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Contrabass Conversations features interviews and performances from top leaders in the world of the bass. Podcast host Jason Heath dives deep into what makes these world-class artists tick. With over 2 million downloads, Contrabass Conversations is the most popular podcast for double bassists. Join the community and experience life on the low end of the spectrum!
 
The podcast about all things business for music teachers and studio owners. Learn how to brand, market, and grow your music studio. Hear stories of creative music teachers who are taking on other cool entrepreneurial projects. Get answers to your self-employment questions from experts. Hosted by entrepreneur, business coach, and piano teacher, Andrea Miller.
 
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Today’s deep-dive is a “highlight reel” from our recent conversation with Luis Celis, the awesome new bassist in the Cincinnati Symphony, sharing tips for improving that will help anyone. Enjoy! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 100+ wide-ranging titles for b…
 
With the school year coming to a close, I thought this would be a helpful time to talk about how I reset my schedule in times of transition. I’m not talking about goal-setting today, although that might also be part of the “reset” process. What I’m talking about today is more about how I plan my days and weeks to create a rhythm in my life that is …
 
We’re chatting with Eleanor Martindale about this summer’s RCR Double Bass Camp, which will be coming up August 15-20 in Perpignan, France. We talk about how the camp is organized, the teachers that will be there, and much more. Enjoy, and you can learn more about the RCR Double Bass Camp on their website, Instagram, and Facebook! Subscribe to the …
 
Today’s episode is a deep-dive into Nicholas Walker’s beautiful solo bass work Chorale. Enjoy! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 350+ wide-ranging titles for bassists. Listen to Contrabass Conversations with our free app for iOS, Android, and Kindle. Check ou…
 
Renée-Paule Gauthier is a violinist, teacher, performance coach, writer, clinician, yogi, wife, mother, aspiring hiker, and personal growth junkie. She is also the host of the Mind Over Finger podcast, runs the Music Mastery Experience coaching program for musicians, and has recently been certified as a life coach. We chat about podcasting, playing…
 
Today’s deep-dive covers techniques for fixing collapsing left-hand fingers. Enjoy! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 100+ wide-ranging titles for bassists. Listen to Contrabass Conversations with our free app for iOS, Android, and Kindle. Check out my Beginn…
 
Today’s episode was prompted by questions I get from newly-graduated or soon-to-be graduated music majors who are just getting ready to launch their studios and want to know how to get started from nothing. A full transcript and resources from this episode can be found at MusicStudioStartup.com/episode102. Get your application in for the $1,000 Stu…
 
Luis Celis recently won an audition for the double bass section of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Luis is originally from Venezuela and studied with Susan Hagen at the Berklee College of Music. He was also a diversity fellow with the CSO prior to winning the audition with the CSO. We talk about Luis’ musical journey, what his preparation proces…
 
Joe Policastro played a great set to close out the Cincinnati Bass Bash this April. This episode features Joe on bass along with Steve Schmidt on piano and James Leslie on drums. Enjoy, and be sure to follow along with Joe and his trio on their website, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and Spotify! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews deli…
 
Today’s mini interview is with Scarlette Kerr, a teacher who went from having a very part-time studio while in grad school to building a strong student roster within seven months, even with COVID happening. We talk about being a musician AND business owner, time management, and self-promotion. Scarlette also happens to be the winner of the startup …
 
Barry Green hit the ground running when he moved back to Cincinnati a few years ago, and I was fortunate to be a part of two recent Ohio events. This short episode features an interview with Barry and is a great example of his enthusiasm for the double bass and the community surrounding it. Enjoy! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews de…
 
Today’s deep-dive covers ideas for getting more accurate with double bass intonation. Enjoy! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 300+ wide-ranging titles for bassists. Listen to Contrabass Conversations with our free app for iOS, Android, and Kindle. Check out …
 
Thomas Fiorini recently performed the premiere of the Groslot Concerto for Bass Guitar with the Brussels Philharmonic. This concerto has recently been released on all digital platforms, and Tom has released a fascinating video series documenting the story behind this important new addition to the repertoire. We talk about the story behind this piec…
 
Today’s deep-dive covers thoughts on bass camps and the benefits they have to local communities. Enjoy! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 100+ wide-ranging titles for bassists. Listen to Contrabass Conversations with our free app for iOS, Android, and Kindle.…
 
Hi! It’s spring break here at Music Studio Startup headquarters, so I’m just jumping on the mic to give you some details on the 2022 studio launch grant competition. This program is for new and newish teachers who have been in business for fewer than three years. If this describes you - I hope you’ll apply. If it's not, I hope you’ll share this wit…
 
Richard Duke is the director for the Golden Gate Bass Camp and the San Francisco Winter Bass Bash. In this episode, we talk about Richard’s early years in music, moving from Alaska to California to study at UC-Santa Cruz, our shared time at Northwestern University in the late 1990s, the Bay Area music scene, how Richard got involved with the bass c…
 
In this solo show, Jason covers his thoughts about turning 46 and what the last few years have been like. Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 100+ wide-ranging titles for bassists. Listen to Contrabass Conversations with our free app for iOS, Android, and Kindl…
 
