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Mark Dresser on new DOUBLE BASSIST

Discussion in 'Bassists [DB]' started by Ed Fuqua, Apr 1, 2005.

  1. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    He's got the cover. Just saw it at Joe's studio last night, but didn't get to check it out yet.
    Just a head's up...
  2. Interesting read. He talks about a pickup system in his fingerboard, being able to get 3 different pitches simultaneously on one string, and needing to know the pitch of the string between the finger and the nut for every stopped note. Waaay too much info for me to process.
  3. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Went and googled the magazine...this comes out quarterly? Recommended reading? Thanks...
  4. bassgeek


    Oct 19, 2000
    Asheville, NC
    I love this magazine. My wife calls it "Bass Porn". I usually get it from Barnes and Noble, but I've seen it in some of the better magazine stores in the city.
  5. nicklloyd

    nicklloyd Supporting Member/Luthier

    Jan 27, 2002
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Two years ago (Richmond ISB) I had the fortunate experience of hearing Mark Dresser play two feet from me, and on an instrument I built. His tone was bone-chilling... very memorable. Made me think about moving to NYC, (for a second).
  6. mrpc

    mrpc Guest

    Feb 7, 2005
    I read the article. I agree, that seems like an awful lot of information to process. Me, myself and I, we're happy just playing the blues! But... it couldn't hurt to reverse engineer the math and physics of the string scale, it might serve the simple service of memorizing/internalizing the primary western pitch/note locations over the span of the entire instrument. There are all kinds of rabbit holes to go down on that endeavor. Getting three pitches simultaneously on one string is nothing new, it's just that we have been taught NOT to do it! Maybe Mark Dresser is going to....well lets just say....it will be interesting to see and hear what his students do with his concepts of the DB. The future looks good for the bass.
  7. Yup. Comes from England, lotsa good double bass related stuff for classical or jazz players. Pieces on old instruments, famous players, luthiers, composers and educaters, music, events, etc. Done with class- good photography, well written, nicely laid out, quality paper. Worth the price of a subscription, IMO.
  8. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    Absolutely recommended reading. Six issues a year, about ten bucks a pop on the newsstand in the US, unless the cashier misreads the price and charges you the UK price in dollars :smug:. Bass porn indeed.
  9. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002
    I actually thought the article could have gone much more in depth in regards to Mark's compositions. I was rather dissapointed by what seemed to me a "mini-interview."
  10. mrpc

    mrpc Guest

    Feb 7, 2005
    I agree that the magazine is wonderful, and I also agree that the articles in general tend to be very formal and a bit short in content. Possibly classist? I don't know. Still the best mag for info concerning DB's IMHO. Always worth reading.
  11. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I haven't read the artical yet. (have to find the mag) Many of
    Mark's concepts are insired by Bert Turetsky. Bert is one of
    the must open, musical people I've ever met. More than just
    teaching the bass, Bert teaches art as it pertains to music, with
    an appreciation for all types of music. If my recollection is
    correct, Mark is a wonderful artist. I think his students are in
    for an exciting musical adventure.