January 15, 2020

I am presenting on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Michigan Music Conference. My topic that I will be presenting on is "Developing your young Double Bassists'". After polling various music education Facebook Groups and including a couple Double Bass groups. I asked the questi...

December 27, 2019

I finally got around to updating my James Johnston (Biffy Clyro) signature series Squier bass. I have always had plans in my head for this bass. The guys in the band thought it had a cool vintage look to it with the corroding tone knob plate, pickups and bridge. I want...

December 22, 2019

The road gear. I have an Ampeg portaflex 500w head, 1x15 cab, Squier 77' Vintage reissue jazz bass, James Johnston signature series Squier jazz bass that come with me on the road. I use GHS strings- Boomers and GHS string cleaner. I carry everything in my backpack. Cab...

December 22, 2019

I came across another great Dollar Tree find by the company INC. mechanical colored pencils with sharpeners. Everyone has a system to mark their scores and parts. I usually use a red marking to draw attention for myself. Other people I know use different colors to repr...

December 22, 2019

We all need encouragement from time to time. We get busy with our lives, teaching a lot of kids everyday, it can be difficult reaching everyone of them. I heard a podcast about making a note book to write notes for my students. The podcast and blog was from After Secti...

December 22, 2019

With all of the performing I do on my double bass, from jazz to classical, the side of my bass takes a beating when I lay it down. Not every surface is carpet or a protective floor covering. I needed to do something to preserve the side of my bass. After doing some res...

December 22, 2019

https://www.dollartree.com/color-coding-labels-315ct-packs/178433

I was shopping at Dollar Tree (surprisingly some great teacher gems are here). I came across these stickers (3 colors: red, blue, and yellow). It came with 315 in a pack. So I picked up a couple packs for...

December 27, 2018

I am working on a number of musical projects before 2019 comes. I have been motivate to follow through with preparing a conference session on "Developing the young bassist" which will cover elements that will help young bassists get what they need to be successful on t...

January 8, 2016

 

If I listen closely, I can still hear the sounds coming from the electric bass that was resting in my uncle’s arms.

 

The year was 1989. The school; Hull Elementary. First grade, in my very first year as a Livonia student. This would be the year that I would pick up an...

January 13, 2015

 

Skype: Side by Side Classroom
By: Michael Rais
Livonia Public Schools
Michigan Music Conference 2015
Friday January 16, 2015
Saturday January 17, 2015


Contact: michaelraisbassist@gmail.com or mrais@livoniapublicschools.org

 

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