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Podcasts for Musicians (with an emphasis on drummers)

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Podcasts! I’m a big fan of podcasts and I listen to them a bunch when I travel and workout. I tend to lean towards some comedic ones, but I definitely like to check out musically based podcasts and I want to share those with you in this post. Some of these are directly related to drums, others to music business, and others to songs and songwriting. Maybe you will find a couple that you enjoy. Continue reading Podcasts for Musicians (with an emphasis on drummers)

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12 Must Read Books!

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If you are looking for ways to stay motivated and push forward in business (specifically the music or entertainment industry), then this list comes highly recommended. These isn’t the end all-be all book list, but rather ones I have read recently that helped motivate and inspire me while finishing my album, getting it out to the people effectively, and then continue to press forward with my goals and aspirations. I figured someone else out there might need or could use some motivation and inspiration (especially with some of my students graduating and moving on to the next phase of their life). So here is my little list of 12. A smooth dozen. Just think of it as one book a month! Enough information to get you to a much better place this time, next year! Continue reading 12 Must Read Books!

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Other Careers in Music (Aside from Musician)

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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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Why Musicians Should Stop Networking!

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This month’s post is originally written by bassist Brandon Shaw. I have seen it floating around on social media a few times and he took the words right out of my mouth. When someone brings up the topic of “networking” I shudder. When someone asks me interrogative questions with the sole purpose of furthering their career, or how I can help them get “connected with so and so” I feel slightly sleezy and like I should go take a shower. I will let Brandon elaborate on what I’m talking about. This information isn’t just limited to the music industry, and I think people of every profession can learn something from this. Without further ado, here is Brandon’s original post in its entirety…

I hate that word. I hate it. It conjures up images of douchebags and stacks of business cards from people you barely know. Instagram feeds of self-gloating “Today’s Office” selfies. Half-assed declarations of “we should play together” when you really just want them to call you for gigs.

I’m speaking, of course, about my least favorite word: Networking.

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DIY Tour Booking Tips

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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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Dealing With Emotions

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Throughout your music career and in life you will be forced to deal with multiple emotions. Hopefully most of those are positive ones. However, the ones that will be the hardest will be the negative ones. You are human and you are not alone. There are ways to deal with these temporary hurdles and ways to come out the other side stronger and able to take on more as you move forward in life. This month’s post is going to help you recognize some of the ways humans deal with stress and other taxing feelings, while also managing your emotions to stay focused on your career.

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Adding Electronics To Your Setup!

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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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10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Attending Music School

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With some of my students graduating college heading out into “real life”, and others graduating high school heading to college in the fall, it made me think about things I wish I had known ahead of time. Below are some tips that I either figured out during my college career or after I graduated that would have saved a bunch of time if I had known about them in advance. Continue reading 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Attending Music School

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Improvise With Endless Material

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Have you ever felt like there are musicians that have endless amounts of vocabulary and material to play with and you’re stuck with the same handful of “licks” that you repeat over and over again? I used to feel that way until I looked at improvising differently. This post is going to give you some fresh ways to enhance your creativity, while making your approach a lot more simple.  Continue reading Improvise With Endless Material

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How To Write Great Charts!

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Chart writing can make learning or navigating a lot of music quicker and easier. Especially if you don’t have a lot of time to learn the music in the first place. This can save you time (and money) in a variety of situations, whether you’re leading an ensemble or performing in one. This month’s blog post is going to show you some ways to help you write smarter charts and give you some clues as to the charts you might encounter in your music career. Continue reading How To Write Great Charts!