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Old 01-25-2007, 02:54 AM
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#1) Please keep religion OUT of your posts, We do not want to stir anything up.

#2) WHO are you talking to? Usually in a Forum a person makes a statement or asks a question. THEN, he/you should wait for a reply.

Seems to me like you are writing an on-line book about your daily life. Will this go 30-50 posts a month of just you talking to yourself?

Please go back if you can and try using the edit button to clean up your posts just a little.. please, thx.
#1) Sorry about the religion.
#2) Who am I talking to? Well, not many people are posting. So, I got into 'episodic' posting through having no one to feed off. You gave me a theme "Down Under' and I thought,
"Gosh, there's a lot I can elaborate on."
At first I was dispondent that no one wanted to talk to me. Then I started to enjoy the act of writing. Except for the religious reference, it was all pretty much above board. I felt a bit like I do when I improvise on my bass.
I thought,
"Hey, this can't be all bad! Let's stretch out a bit... be creative."
Sorry, I'll go back to asking questions.

New start:
Anyone out there want to talk about playing bass down under?
Please answer!
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Old 01-25-2007, 03:43 AM
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Please someone, please talk.
My bass is really weird, it has two scrolls.
One has a Mel Gibson head and the other looks a tiny bit like Russell Crowe.
I'm seroius about this.
Well, nearly. Wainuiomata does that to you.
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Old 01-25-2007, 11:50 AM
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Well, the only thing I can say about playing bass Down Under is that I've never done it, and I would love to do so. The manager of the act I'm occasionally touring with at the moment is from New Zealand, so maybe it will happen at some point.
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Old 01-25-2007, 11:50 PM
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Well, the only thing I can say about playing bass Down Under is that I've never done it, and I would love to do so. The manager of the act I'm occasionally touring with at the moment is from New Zealand, so maybe it will happen at some point.
Thank you Marcus for the reply.
Who do you occasionally tour with?
You'd love New Zealand!
Come to Wainuiomata if you get a chance! Come for a two double bass jam!
Marcus, my son had a minor operation today to remove his tonsils. I know it doesn't sound like much, but it was a very long day and the wait for surgery was quite long (we spent over 8 hours in the hospital and then they released us).
When it's your boy you tend to go through it with him so, consequentially, I'm feeling emotionally f*&%ed right now. I guess that the one thing I learnt today is that my 20 year old son is quite a man! (We Prowses are not braggers by nature) One proud dad here.
I think you should play Down Under pretty soon. Come and stay at my place... we'll talk bass till the varnish melts off superior basses to mine.
We'll trade arco solos that'll put washing machines to shame!
I feel good tonight because my family is well.
I hope yours is too.
Damn... freebo covers band gig in Stokes Valley tonight! (another hole!)

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Old 01-26-2007, 09:19 AM
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I got into 'episodic' posting through having no one to feed off. You gave me a theme "Down Under' and I thought,
"Gosh, there's a lot I can elaborate on."
At first I was dispondent that no one wanted to talk to me. Then I started to enjoy the act of writing.
Funny, Richard, I actually enjoyed reading your episodes.

You might want to continue writing this kind of thing in your own blog . . . Free and Easy, and you can make up your own rules . . .

Yes guys, I'd rather be practicing bass, but the nature of my job leaves me with lots of free minutes, much of them spent researching on these sites . . .
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Old 01-26-2007, 12:58 PM
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Thank you Marcus for the reply.
Who do you occasionally tour with?
I work with Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom, a remarkable Hawaiian singer and great friend for many years. She's nominated for a Grammy this year.
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Old 01-31-2007, 02:55 AM
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Funny, Richard, I actually enjoyed reading your episodes.

You might want to continue writing this kind of thing in your own blog . . . Free and Easy, and you can make up your own rules . . .

Yes guys, I'd rather be practicing bass, but the nature of my job leaves me with lots of free minutes, much of them spent researching on these sites . . .
In reply I quote the famous 1960's 'Robin Hood' theme song:
"Stan Haskins, Stan Haskins, riding through the glen,
Stan Haskins, Stan Haskins, with his band of men,
feared by the bad, loved by the good,
Stan Haskins, Stan Haskins, Stan Haskins.

He came to Sherwood forest with a feather in his cap,
the sign of never looking for a fight.
He kept his arrows near and, though, fighting was his thing,
he still found plenty of time to sing...

Stan Haskins, Stan Haskins, riding through the glen,
Stan Haskins, Stan Haskins, with his band of men,
feared by the bad, loved by the good,
Stan Haskins, Stan Haskins, Stan Haskins."

