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Newsletter no.3 from playubass.com
Updates, gigs, collaborations, Ubass on CD and more...

Welcome to the 3rd playubass newsletter!


December 2013

Finally time for newsletter no. 3!

 
 


In this newsletter

• Intro

• Gigs

• Helpful (quite new) tools AND EXCLUSIVE NEW VIDEO!

• Meeting interesting people

• CD-project update

• My UBass playing featured on CD!

• New musical partners

• Lesson Packs update

• 3rd try - ubass picture poster
 

Intro.
Hi everyone! It's definitely been awhile since my last newsletter back in July!

I've had a super busy Fall filled with a lot of work at my 'day gig' working as a Music teacher in Sweden. This Autumn my full time employment got cut in two halves; with 50% as a 'regular' Music teacher and 50% as a ICT pedagog.

It's been fun and but also a lot of work getting into the ICT-part. (ICT = Information Communication Technology).

 

Anyway what has happened in the 'Ubass department' since last time?

 

Gigs

From our "double-bill" poster

I have mainly been playing with two groups, M&M's Honky Tonk with country guitarist extraordinaire Marcus Måttgård aka MarQTwang and Eva Stenström Ltd. with Eva on vocals (and main composer) and Daniel Björnmo on guitar. We have done a couple of gigs this fall.

Besides these groups I have done some 'hired sideman gigs’ too :)
I did one concert with a great Swedish soul singer called
Gladys del Pilar where I played a couple of songs on the acoustic Ubass.

A few weeks ago I subbed in a trio playing original music by Mathias Lilja as well as some covers all in the Americana/Country vein. It sure was a lot of fun and Mathias writes great lyrics. Also in the trio is a great multi-instrumentalist, Clas Olofsson, that plays guitars, mandolin. lap-steel and steel guitar. Mathias new CD is coming out this Fall on the Rootsy label.



Clas and his steel guitar
 

Helpful (and quite) new tools

RMI Basswitch

I have been endorsing the RMI Basswitch IQ/DI since April and it has been a truly great companion on my different gigs and also the my studio. I'm planning a review of my own focusing how I use it with the Ubass but also with different basses.

So stay tuned for more about this fantastic tool! I'm really glad to be a part of a nice rooster of bass heavy weights including Marcus Miller and Richard Bona just to name a few!


 
From the Artist page at the RMI website.


FretWraps by Gruvgear
These little gizmos have been used by a lot of people already but I haven't seen them on a Ubass before. I'm experimenting with some new techniques (new for me on the Ubass anyway). I found out that the FretWraps can help to quieten open strings on the Ubass.

I used them in a video for the first time on my looped version of Take the A-train. I'm also using them on tunes that I record for the upcoming Ubass CD! On the video below there are two more examples, this time with Marcus in M&M's Honky Tonk. The techniques covered in the video will be explained in detail in future 'lesson packs' at playubass.com

I put together a little "showcase-video" to show you how I use the Fretwraps in my country duo together with Marcus Måttgård - M&M's Honky Tonk.


EXCLUSIVE NEW VIDEO (only for newsletter readers for a couple of days!)


 


Fretwraps and RMI Basswitch and mu ubasses at a recent gig


Meeting interesting people

Barbara Lamb
During the big Music festival Live @ Heart 2013, where I played with the two groups mentioned above, I got to meet many nice people including Barbara Lamb. She lives in Nashville, TN and works as a full time musician mainly in the country/bluegrass tradition but also as a loop artist. We had the pleasure of having her as a guest at the school where I work doing a workshop featuring her looping and talk about her background. I got to jam with her a bit and will hopefully play with her again soon! Trivia: Barbara produced the first CD with the band Sleepy Man Banjo Boys consisting of three young brothers. You might have seen some of their videos on YouTube.


Me and Barbara at Karolinska Skolan, Sweden

 

CD-project update

Recording in my studio
In July I recording with Bia Melo and Daniel Björnmo in my home studio. This is not finished yet but we had to finish Bia's vocal parts since she now is back home in Rio de Janeiro. Bia was an exchange student at Orebro University last couple of semesters.
I will record my vocals and overdub some ubass parts too!
We recorded a special version of a classic Brazilian tune…
Will tell you more as the work progresses!

Daniel, Bia and me at my studio.

 

My UBass playing is featured on a newly released CD!
I have been playing bass (mostly ubass) with a band with the focus to share the joy of live music with children age 3-6 (and older).
The local jazz club in Örebro approached us in 2008. The wondered if we would be interested in this collaboration and we have played a the city library four times a year since! In 2010 we decided to record some of our repertoar and now three years later the CD has recently arrived from the record plant with a pre-release just before Christmas! I play different basses throughout the CD - fretted 4 and 5-string, upright bass and my acoustic ubass on two songs. I'm planning to include at least one of those songs in my future ubass lesson packs!
barnjazz.se



From cover of the new music for children
(and everybody else too) CD.

 

New musical partners
I have some new interesting collaborations in the works. Can only tell you that it's gonna be a lots of fun...More in the next newsletter and on playubass.com or at facebook.com/playubass

Lesson Packs update
I'm sorry but there isn't that much to say at the moment. Have not been able to work on these for a while. The format and distribution that I will use for these is almost ready. I will try to come up with a pleasing and up-to-date way to take these lessons in an interactive way. More info soon! (Check out this link for a sneak peek - was included in my last newsletter as well:
http://playubass.com/updates/ Password: silverfish
 

3rd try - UBass picture poster

Picture poster @ playubass (Come on send some pics NOW :-)

I have recieved some photos but I want MORE!
Please send me a picture of you playing your Ubass at a place near your home you think is special! Could be a nearby forrest, water fall, parking lot (?), beach or...

If you want you can write a few lines with some info about how you use your Ubass!   I will (with your permission) make a nice poster page at playubass.com to let people know about a bunch of great ubassist's around the globe!   Let's unite - after all we are ubassist's!

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New UBass Year 2014!
/Magnus

 

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Playing with Mathias Lilja Trio using both Ubass, upright and my Rob Allen fretless - no fret(s) ;-)

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