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  • Avoiding Lord of the Flies in your shared rehearsal room is easier than you think If there’s one thing I miss about sharing a practice space with a bunch of other bands it’s walking into an ill-lit room that smells like a sweat-soaked sock steeped in stale cigarette smoke and finding that two of my …   Read More

  • How unprofessional show preparation can hurt your music career I’ve been playing a bunch of solo shows lately. It’s great; I show up with an acoustic guitar, some harmonicas, a DI, maybe my own microphone — and if I’m feeling really adventurous, some pedals and an amp. Lookout! The ease of this kind of setup …   Read More

  • Each day this week, we’ll be sharing a practice tip from Scott Malyszka, a songwriter, fiddler, and founder of New Trail Coaching, a coaching service for artistic and creative people: http://www.newtrailcoaching.com Tip #5: Get Outside Your Head Making music means that eventually someone has to listen to all this racket you are making. So what do …   Read More

  • Each day this week, we’ll be sharing a practice tip from Scott Malyszka, a songwriter, fiddler, and founder of New Trail Coaching, a coaching service for artistic and creative people: http://www.newtrailcoaching.com Tip #4: Step Away From The Woodshed Here in Virginia, we call it “woodshedding” when a musician gets all focused in on some serious practicing …   Read More

  • Each day this week, we’ll be sharing a practice tip from Scott Malyszka, a songwriter, fiddler, and founder of New Trail Coaching, a coaching service for artistic and creative people: http://www.newtrailcoaching.com Tip #3: Practice Is Performance Starting a new musical collaboration with someone can feel like a first date.  You feel hopeful and a bit nervous. …   Read More

  • Each day this week, we’ll be sharing a practice tip from Scott Malyszka, a songwriter, fiddler, and founder of New Trail Coaching, a coaching service for artistic and creative people: http://www.newtrailcoaching.com Tip #2: You Are The Gear I’m careful about recommending products to my students, because I feel that musicians face a ridiculous amount of consumerism …   Read More

  • Each day this week, we’ll be sharing a practice tip from Scott Malyszka, a songwriter, fiddler, and founder of New Trail Coaching, a coaching service for artistic and creative people: http://www.newtrailcoaching.com Tip #1:  Put Down Your Instrument That’s right–put down your instrument, and let’s try practicing only with your mind. Go through a melody in …   Read More

  • I was just reading an article about Coldplay that is posted at The New Rockstar Philosophy where frontman Chris Martin discusses how and why the band practiced every single day for the 2-year period leading up to the release of their breakout album “Parachutes.” Check out http://www.newrockstarphilosophy.com/?p=5355 for Martin’s thoughts on how to stay productive, focused, …   Read More

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