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#playforChris6 – 2nd and 3rd announcements

Here are the latest news concerning #playforChris6.

Remember the limit date for your contributions to arrive is May 15th.

#playforChris6 – first announcement

Longtime internet Yesfriend Steven Sullivan of Forgotten Yesterdays suggested to me a very nice idea – to make a collaboration video among all of us playing “The Fish”. After some thought, I begin to imagine (Can You?;)) a long version of “The Fish” (expanded from the album one) in which you can play separately one or more of the parts, even if you play other instruments, or improvise along. It would basically be played along a backing track I would provide. Each one would then make a video with your performances and I would compile everything for a final “Mega-Fish” ensemble. That could be actually “Play For Chris 6”! – What do you think of the idea? Would you be willing to join it? See some instructions below:

1-Please let me know (by email miguel@miguelbass.com) which instrument(s) are you thinking of playing, and/or if you want to sing.

2-If you can, add info on which the bass part(s) of the original recording you would like to play, that would help managing all parts so I can have a bit of everything for the final mix. UPDATE – upon several requests, you may use soloing bits from live shows (e.g. versions of “whitefish”, Yessongs, Live at Lugano/Montreux, etc, but preferably the parts that fit in the main 7/4 pattern (the continuous harmonics)

3-I will provide you a backing track, with a click or guide, that will allow you to play along with it so all players will have matching tempos.

4-Ideally the backing track would not sound in the recording. You can do this by recording the bass direct, or recording while listening to the backing track in headphones. However, if you do not have the means to do any of the two alternatives, you can record whilst the backing track is sounding in your room, just make sure your bass is predominant in the recording (e.g. place microphone of camera closer to the bass amp and play the backing track not too loud and not too close to the mic).

5-Record one video (or one per each part you will play/sing). The duration of each shall be between 30 seconds and 90 seconds, so I may edit freely according to the length of the video, number of entries, etc.

6-Send your file(s) to my email, along with information about Name/Location and a text message dedicated to Chris, which will be displayed in the final mix. WeTransfer, Dropbox, Google Drive are some of the preferred ways to send the files.

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Happy 2020!

I announce to my dear friends in the channel that this year I leave my regular job, and dedicate myself to Music in full-time. Therefore I am at your disposal for musical services and of course continuing with the online lessons.

In 2020, the fee for online lessons will drop from 20 Euro (one hour). This will also apply to the current students, of course! Please do check all information at the Online Lessons page. I will be glad to answer your questions by email and help you to accomplish your goals learning the bass.

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Thank you and Happy New Year “Hopefully, Eventually”.

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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