woensdag 19 december 2012

The minimalist approach of Gabriel Roth

"Show me a computer that sounds as good as a tape machine and I'll use it."

The 'vintage' sound of artists like Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Amy Winehouse has little to do with super-expensive valve gear. Instead, it's the minimalist approach of house engineer Gabriel Roth that sets the tone.
Gabriel Roth is no ideologue. He says, flat out, "Show me a computer that sounds as good as a tape machine and I'll use it." Gabriel is the audio architect of the evocative Motown/Stax-infused tracks behind Amy Winehouse, as well as those for the extended musical family for whom Daptone Studios and Daptone Records are the hub, including Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, the Daktaris, the Soul Providers and the Sugarman Three, the last eponymously named for Gabriel's partner in the label and studio.

When you hear Winehouse's 'Rehab' or Jones' 'Nobody's Baby' you experience a shift in time and place — you're suddenly in Detroit in 1965 or Memphis in 1962. In reality, you're in 21st-century Brooklyn, in a ramshackle house in the Bushwick neighbourhood, one of the last holdouts against the decade-long gentrification of that borough. Daptone Studios occupies a floor in the rambling residence that Gabriel and the Daptone collective have remade into a haven for that sound. However, Roth bridles a bit at the term 'retro'.
"We're not doing a purposely 'retro' thing," he says. "It's not about an ideology. Some people say that there hasn't been a good record made since 1973, and I pretty much agree with them most of the time. But I'm not listening to the old soul records and taking them apart clinically. It's more like a kind of informal schooling. You listen — listen for where the horns bite and the crackle of distortion on a vocal. You don't want to imitate it; you want to let it influence you. One of the things you learn is that sometimes mistakes are what make a track sound great. Music should not be perfect or correct. When we play and when we record, we're looking to find what makes us feel good. We're steeped in those old records, but we're not consciously trying to remake a record from 1962."
Read on here ! .

vrijdag 30 november 2012

Food for thought : Music Career Killers

Uhm.......food for thought ?
Every hour of every day, there’s a talented musician somewhere on the planet who makes the decision to put their artistic side on the back burner in favor of a more stable career. Although they vow they will pursue music in their spare time, just this simple mindset shift could mean that writing songs and playing gigs will always take a back seat to almost everything else in life.

In a way, it hurts too much to do music when you make this decision because it reminds you of all the dreams you had and gives you the feeling of being a failure. Even the most committed musicians can be ground down to nothing after years of playing empty shows and sending out hundreds of demos with no reply. But once you start to recognize the common mistakes you’re making, you will be able to avoid them and get on with the real work of consistently creating music that your fans will appreciate.
Read on here .

zaterdag 24 november 2012

The Opposite Way

With most bands of the 70s or 80s, you formed a band, you wrote some songs, you then got a gig and then you maybe made a record if you could afford it.
The very, very last thing which could have happened would be for you to maybe make a video or go on telly.
Now people want to go on telly first, then they want to make a record, then they suddenly want to write songs, then they want to form a band and then they want to be photographed with a guitar to make them look real.
That's exactly the opposite way to how we approached it in The Housemartins and how it was done in my era.
Read on !

zaterdag 10 november 2012

Use your ears

Welcome in the world of apps and internet tools for ' musicians'. There are hundred of trillions apps out there. But if you need these type of things......
chord progression tool
chord progression generator
Or this one : " For Music Composers " , i'm tellin' you, quit your attempt to be a composer.
Chord Scale Finder for Music Composers
..........you better stop trying to be a musician. Or, learn to play by ear, learn musictheory and listen to the Masters, copy their lines and write them out. Analyse songs and chordchanges. And practise, practise, practise !
Charlie Parker quotes
Wynton Marsalis quotes
Interview with the legendary master of jazzguitar Jim Hall

Ear training - Wikipedia
Here are some great eartraining / solfege tools:
Online Ear Trainer 2.0
Earbeater - online ear trainer

Oh yeah, some talent and creativity may be involved.You can't buy those. But solutions here :
What If I Have No Talent?
Learning to play music when you have no musical talent.
How to Become a Rockstar
How to Choose a Musical Instrument to Play
How to Learn to Play an Instrument

woensdag 7 november 2012

Advice for Musicians: Keep your day jobs !

