Speading the word and my story – pechakucha style!

From one of the Swedish TV News channels


Hi,

A couple of weeks ago I did a so called pechakucha. Don’t know what it is? Well, it’s a kind of lecture that architects in Japan started using in 2003. You tell a story about a subject using 20 pictures/slides. You’re allowed to talk for 20 seconds per picture. This makes the presentations nice and short!

I was invited to do a presentation on the first pechakucha night in Vasteras (…yes it’s almost the same name as in Game of thrones but spelled with an a with a two dots and an a with a ring 🙂

I wanted to tell my playubass story with this headline; Social branding in the music business. A short presentation of my background and how I’ve used social media to tell my story and interact with other musicians and ubassists across the globe!

Swedish TV did a short interview/segment with me for the news channel with and you can see this below. Since this is in Swedish I have made English ”subtitles”. Please use the caption feature in YouTube to see this!

Onwards…to new Ubass experiences!

All the best to you all! /Magnus

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Jammin’ with my Kala Ubass | 49 ”Tango pour Claude” Richard Galliano | Rehearsal [COVER]

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Hi,

Ok it’s time for my 49th video in the jamming’ series. This is a great one!

Last weekend I had a recording session at a friends house. The main focus was to overdub accordion and percussion to a track that will be featured on my first Ubass focused album. Pass: silverfish

On the link above there is a few song samples from the upcoming album AND also an old update to my upcoming interactive UBass Bass method! More about this later!

If you have followed me for a while you know that this project has been going on for a couple of years by now! When will it be ready you might ask!? Well, it has taken quite a while mostly because the focus is different constellations for the different songs. I have recordedNow I have finally decided on how to release the songs and I will send out a newsletter soon letting my newsletter subscribers in om my plan!

If you’re not already a subscriber please sign up here!

In the upcoming newsletter I will also try to release a snippet from one or two songs!

Once we were done recording the overdubs we also did a few play-throughs of a tango the accordion player had suggested we play.

I hope to record more with these fantastic musicians and the song in this video might also end up on a future ubass album!

On this video you’ll hear the great Tommy Nilsson on accordion. He works as a free lance musician and a music teacher. He plays a accordion he bought just the day before.

Side note: The Rämjes accordion is imported by a music store that I used to visit while I was younger living in Trollhättan, quite a coincidence I think!

Playing wonderful percussion (cahon and finger shakers on the track) is Lasse Fhager. He is currently working as percussion player (mainly as a timpanist) in the world reknown Swedish Chamber Orchestra that is based in Orebro, Sweden. He also used to be my drum and percussion teacher while I studied at the Örebro University.

The track they overdubbed parts to will be mixed and hopefully included on my, above mentioned, first Ubass focused album and I can hardly wait letting you hear it!

The song in the video is written by french accordion player extraordinaire, Richard Galliano.

Don’t forget to subscribe!

…AND… video no. 50 in the jamming’ series is in the pipeline. It’s gonna be a game changer I can promise 🙂

All the best,

Magnus

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Jammin’ video no. 44 | Swedish folk music on solo Ubass!

 

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Hi!

Time for another Jammin’ with my Kala Ubass video, no. 44 to be exact 🙂
This time I recorded in a beautiful chapel in Jamtland, Sweden.
My great grandfather, Olof Molander, got the inspiration for this chapel while visiting Norway. An architect then drew this beautiful building. I have always loved this chapel. I have seen it almost every Summer (and other parts of the year too) since I was a little boy.

I choose to do a solo Ubass arrangement of an old and classic folk song from Sweden, Uti vår hage (Out in the garden). The lyrics talks about different things growing in the garden (or forrest) like blueberry’s and different flowers. The lyric also compares the beautiful flowers with a loved one. But as lovely as the flowers are nothing compares to the beauty of the loved one. 🙂

Verse 3 of the Swedish lyric:

Uti vår hage finns blommor och bär
Kom hjärtans fröjd
Men utav alla du kärast mig är
Kom liljor och aquileja, kom rosor och saliveja
Kom ljuva krusmynta, kom hjärtans fröjd
Kom liljor och aquileja, kom rosor och saliveja
Kom ljuva krusmynta, kom hjärtans fröjd

This is just a short video, one verse played. I will probably add more Swedish folk songs and make a medley of of it. Stay tuned for more Swedish music in a future post.

Up next is a DIY and a new string test! Stay tuned!

Summer greetings from Sweden,
Magnus

Ubass Cases: Different options for the acoustic/electric Ubass

Hi!

If you want to get a new case for your acoustic/electric UBass there are a few options.
You can read about some of the options here at kalaukulele.com

Rectangular Diamond Black Hard Case for U-BASS (HCUB)
Tweed Rectangular Hard Case for U-BASS (HCT-UB)

 

Besides these very nice hard cases you can also use the case designed for the Baritone Ukulele!
You can find it here.

Ukulele Case Baritone (UC-B)

I’ve used one of these Baritone Cases for a while now and it works really well.
It’s super light and still quite sturdy. It’s not as sturdy as the hard cases above but still a good lightweight alternative. You can also use it as a back pack or side carry with the supplied straps.

Some more photos below!

Happy Ubass Summer to everyone!
/Magnus

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Inside Case
Tuning pegs gets quite close to the side of the case so be careful when you put the ubass in the case!
Tuning pegs gets quite close to the side of the case so be careful when you put the ubass in the case!

Tips and tricks: Maintenance – tighten the output jack

Hi!

