Category: performance

The Joys and Miseries of Working with a Metronome

I have a “love/hate” relationship with metronomes. There is no doubt that playing alone and preparing to perform using a metronome will make you a better musician by “aligning” your personal tempo with a mechanical/electronic norm. By playing your songs to a metronome, you discover where you speed up or slow down and learn to […]

For the Emerging Artist, the (Strive for the) Perfect Really is the Enemy of the Excellent

You practice your music incessantly. Perhaps you even “role play” your performance in preparation for the real thing. Perhaps you worry about any lapses in memory of your lyrics that you might have. This is the common ailment of “perfectionism” in the emerging artist and we all encounter it and need to combat it on […]

The Importance of Having Fun as an Emerging Artist

I’m between gigs at the moment. Last night I played at Fritz’s Place in Keene, NH and tonight I play a Three-way co-bill with Steve Allain and Ashley Root at the Brooklyn Coffee and Tea House in North Providence, RI. As I sit here writing this entry, I am struck by something one of the […]

The Emerging Artist and the "Learner’s Mind"

The other evening I went to an open mike in an area that I don’t regularly frequent. in fact, I had never been to this open mike before and though there were a few faces I recognized most of the folks there I had never met before. Now, for some emerging artists this might make […]

If you want to improve as an emerging artist, work on your "groove"!

As I sit down to write this blog entry, I am returning home from visiting my mom and performing at an Open Mic in New York City. I’m driving home alone and to occupy my mind to stay alert I am listening to music on my iPhone in shuffle mode which include some of my […]

The "comparing mind" and the emerging artist

I recently had a fantastic gig at the Brooklyn Coffee and Tea Room in Providence, RI. I was one of three performers with the host Steve Allain doing some “warm up” music as the host. This was a true “listening room” in the sense that the primary purpose of people being there was not to […]

A Music Festival to Remember

Last week I had the unique joy of participating in my first “Music Festival”, specifically the Keene Music Festival in the college town of Keene, New Hampshire. Looking back now from the distance of a few days, I have to say the experience really was extraordinary, unlike any gig I’ve had previously. As an emerging […]

The Struggle Between Me and the Audience

I harbor a secret that I suspect many emerging artist themselves secretly harbor. I generally don’t talk about it because I view it as a daily struggle. It tends to come to the fore particularly when I perform at a gig. I know from both studying performance techniques of others and the instruction of great […]

The "Terminal Tavern"

It should come as little or no surprise that, as an “emerging artist”, I have felt “forced” to play in venues less than wonderful for the musical soul but nonetheless profitable. David Wilcox once described this (quoting, yet another artist, come to think of it) as playing the “Terminal Tavern”. A place the artist plays […]

The "Emerging Artist" and the Myth of the "Targeted Demographic"

I was playing at an open mike the other night when a strange thing happened again. I’m not the youngest of “emerging artist” I know and so I tend to think that my music I’ll appeal primarily to an older age group. It’s a subtle psychological trap of sorts: artists of a certain age naturally […]

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