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Essential Apps for the Working Drummer

Now that everyone has a slew of electronics for their daily life, the goal is to use them to your advantage and not just waste your time/life away on them. New apps are being created every day and as a working  drummer, I use a bunch of them to help me be a better musician and more efficient human being. I am going to try to share some that I use that I feel are really beneficial in my musical life.  Continue reading Essential Apps for the Working Drummer

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Keys to Setting Up Your Home Studio!

Now that big studios are closing (read: The Magic Shop) and large budgets are becoming crowdfunding campaigns, home recording has never been more in demand, and in some cases is a necessity for being a professional musician in this new era of technology. This month, I had a conversation with the production team called “The Stay Level” on how to set up your own home recording studio. Made up of two extremely talented musicians/engineers, Kit Karlson and Chip Johnson, they can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Not only did they mix my most recent album, but they have worked with several amazing artists, and even had one of their mixes featured as the official 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics song for NBC. You can hear more of the sounds they helped shape here. Keep reading to see what we talked about to get up and running and start your own recordings from home.

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Other Careers in Music (Aside from Musician)

I’ve recently had some students asking about other careers in music that don’t necessarily involve playing an instrument. You may love working in the business of music and around musicians, but may not be amazing on your instrument or want to continue playing it. Lucky for you, there are tons of jobs that involve working with and around music and musicians that are available to you that draw upon other skill sets. That is what this post is all about. I will touch upon some of the many possibilities that are out there today! This isn’t a list of the only positions available, but some of the more popular ones to help you decide which avenue you’d like to travel down. Continue reading Other Careers in Music (Aside from Musician)

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DIY Tour Booking Tips

Most musicians don’t start being the side man for a legendary icon in the music world or playing in a multi-platinum selling band right away, so you have to start somewhere. That place is usually in a van, driving all over, playing for no one, moving your own gear, making no money. However, you don’t have to start at ground zero. You can skip ahead a little bit if you have the right information. This post should help with gaining a bit of that knowledge. You don’t have to pay an agent right away. Do the booking yourself and save a little bit of money (and use it on gas or tolls). Continue reading DIY Tour Booking Tips

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Tips To A Successful Album Release Show!

You have raised the funds needed to make an album. Then you released it out into the world. Now you need to have a release show to celebrate all of your hard work and perform the music live. This post will give you some tips and other useful pointers to have a release show that is not only successful, but also keeps the momentum of your album moving forward!

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Adding Electronics To Your Setup!

This post is mainly for drummers, but can pertain to any musician looking to expand their sonic abilities with electronics. It also features input from my friend and great drummer Zach Danziger, who uses electronics in his set up almost daily. This should help you sort out if this is something you should pursue and give a little clarity to your options.

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Gig Etiquette Reminders!

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The dictionary defines etiquette as the rules indicating the proper and polite way to behave. The more complete definition is the conduct or procedure required by good breeding or prescribed by authority to be observed in social or official life. I am going to refer to how etiquette impacts the musician on the job (or gig). These are gentle reminders of how you should be conducting yourself as well as other things to think about. Continue reading Gig Etiquette Reminders!

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How To Efficiently Learn Music (And Do It Quickly)!

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So you get the call to play with an artist. You are available to do the hit and now you need to learn the music. This post will help set you up for success so you can learn the music quickly and have more time for other tasks at hand. If you prepare correctly, you won’t be spending most of your time writing charts and you will only need a little daily maintenance to keep things in check until the gig.

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12 Things I Learned After I Graduated Music School

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In this month’s post I will list twelve things I learned after I graduated from music school. These are tips I learned that I couldn’t get from a textbook or from my teacher telling me. I am still learning more everyday, but I feel these are things I deal with regularly, that every musician should know. A few of them have already touched upon in previous blog posts so feel free to go back and read those. Continue reading 12 Things I Learned After I Graduated Music School

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Staying Fit And Eating Healthy On The Road!

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As a professional musician, I travel a lot. Domestically and internationally. This means my schedule is constantly changing. I have had to be flexible with my day to day activities (like practicing, learning new music, paying bills, sleeping, etc), but most importantly with taking care of my body so that I can continue to travel the world playing drums. This includes my physical fitness routine as well as my eating habits. Fortunately for me, one of my very good friends is a personal trainer who has worked with professional athletes from the NBA and NFL, and my mother is an RN in the field of infectious disease control, working with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and top doctors. I have not gotten sick in over a year, and my pants size has only gone up one number from high school (32 to a 33). I’m going to share the tips I use to keep this music making machine running in tip top shape.

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