Dec
14

The Major Scale

Why should you know the different scales?  Because they are the foundation of the melodic and harmonic aspects of music.  Is it more complex than that?  Yes, but we have to start somewhere. In music […]

Dec
14

Musique Obscure: Claude Debussy

Today’s Obsure Music is from French composer Claude Debussy.  Unless you’re an orchestral bassist, you probably won’t be playing this music on a gig anytime soon. So why listen?  Before recording technology, composers spent considerable time writing, rewriting, orchestrating, and polishing […]

Jul
14

Bernstein: The Unanswered Question (Part 2)

Part two in a six part series by Leonard Berstein.  Part one is here.  This lecture discusses musical syntax. From The Leonard Berstein Website: At the beginning of his first Norton Lecture, Leonard Bernstein explained the importance of “inter-disciplinary […]

Jun
30

Bernstein: The Unanswered Question (Part 1)

Part one in a six part series by Leonard Bernstein.  A highly informative lecture series by a true master musician.  Check it out. From The Leonard Berstein Website: At the beginning of his first Norton Lecture, Leonard Bernstein explained […]

Jun
9

Obskure Musik: Arnold Schoenberg

Today’s Obscure Music selection is from controversial Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg. Arnold Schoenberg  (September 13, 1874 – July 13, 1951) was an Austrian composer and painter, associated with the expressionist movement in German poetry and art, and leader […]