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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!

    Do We Need Music School with Jason Haaheim

    Do We Need Music School with Jason Haaheim

    Jason Haaheim, principal timpanist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, joins us again on this episode to dig into one specific topic:
    What’s the value of music school?
    Instead of going to music school, Jason got a PhD and worked for 10 years as an engineer and researcher for a Chicago-based nanotechnology startup.  During this time, he used principles of deliberate practice to continue improving, eventually winning the audition for his current position with the MET.
    If he didn’t need to go to music school to make it to the top of the profession, does anybody?  It’s not an easy question, and there’s not an easy answer, but it’s a topic that is worth considering, and I hope you find it valuable.
    Enjoy, and be sure to check out Jason’s website for more about his musical journey plus information about his next upcoming Deliberate Practice Bootcamp Online.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    An Impossible Choice with Zach Finkelstein and Dana Lynne Varga

    An Impossible Choice with Zach Finkelstein and Dana Lynne Varga

    Zach Finkelstein and Dana Lynne Varga turned a lot of heads earlier this year with their co-authored article An Impossible Choice: Music Majors, COVID-19, and an Uncertain Future.
    We dig into this complicated topic, plus the unique challenges vocalists face in their career, the concept of a correlating career, the pitfalls of Young Artist Programs, and much more.
    Enjoy, and be sure to check out Dana’s site The Empowered Musician, Zach’s site The Middleclass Artist, plus check out Zach’s latest album and MassOpera, which Dana co-directs.
    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!
    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!
     
    Practizma - The Practizma practice journal is packed with research based strategies to turn your ho-hum practice into extraordinary practice.  Develop your curiosity, discipline, creativity, daring, tenacity and zen.  Take a journey with four elements each week: goal setting, reflection prompt, action challenge, and journal pages to track your practice.  Curious? Download the introductory chapter of the journal for free - this gives you an idea of what it's all about.
     
    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

    • 59 min
    Derrick Hodge on Color of Noize

    Derrick Hodge on Color of Noize

    Derrick Hodge’s latest Blue Note solo album Color of Noize is incredible and is the latest chapter in his multifaceted artistic life.  Since releasing the album, which was co-produced by Don Was, it’s his first album to feature a live band throughout.
    We cover a wide range of topics, including his creative approach to his Color of Noize Instagram Live Sunday Sessions, the thoughtful interview he did recently with Mitch Joel for No Treble, capturing ideas and how that process has evolved, why his Temple University schooling was so important to his artistic development and much more.  Derrick also answers several questions submitted by podcast listeners, and his warmth and spirit radiate throughout the entire conversation.
     
     
    Be sure to pick up Color of Noize, visit Derrick’s website, and follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!
     
     
    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!
     
    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!
     
    Practizma - The Practizma practice journal is packed with research based strategies to turn your ho-hum practice into extraordinary practice.  Develop your curiosity, discipline, creativity, daring, tenacity and zen.  Take a journey with four elements each week: goal setting, reflection prompt, action challenge, and journal pages to track your practice.  Curious? Download the introductory chapter of the journal for free - this gives you an idea of what it's all about.
     
    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 Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Linda May Han Oh on her artistic journey

    Linda May Han Oh on her artistic journey

    Linda May Han Oh’s 2019 album Aventurine on Biophilia Records recently received the award “Best New Work - Jazz” from Art Music Awards, and it’s the latest in a series of wide-ranging projects from this innovative artist.  Linda recently relocated to her hometown of Perth, Australia, and she is teaching full-time for the Berklee College of Music.
     
    We talk about the pandemic, travels to Australia, the unique Biopholio™ physical medium, composing, and much more.  Enjoy, and be sure to check out  Aventurine and her website and follow her on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram!
     
    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!
     
    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!
     
    Practizma - The Practizma practice journal is packed with research-based strategies to turn your ho-hum practice into extraordinary practice.  Develop your curiosity, discipline, creativity, daring, tenacity and zen.  Take a journey with four elements each week: goal setting, reflection prompt, action challenge, and journal pages to track your practice.  Curious? Download the introductory chapter of the journal for free - this gives you an idea of what it's all about.
     
    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 2 min
    Jeff Picker on creating his own genre

    Jeff Picker on creating his own genre

    With the Bass in Mind the debut solo album from Jeff Picker, is being released on October 9th.  This album reimagines the contemporary string band, drawing on the harmonic, metric, and improvisational intrigue of his jazz background, while never straying too far from the front porch.
     
    Past podcast guest Michael Thurber connected us to chat about this cool project.  We dig into how the pandemic has been for him, what it’s like touring with artists like Ricky Skaggs, Mark O’Connor, and Sarah Jarosz, making the move from New York City to Nashville, his pivot from jazz into roots music, and much more.
    Be sure to follow Jeff on Facebook and Instagram, and pre-order his debut solo album on bandcamp, iTunes, and Amazon!
     
    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!
     
    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!
     
    Practizma - The Practizma practice journal is packed with research based strategies to turn your ho-hum practice into extraordinary practice.  Develop your curiosity, discipline, creativity, daring, tenacity and zen.  Take a journey with four elements each week: goal setting, reflection prompt, action challenge, and journal pages to track your practice.  Curious? Download the introductory chapter of the journal for free - this gives you an idea of what it's all about.
     
    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 Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Christopher Still launches Honesty Pill podcast

    Christopher Still launches Honesty Pill podcast

    Honesty Pill is the project of Christopher Still, a trumpet player with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Chris creates focused, actionable plans that help musicians and other creatives address the issues standing between them and their goals.

    • 29 min

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