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A Gift From My Patrons

Today I have purchased a license for Reaper, thanks to the kind contributions of my dear Patrons at https://patreon.com/miguelfalcao.
This will not only allow me to make more and better music and videos, but also to support the Reaper developers themselves, who make such a great software for musicians.
I feel happy, and more determined to keep doing what I love.
Thank you so much to my dear Patrons, more good things to come! 🎶🎸❤”Hopefully, Eventually”
Miguel

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Online Lessons update

I announce to my dear friends that I will keep the 2020 special fee of my bass lessons until January 15th 2021, just in case you need ideas for your Christmas gift or for a friend… or if you have a bass oriented New Year’s decision 🙂
If you start the lessons within this period, the fee for you will not be raised afterwards. Of course neither it will for the current students. If you’d like to know more about it please visit my lessons page and read about what I have to offer and some opinions of my current and former students!

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#playforChris6

Finally, #playforChris6 – is ready! Feel free to share it with your friends or communities.

It was a long journey. Thank you to all participants for the sounds and images you have given me to play with. You don’t know… but I have developed a relationship with each one of you by seeing you and listening to you every day in the past 2 months. You were my band mates, my friends. I felt the love that you have put in your recordings, even those who, previously, were not so emotionally connected to Chris’ music.

Thank you to my Patrons for supporting me financially, for believing that what I do is worth it. Thank you to all my friends who encouraged me and shown me excitement in seeing the final result, as I was describing what I wanted to do.

This is was huge task, something hard to top, as some friends told me. I would like to say that the purpose wasn’t ever to do better than previous editions. It never is about outdoing myself. The only important purpose is to gather Chris’ fans and celebrate his music together, whether we do another one like this or we get back to the original format… or.. who know what might happen… as long as we Play for Chris!

My Patreon page

Dear Friends

For over 12 years I have been creating artistic bass cover/tutorial videos, especially Chris Squire bass covers, as well as other related stories, original music and different musical topics content.

I am starting a Patreon page at https://www.patreon.com/miguelfalcao for those of you who wish to support financially my musical activities. As you may know, since the beginning of 2020, I am exclusively working as a musician and music teacher, including online bass lessons.

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By becoming my Official Patron, you will have access to the several benefits of this page, such as early access to content, video updates, polls or even recovering your monthly fee as a discount on a private bass lesson with me.

I hope that with my Patreon page, you will find a new exciting way to interact with me, which will provide you good moments, inspiration and useful guidance in your relationship with Music, while helping me with my musical career, taking its first steps in its full-time life.

As it is a new experience to me, as it is to you, I would also please ask you to send your thoughts and ideas on how to make this new project even more interesting for you and the community.

Thank you for being here!

Miguel

#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.