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Saturday, September 24, 2022, Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, co-founder of Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, and ArtistWorks harmonica instructor, Howard Levy, will be the featured soloist in the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra’s first concerto performance of the fall season.
Sep 23, 2022
Miles Davis’ 1959 record release, Kind of Blue, is still revered to this day as one of the most prolific jazz albums of all time. Featuring John Coltrane on tenor saxophone, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley on alto saxophone, Paul Chambers on upright bass, Jimmy Cobb on drums, and either Bill Evans or Wynton Kelly on piano (depending on the track), Miles’ sextet on Kind of Blue was composed of some of the most admired musicians in jazz history. It’s not a wonder that after more than 60 years, Kind of Blue is still one of the most popular and critically acclaimed jazz albums of all time.
Sep 20, 2022
This morning, world-renowned jazz pioneer, Grammy Award-winning bassist, and ArtistWorks upright and electric bass instructor, John Patitucci, released his latest album, entitled Live in Italy, alongside the members of his trio.
Sep 16, 2022
Mike Marshall is a virtuosic Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist known particularly for his prowess on the mandolin. Mike began his career primarily in the world of bluegrass, performing as a member of the legendary David Grisman Quintet from 1985-1900. Alongside bluegrass icons like Jerry Douglas, Béla Fleck, Tony Rice, Mark O’Connor, Stéphane Grappelli, and Darol Anger, Mike pushed the boundaries of modern bluegrass and the role that the mandolin plays within the ensemble. Later, Mike and Darol went on to form their own acts—Montreaux and super-group Psychograss (which featured Tony Trischka on banjo and Todd Phillips on upright bass). All three groups made considerable contributions to the sound of bluegrass as a whole and received accolades from fans and critics alike as a result.
Sep 15, 2022
Three fundamental elements define the structure of all western music—scales, chords, and arpeggios. Chords highlight the most critical notes of a scale and do so by sounding these prominent tonalities in unison. Arpeggios, on the other hand, outline the tonalities present within a chord individually, allowing players to create melodic lines that draw attention to the most critical notes within a composition’s chord changes. Jazz music, in particular, is known for utilizing very complex harmonies. So, sometimes crafting arpeggios can feel a bit daunting for jazz musicians of all instruments and levels.
Sep 09, 2022
When players think of two-hand tapping techniques, they most commonly associate them with the face-melting electric guitar solos produced by rock gods like Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and more. However, believe it or not, two-hand tapping was a technique that was first pioneered on acoustic instruments.
Sep 07, 2022
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Sep 02, 2022
Conceptualized by Leo Fender in 1951, the electric bass guitar was initially designed to replicate and amplify the deep low-end tone of an acoustic upright bass. Much like the upright bass, the first electric basses featured four strings tuned to E-A-D-G from low to high. However, unlike the acoustic bass, electric basses featured frets much like a guitar, which allowed for perfect intonation and sonic precision (hence the name of the instrument’s first model—the “Precision Bass”).
Aug 30, 2022
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