The Musician’s Lifeline

The Musicians Lifeline by Peter Erskine and Dave Black represents the combined opinions of the authors and their knowledge gained through their lives in music. In addition, the book includes advice from 150 of the best musicians — such as Gordon Goodwin, Nathan East, Janis Siegel, Christian McBride, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Gary Burton, Kenny Werner, Steve Smith, and so many more — who responded to seven simple questions about topics like sight-reading, warm-ups, and general wisdom. The answers will surprise, inform, and confirm what you already know or completely contradict what you’ve been taught by others.

Topics include:

  • Preparing for an audition
  • The business of music
  • Travel advice
  • The art of networking
  • How to deal with performance anxiety
  • People skills
  • Career choices in music
  • Improving practice

This is a book you can read straight through in one sitting or jump around in . . . and always return to time and again.

Instead of being dedicated to one instrument, young musicians, or professionals, is a lifestyle resource for all music makers, regardless of age, instrument, or ability. We focus on providing educational articles teaching people how to play an instrument, but we also favor travel pieces, music related health articles, interesting news stories, and plenty more.

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