In addition to being one of the premier bass players of his time, most widely known as a member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Grammy winning bassist Victor Wooten also runs a successful music camp in Only, Tennessee. Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature at Wooten Woods Retreat originally focused on teaching music to bass players. Now in its 15th year, it has accommodated all instruments—voice, horns, keyboards, and more—for at least the last six years or so.
Band managers have a critical task that relates directly to the group’s success. They need to coordinate travel, handle the different egos and goals within the bandmates, and promote the band’s identity and talent. Read these six helpful tips that can spark interest in artists to challenge themselves to manage their own band without completely losing their mind.
Musicians must focus on making an impression with their music, especially their first track. Read some tips for making a great impression! The first song must convey what the artist stands for musically, and perhaps even socially. It needs to reflect who they are and should be the type of track that will resonate with the audience. The song should set the audience’s expectations about the artist and their work.
Pianist Lang Lang began playing at three years old, and won the Shenyang Piano Competition at age five. At just 13, he won first prize at the Tchaikovsky International Young Musicians’ Competition.
The past 10 years have seen Jason Mraz transition from playing coffee shops to superstar status. Yet he remains grounded
Alexander McKay started playing in bands as a guitarist at the age of 16. Touring the world and enjoying the sights sounds. He now writes, produces, and…
Hunter started Seven Story Fall in 2002. He is a a solo artist that runs everything for the band including writing and recording all the instruments himself.
“The arts, and music in particular, is the one thing we know will reach people on a deep fundamental level to change hearts and minds,” explains Wayne Kramer, former guitarist for the now-legendary Detroit-based seminal hard rock band The MC5 and co-founder of Jail Guitar Doors USA, a nonprofit program that provides musical instruments and opportunities to help rehabilitate prisoners.