In this clip, Martin explains why “quitting your day job” is no longer the measure of talent and success. In fact, it is often times beneficial to your music career to still have other employment. Why? Check it out here .

What to Do After Your First Show: A 10-Point Checklist for Success

You read our advice on how to book your band’s first show. You booked the gig. You practiced. You played the show and rocked it! But now what?
Read on here !

zondag 4 november 2012

Learn to read music

Our hero has some advice for all of those thinking of becoming musicians.

zaterdag 27 oktober 2012

Al Di Meola

This is why i love Al Di Meola ! The way he plays the acoustic guitar. And his rhythm playing for example at 3.44. Magnificent player.

zaterdag 20 oktober 2012

Wikibooks - Guitar

The aim of this book is to introduce beginners to the basic concepts of the guitar and to provide further stimulus for intermediate players. Important techniques are given their own sections with exercises and examples provided. It includes an extensive section on amplifiers and numerous tips and advice on all aspects of the guitar. Music theory concepts are clearly presented and explained.

woensdag 19 september 2012

Guitar Profi

Für Gitarrenunterricht,Bandcoaching,Ensemblespiel und recording geht's hier .

dinsdag 19 juni 2012

for sale:state of the art tube power amp

State of the art handbuild poweramp.Made by Dutch guitarampmaker Ernst Fliek, builds only on request.The sound of 'The Traveller' can be characterised as transparent and powerful. The output of the power amp is at least 2 x 100 watts. Seperate functions are available for switching from 100 to 50 watts (disabling 2 tubes), fanspeed and character of the feedback.
Mono input is independent from the right and left inputs. The mono input signal is mixed with left and right by means of an internal tubemixer. This provides the possibility of mixing a dry and a stereo effectsignal.
There are seperate stand by, presence and volume controls for each channel. The presencecontrol of 'The Traveller' works gradually and effectively. Loudspeaker outputs present are 4, 8 and 16 ohm.
'The Traveller' uses four preamp valves and eight power valves. Pre amp stage 12AX7WA each channel 2,power amp stage EL34G each channel 4.Weight 14 kg.
Contact me for price.

for sale:Fishman Acoustic Imaging Pedal

Fishman Acoustic Imaging Pedal (Nylon).Brand New!
Aura Acoustic Imaging Technology in a familiar effects pedal format! Acoustic musicians can easily and accurately reproduce the sound of their instrument as miked in a professional studio.
Easy to set up and use, Aura Acoustic Imaging Pedals eliminate intrusive stage noise and expensive microphone setups, allowing you reveal the true, unique voice of your instrument in any amplified performance.
Volume, Blend, and Image Select controls
Feedback-fighting Phase switch
Bypass/Mute foot switch
Input Trim with Clip/Low Battery indicator
Designed for use with guitars featuring undersaddle or soundhole pickups
Runs on 9V battery or power adapter
24 bit A/D/A; 32 bit internal processing
Dimensions: 5.6L x 4W x 2.1H
130 euro

dinsdag 29 mei 2012

Jazzworkshop optreden op jazzfestival

Op zaterdag 26 mei was het optreden van de jazzworkshopgroep.Als afsluiting van een serie lessen geef ik met de groep een concert tijdens het Enschedees Jazzfestival.
Meer foto's hier.

vrijdag 25 mei 2012

Final Frontier

Final Frontier (comp.& arr.by Rozario) recorded and produced by Ralph de Rozario.
From the album Africa Roota.

dinsdag 22 mei 2012

Jazzworkshop Concert

Jazzworkshop Concert op Internationaal Jazz Festival Enschede,zaterdag 26 mei in La Cucina.Aanvang 16.30u.Stationsplein 1 Enschede