Here’s a little quick tip for every Ubassist that plays any of the acoustic/electric models.

If you use a strap the output jack can sometimes unscrew itself and become loose. To avoid further problem it’s important to solve this problem quickly. If not you can run into more serous problems with the output jack maybe even break the cable from the piezo pickup!

Here is a little guide how you can fix this!
If you’re not comfortable doing this yourself please let a professional repairman help you out!

1. Open the back cover (depending on when you bought your Ubass this cover is either attached with four screws or magnets.)

2. Loosen the actual strap button. Be careful so you don’t turn the whole output jack. This might break the cable that comes from the piezo! Through the open hole you can hold on to the output jack to prevent it from turning while you loosen the strap button.

3. While still holding the output jack tighten the nut with a proper tool.

If you can’t tighten the nut enough you might have to make even further adjustments. If you unscrew the nut you can remove the output jack and change the location of the fixed nut to shorten the thread length on the tip of the jack. Make small adjustments to find out the best position of the fixed nut.

4. Now fasten the nut and then the strap button while still holding the output jack through the opened back cover.

5. Put the back cover back.

Done. Play Music! 🙂

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Review/Test Report: The RMI Basswitch IQ DI – my new preamp/EQ/DI/A-B switch…

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Hi!

UPDATE [5.14.18]
Link to impedance setting video!

I’m exited to share some info about my latest Ubass (and for any other bass) tool – The amazing Ruppert Musical Instruments (RMI) Basswitch!

I met Jacques Ruppert at this years Musikmesse in Frankfurt. (More about my visit there here). We talked about his take on a preamp/EQ/DI/booster/switcher – the Basswitch. I did know about it before we met, having read about it on various Internet sites, but meeting Jacques made me want to know more about the Basswitch. The rooster of player’s that use the Basswitch is really diverse and features players like Richard Bona, Marcus Miller and…

As it happens I met Mr. Ruppert’s business partner, Mr. Lehle – the maker of the great Lehle switch pedals, at another trade show and was able to try out a Basswitch on my gig (with M&M’s) at that show!

Now I have used it for almost two month’s and I really like it!

Features
The first thing you will notice when you first pick up the Basswitch is that it is super rugged, no plastic and flimsy pedal here, that’s for sure! The construction feel really, really solid and all of the connectivity, switches and hardware is top notch!

The Basswitch really covers a lot of ground. It is a…

Preamp parametric EQ and A/B-switcher
It has two inputs. Input A has the ability to accomodate both low-impedance instruments (passive/active electric basses) and high-impedance instruments (like acoustic bass guitars with built in piezo, upright basses and of cause Kala Ubasses). Input B let’s you connect a second instrument. The A/B switch let you switch between two instruments on input A and B OR, if you only use input A, between two sounds.

Input A has a preamp and EQ and input B does not. You can use input A either at 1MΩ or 10MΩ. The later is especially good for acoustic instruments without preamps and with a piezo as the original acoustic Kala UBass. If you have a newer acoustic UBass (with built in preamp) it’s better to use the 1MΩ setting. Input B is not routed through ”unnecessarily…electronics (but) leaving it as pure and natural as possible. Channel B therefore has neither a preamp nor an EQ”. The preamp for input A has a boost/cut function that allows you to balance the sound of the two instruments. A very handy feature!

The EQ of input A has filters especially designed for bass. with filters for bass, semiparametric low‑
and high‑mids, and treble.

FX Looper and/or boost (clean boost)
The Basswitch has two FX loops for effect pedals. A passive serial loop and ”a switchable infinitely variable mixing loop, that enables you to go from a completely dry signal (100% original; 0% FX), via parallel (100% original; 100% FX) to FX‑only (100% FX; 0% original)”.

Typically you would use the serial loop for compressors and other dynamic effects and the parallel loop for time based effects as reverbs and delays.

If you need to send more signal to a drive/distortion pedal you can use the boost knob. If you haven’t connected anything to the mix loop it can be used as a clean boost. Could be used to add more volume to a basssolo or melody playing…

DI box
The Basswitch is also a DI (Direct Inject or Direct box).
”The high‑quality components and features of the Basswitch IQ DI (high‑end preamp, Lehle transformer, ground‑switch, pre/post signal‑processing switch, pad for output attenuation, rugged construction) make the Basswitch IQ DI an excellent D.I. box, be it in a live setting or in the studio”.

Xtra feature
The Basswitch can also be used as a line-mixer. Ex. connect a MPE/ipod/iPhone to the Return jack of the Mix loop and adjust the volume with the Mix knob. This makes for a perfect practice solution jammin’ with music or loops.

So how do I use it?
I have used it in a few different settings. And I guess your imagination is the only limit 🙂 These are a few of the situations so far:

• Standalone with a PA and monitor speakers or with a amp. With an amp you can use the ”B-channel” as the main channel, making your basic sound on the amp, and the ”A-channel” as a second sound utilizing the built in EQ of the Basswitch! If used with a power amp do the opposite and use the ”B-channel” as the main sound!

• On a pedalboard using both FX loops, A/B switch and DI.

• In my studio as a high quality recording device/splitter. Making it possible to record a clean signal and a miked cab signal.

For a more in depth explanation of the different settings on the Basswitch please go to this page.

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Links and resources for the Basswitch

Ruppert Musical Instruments

Videoreview by Ed Friedland

Review at notreble.com

Gollihur Music

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