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July 08, 2016

NEW VIDEO: Atlas Genius - “Balladino” (Acoustic) @ Hangout Fest

At the 2016 Hangout Music and Arts Festival in Gulf Shores, AL the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus teamed up with the Hangout Foundation & 92ZEW for exclusive live artist performances and interviews on board the bus. Special thanks to Canon U.S.A., Inc., Juniper Networks, Securematics, Audio-Technica, Yamaha, Genelec, Neutrik, SESAC and Other World Computing (OWC).

July 08, 2016

NEW VIDEO: Atlas Genius - “Balladino” (Acoustic) @ Hangout Fest

At the 2016 Hangout Music and Arts Festival in Gulf Shores, AL the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus teamed up with the Hangout Foundation & 92ZEW for exclusive live artist performances and interviews on board the bus. Special thanks to Canon U.S.A., Inc., Juniper Networks, Securematics, Audio-Technica, Yamaha, Genelec, Neutrik, SESAC and Other World Computing (OWC).

June 09, 2016

NEW VIDEO: “On My Way” - Garland High School

Students from Garland High School had the opportunity to write, record and shoot a full production music video in one single day on board The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus during our Texas residency thanks to Juniper Networks, Securematics and Canon U.S.A., Inc.

April 01, 2016

PERSPECTIVE: John Lennon Bus, Episode 1x02 “George Clinton”

Austin, TX Round Rock ISD students David Venish, Kara Barfield and Jordan DeStefano created an original short film as part of The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus original series PERSPECTIVE. The piece features funk legend George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic and explores the peaks and valleys within the professional lives of musical artists. The students conceived the project at SXSW and premiered the final edit at Cedar Ridge High School with Canon U.S.A., Inc., Juniper Networks, Securematics and Other World Computing. Many thanks to George Clinton, Round Rock ISD and Texas Association of School Administrators.

February 15, 2016

NEW VIDEO: ‘From Studio to Stage’ with Dr. John & The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

Imagine having the opportunity of a lifetime on board The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus! New Orleans Grammy winner / Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John invited three lucky students from Berklee City Music, A Place Called Home and the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center to join him in tracking his song “Such A Night” on board the Lennon Bus. After an incredible day the students also had the opportunity to perform live with him during the annual Imagine Party in front of a massive crowd at The NAMM Show thanks to Juniper Networks, Securematics, Canon U.S.A., Inc., Neutrik USA, Genelec and Other World Computing (OWC).

June 15, 2013

You Are Here: Gulf Shores, AL

Gulf Shores, AL - Hang Out Music Festival 2013

May 17. 18 & 19th 2013

Is it that birds go north for the summer and south for the winter?
We disobeyed the birds and went south for the summer.
The summer’s start took us to the white sand beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Warm ocean breeze filled the rooms of the bus as artists came by to record and interview.
We sat in this pattern alongside Groove Shark for the week.

THe Photos:

We took some photos wearing our new True Religion Jeans on the beach. There is always time for photo ops, y’know?


The Videos:



 

May 29, 2013

You Are Here: Owensboro, KY

Howdy!
The weather is so great in Kentucky! I was expecting humidity & terrible skies but we only had a glimpse of rain in the evening after a day of sunshine. Also, Johnny Depp was born in Owensboro & it is also the BBQ Capital of the world (l am the vegan, so I had to sit that out…)
On May 23rd, we stopped in Owensboro, Kentucky for a day of tours of the public. Along with with NAMM and the Owensboro Music Center, the bus stayed open for anyone to come by, see what the mission is about, learn a bit about John and see some work students of the past have done. Tents were set up outside for anyone to come by, take a photo in the Lennonbus Photo-booth and jam out in the tents.

Video:
Gordy from NAMM spend the day with us as well and sat down on the bus for an interview about NAMM and why music education is vital.

Pictures:

The bus parked up at 100 Veterans Blvd.


A visitor playing the Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino


One of the afternoon tour groups.

Until the next stop,
Kyle

June 21, 2012

Learn About It, Guitar!

On board the Lennon Bus, we get a lot of visitors who want to learn to play the guitar.  As the most popular instrument in the world, that’s not a surprise.  To get you started, we teamed with NAMM and Epiphone to bring you this short video.  Start practicing!

 

March 25, 2012

Five String Basses Bais

Five string basses

ORGIN STORY
I play bass quite a bit and it is one of those instruments that fell into my lap. Everyone seemed to always need a bassist and I had always had wanted to play in whatever band that I could. The first bass that I ever bought (and still love) was the
Epiphone Viola Bass. It is an amazing little bass and the short scale neck always worked for the type of music that I was playing at the time (either Brit Pop or Post-Punk). But as time went on, I started to realize the limitations of having a four stringed bass.

NASHVILLE LEARNED ME WELL
After spending some time seeing bands play in Nashville, I noticed that the five-string bass was the most common bass to be playing. Session musician after session musician would bring a five-string on stage and I noticed there were reasons for this.
The five string bass has a factor that allows for more versatility than a normal four-string bass in how one is able to play certain notes while not having to move the hand. Let us take a look at this little fret-board chart that I created:


from high string to low

On a typical four-string bass, we only go as low as that E that is at the bottom, so that when staying in first position (the first few notes), the lowest of low notes that can be hit is the E. With the introduction of the fifth string, the lowest note is now a B which allows for an easy follow up into the E on the fifth fret (which translates over to our normal low E string).


Watch this in action in a video that we did with a group of students at USC, Marjorie by Brett Fromson and The Monday Night Boys Club .

See how the bassist is able to stay in one position and clearly make a sonic mark in the song by hitting super low notes to match the kick while being able to do runs up and down the neck without having to get into the more treble-y 12th fret range? That is the advantage of the low B string on the bass.

PRACTICAL USE
For session work, this is necessary. If an artist comes in with a song that is drop-tuned or requires a deeper sound that a typical song, the five-string allows the bassist to be ready to play right away, versus the four-string bassist having to retune.

As any studio should, we have a selection of basses to deal with any need for any song. To make sure that we are ready, we got the Gibson Tobais Growler bass as our five-string. The pick-up controls allow us for quite a few different tone choices as well, though I think the round-low bottom end is really where it is at for this bass.

March 18, 2012

Poem for SXSW

From top left: Cruisin’ USA, Lissy Truillie Rachael Sage, Birds of Chiacgo, Wheeler Brothers



We made it through SXSW today
Live streaming and recording everyday
Todocast folk helped beam signals around
Live streams from everyday can now be found
On our website
It was all right
So do go see
Music for thee
So much more to come in the next month
Streamin’ from the bus we are not grunts

 

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