The first level a musician goes through is learning to play well. How do I execute this passage? I place this finger here and this finger here. If I practice enough I’ll learn to do it really fast and everyone will be amazed how quickly and accurately I can place my fingers. It’s a narrow focus, all on one’s self. Every musician knows this phase. Some people become expert at it but may play their whole lives and never grow any further.
The next level is widening the focus to…Continue
Posted on March 12, 2014 at 9:00am
The Canadian Minister of Employment, Social Development & Multiculturalism has really done it this time.
According to the Calgary Herald, new regulations “could deal a crippling blow to live music at the club level.” Large concerts and music festivals, thank goodness, are not affected. But the new rules hit touring…Continue
Posted on August 29, 2013 at 4:00am — 7 Comments
The second day of writing a song is the hardest. The first day you just let it flow, but in the second session you have to edit and cut and polish and ask yourself, “Is this really my song? Did I write it or only remember it?”
We've all heard songs that sound like other songs. Some relationships are obvious, like Lady Gaga and Madonna. But sometimes soundalikes reveal surprising connections between artists. The other morning I heard a live version of Jimi Hendrix’s…
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