sound samples. My favorite.

Go visit the site and magazine here >>>

What are your Favorite Guitar Magazines?

It is impossible I guess to be complete, else Id spend more time browsing and reading that playing. So I limited myself to five of my favorites here. What are some of your favorite music magazines and why?  I look forward to hearing about your recommendations.

Renaissance Man Music on Facebook

It is official now, Renaissance Man Music has its own facebook page. I will keep on posting here and will use that page as a place where you can leave questions or better yet answers where all matter music can be discussed. I suggest you go down there and add it to your favorites or at least bookmark the page.

Evelyn Glennie shows how to listen: TED Talks

What an amazing talk this was.  It gave me a completely different angle on studying music, playing music and listening to music. The full text is available as interactive transcript as well.

Why you should listen to her:
Evelyn Glennie‘s music challenges the listener to ask where music comes from: Is it more than simply a translation from score to instrument to audience? How can a musician who has almost no hearing play with such sensitivity and compassion?

The Grammy-winning percussionist and composer became almost completely deaf by the age of 12, but her hearing loss brought her a deeper understanding of and connection to the music she loves. She’s the subject of the documentary Touch the Sound, which explores this unconventional and intriguing approach to percussion.

Along with her vibrant solo career, Glennie has collaborated with musicians ranging from classical orchestras to Björk. Her career has taken her to hundreds of concert stages around the world, and she’s recorded a dozen albums, winning a Grammy for her recording of Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, and another for her 2002 collaboration with Bela Fleck.
Her passion for music and musical literacy brought her to establish, in collaboration with fellow musicians Julian Lloyd Weber and Sir James Galway, the Music Education Consortium, which successfully lobbied for an investment of 332 million pounds in music education and musical resources in Britain.

“Evelyn Glennie is simply a phenomenon of a performer.”
New York Times