Mike Overly's 12 Tone Music News

The Latest Guitar and Bass News from around the World Wide Web . . .
June 15, 2018
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Maestro Bugs Bunny:  
smart aleck, dynamite music enthusiast and Opera fan!   
Sit the kids down for a  
Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies marathon. They'll be humming classical refrains before you can say "Th-th-that's all, folks!"  
These short cartoons incorporated everything from light opera to German symphonies. And this wasn't all idle background noise.  
Warner Brothers, who produced both Looney Tunes and its equally influential, though far less famous sibling: Merrie Melodies,  
actively relied on music to help pull off some of the funniest gags in cartoon history.  
So, kick back, pass the carrots, and let's enjoy a few comedy classics.
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Navigating the surfeit of guitars available at your local music shop or online retailer can be a daunting experience. The sheer number of models, shapes and sizes is confusing. However, there might be a way to simplify the experience with the use of science. The guitar as a crafted instrument relies heavily on science for its construction as well as the sound it produces. The measurements and fine-tuning that go into making a guitar are extremely precise. An understanding of the science behind the guitar is, therefore, an invaluable tool to measure quality, and therefore, determine what is the best guitar.
Sometimes, when we post galleries or articles or videos about guitars and guitarists, we get accused of not paying enough attention to basses and bassists. It's feedback we take to heart, especially considering that Reverb is chock full of listings for some of the coolest basses you're likely to find anywhere.
Well bass friends, today we're going right to the source with a presentation of the 26 coolest vintage basses currently listed on the site. As always, click on the images to see full details about each of these instruments.
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In the fall of 1968, Eric Clapton was 23 years old and at the height of his creative powers. His band, Cream, was on its farewell tour of America when a film crew from the BBC caught up with the group and asked the young guitar virtuoso to show how he created his distinctive sound. The result is a fascinating four-minute tour of Clapton's technique. He begins by demonstrating the wide range of tones he could achieve by varying the settings on his psychedelically painted 1964 Gibson SG Standard guitar. His Vox wah-wah pedal was critical to the sound of so many Cream classics. In the film, Clapton really has to stomp on it to get it working.
You learned everything you need to know about guitar pickups in your 5th grade science class. Or at least 90 percent of what you need to know. Reflecting knowledge dating back a hundred years, a pickup's electromagnetic principles are rudimentary and covered in every grade-school science book. However, the other 10 percent-how to implement those principles and apply them to an electric guitar to make you sound like the musical god or goddess you are-is what legends are made of. Let's review the first 90 percent; we'll stick close to the basics and explain how electromagnetic pickups work, in case you were absent from class that day.
Norway's OnkartGromt has expanded their pedal lineup for bassists with three new models: the FunkyFellow envelope filter, the TurboTore EQ, and the Tremolando tremolo. Each of the pedals is fitted with a unique OLED screen that gives a visual representation of the effect's parameters.
Steve Swallow is a jazz bassist and composer noted for his collaborations with Jimmy Giuffre, Gary Burton, and Carla Bley. He was one of the first jazz double bassists to switch entirely to electric bass guitar.   

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