All in Performance
It was a beautiful blue sky day in East Nashville, and me and my friends Justin and Matt were hanging out at the trendy East Nashville coffeehouse Barista Parlor. As we sipped 6 dollar black coffees (no creme allowed at this place) Matt and Justin blew my mind with a few practice suggestions. Here’s a few tips from them:
Regardless of whether you’re a sideman or an artist, there’s some common things all musicians need to get hired and stay hired. Here are my top 7:
This last weekend I played a show with a band from Nashville with over 50 songs in the set. I had about a week to get all of the songs worked up, and I had to really hone my technique to be ready. Here’s how I did it:
Performance anxiety is a job hazard for every musician, and can become crippling if left to fester. Here are a couple of tricks to use when you’re going to be under the gun:
I got a note this week from blog reader, worship leader and friend Kyle F.:
I am a pretty solid "rhythm" key player, but have never been good at improv and solos. Could you write a post with some tips on improvisation and soloing? Maybe some exercises you do or something like that? Anything would be helpful!
I was playing a set with a band a few weeks ago. The gig was going great- we were all getting along, and their was some top flight talent onstage. I was nervous, and overcompensating a bit by playing some of my more showy chops- this was one of my first breaks as a Nashville musician, and I wanted to make sure I put my best foot forward.
January is always a slow month for musicians, myself included. Last night, I got to play a show with a trio I lead- my first gig in about 3 weeks. Last night’s show made me realize several things that get rusty when you’re haven’t played with others in awhile: