One-on-One Bass Lessons: Building An Effective Walking Bassline

Here’s a short clip of my one-on-one bass class at De La Salle College of Saint Benilde Music Production Department (student name: Zildjan Benitez). An effective walking bassline should outline the harmony horizontally since the bass is essentially a monophonic instrument.

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Concepts in Orchestration Workshop/Lecture (March 10, 2016)

I will be conducting a lecture/workshop on March 10, 2016, 10am-12pm at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music. The main topic of this lecture is creating separation between ideas in orchestration and guiding the listener’s attention in a multi-layered texture orchestration. I may throw in some composition and music production ideas as well. See you there! 🙂Screen Shot 2016-03-08 at 3.04.50 PM

Walang Anuman (Video and PDF Orchestra Score)

I had the privilege of arranging and orchestrating the music for Nicole Asensio’s song “Walang Anuman”. I also asked permission to post the orchestral score here for arranging and orchestration students to use as reference in their studies. Notice though that the score includes a drum set, which is not present in the final audio. We recorded two versions of the song, one with full rhythm section, the other without. We ended up releasing the one without the drums.

click to view the score: Walang Anuman (Full Orchestra Score)

Here’s a Soundcloud link to the draft orchestra mockup, which is reflected exactly on the orchestral score above.

below is the final version and music video of the song.

Lyrics: Nicole Laurel Asensio / Norris Lopez
Music: Nicole Laurel Asensio/ Diedonne Russo
Arranged and Orchestrated by: Juan Carlo Magsalin of Manila Philharmonic Orchestra

CAST: Sid Lucero Nicole Laurel Asensio Jim Paredes (Mafia lord- father) Charles Bennet (young son) Manu Respall (barber) Miguel Vasquez (body guard) Mavi Lozano (violinist) JC Magsalin (contrabass) Gino Lopez (guitarist) Michael De Castro (pianist)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Nicole Laurel Asensio
LINE PRODUCER: The GWARD Inc.

DIRECTOR: Gorio Vicuna
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Peejay Vicuna
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Leon Miguel
LINE PRODUCER/PM: Elaine Lozano
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR: Thals Manasis

DOP: Jhep Veloso
Camera Operator: Peter Frac
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Manu Respall
WARDROBE and HAIR: Joseph Aloysius
MAKEUP: Nicole Pastrano
GAFFER: Allen Cristobal
LIGHTING CREW: Dave Montalbo Allen Santorio
UTILITY: Gerry Geneblazo Jojo Canonoy

CAMERA RENTAL: Raffy Yllana
LIGHTS AND EQUIPMENT: Cinerent
TRANSPORATION: JR Transport Cirk
CATERING: Big Belly Productions

VENUE: Fernwood Gardens,
Special Thanks to Al and Barbara Bennett

Finale Tip: Retranscribe Command

I’ve prepared this video regarding improper beat groupings encountered by arranging students. Readability must be the one of the priorities of orchestrators/arrangers when preparing scores and parts to facilitate easy sight reading. Finale has a command called “Retranscribe”, which automatically corrects poorly written beat groupings.

Excerpt From “Concepts for Improvisation” Lecture/Workshop (3rd session)

Thank you again to the faculty and students of DLS-CSB Music Production Department for making this lecture/workshop possible. Thank you also to the great musicians who shared their time and knowledge to the students (Ryan Villamor and Given Bacani).