You can play and have some good gear, so why not earn some money recording online? Simple right? Well, it might not be as easy as you think. I’ve been remotely recording bass guitar and double bass professionally for over 10 years now, and I’ve picked up some tips that will help you. Many of […]
Scales have something of a bad reputation in music as being a repetitive and a bit of a slog. Besides the fact that they really don’t have to be, if you vary and maximize your practice, the key to scales is their application. It’s hard to get excited about playing a scale, for sure, but […]
The most popular question when people find out you’re a songwriter is, “What comes first, the words or the music?” and the answer is, “It’s different every time.” Is writing great melodies and lyrics an innate talent or is it something you can learn? Are there tricks and methods that you can adopt to help open […]
Relying on creativity to pay your electricity bill can bring on some unwanted pressures that aren’t conducive to creating. Ideally, you need to be able to turn your inner muse on and off like a light, but it’s not that easy. Inspiration is usually the gateway to the gold. Here’s some ideas on how to […]
The Perpetual Beginner is part memoir, part musical instruction manual. Relating stories of his experiences as a young musician and music student in 1980s New York, author Dave Isaacs describes the key lessons that shaped his musical life and how they can help any aspiring musician at any age. The title refers to the average […]
Do you hope to expand your musical circle? Need inspiration and practical ideas for overcoming setbacks? Love music and seek new ways to enjoy it? Roots musician Gayla M. Mills will help you take your next step, whether you play jazz, roots, classical, or rock. Her book Making Music for Life: Rediscover Your Musical Passion […]
Auditions can be some of the most important, pressurized, and nerve-wracking experiences in the career of a professional musician. On the one hand they can be nervy, stressful, and anxiety inducing, but on the other hand they can be fulfilling, rewarding, and ultimately something you need to do to “get the gig” and therefore progress […]
A guitar solo is an art form that doesn’t come as easily as some other things you need to learn when you first pick up the guitar. If you are a player who watches videos of players like Jimmy Page, Slash, and Eric Clapton soloing on stage, then it doesn’t take long to get the itch to want to do it yourself.