Teachable (via Alunatunes’s Weblog)

Teachable When you get older and you are ready, your ancestors will show up to guide you." –Joe Coyhis, STOCKBRIDGE-MUNSEE"When the student is ready, the teacher appears." The adage is found in every culture and every language. As we ponder the passing of the years, we may think we know so much. As I get older, I only realize I know very little. Actively, I've sought teachers and mystically, they have come my way when I least expected it. Quietly, I've le … Read More

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Diana Rumrill – PT for musicians!

Read all about Diana Rumrill, a wonderful physical thearpist who specializes in treating musicians!


Eugene in the SF Bay area can teach you to ROCK!

Eugene Eugene started his higher education in music at Fresno State in Fresno, CA studying concert percussion, than transferred to De Anza College in Cupertino, CA. Later he also attended Berklee Collage of Music in Boston, MA for 3 semesters, where he studied percussion and Film Scoring. He was taught by many world renowned teachers. Eugene started playing horn in the junior high band, however while in high school, he found his love of the drums while in marching band. Their band won many state drum titles due to his great gift of playing drums. He even began teaching a few high school students. Between colleges, Eugene marched in the Drum Corps with the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2007 and 2008, and briefly with the Cavilers from Rosemont. During this time he also played with Keith Urban, Shania Twain, and The Blue Man Group. Eugene has been teaching professionally since 2006 and offers all styles. He currently performs all over the Bay Area with a band, including a performance on American Idol in June 2011.

Making Ends Meet as a Musician

“Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot.  In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you. ” ~Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man under Socialism, 1891

Making ends meet financially seems to be an innate part of playing music for a living. There are few musicians at an intermediate level who are able to make more money than month.  As the current economic meltdown continues to force budget cuts everywhere, entertainment dollars are one of the first whacks made by bars and restuarants. Turn the sound system up louder and cancel the band. Or still offer band opportunities (thank you Jesus), but just cut the budget or the hotel rooms or the deli tray.  As much as musicians struggle to make it, bars and venues hosting live music struggle as well.

In the face of fractured finances, it’s important to remember we are creative individuals. After all, from an intangible, nebulous idea we form a melody and words to go along. We sing our creations. We record them and sell them and perform them for income.  If that’s not some sort of magical miracle feat, I don’t know what is.

As a musician facing rising tour costs, budget cuts and shakey job prospects, it’s essential to not forget all those shining attributes and usuable skills inside your soul that can help you through tough times. Don’t forget that because you can DO this music thing, you can also TEACH this music thing.  Offer lessons in song writing at a community center or teach group guitar lessons to children for additional income.  Check into the lucrative jingle writing market or sell songs as ringtones.  Offer to play lunchtime performances at a local coffeeshop for tips.  It’s nearly Christmas. Offer your services as a holiday shopper for parents wishing to give their children musical instruments. People would pay for your expert opinion as they choose an instrument for their child.  Sell your services as a booking agent or publicist for other bands. There is NO LIMIT to your abilities.

My fellow blogger Jason at www.frugaldad.com has a ton of what he refers to as “side hustles” on his site today.  Jason talks about housesitting, babysitting, dogwalking and selling on e-bay as additional ways to make income.  In addition to talking about creating income, Jason blogs daily about saving money and tracking spending. His blog is well worth a daily read.

Remember as an individual who lives close to inspiration on a daily basis, you can find innovative ways to be a musician and survive the fractured economy.  It takes a clever, cool, gifted person to make it in the music world. Use your talents and creative survival strategies. Remember to pass along inspiring thoughts and ideas to your fellow musicians too.  All of us need encouragement and understanding at this odd time in the world.

Meet our banjo, mando, guitar instructor Dennis in Dallas! (via Melody Music Studios)

Meet our banjo, mando, guitar instructor Dennis in Dallas! Dennis Dennis attended the Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, CO for one year, then transferred to Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO with a Music Therapy major for two years. He has been playing and performing professionally on the Banjo since 1973, including playing for shows in Branson, MO, and in 1981 took second place in the national Banjo contest. In 1997-98 Dennis was the head of the Guitar Department at College of the Oza … Read More

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The Artist that lives within (via Alunatunes’s Weblog)

"Why is society working to kill our natural born artists? When we try to drill and practice someone into subservient obedience, we're stamping out the artist that lives within." -Seth Godin/Linchpin If you've spent any time at all reading Alunatunes, you understand why I'm here, why I feel strongly about encouraging the artist within. You understand why my blog is tagged with "inspiration, motivation and practical advice for musicians". At the co … Read More

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