Category Archive: Performing

Dec 19

LOSING,REGAINING AND MAINTAINING FORM.

LOSING,REGAINING AND MAINTAINING FORM. In many ways as performing musicians we are like athletes. To give a good performance we need to be in good musical form. Lose our form and we are in danger of losing the gig. The last 6 months I have been in the best musical form of my life. Singing …

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Sep 08

UGH! I HATE THE SOUND OF MY OWN RECORDED VOICE.

UGH! I HATE THE SOUND OF MY OWN RECORDED VOICE.   If that’s you, you are definitely not alone. In fact most people can’t stand the sound of their own recorded voice. You might even be surprised that many of the biggest names in the music business don’t like hearing their own voice on record. …

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Aug 17

MY MOST PHYSICALLY CHALLENGING GIG.

MY MOST PHYSICALLY CHALLENGING GIG. (But also one of my most fun gigs) Life can be challenging sometimes. When you are a self employed musician it’s a case of NO PLAY, NO PAY. How many times over the years have I dragged myself to the gig when I should have stayed in bed. In the …

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Jul 29

WORD OF MOUTH MARKETING FOR MUSICIANS

WORD OF MOUTH MARKETING FOR MUSICIANS Last week’s blog COLD CALLING MARKETING FOR MUSICIANS received a really nice reaction with the comments. (It is always nice when readers leave comments) My friend Dieter Uken left a comment that his form of marketing was WOM  ( WORD OF MOUTH) This prompted Leslie and Martin to comment …

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Jul 24

COLD CALLING MARKETING FOR MUSICIANS

COLD CALLING MARKETING FOR MUSICIANS   For the second consecutive year now, I’m I Austria for the summer. Doing the rounds of the hotels marketing myself, I realise that of all the skills that a working musician needs to survive,this is the thing I least enjoy. Very often I find cold calling marketing soul destroying …

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Jul 16

I DID A GIG IN A PICTURE POSTCARD

Austria

       I DID A GIG IN A PICTURE POSTCARD A couple of weeks ago I did an article about my adoptive home La Herradura (Spain), my adoptive home for part of the year. I’m presently in Tirol, Austria, my other adoptive home for the other part of the year. Over the years I’ve …

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Jul 14

WHAT IS YOUR CHOICE OF AXE?

WHAT IS YOUR CHOICE OF AXE? Somebody called Steve S asked the question on the internet search forum Yahoo answers When did the term axeman change to mean Guitar player? He posed the question in quite a humorous way, and I thought it would be a fun way to start today’s blog. “We needed some …

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Jun 10

DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST GIG?

DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST GIG?   A few weeks ago I wrote a blog entitled JONATHAN BUTLER PLAYED MY GUITAR. In case you haven’t read it, I tell the story of how I met Jonathan Butler at Youth Week 1982. Youth week is an anual event held by South Africa Youth for Christ. It …

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May 30

STAGE CRAFT 101

STAGE CRAFT 101 I was a music student in the mid 80s (I did the South African equivalent of the Berklee jazz course) At that time there were no subjects or studies that related to the business side of music, other than a very brief introduction into copyright law in the composition class. I hope …

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May 21

LIVE MUSIC ZONE… RESPECT!

LIVE MUSIC ZONE…THEREFORE A VOLUNTARY ELECTRICAL DEVICE FREE ZONE…. OUT OF RESPECT FOR MUSICIANS In a recent blog KEEP YOUR COOL AND KEEP THE GIG I was talking about paying attention to details to hold onto the gigs we have as there are fewer and fewer gig opportunities. I have been hearing along the musicians …

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