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From Ken Kirkland COVID-19 is infecting our health and our wealth. That might not be too big of a deal to Wall Street and large corporations but for us normal working-class musicians and venue owners it definitely is. Musicians who put all their work and money into touring and playing shows have had to cancel...
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By Sam Wilder So you always wanted to be a professional musician? See your name in magazines, your band logo on album covers or postered all over town, hear your songs on the radio, and don’t forget that rock star life you dream of. But without a doubt there are a ton of challenges on...
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By Sam Wilder “People hear more with their eyes than they do their ears” – Some random musician in Kansas He’s right though. Here’s 9 things you can do to improve your stage presence: 1. Break the sugar bowl2. Look interesting3. Be energetic4. Involve the crowd5. Watch other great performers6. Watch yourself perform7. Don’t be...
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   By Sam Wilder      A band is a friendship, a collaborative partnership and a business all rolled into one. Although it might be less personal and intimate than a romantic relationship, it is quite possibly more complicated. That’s because there are usually more than two people involved and everyone has an opinion. It goes...
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By Lisa Occhino     Once you’ve decided that you’re getting pretty serious about this whole music career thing, you know that you have to start putting in the work to come up with effective band marketing ideas.    But if you haven’t gotten much farther than “make a Facebook fan page and post a bunch of...
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Written by local Shawn Pawloski (Guitarist from Midlife Crisis) There is a drastic difference. Some people climb up on that stage and strap on their instrument. They may get behind the drums. They strap on that awesome bass or get behind the mic. The very first song starts and it is the slowest song of...
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It’s not a no brainier.by Sam Wilder How many times have you wished you could be better at your instrument? Or wished you could be a better singer? We all know that the best way to get better is to practice our craft. It’s the biggest no-brainer there is about being a musician. To get...
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By Sam Wilder Whether you answered a musician “want ad” or someone reached out to you, the next step in the process is actually going to the audition. So let’s talk about it. I’ve played in several bands and projects over the years and have been to my share of band auditions too. Auditions are...
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By Sam Wilder So your show is booked and your band is heading out to the venue, ready to play a great show. Nothing else to worry about, right? Not necessarily. You see, while wowing the crowd from the stage is definitely a priority at any gig, your off-stage antics can still mean that you...
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By Sam Wilder Ok so you want to be in a band (who doesn’t) but there’s some things you need to know in order to build a successful band. We’ll call them rules for the sake of this Pro Tip. Rule 1: If you are surrounded by musicians who are truly success minded, there are...
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