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Coursera – FoMT Week 1 / Video 3

The 3rd video for Week 1 of Fundamentals of Music Theory is about octaves. Dr. Worth begins it by announcing, “In this section, we’re going to look more at the vertical distances between notes.” He references the graph from the last video and reminds us that the line that goes up and down represented high and low pitches. “We’re now going to start quantifying those,” he promises.

He reminds us that octaves are composed of eight notes (7 notes in a scale + a repeat of the first note, or octave – see how that word gets throw around to mean different things?). He then points to Dr. Moir’s guitar and to the observation that there aren’t 7 notes on it. There are, in fact, many more.

Dr. Moir shows us that if we play an open A on the A-string, and then play an A on the 12th fret of the same string, we’ve played an octave. However, if we count the individual frets/pitches in between the open A and the 12th fret, we find that there are… 12 frets! Its only when we get to the 12th that notes begin repeating. So, physically, an octave isn’t divided into 8 notes, as per the name, but actually contains 12 distinct pitches.

They then show us this same idea on the piano, counting both black and white keys when moving from A to a higher A.

After this, Worth takes to the piano and shows us the difference in distance between a semitone and a tone. A semitone is one key away from another on the piano, or one fret on the bass. A tone is two keys away on piano, or two frets away on bass. Semi means 1/2, so its 1/2 a tone.

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My shirts came in!

So last week, wifey went shopping and got these tall brown cowboy boots. Somehow, this is for winter. Well, I decided to get something to keep myself warm too, only I did it a bit different. I went online and grabbed images of some of my favorite bass players and put them together into a picture on the computer. I then dug around and found a cool image of a bass cleff and ordered two shirts from SpreadShirt.com. I made 2 variations. The first one has Alex Webster, Jeroen Thesseling and Steve DiGiorgio on it. The 2nd has Cliff Burton, Steve Harris and Geezer Butler. The back of each is that Gigeresque bass clef.

Well, the shirts just came in. 🙂 They were apparently inspected by someone named Sydney. There were 5 or 6 different long-sleeves to pick from. I opted for the kind that looked like it would be wearable outside, and that looked like it could handle some additional layering underneath. Right now, pre-wash, I’m happy with them. Wifey’s going to be mad when I grab her after work this afternoon (yeah, she has a Saturday shift today). She also ordered some shirts from Indonesia and heard yesterday that it’ll take 14-21 days to arrive in the states. 😉 I think hers are Joy Division and The Smiths. They’re not customized like mine though. 😉

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Linus Klausenitzer (bassist for Noneuclid & Obscura)

With Jeroen Paul Thesseling no longer in Obscura, the band has released a video to introduce their new bass player, Linus Klausenitzer. Linus has played bass for Noneuclid, a German progressive/death metal band and for another German metal band called Fallacy. Jeroen is one of my favorite bass players, so I was sceptical that Obscura would be able to fill his shoes when he left, but after seeing the introductory video and reading a bit about Linus on his website, I think that he’s a good replacement.

Linus studied at the Music College in Regensburg and at conservatory in Hamburg. I actually saw him play earlier this year, when wifey and I caught Obscura playing with Children of Bodom, Devin Townsend and Septic Flesh. His playing was very solid. I actually didn’t realize it wasn’t Jeroen until some time later.

Obscura introducing new bass player

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Alex Webster linked to my ugly review on Facebook!

So last week, Jeroen Thesseling (Pestilence/Nufutic/ex-Obscura) emailed me about a blog post I wrote about him.

Today, Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse/Blotted Science) posted a link to my review of his new book Extreme Metal Bass on his Facebook page! That’s 2 out of my 3 favorite metal bass players!

This internet thing is amazing!

Spector just released an Alex Webster Signature Model bass as well. Here’s a link to the bass on their website:

 .  Alex Webster Signature Model bass

Here’s the link to my blog from his Facebook page:


Jeroen Paul Thesseling emailed me!

Tonight, I received an email from Jeroen Paul Thesseling, bassist for Pestilence and Nufutic (former bassist for Obscura). He’s seen a post that I wrote about him in March and likes it. I just wanted to share this because he’s one of my favorite bassists, and I am presently in awe. Wifey was laughing at me over it. 😉

Here’s a link to the blog entry about him:

His website can be found here:

The image on the right shows him with a 7-string fretless Thumb NT bass that Warwick created for him. Here’s a link from what I believe is their custom shop:


Obscura – Lack of Comprehension (Death cover)

Obscura – Lack of Comprehension (Death cover)

I really like this cover. What makes it even cooler for me is Jeroen Paul Thesseling playing Steve DiGiorgio‘s stuff on bass. 😉 Oh, and RIP Chuck.

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Steve DiGiorgio (fretless metal bassist)

Death. Testament. Autopsy.  These are bands that rose to prominence in the 80s and 90s in thrash and death metal. Do you know what they all had in common? Steve DiGiorgio on bass. Steve is a whirlwind of a player. He’s known for blazing speed and fretless playing. I’ve combed the internet, and I can’t find video interviews with him anywhere. However, his playing has become an important part of the fabric of metal history. When I think of heavy metal bass, the first person who comes to mind is Steve Harris. However, when I think extreme metal bass, the two players who always top the list for me are Alex Webster and DiGiorgio.

Steve is a blend of schooled and self-taught bassist. Interviews on the internet state that he played different instruments in school, including woodwind and brass, before moving on to stringed instruments. He learned to read standard notation in school as well. He says that when it comes to metal, however, he learned by ear, sitting by the radio and playing to albums.

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