PLUGGING IN: A GUIDE TO GEAR AND NEW TECHNIQUES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY VIOLINIST.
Joe Deninzon. Mel Bay, 2012, $32.99
Deninzon, a seven-string electric violin virtuoso, has written a remarkable book, demystifying the technique and technology of the electric violin, Plugging In is intelligently organized, providing necessary information to make music through the electric violin. Deninzon answers many basic questions, e.g.: How do I shop for an electronic violin? What kind of amp should I buy? How do i get this equipment ro work? Deninzon also explores improvisation and specific techniques like “chopping,” “comping,” and using pedal effects. He also includes over sixty different musical examples, a sixty-minute DVD< and seventy-minute CD. Plugging In provides a welcome catalyst towards my goal of joining the twenty-first century.
WELCOME TO THE DENINZOO! DECEMBER 2013 NEWS FOR VIOLINIST/VOCALIST JOE DENINZON
People of the earth!
That magical time is upon us! Get ready to be bombarded with Christmas and Channukah carols everywhere you go, rig the lights and run up the electric bill, shop tip you drop, and most importantly…spread love and music throughout the world!
I’ve made some great memories in the past month and I have a lot to be thankful for. Here’s the latest and the greatest…
I was recently the guest artist at the first annual Michigan Alternative Styles day at McDonald High School in East Lansing, MI. The kids performed my string orchestra of Stratospheerius’s “One Foot in the Next World”, “Ballad for Ding Bang,” “Gutterpunk Blues,” Guns N Roses “Sweet Child of Mine,” and “Fire” by Jimi Hendrix. It was a blast teaching the kids how to rock out and forcing some brave volunteers to take improvised solos in public for the first time in their lives! I also got to meet some incredible local musician who collaborated in our concert (guitarist Elvan Kelly, drummer Fred Knapp, bassist Dave Rosin, and conductor Bryan Kolk). Thanks also to Amy Feldcamp Marr and INgrid Dyckman for bringing me there. I looove doing these education clinics/residencies. Few things in life are more rewarding to me!
had successful performances in Lafayette, LA, Lubbock, TX, and Troy, NY. We debuted our new cellist, Rubin Kodheli
, who did in incredible job tackling some challenging music. The whole tour was bittersweet, as our dear friend and founding member David Gotay is fighting kidney cancer and this was the first time he missed a Sweet Plantain performance. Our prayers go out to him and his family.
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NOW THROUGH JAN 1! ALL JOE DENINZON/STRATOSPHEERIUS CD’S ON CDBABY WILL BE ON SALE FOR $5!
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UPCOMING STRATOSPHEERIUS SHOWS
Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius
Joe Deninzzon-electric violin/vocals
Thursday, December 5th
With Ten Foot Tall Band
601 Main St, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Wednesday, December 11th
Creative Strings Concert Series
7:30 P.M. Mazzmuse
8:30 P.M. Stratospheerius
9:30 P.M. New Retro Strings
Register NOW for the Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp
For the fourth year in a row, I will be returning as an instructor at the Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp in Olathe, KS.
If you are a string player (performer or educator), or singer/keyboardist/guitarist/bassist REGARDLESS OF AGE who is interested in expanding musical horizons and experience a week of mind-blowing performances and unforgettable life experiences, REGIRSTER TODAAY at WWW.MWROC.COM
This camp is great for novice students with little or no improvisation experience, teachers who want to incorporate elements of rock, jazz, or blues into their school orchestras or private instruction, advance/professional players looking to be challenged and expand their musical palette.
Joe Deninzon Plugging in from Mel Bay Publications
Are you a violinist who is curious about “going electric” but have no idea where to begin? This book will walk you through the process of choosing an electric violin, shopping for an amplifier, and using effects pedals. The book also covers improvisation in the genres of blues, rock, and funk. Chopping and other rhythmic techniques for bowed string instruments are explored, as well as playing in a band, rock string arranging and working with DJs. “Plugging In” will open new worlds of creativity for you as a string player and help you find your own voice in this brave new world!
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