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WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT BASS SET UP?
I own two Juzek basses as my main instruments. One was made in Germany in 1950 and it is set up with hybrid strings – you can hear it on my album Nine Stories. The other one was made in Prague in 1938 and it is set up with gut strings – it is featured on my other album Freedom Suite Ensuite.

My gut strings are crafted manually in France by Gilles Naturel, which I believe makes the best gut strings I’ve played so far.

As far as sonorisation, I like to use the David Gage Realist pickup for my monitor, combined with a DPA 4099 condenser microphone for the house, to get a more acoustic sound.

DO YOU TEACH?
For the moment, I mostly teach private students, either in New York where I live, or while I’m on the road. I like to focus on continuity and regularity rather than giving a “once in a lifetime” lesson with a hefty homework load. I believe that this approach is more beneficial for the student, even if that’s once every 6 months.

Over the years, my bass students have included musicians like Sylvain Romano, Mathias Allamane, Viktor Nyberg, Nicola Corso, Geraud Portal..

HOW WAS IT TO STUDY WITH RON CARTER?
This was one of the best musical experiences of my life. I had the opportunity to see Mr Carter every week for 4-5 years and really get to work on the fundamentals, step by step. As I like to describe it, it took me eight month to go from half-position to the seventh position!

We’ve worked on sound, bass lines, voice leading, posture, left hand/ right hand coordination, awareness, ears, creativity, and so much more. He helped me open my mind and find my voice, to build a strong musical concept regardless of the style I want to perform.

CAN I BUY SHEET MUSIC?
I offer nearly all of my compositions in PDF form for $5 each, or as an album bundle for $15. I also have extended material such as a Partita For Bowed Solo Bass. some Choral Work and others. You can purchase all of them in my Chart Shop.

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