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"Getting Ready" for NERFA

Come November 13th, a HUGE 4-day, 3-night musical event/seminar/party will commence in the sleepy hamlet of Kerhonson, New York, just outside the Catskills. It is the annual conference of the North Eastern Regional Folk Alliance or NERFA. Officially, NERFA consists…
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The "Why" of Being an Emerging Artist

It's been a while since I last posted on this Blog and I've taken this pause in my writing to think a good deal about the "why" of performance for emerging artists such as myself. I believe that I may…
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A Tale of Two Gigs

As an emerging artist, I try to participate in an open mike night in a different place each week. As it happened, I went to an Open Mike last wednesday and had a scheduled "gig" at the Starbucks at Harvard…
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"I Came, They Saw, I Conquered"

I'm sure there are literally thousands of different ways to get a gig these days. Much of it depends on the genre, the kind of audience sought and many other variables. I've tried the "Internet" method of looking for gigs…
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Praise, Criticism and the Emerging Artist

I just had a terrific week performing at Open Mikes last week, culminating in my getting three (and possibly four) new gigs at coffeehouses as a featured performer. I tend to use Open Mikes as a method of getting gigs…
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The Split Gig and Learning to "Play Nice With Others"

As many people know who have seen me play, I am primarily a solo artist. For those of you that haven't, it could be said that beside singing, I play all parts of "the band" in a kind of percussive…
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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…
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Guitar Maintenance and Upkeep for the Emerging Artist

One of the things I am most proud of when I perform are the complements I receive about my acoustic instruments. I recall recently receiving from another artist the comment, "wow, that is one beautiful guitar!" I genuinely appreciate such…