Monday, January 09, 2006

More challenging exercises

Bonobos Convergence is getting set to do some studio recording relatively soon. We've picked out most of the songs already, and Pete has even written an introduction instrumental piece which will immediately precede "Today" (which was previously posted here). This little overture is called "Former Future" and has some rather interesting characteristics.

The middle section is based upon an 8 note diminished scale and features a unique little run which took some practice to get down just right. I think this is a great exercise, as it uses muscles and finger combinations that you usually don't put together.

At the end of the introduction is a 2 measure 16th note run (with retard) which is equally challenging as it throws in a tritone in a very unusual place. Playing this run cleanly also takes a fair amount of concentration.

(as usual, click on the images for larger versions).

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

EOY Updates

Eric has finished his first round of US, UK, and Canada dates with Fozzy and Stuck Mojo, and all reports are that the shows were great. You can see video of Eric with Fozzy at The Duke's web site.

Bonobos Convergence just completed their first ever "mini-tour" unofficially dubbed "The Dirt Road Tour" or maybe "Bonobos Convergence: Unpaved" - the highlight of which was the first annual Camp Jam 06. On the bill with Vaylor and the rest of BC was Middle Rhythm Section, Shak Nasti, Sonar, Mobius, The Burnin Smyrnans, and Big Meat. The turnout was pretty good (over 600 people) considering the competition for the Jam Band fan looking for something to do on New Year's Eve. I sure hope they do it again next year.

As for Brooks, 3 surgeries and 1 busted guitar later he is back to making music again. Check out his site for updates (if he ever updates it).

Some major announcements are comming soon, so stay tuned all around.