New video! Eva Stenström Limited ”Allt under himmelens fäste”

Eva Stenström | Magnus Sjöquist | Daniel Björnmo

This song is a traditional folk tune from Gotland, Sweden. Eva and I started playing it as a duo on our trip to Brazil back in 2015. We wanted to bring some examples of traditional Swedish folk music on our trip. To make it work in a ubass and vocals setting I played the bass part through a delay pedal. I thought the extra rhythmic motion we got using this technique really helped us capture and deliver the haunting melody in a great way. I use a combination of arpeggios, chords and regular bass lines in my bass part.

In the trio version Daniel Björnmo adds an extra layer of color with his world class guitar playing. The added grit with close cluster like harmony through distortion pedals makes the song even more ethereal and haunting, I think. The ubass have some added modulation and octave up effects blended together with the delay.

This is a live in studio recording but we also added some percussion parts. I played some suspended cymbal swells.

You can also hear what we call ”the submersed gong”. This is a gong gong that we recorded as it is put under water after it is played. This bends the sound in a very nice way. I first heard this on records and live with one of my musician heroes, Indian percussionist, Trilok Gurtu.

We really hope you will enjoy our version of this Swedish’s folk song!

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For the best listening experience please listen to this song with good headphones or speakers that can reproduce a wide frequency spectrum!




Jammin’ with my Kala UBass | 10

More jammin’!

I really love playing funk inspired music so here’s some more for ya (with some jazz thrown in) 🙂
Featured this time is my old friend Daniel Björnmo. (He has been in a couple of my previous Jammin’ clips – no. 5 and 6) and a Hammond B3 ”wizard”, Johan Edin. We did this jam after a recording session. Johan did some B3 overdubs on a upcoming CD of ”swinging” music for kids. (This band is featured in video no. 3)

We used the same drum groove as in video no. 9 and decided to do a couple of takes. You can read more about this groove here.
Jam 1 is based on this chord progression: Gmin > Bbmin > Dbmin > Emin
Jam 2 is only G minor
Jam 3 G minor blues.

As a bonus we also jammed over a jazzy drum improv by Morgan Agren from the Jazz expansion to EZDrummer/Superior Drummer. This jam is based on a jazz blues in B flat minor.

Big thanks to Johan and Daniel for your wonderful playing! Hopefully this is just the first of many more jams…Making music with these guys is truly a blessing :-))

I will probably transcribe some of the bass parts and post them here! Please let me know if you’re interested!

Stay tuned for more jams and lessons soon!

Johan Edin – Hammond B3

Daniel Björnmo – guitar

Magnus Sjöquist – Kala UBass

Play ubass!