Mike Overly's 12 Tone Music News

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June 28, 2018
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The German abbess, visionary, mystic poet, composer, and healer Hildegard von Bingen has become a symbol to many disparate groups, including feminists, theologians, musicologists and new-age medicine practitioners.

Her fame rests not only on the beauty of her work, but on her extraordinary life story and the fact that she is the first composer to whose work we can put a name.

Sshe was born in 1098 in Bermersheim, and throughout her life, Hildegard had experienced visions, beginning at the age of 3. At age 42, she had a powerful experience that radically changed her life. She described this moment in her writings:

"And it came to pass ... when I was 42 years and 7 months old, that the heavens were opened and a blinding light of exceptional brilliance flowed through my entire brain. And so it kindled my whole heart and breast like a flame, not burning but warming... and suddenly I understood of the meaning of expositions of the books..."

Overwhelmed, and fearful of writing down her visions because of doubt and a low opinion of myself and because of diverse sayings of men, she nonetheless found encouragement from leaders in the church to write and circulate her theological work.

With papal imprimatur, Hildegard was able to finish her first visionary work Scivias - Know the Ways of the Lord - and her fame began to spread through Germany.

Soon after, she relocated her convent to Bingen, and began an incredibly productive period in the last few decades of her life.
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Scan the current roster of Fender and Gibson's reissue models, and it's pretty clear that the late '50s and '60s remain the most celebrated and replicated eras in guitar history. This was the period when the true OG electric guitar innovators were in their primes and could seemingly do no wrong with every new concept they brought to the instrument. A deeper look at the period, however, reveals just as many misses as hits.  
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Many players and aspiring luthiers have asked me about the differences between jazz, classical and bluegrass set-ups for string bass. Well, the differences can be subtle, or they can be extreme. Complicating my answer is the fact that many bassists play more than one style, especially in this age of boundary-crossing and world music. Here are some of my observations and recommendations about set-ups for different playing styles:
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In many a musical situation, one can communicate an entire playing style in a name. When it comes to the bass-in pop music, at least-one of the foremost of those names is Paul McCartney, whose soulful basslines have given us some of the most memorable melodies in music history. 
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Do you know what the Byzantine Scale is? How about Double Harmonic Major? Gypsy Major? Well, after this episode of Talking Technique, you will. In it, we'll cover 11 strategies to get a new scale under your fingers. The goal here is to embed the scale so firmly into your mind that you can freely use it all over the bass. You might be surprised how many ways there are to get fit with a fairly difficult scale like this.
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We know that choosing the right cable for the right device can sometimes be tricky. This Cable Buying Guide should demystify some of the confusion surrounding cables, how they work, and which ones connect to what. To maximize your sound quality and minimize noise, it is important to understand which cable is the appropriate choice for any given application.
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Born in 1935, Gary Peacock hails from Burley, Idaho. After a stint in the military, he settled in Los Angeles and soon fell in with the best players on the West Coast jazz scene. Drummer Bill Goodwin says, "I first heard Peacock in about 1960. He was considered one of the top three young players in L.A., alongside Scott LaFaro and Charlie Haden. They were all mentored by Red Mitchell. Gary played with Bud Shank and recorded with that group along with Dennis Budimir, Carmell Jones, and Mel Lewis.

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