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“And Now For Something Completely Different” . . . : Listening To Music Before And After Isolated Tracks

I was recently watching a movie with my wife called French Kiss (1995) with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline. It’s a lightweight romantic comedy but there was one scenr that I found interesting. It takes place in the childhood home

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Posted in Classic Rock, Music Appreciation and Analysis

“David Bowie is” . . . : Bowie at The Brooklyn Museum, a Synthesizer and Cut-Up

Last week I saw “David Bowie Is . . .”, the exhibition currently at the Brooklyn Museum that examines the art and career of David Bowie.  Any fan of Bowie will be impressed by the breath and depth in which

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Posted in Classic Rock, Music Appreciation and Analysis

Stick Theory: Dark Star (Grateful Dead Cover) on the Chapman Stick Guitar

I want to announce the start of a new YouTube playlist on the RoyMusicUSA YouTube channel called Stick Theory (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLogHrynqXOvSmeQXOw_SAW0etIHHKV8mX). The playlist will feature solo Chapman Stick Guitar videos performed at the ManRoy studios here at Casa de RoyMusicUSA (okay,

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Posted in Chapman Stick, Grateful Dead, Improvisation, Jam Band

“I Love The Colorful Clothes She Wears” . . . : The Beach Boy’s Good Vibrations

In my previous post I briefly talked about the great bassist, Carol Kaye. In a career of over 50 years and over 10,000 recording, spanning artists from Frank Sinatra to Elvis Presley to The Monkees to practically every TV show

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Posted in Classic Rock, Music Appreciation and Analysis

“Bass Is The Place” . . . . : Reverb Bass Tricks Videos

Reverb?? On a bass?!! No, I’m not talking about using reverb on a bass (reverb, the audio effect that makes the instrument sound like it was played in a bigger space, is generally considered not be good for bass as

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Posted in Bass, Classic Rock, Music Appreciation and Analysis

“Walk This Way” . . . : Cool Walking Bass Videos From Reverb

When you ask someone to imagine a  jazz tune in their head, I bet that the imaginary tune has a walking bass line. It’s that steady, pulse keeping, melodic thump that will make you tap your feet, nod your head

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Posted in Bass, Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis, Music Theory

New York Movie . . : The new album from The New Jazz Spasms

I am pleased to announce the release of the New York Movie, the fourth album from my virtual band, The New Jazz Spasms on SoundCloud. The album continues the explore the nexus of where The Allman Brothers meets Grant Green

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Posted in Blues, Improvisation, Jam Band, Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis
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