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Old 09-01-2009, 06:25 PM
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Trumpet player Rafael Mendez was quoted as saying something to the effect of "Make every note you play a solo." Take that to heart the next time you perform, even as a member of a group. Although you want to blend and play your part of the musical process without overpowering the group, a solo mindset will make you a stronger group member.
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Old 09-01-2009, 06:28 PM
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Don't get caught up in dogmatic approaches to playing or singing. Quite often, someone who thinks they have solved everyone's problems gets a lot of press or spends a lot of marketing money to get their product, method book, seminar DVD, or idea out there. While there are certainly guiding principals of technique, everyone has slight differences in body and mind.
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Old 09-01-2009, 06:30 PM
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It is easy to get hooked on a teacher, especially if they are good at what they do and your personalities work well together. Even so, take the opportunity to explore other teachers, even if just through a single lesson or masterclass. You never know what you may pick up from their "bag of tricks".
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Old 09-14-2009, 08:52 PM
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Pay close attention to your bandleader as their attention is on your pay.
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Old 09-14-2009, 08:52 PM
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Be willing to help set up and break down on a gig, even if it’s not your equipment. It goes a long way as a gesture of goodwill.
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Old 09-14-2009, 08:52 PM
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Try to be considerate of other band members on road trips. Many will object to smoking or drinking in the vehicle. Others may want to get a little rest rather than listen to blaring tunes or raucous conversation the whole way there. It’s more important to arrive safe and ready to perform than to have a party on the way down.
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Old 09-14-2009, 08:52 PM
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Show up at rehearsal having practiced on your own. It saves everyone’s time and helps you play better together.
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Old 09-14-2009, 08:52 PM
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Make sure you know the correct attire for the performance and follow it exactly. When everyone has a “uniform”, it is easy to ruin the appearance by not following suit, even if the uniform consists of black pants, casual floral shirts, and black shoes and socks.
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Old 09-14-2009, 08:53 PM
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Is your instrument ready the day before? It should be. Double-check it. Do you have extra strings? Are you tuned up? Is your horn oiled? Do you have maintenance and basic repair supplies? Extra batteries? Cables and cords?
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Old 09-14-2009, 08:53 PM
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Before you leave, heed the advice of many a musician that has turned around to head back for something halfway to the gig – MAKE SURE YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME. Just do it – even if you’re running late. You don’t want to be even later. Make yourself a checklist you can use over and over that has things like directions, instruments, cables, cords, accessories, supplies, water bottles, money, snacks, mp3 player, etc.
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Old 09-14-2009, 08:53 PM
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Get multiple sets of directions and take them all. Get the ones your bandleader or band member has. Get an alternate set from Google Maps or another mapping service. Make sure that at least one set of directions has an actual map on it. And have phone numbers for the band leader, band members, and gig location in case something should happen.
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If you are driving to the gig, make sure your vehicle is well maintained, gassed up, and ready to roll well before the day of the gig. This is even more important if you are giving others in the band a ride.
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Be flexible. A performance is rarely ever exactly what you expect. Hopefully, this variety will keep things interesting for you. Be ready and willing to change the order of tunes or set lists. Be ready to stretch a song, cut another short, and even let the event organizer use your microphone to make announcements.
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Old 10-19-2009, 03:30 PM
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A lot of Musical Terms and Music Definitions at MusicGlossary.com. This should prove a valuable resource not only to musicians but music teachers and educators.
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Old 11-03-2009, 05:50 PM
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Surround yourself not just with things that relate to music, but with actual instruments, staff paper, composition books, play-along CDs, and the like. The more opportunities there are in your environment to create music, the more likely you are to do so.
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Old 11-03-2009, 05:53 PM
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"Fake it 'till you make it" may be an overused term that should not be taken to the extreme, but there is definitely an art to "showmanship". Most times, your audience will not pick up on a lot of the musical subtleties in your performance. However, if you can show them with your body, demeanor, or facial expression how you are experiencing them, that energy will translate to the listener.
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Old 11-03-2009, 05:55 PM
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Do you play professionally, even if only part-time? Do report any of that income on your taxes? If so, did you know that some purchases such as CDs, music downloads, instruments, and accessories may be fully tax-deductible? See a tax advisor with a good reputation to help you with this.
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Old 11-03-2009, 05:58 PM
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It never ceases to amaze me when band members leave their horns lying around on stage or off stage, or leave their cases out in a room that the public could have access to. There have been too many stories of lost and stolen instruments to chance it. Is it a hassle? Yes. Is it worth it? If you ever have to decide the answer to that question $1,500 or so later, it will be a painful yes.
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:02 PM
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Don't be afraid to ask your fellow musicians for help, be it with carrying equipment, gear suggestions, help with technique, or suggestions of musical expression. It will get you what you need and further your relationship with them.
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:05 PM
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Consider copywriting any song you write before you give it to a group to perform, even if you are in the group. It costs around $30. Or, you can do a poor man's copywrite and mail it or email it to yourself...
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