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David Ballam Doctoral Student at the University of Texas at Austin Doublebass Instructor: UT String Project & Round Rock School District BLOG: WEB:

Switching to

Hello fellow bassists!  I am planning to switch fully to for all my blogging activities.   At the same time I hope to role out a new site design as well.  Please bear with me as I make this … Continue reading

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Music for Purchase

One of my summer goals has been to share some of the music I have been arranging and transcribing over the years.   I hope to now make available digitally that sheet music via  At the top of the … Continue reading

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Joseph Conyers Plays Aaron Reiley’s Convention Bass

Mr. Joseph Conyers (Asst. Principal Bass- Philadelphia Orchestra) plays an excerpt from Mozart’s Symphony #40 on the freshly constructed bass crafted by Aaron Reiley of Guarneri House.  This bass won several awards at the ISB Convention in San Francisco: Silver … Continue reading

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Spotify Bass Recordings

In the last day or two I finally had the opportunity to get on Spotify and check it out.   Unfortunately, I haven’t found a plethora of bass recordings (although there is some nice Bottesini stuff, Edgar Meyer and some … Continue reading

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Simple Steps to Better Manage Your Studio

As the school year draws near it is the perfect time to talk about private teaching.   As I reflect back on my experiences in working with students (and parents- of course!) here are some things that have definitely helped … Continue reading

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Doug Yeo & Terry Everson on the Topic of Practice

Yesterday I continued to think about practice and recalled a short video that I had seen over a year ago- a clip that apparently stuck in my mind.  Being a person of faith I can certainly resonate with Terry’s comments … Continue reading

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Mind Maps: Practice

This past Spring while studying for my DMA Comprehensive exams I was directed by a friend to the Mind-mapping software program FreeMind which is an excellent diagram tool for visually arranging information.  He had been using the program as a study … Continue reading

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