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Keeping the Beat, Once a Week. Music doesn't have to be complicated. The best way to get improve is to get back to the basics and make music fun again! Join us for weekly discussions about music, theory, and gigging. We bring you the beat once a week!

Keeping the Beat, Once a Week. Music doesn't have to be complicated. The best way to get improve is to get back to the basics and make music fun again! Join us for weekly discussions about music, theory, and gigging. We bring you the beat once a week!
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Keeping the Beat, Once a Week. Music doesn't have to be complicated. The best way to get improve is to get back to the basics and make music fun again! Join us for weekly discussions about music, theory, and gigging. We bring you the beat once a week!

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English


Episodes

Time Signatures

5/20/2019
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Time marks the passing of moments. Each day we have hundreds of moments that fly by, some taking longer than others or appearing in different forms. We work, we play, we eat, we sleep. The craziest part is that no two days look exactly the same! Music can’t be like this, though. It has to be repeatable to be consumable. That’s where Time Signatures step in. They can be even, odd, simple, or compound. They can be fast or slow or anything in between. Time signatures are a vital piece of...

Duration:01:08:25

Triads and Extensions

5/13/2019
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Imagine your favorite song. Now, imagine it again without any chords and only one note played at a time. It just isn't the same. Why do multiple notes sound so much better? Triads and extensions are the key to building the perfect song. The concept is simple, but the execution it always so. This episode breaks it down in an easy to understand way that will give you the foundation you need to apply this to your music. If you liked this episode, leave us a 5 star review and share with your...

Duration:01:15:36

Key Signatures and Scales

5/6/2019
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The first step to learning functional music theory is key signatures and scales. These are the foundations to the rest of music theory, yet so many people don’t understand them. We make it simple for you! Mat and Tommy share their experiences of learning key signatures, scales, and how to use them. In this episode you’ll learn some tricks to learn key signatures faster. You will also learn how to turn those into scales. We will even tell you about a few “bonus” scales that you’ll be able...

Duration:00:35:02

Why Music Theory is Important

4/29/2019
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We get it, music theory can be boring. Learning sets of rules can be dry. Why even bother with it? We'll tell you! Music theory is incredibly important to a career as a successful musician. Are you only a hobbyist? That's okay! Knowing music theory will do 4 big things to unlock your playing. 1. It is foundational to the rest of music 2. It is necessary for proper communication during rehearsals and on the band stand 3. It is a great tool for personal expression 4. It is incredibly...

Duration:01:02:15

Got G.A.S.?

4/22/2019
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Got G.A.S.? We all know what that's like! Gear Acquisition Syndrome is common amongst musicians. Some of us are better than others and don't succumb to it. Mat and Tommy are not like that... Listen to their stories of their favorite gear and what they recommend you try to find for yourself! Don't forget to leave a 5 star review and share with your friends! Check us out at www.tommybolles.com Bass...

Duration:01:35:53

6 Songs from the 1930s to Check Out ASAP

4/15/2019
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The 1930s was an incredible era for jazz - it was the beginning of the big band era and the height of tin pan alley. The amount of amazing music that was written in this time period rivals any other era of music. What are the highlights? Listen to find out! Give us a 5 Star Rating and leave us a review! Don't forget to share and subscribe! Check out our site at https://tommybolles.com Links Our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU3rqBiItyVc3rvJD9WL_OA Beautiful...

Duration:01:01:16

6 Tunes from the 1920s You NEED to Hear

4/8/2019
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Every era of music has some amazing music that it produces. We shared 6 of our favorites from the 1920s! These are not the 6 best tunes or even necessarily our favorites, but they are tunes that we think everyone, musician or not, should take a listen to. Leave us a 5 star review and subscribe! Check us out at tommybolles.com

Duration:01:32:31

Categorizing Music

4/1/2019
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We still think music doesn't have to be complicated, so we decided to break it down to be even simpler. Many scholars and musicologists and even casual listeners break music down in to so many different genres and categories that it is impossible to wrap your head around them all. What if we told you that you can break them all down into just FOUR categories?? Don't believe me? Click the link below! Give us a review and follow us to stay up to date! Go to tommybolles.com for more content!

Duration:01:17:43

The 3 Foundational Minor Scales

3/25/2019
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There are three different types of minor scales that make up music: Natural, harmonic, and melodic. What's the difference? Mat and Tommy talk about what separates them from each other and how you can use them in your playing. Leave us a 5 star review and hit subscribe! Check out our site!

Duration:01:02:42

The Blues Scale

3/18/2019
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The Blues Scale is fundamental to American Popular Music. Everyone has heard it whether they realize it or not. But what is it? How do you use it? Mat and Tommy dive into this topic head-first. Like our show? Leave a review, give us five stars, and share it with your friends! Check out our site!

Duration:01:03:20

One is the Loneliest Number

3/12/2019
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Here it is! Number 1 from yesterday's list. Our top ten film scores can't be top ten without this one here. So what is our number one favorite film score? Listen in to find out :) Please like, comment, subscribe, and rate! Check out our site!

Duration:00:17:33

Our Top 10 Film Scores

3/11/2019
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In honor of the Oscars we present our top 10 film scores of all time. Mat and Tommy talk about how film has helped classical symphonic music and have some fun discussing some of their favorites. Like us? Leave a review and share with your friends! Check out our site!

Duration:01:16:11

We're Talkin About Practice

3/4/2019
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Practice is one of the most hated part of music, but it doesn't have to be! Listen to Mat and Tommy discuss how they practice and how they keep it interesting and fun. Leave a 5 star review and share with your friends! Check out our site!

Duration:01:15:21

The Role of the Guitar

2/24/2019
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The guitar is a versatile instrument that covers a wide range of sounds. But what does it do? Mat and Tommy use their personal experiences playing together to illustrate how the guitar is used in music. Share, comment, like and subscribe! Don't forget to give us a rating! Check out our site!

Duration:01:18:34

The Role of the Bass, Part 2

2/17/2019
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We continue our discussion of the role of the bass in music. Part 1 discussed harmony, and part 2 discusses playing in time. Mat and Tommy share their view of the bass player through their personal experiences and give some examples from their own playing. Share, comment, like, subscribe! Don't forget to give us a rating! Check out our site!

Duration:01:17:47

The Role of the Bass Part 1

2/10/2019
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Every modern song has a bass of some sort, but what exactly is it doing? In this episode we talk about what a bass player is supposed to do and offer some tips on how to get the most out of your playing. Like our show? Leave us a review and share us with your friends! Check our our website!

Duration:01:02:36

Stage Fright

2/4/2019
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Are you or one of your students dealing with Stage Fright? Performance anxiety is a real thing that many people, from hobbyists to professionals, struggle with. In this episode we share our personal experiences with stage fright and offer up ways to help you and your students cope with this anxiety. Give us a review and let us know what you think! Check out our site!

Duration:00:57:56

Introductions

1/27/2019
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The premier episode of Just the Bassics! In this episode we introduce ourselves, discuss our current playlists, and reveal our view of music. Links to who we mentioned: http://janekgwizdala.com/ Cory Wong and Cody Fry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYELx5Zuj2M Let us know what you think and leave a review! Check us out at tommybolles.com!

Duration:00:53:14