Mostly Transcriptions Vol 2
This is my third CD, following 19th Century Pop Music and Mostly Transcriptions Vol. 1.
As I write the transcriptions, I have my students in mind, hoping they, as well as others, find interest in the music I love. Furthermore, I hope that students and other bass players are encouraged to write their own transcriptions as they have always been a creative tool for performing artists. I personally admire Fritz Kreisler, who was an incredible violinist. Although there is enough violin repertoire, he wrote many transcriptions for the violin and so did Jasha Heifetz and others. Bach also found interest in transcribing works of his own for different combinations as well as works of other composers of his era.
As in my other two CDs, this album also includes an original work composed for me: Intermezzo by the great Israeli composer Tzvi Avni.
Thank you Alex Tamir, Erel Paz, Avi Elbaz and Seigo Matsunaga for making this happen!
Drive a Double Bass - Bass Method
We have just received the second printing of "Mr. Karr, Would You Teach Me How To Drive a Double Bass?"
It is wonderful to know that his book and its accompanying videos on YouTube have helped so many people.
The idea to write the book came to me when I was at Karr camp in 2006.
One day, in his master class, Maestro Karr tried to explain something to a student. He tried a few times but it didn't really work. Finally, he took the student's bass and bow and started playing. He was not explaining or demonstrating. He played the entire movement. It was like a prayer or a similar experience. I felt a tear rolling down.
From the very first time, I heard Gary Karr in concert my life has changed. Studying for four years with him changed my views about playing, about music and about teaching.
Moreover, the time I spent with him inspired me and gave me the strength to follow my beliefs and listen to my heart even when I am sailing against the wind.
There was something so unique, almost mystical about that moment at Karr camp, that I decided I had to write this book so that more people knew about Gary Karr's special technique and musicality. Since the book and the videos were released, I have learned that there is a continuous interest in Gary Karr and his legendary contribution to the world of music.
This book is my little tribute to this great man and I hope it would help some people in their quest of finding their own voice.