Ken's Corner (Bass Forums Sponsored By KSB)

Go Back   Ken's Corner (Bass Forums Sponsored By KSB) > The Bull Pit

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-22-2007, 07:05 PM
Richard Prowse Richard Prowse is offline
Senior Posting Member
 
Join Date: 01-21-2007
Location: Wainuiomata
Posts: 3,473
Richard Prowse is on a distinguished road
Default

Well, I'm going to post something to get this going.
Down here (NZ) we've been on summer holidays, though I've been back at work for about a week. I teach at a pretty tough school and I'm the music teacher (head of music, but official title is 'Assistant HOF Arts'). The students don't return until Feb 7th., but there's lots to do and I've just been asked to help sort out another school's music department.
I started playing double bass in 1976, having done an honours degree in composition (with violin performance). I've played a lot of jazz, but my background was originally classical. Probably the highlight of my jazz career was doing a short tour with Gordon Brisker (USA).
He said to me,
"I really like your swing feel". This is probably the best (I've not had many) compliment that I've ever received.
I don't get a lot of contact with other DB players in my area, so sights like this are a mine of information.
For about the last 3 years I've been working on a solo DB repertoire which is sort of jazz based with a tinge of classical and world music. It's all arco.
I changed to German bow about 2 - 3 years ago after injuring the first finger on my right hand.
The guy who built my German frog did it a funny shape, so my bow is a bit different from the standard... the bottom of the frog is flush with the hair. I'd love to find out about more this type of frog design. I have stuck with this frog because I can't really afford to replace it ($600NZ + rehair), but I feel pretty happy with it.
I also play BG.
I'm 54 years old and have two children in their 20's. I've been married for nearly 23 years.
Why am I telling you all this?
Well, when you see a post by me, you'll know a bit about who I am.
Sometimes I make silly posts (especially after a glass of vino or 2), but I always strive to treat everybody with respect.
Bass is huge in my life. Sometimes I think that I should spend more time thinking about something like sex and less about bass.
Ah, but you can't teach an old dog new tricks!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01-22-2007, 10:32 PM
Richard Prowse Richard Prowse is offline
Senior Posting Member
 
Join Date: 01-21-2007
Location: Wainuiomata
Posts: 3,473
Richard Prowse is on a distinguished road
Default

Still only me here!
...well, I'll carry on...
Wainuiomata is a settlement that is separated from two cities
(Lower Hutt - boring, and Wellington - interesting) by a rather big hill. Apart from Upper Hutt (a hole) it contains the cheapest houses that you can find anywhere near Wellington.
This is why I live here. It does, however, have some wonderful native bush nearby. At night and in the early morning one can hear the calls of native birds and native V8 cars. Yes, unfortunately some Wainuiomatians seem to love burning the treads off their tyres. This is good for the guy who owns the local tyre shop.

At the Southern end of Wainuiomata is a small settlement of shops known as the Homedale Village. Today, when I was out walking, I met up with the chap who owns the small children's bookshop in the village. He wants to run a small jazz festival and I have agreed to help him. I once ran part of a large festival in Tauranga, so I have a bit of experience.
We'll get the nearby secondary schools involved and I'll try to call in a few favours from some Wellington jazz musicians whom I know.
If nobody agrees to play, I do have my 1 hour 20 minutes (and growing) solo arco double bass repertoire to fall back on.

Maybe one of you hot yankee bass players wants to do a free gig in Wainuiomata? Unfortunately you'll have to pay your own airfare, but you could stay at my place and experience the sort of hospitality that you only get in Wainuiomata!
And I can promise you top billing!

Bored in New York? Had enough of Philadolphia? Too much rushing around in Los Angeles?
Why not take a break beneath the lovely hills of Wainuiomata, where a toob is called a tube and tomato sauce ain't called ketchup?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-23-2007, 12:25 AM
Greg Clinkingbeard Greg Clinkingbeard is offline
Posting Member
 
Join Date: 01-21-2007
Location: Prairie Village, KS(Kansas City)
Posts: 136
Greg Clinkingbeard is on a distinguished road
Default

It's all so very tempting. I've got about five minutes of arco repertoire that I can offer.
The way you describe your home makes me envious; sounds like a nice place to live.

A little about me,

I live in a typical middle income suburb in Kansas City with my wife Diann. I have a daughter attending college in Virginia and a son here in high school. Both are musicians, violin and cello. We share our home with three cats and a dog.

My musical training, if you can call it that, began in grade school. I played alto sax throughout middle and high school. Guitar lessons began when I was about twelve or thirteen, but I soon found the bass. It just seemed to fit me better. My high school had a blonde Kay that found me. I played it the best I could in the pit orchestra for school musicals and a little jazz. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a teacher in town but I did the best I could.

In college, I studied music for two years and studied the DB with a member of the Kansas City Symphony. I played a bass provided by my college......a blonde Kay. The bass had some horrible roundwound strings on it. I think the E and A were steel and the D and G may have been nylon? All I remember for sure is that I had to work so hard on that bass to get anything out of it. It was a lot of work.
The slab was my main interest and I did a lot of gigging with everything from Country to Jazz groups.

Well, after graduating college I got a sales job and began a career and family. Music began to take a back seat and I eventually quit playing altogether. Twenty years later.......................... how do you play this thing?????

I've had my DB now for a little less than a year and am studying with one of the top Jazz players in the area. I'm good enough now that I'm playing semi regularly and don't usually stink it up too bad. My main problem is just re-learning all those tunes.

