LIVE PERFORMANCE
Advice
May 1, 2018

What to Do When Performing Turns from Joy to Dread

  For me, performing the music I love with the bandmates I consider friends is one of the greatest joys of my life. You can probably imagine, then, how strange it felt after years of performing week-to-week, night-to-night, to suddenly sense that subtle but palpable shift in anticipatory sentiment.  One weekend, seemingly out of nowhere,…

Peter Hook
Quotes
April 10, 2018

Ten things you should always do when you form a group

“Ten things you should always do when you form a group: 1) Work with your friends. 2) Find like-minded people. 3) Have ultimate self-belief. 4) Write great songs. 5) Get a great manager. 6) Live in Manchester. 7) Support each other through thick and thin. 8) Realise no one person is bigger than the group…

guitar pedal
How-to
April 9, 2018

“What Pedal Was That?”

If you've ever tried to deconstruct the sounds of your favorite guitarists or musicians, you may have found it challenging to separate fact from fiction. Random google searches aren't guaranteed to produce the truth. Often, I find articles, blog posts, and message boards containing too many assumptions and the faint echo of hearsay in their assertions.…

Audience
Advice How-to
March 28, 2018

“That’s not real music”

Discover how to deal with these 5 types of critics who I’ve encountered in my experience as a gigging musician.

Galileo
Quotes
March 27, 2018

Galileo (1564-1642)

We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves. I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him.

10,000 Hours
Creative Strategies
March 12, 2018

Is the 10,000-Hour Rule a Myth?

Before Malcolm Gladwell presented the 10,000-Hour Rule in his book, Outliers: The Story of Success, unless you were familiar with the research at university, you probably believed that musical genius was the result of being born extraordinary. His research concluded, however, that those who had a shot at elite performance had opportunities where 10,000 hours of practice or apprenticeship were available.

Albert Einstein
Quotes
March 7, 2018

Einstein

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.

guitarist and pedalboard
How-to
March 1, 2018

5 Time-Saving Tools for Guitarists

If you’re ready to start recording demos or releasing material on your own, these time-saving tools may help you achieve your tone faster, record your song with fewer technological hurdles, and focus on guitar-playing.