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Jimmy Page-Theremin solo- Madison Square Garden, NY

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A theremin works by generating electromagnetic fields around two antennae. A straight, vertical antenna controls pitch; A horizontal, looped antenna controls volume. A masterful player makes very small, precise finger and hand movements in the field around the vertical antenna to change pitch and create melodies. (“You have to play with butterfly wings,” virtuoso thereminist Clara Rockmore was quoted as saying.The secret to great Theremin playing lies in perfect pitch control. A great player must possess a good ear, fine muscle control and ample coordination. The first time a new player approaches a theremin, his performance is more likely to sound drunken and atonal than distinguished or adept. With only two antennae to manipulate, the theremin seems like it would be a breeze to play. Looks, however, can be deceiving. In the hands of a master, the theremin can sing with the precision, vibrato and depth of a seasoned mezzo-soprano.Many hours of practice, however, help a player develop the hearing and muscle memory necessary for keeping a melody in tune. Once he’s mastered those basics, he can progress to adding vibrato and dynamics to his playing. An experienced theremin master appears to be dancing with his hands, drawing a song from thin air, like magic, yes like Jimmy!

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John Paul Jones~ Style

Organ was originally my favourite love,” he said, adding wryly, “but for session playing, I found it much easier to carry a bass guitar to work than a Hammond organ. So there I was living with all I had—a guitar, a Hammond organ, and a table and bed in my room in London.

"As a bass player, I wasn’t influenced by a lot of people because it was only in the mid- to late-1960s that you could even hear the bass properly on records. I had a number of obvious jazz influences—most of the good jazz bass player influenced me in one way or another…Charlie Mingus, Ray Brown, Scott LeFaro. I even got into jazz organ for a while until I couldn’t stand the musicians any more and I had to get back to rock and roll."

"I’ve got to own up. The first record that really turned me on to rock bass guitar was "You Can’t Sit Down" by Phil Upchurch which has an incredible bass solo and was a really good record as well. It was very simple musically but the record had an incredible amount of balls."

John Paul arranged the outstanding single “She’s a Rainbow” for the Rolling Stones and also worked on several tracks on the Their Satanic Majesties Request album. :)

Sources: Yorke, Ritchie. Led Zeppelin: The Definitive Biography. Novato, California: Underwood-Miller, 1993.


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