What was the point of that, you may well ask? Well, it's a long time since anyone has quoted the 1960's Robin Hood theme, especially on a bass site.*

* bass internet sites were not available in the 1960's
* some of the middle words were changed because I couldn't remember the right ones
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Old 01-31-2007, 02:56 AM
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You guys sound like a comedy team! Not including Marcus, of course.
If you guys got any questions, or just wanna talk, except Marcus, of course, I'll be the Resident Jazz Pro over here...Actually, there are many, including Marcus, who who do just as well in this position.....he's been through as much as any of us in terms of the 'Jazz Wars'
Be lets see what we can do
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Old 01-31-2007, 11:41 AM
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Old 01-31-2007, 11:56 AM
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Hi Paul. Good to see you again.

I'm still trying to sort this out, Richard: was Robin Hood a left-wing hero, or more of a fiscal conservative? I seem to remember Ayn Rand mentioning that Robin Hood was symptomatic of the most destructive elements in Western civilization (the poor having a natural right to steal from the rich . . . ) but, if you think about it, wasn't he just returning funds to an overtaxed populace?

Either way, I resent being associated with Mr. Hood (Robin, not John.) I can't even shoot an arrow straight, and I look terrible in tights.

Now I'll shut up before Ken yells at me.
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Old 01-31-2007, 12:33 PM
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I agree with everything you say, I think.
Getting into political discussions leads some to think me a far right conservative and some a bleeding heart liberal.. Where would Ayn Rand fit today? Don't answer.....I've learned to stay out of politics with people I care about. It's a bit too complicated.
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Old 01-31-2007, 11:16 PM
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I'm still trying to sort this out, Richard: was Robin Hood a left-wing hero, or more of a fiscal conservative? I seem to remember Ayn Rand mentioning that Robin Hood was symptomatic of the most destructive elements in Western civilization (the poor having a natural right to steal from the rich . . . ) but, if you think about it, wasn't he just returning funds to an overtaxed populace?

Either way, I resent being associated with Mr. Hood (Robin, not John.) I can't even shoot an arrow straight, and I look terrible in tights.

Now I'll shut up before Ken yells at me.
Hi Stan. I was basically just writing crap because I was feeling in a silly mood. I love your intelligent reply and, I'm sure you're really good looking but, best to stay away from the tights.
What are your thoughts on jazz arco solos? I'm a bit of an addict.
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Old 02-01-2007, 08:28 AM
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PM sent, Richard
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Old 02-02-2007, 02:28 PM
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I got an email from Gary Karr the other day!
At first I thought it was a joke!
About 18 months ago I had posted a question about vibrato on his website. He wrote to apologise for not replying, saying that it got lost in cyber space.
He then answered my question in detail. What a guy!
I follow his vibrato practice instructions each day now... it takes 20 imnutes. Basically you play 4 scales up the G string 4 times, once with each finger. It is certainly helping me.
What a great guy Mr Gary Karr is!
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Old 02-02-2007, 03:31 PM
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Wow, that's great. In a book I have by him (instructional book from the 70s, can't remember the name) he has some "instructions" for vibrato where he recommends the highest point of the vibration be the actual pitch.

So, there's a picture of a sine wave shape, with a straight horizontal line touching the top of the wave.

This is the way I always practiced vibrato until very recently when my teacher told me to start aiming "sharp" - so the horizontal line representing the actual center of the pitch would go through the midpoint of the wave. I find it's easier to stay in tune that way, and the vibrato has more energy (more like what you hear from upper string players).

Then again, I was probably always just playing flat anyway . . .

Does he mention anything about that in your email? COuld you copy the email and post it in another thread? (or just send it to me, for that matter . ..)
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Old 02-02-2007, 05:18 PM
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He doesn't mention centering the vibrato - Stan, I'll try to send you the email, but my computer skills are primitive. PM me an email address and I know how to forward it to you.
His approach is to vibrate over A, Bb, B and C majors (2 octaves) on the G string.
For some reason I always finish up a little flat on the B scale when I compare it to the harmonic (up high). It's a bit of a puzzle, because I usually play the other scales in tune. In fact, I've noticed this with B major before. Could it be something to do with me playing too tempered for the harmonic? When I play C the top B is spot on!
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Old 02-02-2007, 05:28 PM
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Stan!
I've managed to copy Gary's email!!!
I hope he doesn't mind me posting it here, I'm sure he won't.
The email came out in a funny 'he says something, I say something' pattern. I hope you can understand who is writing.


<STRONG>Dear Mr. Prowse,

Thank you for you email which, believe it or not, I only JUST read. Somehow it got lost in cyberspace until now.
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Old 02-02-2007, 05:30 PM
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I don't know what went wrong, but it didn't come out when I posted it. Sorry, don't know what went wrong.
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Old 02-02-2007, 05:31 PM
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Dear Mr. Prowse,

Thank you for you email which, believe it or not, I only JUST read. Somehow it got lost in cyberspace until now.
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Old 02-02-2007, 05:35 PM
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Dear Mr. Prowse,

Thank you for you email which, believe it or not, I only JUST read. Somehow it got lost in cyberspace until now.
Sorry, it'll only post this first sentence... even though I can copy the whole message to the 'reply to thread' bit.
When I push 'submit reply' I lose it.
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