Shopping “Stupid” Sales

By now, most of my readers know that I support several music-oriented sites, including CreekDontRise.com, SchoolOfTheRock.com, ClassicTrainSongs.com, and RiverboatMusic.com. You’ve also noticed that I have vendor links on many of my pages (especially the buyer’s guides like RiverboatMusic.com). In the interest of full disclosure, I make a little money if…

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Gigging Outside of the Box

Most people who think about trying to support themselves in the local music scene start and end with the bars that feature live music. And there are a bunch. But there’s a lot to be said for reaching audiences that don’t go bar-hopping, too. In my case, I had enough…

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Tips for Independent Christian Musicians

Within the last several months, forum discussions, reader questions, and comments, have reminded me of some of the peculiar pressures and decisions facing young Christians who are trying to make a living in music of any kind. I’m sensitive to these issues because, as a Christian myself, I wrote and…

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Always Be Ready to Audition

On another forum, a musician discussed going to an audition for a gig he didn’t really want anyway, so he hadn’t bothered to prepare much. My response (edited a little for clarity) was: To me, the whole point of playing music is getting out in front of people and sharing…

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Learn While You’re Young

Yesterday I wrote and published a bit about why everyone interested in any kind of musical pursuits should learn a chord-capable instrument (probably piano or guitar) early. That article is on the SchoolOfTheRock.com site here. But musing over that content reminded me of something that happened to me a few…

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