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!
Last month my blog post was about what I did leading up to making my album. This month I will let you know what is in the works after having completed it. I’ll talk about some commonly forgotten about steps as well as things to think about with the new advancements in digital and social media. Continue reading Tips to Successfully Release Your Album (Without A Label)!
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
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
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!
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.
Do you hate to practice? Well you’re not alone. I don’t know very many people that get excited to practice the same way that they get excited to perform. When you’re practicing, it is usually alone, probably doesn’t sound good (at first), and is tedious (and possibly boring) among other things. Whereas when you perform, there are people watching, giving instant gratification of your talents, can be done with other musicians, and sounds polished and perfected. So how do you turn your practice time into a more enjoyable event? Continue reading Become a Better Musician With These Practice Tips (in less time)
This blog post is going to help you figure out how to get the gig you want and then how to keep it. This isn’t a “step-by-step”, but more of a “these guidelines will point you in the right direction”. Every situation is different. This is just a introduction to some of the topics and will most likely be expanded upon at a later date.
The thing you should always keep in mind is that the music business is still a business, even though the medium is music. Most people go to see music performed in a social setting. It’s even described most of the time as “I play this” or “I play that”. That description alone makes it sound “fun” or “recreational” and not a serious business.
You may or may not know who I am, but you definitely know some of the people I have worked with. I have been playing music professionally for over 20 years and making a living at it with the ability to pay all of my bills. I work constantly and the information I am going to mention below has been taken from my personal experiences as well as several other musicians who all work consistently solely in the business of music. Continue reading Get The Gig, Keep The Gig!
Are you recording in a studio? This post will give you tips and hints to make sure you are well prepared, so that you are the one getting all the calls.
I will share with you information taken from my personal experiences as well as what I learned interviewing top studio musicians who record constantly all over the world. I also sat down with some of those same studios’ recording engineers to let you know what they look for in choosing a musician for a session. The one thing they all agreed upon was the more time you spend in preparation (with a high attention for detail), the easier the session will be when it comes to dealing with any changes or curveballs, and the smoother the overall session will be. Also, three of the top things mentioned in creating Continue reading Become A More Successful Studio Musician!
Since tax time is approaching, I figured this would be a good platform to offer some pro-tips about filing your taxes as a self-employed musician. I didn’t go to school for any sort of math degree, and in no way am anything close to a C.P.A. What I can offer here are some things to think about and look into, as you get ready to file. I will try to keep this relatively brief, as I’m sure you don’t want to read about this for hours. Believe me, I would much rather nerd out about drum gear or recipes or hundreds of other things than taxes. However, the last thing you need is the IRS knocking at your door threatening to put you in jail. Just ask Wesley Snipes or Martha Stewart. Continue reading 8 Pro Tax Tips for Musicians to Make You Money! 2/15/14