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Lady Gaga Chromatica Side A
Jun 29 • 38 min
Lady Gaga’s newest album, Chromatica, is her sixth studio album. It is also her sixth studio album to debut at number one on the Billboard Top 200. The record is very personal for her and has a backstory that you have to hear. Lady Gaga, aka Stefani…
Ricardo and Arlene Escobar
Jun 22 • 48 min
Ricardo and Arlene Escobar are good friends of ours that we met at Liberty University. The couple has been writing and recording together and is getting ready to drop their very first EP. In this interview, they discuss everything from the songwriting…
Childish Gambino 3.15.20 Side B
Jun 20 • 67 min
3.15.20. Childish Gambino’s newest album is woke and full of incredible musical concepts. Side B of The Flipside breaks it down song by song and tells you why you should listen to this album. 3.15.20 is a complete album akin to the long play albums of…
Childish Gambino Side A
Jun 1 • 33 min
Donald Glover is an American Actor, Musician, Comedian, and all around entertainer. He recently released the album 3.15.20. This episode dives into the story behind the album, how it came to be and the story of the release. Childish Gambino Childish…
Jazz Bass Vs P Bass
May 18 • 54 min
Show Notes Jazz Bass Vs P Bass. We have all heard them, but do we know the difference? This week is a deep dive into the differences between the two iconic instruments. Where do they come from? Who plays them? What do they sound like? Which one should I…
Camila Cabello Romance Side B
May 11 • 93 min
Romance is a studio album by Camila Cabello. In This Episode, we break it down song by song. From lyrical themes to album continuity, you will hear everything you need to know about this Billboard number 3 album from Camila Cabello. Camila Cabello Camila…
Camila Cabello Romance Side A
May 4 • 34 min
Camila Cabello is a Cuban-American singer that has rocked the charts ever since she debuted in 2018. Her self titled album topped the charts and featured hits such as Havana. After, her follow up album, Romance, was an instant hit. It topped at number 3…
Jacob Tallent Interview
Oct 29, 2019 • 45 min
Show Notes We feature a very special guest this week, Jacob Tallent of the Vegan Llamas! Jacob is a good friend of ours from Liberty University and an even better guitarist and song writer. Listen in to hear about all things Vegan Llamas, from their…
Falling Back in Love with the Bass
Aug 19, 2019 • 14 min
Show Notes Have you ever felt burn out from playing music? I hope that it hasn’t happened to you. If you’ve been playing music for any length of time, however, I’d be willing to bet that you have. This is my story about how I felt out of – then into –…
We Answer Reddit
Aug 5, 2019 • 70 min
We are back! This time around we answer YOUR questions, internet! We browsed the depths of Reddit to find music theory questions galore – and boy, did we find some good ones. Tune in to hear the answers to all you’ve been dying to know! Did you like this…
Gypsy Jazz
Jul 15, 2019 • 68 min
What is Gypsy Jazz? I’m glad you asked! This episode goes into detail about where gypsy jazz comes from and how to play it. We’ll cover everything from Django in Belgium to the details of a well crafted solo. If you love jazz, you will love this. Did you…
Boplicity Breakdown
Jul 8, 2019 • 62 min
The Birth of the Cool. Does Bebop live? Boplicity is one of the best examples of cool jazz ever recorded. Mat and Tommy dive into the intricacies of the harmony, melody, and style. Listen in with us! Did you LOVE this episode? Let us know what you think…
How We Write and Arrange Music
Jul 1, 2019 • 63 min
Music is a craft that takes effort to master. Everyone has their own process to create music. What do we do? This week, we talk about our processes in writing and arranging music for a big band. You’ll learn about the steps we take to start with an idea…
8 Things to Remember in a Worship Team
Jun 17, 2019 • 65 min
Playing music in a worship team setting can be an incredible experience. We’ve experienced deep spiritual connection and have had amazing musical journeys through it. However, often times pro musicians miss the point and get caught up in the wrong things.…
The Extra 10%
Jun 10, 2019 • 68 min
What gives you that extra 10%? You know, the thing that moves you from just good to great. We’ve given you all the theory that will make you a good musician, but that’s not enough. To put it all together and be great, there is another step. From form to…
Nashville Numbers
Jun 3, 2019 • 51 min
Nashville numbers are the latest form of music notation. If you are anything like me, you probably think it sounds fake. How can you notate music with a name like that? Actually, it is a lot simpler than it sounds! If you like the show, leave us a review!…
Harmony Crash Course
May 27, 2019 • 70 min
If the roads of the city are built by the scales and time signatures, than the houses are the harmony. This episode is a crash course on writing harmony for your music! We’ll explain progressive vs regressive progressions, the circle of fourths, and more.…
Time Signatures
May 20, 2019 • 68 min
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…
Triads and Extensions
May 13, 2019 • 75 min
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…
Key Signatures and Scales
May 6, 2019 • 70 min
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…
Why Music Theory is Important
Apr 29, 2019 • 62 min
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…
Got GAS?
Apr 22, 2019 • 95 min
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…
6 Songs from the 1930s to Check Out ASAP
Apr 15, 2019 • 61 min
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…
6 Tunes from the 1920s You NEED to Hear
Apr 9, 2019 • 92 min
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.…
Categorizing Music
Apr 2, 2019 • 77 min
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…
The 3 Foundational Minor Scales
Mar 26, 2019 • 62 min
There are three foundational 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…
The Blues Scale
Mar 18, 2019 • 63 min
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…
One is the Loneliest Number
Mar 12, 2019 • 17 min
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!
Our Top 10 Film Scores
Mar 11, 2019 • 76 min
In honor of the Oscars we present our top 10 film scores of all time. Film scoring is a new frontier for music that is continuing to evolve. Every year there are better films and better scores released. As a result, the boundaries are pushed and music…
We’re Talking About Practice!
Mar 3, 2019 • 75 min
We’re talking about practice. Practice is one of the most hated part of music, but it doesn’t have to be! Dry and boring practice should be a thing of the past. Listen to Mat and Tommy discuss how they practice and how they keep it interesting and fun.…
The Role of the Guitar
Feb 25, 2019 • 78 min
The role of the guitar is tough to define because it is a versatile instrument that covers a wide range of sounds. Sometimes people play it clean, like Joe Pass or Wes Montgomery. Other times, you hear it with lots of effects, like Pat Metheny or Jimi…
The Role of the Bass, Part 2
Feb 18, 2019 • 77 min
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…
The Role of the Bass Part 1
Feb 11, 2019 • 62 min
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…
Stage Fright
Feb 4, 2019 • 57 min
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. Do you need help to…
Introductions
Jan 28, 2019 • 53 min
The premier episode of Just the Bassics! A weekly music podcast, we will cover topics ranging from stage fright, to music theory, to songwriting, and more. In this week’s episode you’ll get to know the hosts, Tommy Bolles and Mat Shaw. Discover why we…