I’m excited to be bringing the grant competition back this year. The purpose of this grant is to help a new or new-ish music teacher launch their studio. The grand prize includes a $1000 cash grant and host of other tools, products, and training programs from our amazing sponsors, which include: Duet Partner, Fons, Cascade Method, Steve Hughes’ Vir…
 
This podcast is a deep-dive on the topic of deliberate practice, inspired by this week’s YouTube video about the Musical SuperLearning course from Musical U. Enjoy! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 100+ wide-ranging titles for bassists. Listen to Contrabass …
 
Today I’m back again with Karen Thickstun for the second part of our discussion on fundraising. Our topic today is specifically about grants: how to find grants, how to evaluate if your project is a good fit, how to reframe a project to expand the grants you might be eligible for, and much, much more. This topic is especially timely because there a…
 
Jackson Jay Kidder is a bassist, vocalist, and composer based in Chicago. He recently released his debut EP Standing By and will be celebrating with a live event in April. We talk about his musical background, his time studying at DePaul University, what it has been like as a working jazz artist, how the pandemic inspired Jackson’s singing, and muc…
 
Nina DeCesare was recently in San Francisco as the guest artist for the 2022 San Francisco Winter Bass Bash. We talk about her recital, her recent faculty appointment to the Peabody Institute, and much more. Enjoy. and be sure to follow Nina on her website, Instagram, and YouTube Channel! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered t…
 
If you hit play on this episode thinking, "I don't have a nonprofit, so fundraising isn't really for me.", I think you'll be surprised by the discussion. Karen covers so many more types of fundraising than I ever would have thought about and talks about how even for-profit studio owners can use fundraising to stretch their impact. Be prepared to ta…
 
Susan Hagen has recently written a book of Warm Ups for double bassists. It’s titled BASSics of Bass and is available in digital form through our sheet music store or in print form by emailing Susan. We talk about this book and much more. Enjoy, and be sure to check out Susan on her website, YouTube Channel, and Berklee faculty profile! Subscribe t…
 
Today’s episode is a panel discussion on auditioning and other topics from the 2022 Pittsburgh Double Bass Symposium. The panelists for this discussion are Brandon McLean, Andrew Kohn, Tracy Rowell, Jeremy Kurtz-Harris, and event organizer Micah Howard. Enjoy! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check ou…
 
It seems fitting that this week, right around the two year anniversary of COVID shutting things down in the US, I’d be interviewing the inventor of a mask specifically designed for singers. Today I’m talking to Stephanie Tennill, about what inspired her to design this mask, how she manufactured it, distributed it, and how, even as a for-profit busi…
 
Photo by Rens Dekker Peter Willems is a bassist and vocalist and is currently studying both subjects at the conservatory of Maastricht. He recently released Double Dare, Vol. 1 with the Grammy-nominated Gary Lucas. We talk about his musical background, the unique learning environment in Maastricht, practicing, plans for the future, and much more. E…
 
Today’s deep-dive covers the strange sounds that we can get when learning to bow, and some possible diagnoses. Enjoy, and check out the accompanying YouTube video there plus a PDF copy of the checklist. Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 100+ wide-ranging titl…
 
Today’s podcast is part one of a two-part interview with the founder of a website that will be familiar to a lot of music teachers. That website is makingmusicfun.net. This website is full of sheet music, theory worksheets, music lessons plans, and video lessons. In our conversation, founder Andy Fling, takes us back to the very beginning of Making…
 
It’s a pleasure to bring back Gahlord Dewald as a guest today. He was featured on an in-person episode at the 2017 International Society of Bassists Convention and also on a remote chat in 2020 about his album Coherent Light Enclosed Without, which was recorded at The Tank Center for Sonic Arts. Gahlord recently moved from Vermont to Hawaii. We tal…
 
Today’s deep-dive covers how I approach teaching the very first bass lesson. Enjoy, and check out the accompanying YouTube video to see me attempt to teach bass to my wife for the first time! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 100+ wide-ranging titles for bass…
 
Today’s podcast is part one of a two-part interview with the founder of a website that will be familiar to a lot of music teachers. That website is makingmusicfun.net. This website is full of sheet music, theory worksheets, music lessons plans, and video lessons. In our conversation, founder Andy Fling, takes us back to the very beginning of Making…
 
Today we’re featuring Christopher Sutton of Musical U. I’ve been a fan of Christopher’s for years, and it was so cool to be able to sit down and talk through his online journey. ' We dig into his musical upbringing, how he “blew up” in the early days of the App Store, the trials and tribulations of pivoting over the years, what it’s like to teach t…
 
Today’s deep-dive covers what I carry to the gig. Enjoy, and check out the accompanying YouTube video for links to everything. Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 100+ wide-ranging titles for bassists. Listen to Contrabass Conversations with our free app for iO…
 
Today’s interview is going to have you rethinking what you thought was possible for the lifestyle of a full-time piano teacher. Today I’m talking to Anna Fagan about how she moved her house and studio on the road during COVID and now lives and teaches full-time from an RV. We talk about how they adapted the RV to create a teaching studio, the tech …
 
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