Love them or hate them, metronomes are a vital part of modern music, and being able to stick with one separates good musicians from pro musicians. Here are 7 signs that you need to spend more time working with a metronome:
It’s two hours before the Christmas party, and someone asks you to play some christmas songs. What do you do? Grab the nearest Christmas fake book, and use these 10 tips for creating awesome piano arrangements on the fly:
Keyboardists have a tricky gig: they not only have to learn all the keyboard parts, but also are expected to carry all of the extra instruments that aren’t covered by the rest of the band. I’ve been retooling my technique, and here’s what’s working for me right now:
I have been seriously revamping my keyboard rig for both studio and stage (more on that later), and I’ve been lucky enough to pick the brains of some of the best keyboardists in Nashville (special thanks to Grant Pittman and Luke Moseley for the help) about how they manage their rigs. Here are 5 of the things I’ve been hearing:
It’s Christmas time, and your pastor comes to you with a question: could you all play “Hark The Herald Angels” with the praise band?
Most musicians spend the majority of there prep time getting ready for the show, not fixing things afterward. I used to be the same way, until a friend suggested I start using performances as an evaluation instead of a final grade. Here’s what I mean, and how to apply it to your routine:
It happens to me all the time- I think I'm going to get an hour to setup and sound check, and a few seconds after I've hauled my gear into the venue, a frazzled mix engineer rushes onstage and asks if I can sound check in two minutes.
I've been a huge proponent of a lea, bullet proof keyboard rig since I first started gigging, and here are my 10 best methods of reaching that goal:
This year we got to play some awesome venues with our TSO tribute group, including this fly date in El Paso, TX. Check out the short video I made about the experience:
It never fails- it’s always the thing that I’m hunting for in my gear bag that I’ve left at home. Perhaps that’s why I’ve become a list nazi when it comes time to pack my gear. Here’s 7 things that always make my list no matter what gig I’m doing:
We’ve all had to play with them- those annoying musicians that constantly clutter up the frequencies that your instrument occupies with their musical doodles. Here are 5 ways to not be that guy on stage and in the studio: