Category: Developing As A Musician and Performer

Questions and Answers for Independent Musicians

When you are starting out as a musician, or even when you’ve been at it for a long time, there are questions that are specific to independent musicians.

Some of these questions may be related to making a living as a musician, or they may be about how to become a better or more successful musician.

You may be wondering how much money you might eventually make, or what your lifestyle will be like. Do you need a back-up plan?  How do you make the connections to get the gigs you want?

If you already an established musician, whether locally, regionally, or nationally, you may find yourself being interviewed and asked questions about what it’s like to be a musician.Read more: Questions and Answers for Independent Musicians

Piano Hand Exercises To Improve Your Swiftness And Expertise

Author: RhonleeSavage

Pianist ought to make piano hand workout routines a component of their routines to be able to sustain adroit flexible fingers. Musicians are also sportsman, only they use smaller muscles. Daily tendon and muscle exercises keeps them stretched and powerful. If you’re seeking to engage in many musical styles, exercise both hands on a daily basis.

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One form of hand exercise is playing scales. Sit up tall on the piano bench. To ensure correct body alignment, make sure your posture is accurate. Situate your right hand on the keys. Begin with your thumb and use each of the following fingers to play the next key. Use different finger to play each note. Start off slow until you get the hang of it. Read more: Piano Hand Exercises To Improve Your Swiftness And Expertise

The Rockstar Checklist

By Cari Cole

Being a rockstar and having a music career in music is one of the most fulfilling and exciting lifestyles imaginable. But it’s not only reserved for those at the top.

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You can master your own rockstar world with this quick and easy checklist I give all of my students. Rock on!

  1. Master Your Instrument/s(voice – and piano, guitar etc.)
  2. Impress yourself as if you were trying to impress your boss. Being a Rockstar is a job – treat it like one.
  3. Surround yourself with people better than you.
  4. Never think for a second that you can’t do it.
  5. Everything everybody says to you is advice– not gospel.
  6. Learn from the music you listen to and then take it one step further – rather than copy it.
  7. Never, never, ever burn bridges– There’s absolutely no reason to be vindictive or look down on anyone in the business – because hopefully you will have a long career and everyone’s working hard just like you.
  8. Make sure your whole camp is on board with your music and direction – There are plenty of people out there looking for great artists.
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  10. Dress the part, act the part, live the part– because you are 24/7 marketing yourself – and there’s a lot of competition out there.
  11. It’s never about YOU – it’s always about THEM. Be interested in people – don’t blabber on about yourself. People do business with people they like.
  12. Despite popular opinion, those in the music industry that drink and do drugs are not nearly as respected as those that don’t.
  13. Read more: The Rockstar Checklist

5 Tips to Improve Your Musical Performance Technique

Author: evan

This week we’re going to look into some tips on how to improve your technical agility. One of the main abilities a musician must have is to have command of the technical aspects of his/her instrument.

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Tip #1: Play everything slowly

“Slow is the same as fast”. Maybe you’ve heard of that phrase. I’d like to interpret it as understanding that all movements that you make while playing rapid passages must have the same relaxed feeling as though you were playing slowly. What better way to do that than practicing slowly?Read more: 5 Tips to Improve Your Musical Performance Technique

How to Have Stage Presence For Groups

By Terrence Harper

1. Prepare and rehearse. Know everybody else’s lyrics, so that you can fill in and define parts of the song to get or keep the crowd hyped. Rehearsal is important in order to show that your a professional or on the brink of becoming a pro, you’d got to know where the other person should be onstage.

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2. The lead vocalist should almost always take center stage, then move from right to left interacting with the crowd. Always, go center stage when your verse starts this brings the attention to you, especially if you have multiple people on stage.Read more: How to Have Stage Presence For Groups