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Contrabass Conversations features interviews and performances from top leaders in the world of the double bass. Podcast host Jason Heath dives deep into what makes these world-class artists tick. With 2 million downloads and counting, Contrabass Conversations is the most popular podcast for double bassists. Join the community and experience life on the low end of the spectrum!

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Contrabass Conversations features interviews and performances from top leaders in the world of the double bass. Podcast host Jason Heath dives deep into what makes these world-class artists tick. With 2 million downloads and counting, Contrabass Conversations is the most popular podcast for double bassists. Join the community and experience life on the low end of the spectrum!

    Ivy Wong on her orchestral path

    Ivy Wong on her orchestral path

    Ivy Wong of Switzerland’s Orchestre De La Suisse Romande

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Charles Chandler, Amos Yang, and Shinji Eshima on 2LOW

    Charles Chandler, Amos Yang, and Shinji Eshima on 2LOW

    San Francisco Symphony members Charles Chandler and Amos Yang.  We are also joined by composer and San Francisco Opera and Ballet bassist Shinji Eshima.

    • 51 min
    Mitch Moehring on his luthier journey

    Mitch Moehring on his luthier journey

    Mitch Moehring is the owner and operator of Mitch Moehring Strings, a locally owned and operated lutherie shop based in Kilgore, Texas. Mitch Moehring Strings specializes in hand-crafted 5/8 basses with grandiose sound. 
    Mitch Moehring Strings offers a variety of services including string instrument repair, bow rehairs, rentals, and instrument/bow/supply sales.
    We talk about Mitch’s path into the luthier world, his teaching career and how it contrasts with life running a string shop, lessons learned at the Oberlin Bass Workshop, and much more.
     
    Enjoy, and be sure to check out Mitch’s great shop on Facebook and Instagram!
     
    Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically!
     
    Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 80+ wide-ranging titles for bassists.
     
    Listen to Contrabass Conversations with our free app for iOS, Android, and Kindle.

    Check out my Beginner's Classical Bass course, available exclusively from Discover Double Bass.
     
    Thank you to our sponsors!
     
    Dorico - Dorico helps you to write music notation, automatically producing printed results of exceptional quality — and plays it back with breathtaking realism. It is easy enough for anyone to learn, yet has hundreds of advanced notations, features, options and sounds to satisfy even the most demanding professionals.  With its streamlined, natural user interface, students and those with less experience in scoring can compose and arrange straight into Dorico, making learning the language of music notation much faster and more intuitive. Editing and making changes — such as instrument, time signature or key — are straightforward, with the notation instantly and correctly adapting to include them, reinforcing the learning outcome.
     
    Ear Trumpet Labs - They make hand-built mics out of Portland, OR and they have an excellent mic for upright bass called Nadine. The Nadine is a condenser mic with a clear natural sound and incredible feedback rejection. This mic is a completely new design -- the head mounts in between the strings above the tailpiece with a rubber grommet, and the body securely straps to the tailpiece with velcro elastic. A 14-inch Mogami cable connects the two parts making it easy to place on any bass. It’s durable and holds up to the demanding needs of the instrument while offering excellent sound quality. Ear Trumpet Labs is offering a free t-shirt just for Contrabass listeners with the purchase of a mic, just visit EarTrumpetLabs.com/contrabass to claim yours and check out the Nadine!
     
    Modacity - Are you a practice-savvy musician? Get Modacity – the music practice app that organizes, focuses, and tracks your progress.  Recorder… metronome… tone generator… timer… note taking… Do away with the random assortment of music practice apps in your arsenal. Modacity™ combines all the tools you need into one easy to use, music practice tool.  Organize, focus, and reflect on your practice – motivating you to increase retention in less time.  Modacity has a special offer for Contrabass Conversations listeners that includes lifetime access to the app.
     
     
    Contrabass Conversations production team:
    Jason Heath, host Michael Cooper and Steve Hinchey, audio editing Mitch Moehring, audio engineer Trevor Jones, publication and promotion Krista Kopper, archival and cataloging theme music by Eric Hochberg

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Tobias Glöckler on urtext editions

    Tobias Glöckler on urtext editions

    Tobias Glöckler is the associate principal double bass player at the Dresdner Philharmonie and a prizewinner of the International ISB Double Bass Competition (USA). He studied with Konrad Siebach at the Music Conservatory in Leipzig, perfecting his skills with Jeff Bradetich (Chicago) and Ulrich Lau (Stuttgart).
     
    While studying, he was the principal double bass player with the International Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under Claudio Abbado. He has performed as a soloist with different orchestras, including the Dresdner Philharmonie with Ton Koopman. In addition he has made recordings for radio and has made guest appearances at diverse music festivals. He is a founding member of and solo bass player with the “ensemble frauenkirche” and has explored a great many chamber music works with the Dresdner String Quintet.
     
    Glöckler teaches at the music conservatory in Dresden. His efforts concerning the revival of the “Viennese Tuning” have been rewarded with a Distinguished Achievement Award for historical performance practice.
     
    We talk about all sort of topics, including:
    me meeting Tobias back in the 1990s at Jeff Bradetich's masterclasses seeing his session in 2016 at Bass Europe in Prague how Tobias got into creating urtext editions and what he has learned in the process  
    Enjoy, and be sure to check out Tobias’ writing and projects on the Henle blog!
     
    Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically!
     
    Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 80+ wide-ranging titles for bassists.
     