Having the time of my life with a woman who supports me completely. It doesn't get any better.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-23-2007, 12:54 AM
Richard Prowse Richard Prowse is offline
Senior Posting Member
 
Join Date: 01-21-2007
Location: Wainuiomata
Posts: 3,473
Richard Prowse is on a distinguished road
Default

Hey, Greg.
Maybe I'm getting old, but it fasinates me how two guys can chat across the world. I loved hearing your experiences. I remember, as a youngster, playing a bass with big, fat gut strings... and trying to bow them with a bow that desperately needed rosin.
I hope your family are all well and safe.
Good luck with that playing.
Richard
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-23-2007, 02:33 PM
Richard Prowse Richard Prowse is offline
Senior Posting Member
 
Join Date: 01-21-2007
Location: Wainuiomata
Posts: 3,473
Richard Prowse is on a distinguished road
Default

Well, it's morning 'down here' and I'm off to work today. I don't mean to go on about my '78 Fender Jazz because, after all, this is a Ken Smith site, but...
I had a practice with a covers band last night. I've had my FJ tuned as a tenor bass for many years as it is great for solo playing. A couple of days ago I slapped some GHS strings on it that I had in my drawer. Wow! This bass has such a big sound! I'd forgotten how big, as the tenor strings are thinner and don't have that bottom end. Now, the sort of stuff that this band plays (Classic Rock) is definately not my bag and I'm only filling in to help out a friend. But last night I came home beaming because that bass was just so much fun to play! I kept turning down all night because it seemed to be cutting right through the entire band. I am not a loud player.

On another note, don't forget that the Homedale Village Jazz Festival (Wainuiomata) is coming up sometime between June and August. The offer of free accomodation still stands for any passing yankee bass player who wants to play free and top the bill. I'm sure I can round up a few competent jazz musicians. If you haven't had the New Zealand experience, here's a chance and a reason to come.

Remember Lord of the Rings and those amazing castles? All done on computer, unfortunately. But NZ is a nice place to visit, providing you stay away from the ozone hole. The tourism board always claims that we're 'clean and green'. We'll I suppose it's true, but there is litter here too. There are some very good jazz musicians in Wellington (30 min. away by car). The NZSO (symphony orchestra) is certainly worth a listen too.

That's all from 'down under' this morning.
Today's the day I practise my major scales on my DB, so I'd better get into it.
Ciao. A piu tardi.
Remember: Italian is the language of music.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-24-2007, 12:11 AM
Richard Prowse Richard Prowse is offline
Senior Posting Member
 
Join Date: 01-21-2007
Location: Wainuiomata
Posts: 3,473
Richard Prowse is on a distinguished road
Default

Yes, Italian sure is the language of music.
French, they say, is the language of love.
Madigascan is probably the language of something, maybe it's the language of motor mechanics?
Without pushing the point too hard, maybe Western Zulu is the language of hair dressing.
What about American? Well, it's really just English with some words spelt wrong and some 'interesting' grammar. It's a good guess that English originated in England. Just like Spanish originated in Spain and Latin originated in Lat. (a little joke there)
Why did the Americans decide to tamper with English?
They spell 'colour' as color and 'realise' as realize. They ignore the verbal form of practice (to practise) and leave 'me' out of programme.
I suppose life is about change. Everything changes. Like jazz and views on moral issues.
Down under we speak what is referred to as 'the Queen's English'. I guess if the queen says something it's okay. Maybe Americans speak 'the President's English'.
I wonder if our attitudes to language effect how we play music?
It does effect how singers sound. Imagine Bessie Smith singing the Queen's English.

This time of the year lawns grow very fast down under.
I need to mow mine. I'm a bit tired because I had a long day at work. If I mow the lawns, I might be too tired to do further double bass practice tonight because I may fall victim to 'a few wines'. I will do the lawns and attempt to practise. God bless you America!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-18-2007, 02:29 AM
Robert Prowse Robert Prowse is offline
Posting Member
 
Join Date: 03-19-2007
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 193
Robert Prowse is on a distinguished road
Default Dooooom is me?

Help me! Help meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
__________________
2nd fiddle
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-18-2007, 12:44 PM
Richard Prowse Richard Prowse is offline
Senior Posting Member
 
Join Date: 01-21-2007
Location: Wainuiomata
Posts: 3,473
Richard Prowse is on a distinguished road
Default John Wayne?

I'd rather be the pope:
  • He's alive (I think)
  • He's got lots of money
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11-19-2007, 10:11 AM
Mark Mazurek Mark Mazurek is offline
Senior Posting Member
 
Join Date: 06-28-2007
Location: Naperville, IL
Posts: 258
Mark Mazurek is on a distinguished road
Default

There's also that pretty sweet hat.


Also, imagine the headlines 'WORLD WIDE'...

..."POPE, LEARNING TO PLAY DOUBLE BASS... ...more at 7."
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11-19-2007, 04:10 PM
Richard Prowse Richard Prowse is offline
Senior Posting Member
 
Join Date: 01-21-2007
Location: Wainuiomata
Posts: 3,473
Richard Prowse is on a distinguished road
Default

He only wears the little hat to cover a bald spot.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 11-20-2007, 08:57 AM
Mark Mazurek Mark Mazurek is offline
Senior Posting Member
 
Join Date: 06-28-2007
Location: Naperville, IL
Posts: 258
Mark Mazurek is on a distinguished road
Default

He's got a bald spot?
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
holy moly


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 8 (0 members and 8 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:55 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2007 - Ken Smith Basses, LTD. (All Rights Reserved)