Tour Rehearsal Masterclass

Rehearsals are a fundamental element of any kind of career in music. We work hard on preparation for any live performance or recording and rehearsing is yet another tool we can continually work on getting better at. I’m so happy that I threw the camera up to capture a rehearsal with Peter Erskine’s band just before heading to Japan on tour. I’ve narrated it with video shot after the fact to give my insights and thoughts about what you might be able to learn from the footage.

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Touring Diary – Japan, March 2012

In amongst the chaos of being on the road in Japan recently I managed to roll the camera a little and give you a look behind the scenes of some of the Blue Note venues, the bullet train (shinkasen), and some live performance footage that is exclusive to Videobasslessons.tv.

Be sure to check out the follow up video to this that will be released soon… it deals with how to prioritize aspects of necessity when the schedule is tight between tours.

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Juan Alderete trying out a new pedal

I was hanging with Juan a couple of days ago shooting some footage for his new site www.pedalsandeffects.com and thought I’d share this little behind the scenes clip.

When I was in the studio last month cutting my new record, John Davis, the engineer and owner of the Bunker Studios in Brooklyn where we were tracking, gave me a prototype pedal that had been laid on him by this cat in Florida. I’ll of course find out who that is, and try and get some more examples of his stuff, because as you can hear it’s some pretty wild sounding gear! But anyway, I showed it to Juan and this is the video that ensued….

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Pino Palladino in rehearsal


I’ve been wanting to put this footage up here for you guys for a while, and just got round to starting to edit what I have from a James Jamerson Jr. rehearsal that Pino Palladino comes and sits in on one tune.

This is the song with Pino, and the band features James Gadson on drums, Phil Chen on guitar and many other great musicians! This video gives you a look at how prepared someone like Pino is when he steps into a situation like this. He had just arrived from the UK the day before, picked up whatever bass they had for him on the stage, and played the song perfectly each and every time they rehearsed it.

There’s so much cool footage like this in the vault that we’re working on for you guys, and I hope you enjoy this first of many completely exclusive (I was the only one in the room with a camera) and rare moments I’ve managed to capture.

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Communication – Practicing with another musician

Jamming with other musicians is something that’s been at the forefront of my musical development. And from time to time I get to hang out with close friends who are also incredible musicians and swap ideas. I was down in Texas with my good friend Justin Vasquez working on a project and we decided to shed a little at the house one day. I rolled tape so you get a look inside that process. We’re trading back and forth over a groove I have in the looper, and playing off each others phrasing and ideas.

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Austin Studio Session Part 1

Here’s a little more ‘reality tv’ for you that my good friend Just Vasquez shot on his iPhone while I was tracking some bass ideas for a producer down in Austin TX. In this video (and more in part 2!) you get to see me really searching for ideas and trying out new sounds on this record date. I’m using a Moog Low Pass Filter, Moog CP-251, Boss OC-2, Xotic BB Pre amp (for distortion), Line 6 DL4, Boss Bass Chorus, and the TC Electronic Nova Repeater. I’m even using a pick on some of this stuff!

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Randy Brecker Performance 1

This video follows on from the “Learning Music for a Tour Video” with some clips of the performance a day after the learning video was shot. This is the Randy Brecker Band live in Wyoming and this clip has the end of Ada Rovatti’s arrangement of Over the Rainbow, into the first part of the old Brecker Brother’s calssic “Rocks”. See if you can spot the wonderful typo in the title pages!

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Learning music for a tour

This is a video I shot the night before going on the road with legendary trumpeter Randy Brecker. I go over some of the songs in the set and break down how I work on new material to prepare for a tour or a concert, including a look at some of the charts I’m reading. I also explain each of the sections on the tune as I’m working on them, and show you all the things I have difficulty with, and more importantly how I overcome those issues and internalize the music.

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Recording Session from home – Part 2

Here’s part two of my “recording at home” videos, and in this one I’m actually tracking the song to logic and talking about what things are working and what aren’t, and how I’m going to fix them in the editing. Then I show you the finished edits and how it all slotted into the song. Basically these two videos look at my whole process from start to finish on a home recording session.

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Recording Session From Home – Part 1

This is the first in a two part series of videos that looks inside my process for recording as a sideman from home. I am working on a pop/funk track for an artist in Slovakia, and this first video looks at how I learn a song, deal with a deadline, and at my home setup in terms of gear.

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Directing a band on a live show – Part 2

Here is part 2 of a series of songs to give you a look inside an industry showcase show in Los Angeles we did with VV Brown in 2010 for Capitol Records. I was the Musical Director as well as playing bass, and was responsible for the programming, hiring the band, directing the show, arranging the horns and generally developing the concept for her music live. We were in the early stages of developing the live show, and also had a live horn section for this gig. Questions in the forum on these videos are not just welcomed but encouraged!

Directing a band on a live show Part 1

Here is a series of songs to give you a look inside an industry showcase show in Los Angeles we did with VV Brown in 2010 for Capitol Records. I was the Musical Director as well as playing bass, and was responsible for the programming, hiring the band, directing the show, arranging the horns and generally developing the concept for her music live. We were in the early stages of developing the live show, and also had a live horn section for this gig. Questions in the forum on these videos are not just welcomed but encouraged!