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3 Miracles I Witnessed Because of Music in One Weekend

I have always been attracted to music. Ever since I was a young kid I was fascinated by music, my favorite toy was the fisher price record player. When I was 7 or 8 my dad had to go to Germany for work and one of the healing things that occurred for me was he…

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Which kind of musician are YOU trying to be?

For most of human history, musicians have been community leaders. Creating connections, opening minds, and giving harmony to the voice of the people. People would gather around them and rally behind them. Celebrity is relatively recent. It’s about a lot of people loving you from a distance. It’s a product of large-scale, corporate marketing. The…

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Actually, Your Equipment Is Probably Fine

I don’t think I’ve ever been a fan of any “Battle of the Bands” setup, but I’ve been a judge for a couple of them. People asked, and it was something to do. After one such outing, a band that didn’t win was curious as to what had prevented them from reaching the top of…

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How To Be Taken Seriously Online As A Musician

I was talking to a musician last week who was complaining about how, although he’s a well-respected musician in his local area, he can’t get anyone he meets online to take him seriously. “I’ve got a website and a link for people to subscribe and get free music. I’m giving away 7 of my BEST…

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A Case Study in Live Performance (Part 2)

If you haven’t read the first part of this two-part article, please do so by clicking HERE. Now it is time to get into what happened the night of the show…both the great and the not-so-great. I was driving to the venue in Ohio and had just pulled off an exit when it began snowing…HARD.…

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The 2X/ 4X Guideline

Inevitably, as you try to make money playing live, you will run into the question of what might be a reasonable amount of money for your act to bring in per night. (This question is also tied to what rooms you can expect to work in.) Now, of course, there are no hard and fast…

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Three Reasons Why I’ll Tell You NOT To Pursue A Record Deal

I really don’t think you should get a record deal. Wait – let me rephrase that. I really don’t think you should spend time, effort, money, and emotional stamina to get a record deal. I played music myself, once, and hungered after a contract. I never got one, and I’m actually pretty okay with that.…

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My Presentation at the Utah Music Festival Workshop

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