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Second animated video

Posted in bass, electronic music, music, rock, sound design with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2013 by finerethan

Another animated video done using Motion, Inkscape, GIMP, and Final Cut.  We used Logic, Ableton, Battery, and an assortment of other stuff to make the music.  Words and music by Stacy

Finer’s first animated music video

Posted in bass, electronic music, music, music production, rock, sound design with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2013 by finerethan

Sorry for my hiatus from educational writing.  I’ve been drawing things into the computer… a lot.  This is our first animated video, done with Motion and Final Cut.  Hope you enjoy.  If you listen to the song, you will hear lots of synth programming.  I used the ES2 in Logic, Massive, Absynth, and Operator to make most of the sounds.  The drums were programmed in Battery and Kontakt.

I will now have some time to finish my series on synth programming!

New album coming soon

Posted in band shows, electronic music, music, rock, sound design on January 6, 2013 by finerethan


We finished our new album and are very excited.  It will be available on iTunes in the coming weeks.  For now, you can hear 3 songs at

Back with a vengence!

Posted in bass, jazz, lessons, music, rock, scales, soloing with tags , , , , , , on May 24, 2011 by finerethan

Okay, now the long delay is over.  I will be doing two video blogs a week, starting with some basic technique and working my way up!  Here’s lesson #1

Another ii V I substitution

Posted in bass, jazz, lessons, music, music theory, rock, scales, soloing on April 30, 2009 by finerethan

Let’s look at the second half of Blue Bossa.  The chords go to: Ebm7 for one bar Ab7 for one bar  then Dbmaj7 for two bars.  Anytime you have a longer ii V I setup like this, you can compress the two and five chord into one bar, then put another two five a half step below into the next bar.  In the example of Blue Bossa, it would look like:  Ebm7  Ab7 in one bar, then Dm7  A7 in one bar, resolving to Dbmaj7 for two bars.

Try this out with any tune that has ii V I progressions with long harmonic rhythms.  Take a look at All the Things You Are, which is riddled with long ii V’s and enjoy making them chromatic!  This is another sax player trick for how they play so many notes at a time without running out of ideas.  They are chromaticizing the ii V parts of songs.  Enjoy!

turnaround substitutions

Posted in bass, jazz, lessons, music, music theory, rock, scales, soloing on April 28, 2009 by finerethan

Ever play Half Nelson or Ladybird and wonder where those chords at the end come from?  Let’s take a look.

We start with the standard diatonic turnaround: C Am Dm G7.  This is I vi ii V for those of you who like to think of it this way.  The first substitution is to make the turnaround chords dominant, because a dominant chord has more momentum than a minor 7 chord: C A7 D7 G7.  The next step is to play tritone subs for all the chord: C Eb7 Ab7 Db7, and voila! You have the Half Nelson turnaround.  This substitution will sound great even if you play it over the standard turnaround, and any piano or guitar player with experience will be able to catch it the second time around.  Especially if you use some kind of melodic sequence like: 1 2 3 5 of the chords, or an arpeggio.  Sometimes I’ll also walk this underneath a solo to try to push some tension or to try to push a soloist in a direction.

Fun blues substitutions

Posted in bass, jazz, lessons, music, music theory, rock, scales, soloing on April 27, 2009 by finerethan

Sorry for the long delay, I’ve been on the road with the Max Allen Band for several days.  Today, we’ll look at a way to play Giant Steps changes over an F blues.  For those of you who are unfamiliar, Giant Steps chords move in a sequence of up a minor third and then resolving to the new one chord (down a fifth).

The same thing can be done with a blues progression; we’ll use an F blues.  The first four bars of a 12 bar F blues are an F7 chord, which gives you a lot of time to play different substitutions.  Putting Giant Steps changes makes the first four bars look like: F7 Ab7 Db7 E7 A7 C7 F7 B7 then the four chord of Bb7.  Each chord lasts two beats until you get to Bb7.  Notice how the sequence works: F7 up a minor third to Ab7 then resolve down to Db7, then up a minor third to E7, then resolve to A7, then up a minor third to C7 then resolve to F7; at this point the sequence is done, but I put in the tritone substitution of B7 to keep the feeling of the chord changes moving two beats at a time.  The beauty of this is that the sequence is strong enough that it can all be played over an F7 chord.  If you’re playing with a piano or guitar player that can hear this substitution, even better.

The best way to approach these changes is to sequence your melody line too.  You can use John Coltrane’s lick: 1, 2, 3, 5 over each chord, which would be F G A C over F7, then Ab Bb C Eb over Ab7, then Db Eb F Ab over Db7, and so on.  What I found on the bass is that I have to have an ascending and descending lick to make it all fit comfortably; so I usually play F G A C over F7, then Ab Eb C Ab in a descending arpeggio, then Db Eb F Ab over Db7, then E B G# E descending over E7, and so on.

This is a really nice substitution, and actually fits a lot of places where you have a static dominant chord.  If you change the last chord, in this case the B7, you can basically make this resolve anywhere.  Enjoy!