Ties and Slurs and Jobs

I’m not not talking about clothing accessories and inebriated speech…just yet. When reading them little black and white dots on top of all them lines, aka music notation, it’s really easy for beginners to confuse ties with slurs.  Both are graceful arcs between notes. The actual shape of the lines can be identical.  The purpose is…

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Defining Success – The Entrepreneurial Musician

When informing people of my career path I am occasionally asked “Are you successful?” or, “Are you making a living?”  I appreciate the sentiment behind both of these questions.  People like to know what life is like for a professional musician and I am glad that a lot of folks care about how my family and I…

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That Sound We Want – The pressure of studio perfection on live performance

Here is an interesting thing.  Most music consumers love perfect quality recordings.  Consumers and the industry together have developed a preferred “sound” that the public expects to hear when they listen to their i-tunes, CD’s, etc.  This “sound” is specific to every musical genre, however many genres have the goal of perfection in mind; no…

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