    Listen to Contrabass Conversations with our free app for iOS, Android, and Kindle.

    Check out my Beginner's Classical Bass course, available exclusively from Discover Double Bass.
     
    Thank you to our sponsors!
     
    Dorico - Dorico helps you to write music notation, automatically producing printed results of exceptional quality — and plays it back with breathtaking realism. It is easy enough for anyone to learn, yet has hundreds of advanced notations, features, options and sounds to satisfy even the most demanding professionals.  With its streamlined, natural user interface, students and those with less experience in scoring can compose and arrange straight into Dorico, making learning the language of music notation much faster and more intuitive. Editing and making changes — such as instrument, time signature or key — are straightforward, with the notation instantly and correctly adapting to include them, reinforcing the learning outcome.
     
    Ear Trumpet Labs - They make hand-built mics out of Portland, OR and they have an excellent mic for upright bass called Nadine. The Nadine is a condenser mic with a clear natural sound and incredible feedback rejection. This mic is a completely new design -- the head mounts in between the strings above the tailpiece with a rubber grommet, and the body securely straps to the tailpiece with velcro elastic. A 14-inch Mogami cable connects the two parts making it easy to place on any bass. It’s durable and holds up to the demanding needs of the instrument while offering excellent sound quality. Ear Trumpet Labs is offering a free t-shirt just for Contrabass listeners with the purchase of a mic, just visit EarTrumpetLabs.com/contrabass to claim yours and check out the Nadine!
     
    Modacity - Are you a practice-savvy musician? Get Modacity – the music practice app that organizes, focuses, and tracks your progress.  Recorder… metronome… tone generator… timer… note taking… Do away with the random assortment of music practice apps in your arsenal. Modacity™ combines all the tools you need into one easy to use, music practice tool.  Organize, focus, and reflect on your practice – motivating you to increase retention in less time.  Modacity has a special offer for Contrabass Conversations listeners that includes lifet

    • 58 min
    James Barket on teaching and bass history

    James Barket on teaching and bass history

    James Barket is Orchestra Director at Webb Bridge Middle School in Alpharetta, GA. He also teaches bass at Kennesaw State University, and he did the English translation for Alfred Planyavsky’s groundbreaking book The Baroque Double Bass Violone.
     
    We start out by talking about the Midsummers Music Festival and Allyson Fleck, the Assistant Artistic Director.  She used to teach at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta along with her husband, who is a conductor.
     
    We dig into all kinds of topics around education and being an orchestra director, James’ path through the music world from bassist into the world of teaching, how he came to be the translator for Alfred Planyavsky’s book The Baroque Double Bass Violone, and much more.  Enjoy!
     
    Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically!
     
    Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 80+ wide-ranging titles for bassists.
     
    Listen to Contrabass Conversations with our free app for iOS, Android, and Kindle.

    Check out my Beginner's Classical Bass course, available exclusively from Discover Double Bass.
     
    Thank you to our sponsors!
     
    Dorico - Dorico helps you to write music notation, automatically producing printed results of exceptional quality — and plays it back with breathtaking realism. It is easy enough for anyone to learn, yet has hundreds of advanced notations, features, options and sounds to satisfy even the most demanding professionals.  With its streamlined, natural user interface, students and those with less experience in scoring can compose and arrange straight into Dorico, making learning the language of music notation much faster and more intuitive. Editing and making changes — such as instrument, time signature or key — are straightforward, with the notation instantly and correctly adapting to include them, reinforcing the learning outcome.
     
    Ear Trumpet Labs - They make hand-built mics out of Portland, OR and they have an excellent mic for upright bass called Nadine. The Nadine is a condenser mic with a clear natural sound and incredible feedback rejection. This mic is a completely new design -- the head mounts in between the strings above the tailpiece with a rubber grommet, and the body securely straps to the tailpiece with velcro elastic. A 14-inch Mogami cable connects the two parts making it easy to place on any bass. It’s durable and holds up to the demanding needs of the instrument while offering excellent sound quality. Ear Trumpet Labs is offering a free t-shirt just for Contrabass listeners with the purchase of a mic, just visit EarTrumpetLabs.com/contrabass to claim yours and check out the Nadine!
     
    Modacity - Are you a practice-savvy musician? Get Modacity – the music practice app that organizes, focuses, and tracks your progress.  Recorder… metronome… tone generator… timer… note taking… Do away with the random assortment of music practice apps in your arsenal. Modacity™ combines all the tools you need into one easy to use, music practice tool.  Organize, focus, and reflect on your practice – motivating you to increase retention in less time.  Modacity has a special offer for Contrabass Conversations listeners that includes lifetime access to the app.
     
     
    Contrabass Conversations production team:
    Jason Heath, host Michael Cooper and Steve Hinchey, audio editing Mitch Moehring, audio engineer Trevor Jones, publication and promotion Krista Kopper, archival and cataloging theme music by Eric Hochberg

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Katie Eakes on Alaskan bass life

    Katie Eakes on Alaskan bass life

    Katie Eakes is the assistant principal bassist for the Anchorage Symphony and Anchorage Opera.  She also has a thriving career as an orchestra teacher, and she was recently profiled on the Anchorage Opera’s YouTube Channel.

    We talk about what it’s like being a bassist in Alaska, the challenges and satisfactions of her professional life, and much more.  Enjoy, and be sure to follow Katie on Instagram!

    • 58 min

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