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Deutsch/German Version – George Frideric Händel Hallelujah Chorus

Just because I could, I did this:

Hier sind die deutschen Texte zu meiner Aufnahme von Händels Halleluja.  Lassen Sie mich wissen, wenn Sie irgendwelche Fehler sehen.

Here are the German lyrics to my recording of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.  Let me know if you see any errors.

New Music – Pop/Rock Hallelujah Chorus

I am releasing today as a single my own pop/rock instrumental arrangement of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, in the style of someone like Mannheim Steamroller. You can get your copy either directly from my music store, from CD Baby or it should be available from iTunes, Amazon, Google Play or other on-line digital music sites.  Once I have it ready, I can make copies of the score available for anyone who would like a copy.  I created the instrumentation, played the instruments (see list below!) and recorded this in my studio.  Engineering/mixing assistance was provided by “Powerhouse Studios” in Seattle!

The […] Continue Reading…

DB-17 Playing Parisienne Walkways Melody on Bass

This is lesson, DB-17 Playing Parisienne Walkways Melody on Bass, and is a continuation of my journal of things I have learned as an adult double bass student.

I have wanted to post a lesson about some simple melodies that you can play on the double bass so I decided to just post something that interests me.  And at the moment I am into the late Gary Moore….an incredible blues-rock guitarist.  I absolutely love Gary’s performance of Parisienne Walkways.  The intro to Parisienne Walkways contains the hook and while at first due to the passion with which Gary plays it appears complicated […] Continue Reading…

Playing Bass for the Next Song

Here’s the curtain pulled back a bit with me playing the bass for my next new song due out next month, called “All Things New”.  I’m trying to capture a Motown vibe. 🙂  Stay tuned for more!

Updated Ringtone

Hi Friends,

I released an updated copy of my Hallelujah Chorus Ringtone today, the “Real Rockin Hallelujah Chorus Ringtone.”  I added some drums to the outro!  You can download the iPhone ringtone file on my music store page.   I have the full arrangement and recording of my version of the Hallelujah Chorus completed!  And the single will be released via CD Baby in time for Easter….so stay tuned.  Here’s the video.

March Update

I’ve actually gotten back into writing, composing and recording music again. For a while I seemed to do this in fits and spurts. I used to get started on an idea and get it about halfway done but then I’d get distracted usually by work issues from my day job or vacation would come up and then the project would sit and gather dust.

However, in December I got a new idea. In many things I become very productive and efficient when I have a task list, to-do list or project plan to work against and keep myself accountable. So […] Continue Reading…

Dreams

“If your reality begins with your dreams, your dreams will become your reality.”

-Donald J Trump

DB-16 Musical Scale Modes Matrix

I can never seem to remember all of the scale modes, so since teaching something seems to be the best way to learn I decided to create a musical scale modes chart to help drive this home.

Per Wikipedia, “The modern Western modes consist of seven scales related to the familiar major and minor keys.

Although the names of the modern modes are Greek and some have names used in ancient Greek theory for some of the harmoniai, the names of the modern modes are conventional and do not indicate a link between them and ancient Greek theory, and they do […] Continue Reading…

DB-15 Music Reading Basics via Logic Pro

Watch The Video Lesson

This is lesson DB-15 Music Reading Basics, aka Real, Real, Basic Music Theory, and is a continuation of my journal of things I have learned as an adult double bass student.

See the video for a few pointers about the rudiments of reading music.

The illustration below shows how the various values of notes and rests discussed in the video relate to one another.  If you want, click here to download the PDF.

 

 

 

Be sure to check out my Double Bass Lessons page for a complete list of all of my lessons!

The Wisdom of Sirach

Today’s Old Testament Mass Reading

Sirach 15:15-20

If you choose you can keep the commandments, they will save you;
if you trust in God, you too shall live;
he has set before you fire and water
to whichever you choose, stretch forth your hand.
Before man are life and death, good and evil,
whichever he chooses shall be given him.
Immense is the wisdom of the Lord;
he is mighty in power, and all-seeing.
The eyes of God are on those who fear him;
he understands man’s every deed.
No one does he command to act unjustly,
to none does he give license to sin.

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