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Old 11-03-2009, 06:07 PM
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Now and then, take a day off. It will give you better results than playing 365 days a year.
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:08 PM
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Miles Davis was known for being able to tell a story in 2 notes that would take another musician 20 notes. Doing more with less is a mark of musical maturity.
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:12 PM
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To go the full measure in protecting your ears, explore having custom "Musician's Earplugs" molded for you at a reputable Audiologist's office. Most have interchangeable filters that allow you to hear a certain degree of sound, while blocking out harsh noises.
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:13 PM
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Jamey Abersold has been known to say that in jazz, you are never more than a half step away from a note in the scale of the particular chord change that is being played.
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Old 11-04-2009, 06:25 PM
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When making the landmark jazz-fusion recording "Bitches' Brew", guitarist John McLaughlin said that trumpeter Miles Davis told him to "Play like you don't know how to play." In other words, play as if it is the first time you have ever picked up a guitar. McLaughlin played simply, using many open strings. Sometimes a fresh, or even restrictive approach to your instrument or voice can produce innovative sounds.
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Old 11-04-2009, 06:27 PM
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Some musicians rely almost completely on the written page. Some rely fully on memory. Wherever you are on that spectrum, try doing the opposite, or both extremes.
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Old 11-04-2009, 06:29 PM
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Read music? Great! Ever tried learning AND PERFORMING a song completely by ear? It can be a truly magical experience for a reader if you let yourself go. That means never even looking at a single note or chord change on paper. Listen to a recording or the rest of your group that already know the song and play by trial and error.
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Old 11-04-2009, 06:30 PM
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Ever play and/ or sing in the dark? It can really get you to focus on the sound of your music.
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Old 11-04-2009, 06:31 PM
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Does a lot of your improvisation sound the same? Try learning some new scales and new rhythmic patterns. They'll slowly make their way into your improvisation vocabulary.
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Old 11-04-2009, 06:32 PM
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Don't practice to the point of physical or mental exhaustion if possible. Take frequent, small rests, and at some point, leave it alone and come back to it fresh tomorrow.
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Old 11-04-2009, 06:33 PM
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Music is a language that is made to evoke emotion. Are you evoking emotion from your listeners?
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Old 11-04-2009, 07:25 PM
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Common courtesy goes a long way in the music business. If you aren't courteous and friendly, someone you want to collaborate with will find someone else who is.
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Old 11-04-2009, 07:48 PM
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If you are trying to make headway in the music business, be aware that many people you may want to partner with, business-wise or musically, are not going to understand your music. Be prepared to move on to the next prospect. At the same time, don't overlook sensible criticism.
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Old 11-04-2009, 07:51 PM
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Rest assured that there are ways in this day and age to connect to a widespread audience without going through a record label. Explore social media and electronic distribution to create and audience and get your music to them. Use the marketing services of marketing firms or one-horse marketing shops.
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Old 11-05-2009, 03:57 PM
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In twitter, more than anything, try to stand apart - make your tweets interesting so that people who actually read posts from the people they follow will read them! These are the only people on twitter you are concerned with anyway.
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Old 11-05-2009, 04:10 PM
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In twitter, use @ replies to open dialogue with listeners or other musicians.
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Old 11-05-2009, 04:12 PM
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Go easy on tweeting links to your music sites. Twitter users are already conditioned to be suspicious of spammers. If they are interested in you, they will look for a link in your bio.
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Old 11-05-2009, 04:13 PM
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Make sure that in twitter you don't follow a tremendously higher ratio of people as compared to those that follow yourself. This identifies you as a spammer.
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Old 11-05-2009, 04:14 PM
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In twitter, be sure to tweet about what you are doing - not just gigs, but rehearsals, what you are listening to, and even some of your personal life to spice things up.
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Old 11-05-2009, 04:16 PM
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When starting your twitter account, it may be tempting to find random musicians and music lovers to follow. You don't know them from Adam. Start by following people that you know. You can add them automatically by giving twitter your email address and password.
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