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January 24, 2019
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Humpback whale populations in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans are picking up musical ideas from one another, and incorporating the new phrases and themes into their songs.

Whale populations in different Southern Hemisphere ocean basins sing similar song types, but the amount of similarity differs across years. This suggests that males from these two populations come into contact at some point in the year to hear and learn songs from each other.

The humpback whale grows up to 50 feet in length and has been globally protected from commercial whaling since the 1960s. The Wildlife Conservation Society describes male humpback whales as some of the animal kingdom's most noteworthy singers:

Individual animals sing complex compositions consisting of moans, cries, and other vocalizations called song units. Song units are composed into larger phrases, which are repeated to form themes. Different themes are produced in a sequence to form a song cycle that are then repeated for hours, or even days. For the most part, all males within the same population sing the same song type, and this population-wide song similarity is maintained despite continual evolution or change to the song leading to seasonal hit songs. Some song learning can occur between populations that are in close proximity and may be able to hear the other population's song.

Researchers detected shared phrases and themes in both populations that developed over time. One of the shared themes, however, had differences. A Gabon version of Theme 1 consisted of a descending cry-woop, whereas the Madagascar singers split Theme 1 into two parts: a descending cry followed by a separate woop or trumpet.

Other differences emerged. The song sung by whales in Gabon became more elaborate than their counterparts in Madagascar. Both population song types shared the same themes, with the whales in Gabon's waters singing three additional themes. Eventually, songs sung on both sides of Africa were largely similar, with individuals in both locations singing songs with the same themes and order.
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Gibson will release of a new set of 2019 guitar models. They represents a "back to basics" ethos, leaning in on the classic '50s and '60s appointments and specs of many of their most iconic models, including a Les Paul Standard '50s spec and a Les Paul Standard '60s spec as well as one with P90 pickups, a Les Paul Special in TV Yellow and Les Paul Junior Tobacco Burst, an SG Standard and two new 61 spec SGs with 'maestro' and 'sideways' Vibrolas, an Explorer and a Chuck Berry signature ES-350T.    

The Ferner Aviator Bass reflectes the jet age time period of the 60's. Ferner has taken that basic concept and unique aesthetic appeal and created a striking instrument that emulates this style, while at the same time utilizes the finest electronics, wood selection, pickups, and hardware. Built with a one-piece Maple body matched to a quarter-sawn hard rock maple neck. Its rosewood fingerboard has 21 medium jumbo frets that are marked with custom "wing" inlays. An anodized aluminum pickguard helps to round out the vintage vibe.
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Tone Note Music Method for Bass is 3 books in one volume and is perfect for the bass beginner of any age. The first book is the Method Book. It contains the core material. The second book is the Rhythm Book which presents the rhythms from the method book but in a more condensed manner. The third book is the Song Book. The song book contains the melody and harmony of 34 tunes. Tone Note presents it's material in a gradual connect-the-dots fashion which allows the learner to absorb the material at a more realistic pace and gives the necessary time needed to develop technique. There is no CD with the song book, instead, there is a free online 12 Tone Music Player that allows you to play along. - Ty Campbell, Bass Frontiers

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The short film was created by Ford Motor Company around 1917 for educational purposes. The clip depicts a ukulele being made by hand, likely in the shop of famed Hawaiian builder Manuel Nunes. Nunes appears briefly in the film, holding the finished ukulele. The unidentified ukulele player, who tests the instrument, is believed to be Henry Kailimai, best known for his composition "On the Beach at Waikiki." The music you hear was later added to the film, which was originally silent.    
Twilight Zone ~ Play It Right

Picture if you will, a major second interval on the top two strings anywhere above the 15th fret, and then play it. Chances are, any musically minded listener within earshot will chime in and complete the rest of a classic TV theme. But what if I told you that "DO-do-do-do, DO-do-do-do" was actually "do DO-do-do, do DO-do-do"? Are you ready to enter a musical Twilight Zone? The instantly recognizable opening riff from the third season of one of television's longest running series, and the story behind it comes from studio giant Tommy Tedesco, who, along with Howard Roberts, played on the original 1962 recording session.
The blackface Fender Deluxe Reverb amp was intended as a student model. It hit the market just prior to mass adoption of distortion as a sonic device. The Deluxe Reverb came with a low-powered 12" speaker fitted with a 20-ounce magnet. This cost-conscious production choice no doubt presumed that in those days one simply didn't turn the volume past 3 or 4. However, as players began to explore the territory beyond 3, they also ran up against the consequences of doing so. Enter the Electro-Voice EVM12L speaker upgrade.
The classical-guitar world is reeling from the shocking news that one of our brightest young lights, Serbia-born Sabrina Vlaskalic, was killed January 17,  the day before her 30th birthday, when she was hit by a truck while riding her bicycle in Groningen, Netherlands. Her Facebook page is filled with fond and loving tributes from colleagues and friends. And her own page has taken on a new poignancy, here is her final message, posted the morning of her passing: "Incredibly excited to tell you that I will be performing at the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) Convention in Indianapolis in June 2020! I JUST CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS PERFORMANCE!!!! THIS IS SO AMAZING!!!!"
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