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Manouchka – live in Coimbra

Earlier this month, I guested at a live performance with Manouchka, a gipsy jazz/manouche band composed by my old friend Nuno Marinho (Guitar) and Marian Yanchyk (Violin), also guesting Bruno Neves (Guitar).

It was the second time we played together as a quartet and there was a great atmosphere at the venue, a bar named Liquidâmbar, right in the center of my city, Coimbra.

A very special occasion also to play my grandfather’s double-bass, which is now in great shape thanks to the work of luthier Catarina Torres at Torres & Dase Luthiers. The instrument plays now very comfortably, and has completely opened its sound.

I made a small montage of some parts of the show – hope you like it!

Then – bass transcription by Simon Gilman

Simon Gilman made yet another brilliant transcription, this time using my bass cover video of Then.

Here can download the pdf file Then_Bass score by Simon Gilman

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Sir, you need to calm down – Live with Paul Gilbert

Here’s one more beautiful memory of the Masterclass show with the fabulous PAUL GILBERT. “Sir, you need to calm down”, a track from his latest album “Behold Electric Guitar”. With the great Sérgio Marques on drums and your bass player, on April 12th, at my city – Coimbra.

Once again, my gratitude to Marco Matos of Virtuosos da Guitarra for the invitation to play for one of the greatest guitar players in the world.

You can watch the previously released post, with more videos from this show.

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A night with Paul Gilbert

On April 12th, I had the great privilege to play for Paul Gilbert, at the occasion of his Masterclass show, in my hometown, Coimbra.  In fact, it all started two months before, when I was invited for the event and began learning all the material: 10 songs, including rock classics from The Beatles, Gary Moore, Scorpions, among others. Paul Gilbert also sent three original songs from his new album “Behold Electric Guitar”.

I would like to thank Paul Gilbert for this incredible opportunity to play and meet in person one of the greatest rock guitarists.

I would also like to express my gratitude to Marco Matos of Virtuosos da Guitarra for the invitation and my partner in crime Sérgio Marques, on drums, who did a terrific job and was a joy to work with, throughout the rehearsals we did together. Finally, to Américo Silva and his team at Music Light, for the excellent sound and stage work.

Below are some of the songs from this memorable show, which I hope you will enjoy watching!

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#playforChris4 – announcement

Dear Friends, the 4th edition of “Play For Chris” is open to all who wish to join in a demonstration of thankfulness, remembering and celebrating the life and music of Chris Squire. Here’s how you can participate:

1 – Record a video of yourself singing or playing your instrument of choice, preferably something from Chris or Yes’ catalogue. Please act especially for this occasion. Do something now – in the Present – rather than using previously produced material – Play for Chris!

2 – Include a text message about your feelings for Chris, what his music means
to you. The text will be displayed along with your video.

If you don’t play or sing at all you may still participate by sending a video of yourself speaking, with a message stating your feelings for Chris.

Optionally you may send graphical content such as a drawing, painting or photo
composition about or dedicated to Chris.You can include the text message to be displayed along with the image.

3-Send your files to me (miguel@miguelbass.com) by the method you prefer, just let me know. The limit date is the 31st of May 2018. Please try to keep your contributions up to 90 seconds and allow me to edit them, if needed, in order to fit all contributions in one clip, and as evenly as possible.

Let’s keep celebrating Chris’ music here on earth and, as the name says, to keep playing for Chris!

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Solo bass transcriptions by stpeter

Our friend Peter Saint-Andre (a.k.a.stpeter) has made several arrangements of Yessongs for solo bass, some of them are available in standard notation at his site. Here’s the link for this and other of Peter’s musical (a)ventures.

The time between the notes

Dear Friends, in the next months I will have to focus on my PhD thesis, so I will put a hold on the videos, although I’m getting a lot of inspiring suggestions from you, and a few ideas of my own! Likewise the online lessons will be temporarily suspended. Only as soon as I am done with my professional/scholar duties I’ll be able to resume with the main musical activities, to keep them at a level that I’m happy with – and hopefully you too. I’ll keep posting, as always, whenever I find something worth to share with you.
Thanks for being here!
Miguel
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#playforChris3 – announcement

Dear Friends, the 3rd edition of “Play For Chris” is open to all who wish to join in a demonstration of thankfulness, remembering and celebrating the life and music of Chris Squire. Here’s how you can participate:
 
1 – Record a video of yourself singing or playing your instrument of choice, preferably something from Chris or Yes’ catalogue. Please act especially for this occasion. Do something now – in the Present – rather than using previously produced material – Play for Chris!
 
2 – Include a text message about your feelings for Chris, what his music means
to you. The text will be displayed along with your video.
 
If you don’t play or sing at all you may still participate by sending a video of yourself speaking, with a message stating your feelings for Chris.
 
Optionally you may send graphical content such as a drawing, painting or photo
composition about or dedicated to Chris.You can include the text message to be displayed along with the image.
 
3-Send your files to me (miguel@miguelbass.com) by the method you prefer, just let me know. The limit date is the 31st of May 2017. Please try to keep your contributions up to 90 seconds and allow me to edit them, if needed, in order to fit all contributions in one clip, and as evenly as possible.
 
Let’s keep celebrating Chris’ music here on earth and, as the name says,
to keep playing for Chris!

Holiday Special – Online Lessons

Dear Friends. For the Holiday season I’m offering an extra lesson to the four lessons set. That will be five lessons for the same price for you or to offer as Christmas present to your friends . Valid till the end of the year but of course you can use the lessons for 2017 as you like. Full information, as always, at the lessons page.

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Interview at Yes Music Podcast 5th anniversary

Last week I had the honour of featuring in one of Kevin Mulryne’s interviews celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Yes Music Podcast. Some topics discussed were my interest in Bulgarian Folklore Music, start of my online bass lessons project and, of course, Yes Music and Chris Squire.

YMP 5th Anniversary – Part 2 with Miguel Falcão – 246