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Performing, Honing Your Craft

May 10, 2016 06:00 AM

Max Monahan

What All Great Performers Have in Common

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What makes a performer great? The question is very difficult to tackle head-on because not only is the answer totally subjective, but we should agree that there are many different types of wonderful performers. Each one has carefully honed his or her personal brand of charm and appeal, which lets the artist connect with the audience in a way that's unique. When examining common themes shared by great onstage performers, that's the best place to start: the message the performer sends.

Performing, Honing Your Craft

May 3, 2016 10:00 AM

Max Monahan

How to Avoid the 5 Most Common Band Rehearsal Mistakes

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Have you ever had a discouraging rehearsal? It's rough! When you rehearse with the group you play in, everyone there has taken time out of their day to put their energy into this musical project in an effort to progress, build creative momentum, and sound better. That's what you all should be striving for. On the other hand, if you don't do things the right way, you can end up with a rehearsal that's not only a waste of time, but is discouraging to everyone involved. Follow these steps and never have an unproductive rehearsal again.

Musician Life

Apr 29, 2016 07:00 AM

Max Monahan

Which US Music City Do You Belong In? Take This Quiz to Find Out

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Musician Life, quiz

Apr 21, 2016 09:00 AM

Max Monahan

Take This Quiz to Find Out Which Famous Act You're Destined to Open For

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9 Signs You're Doing Better Than You Think You Are in Your Music Career

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Are you concerned your music career isn't taking off right away like you'd hoped? No two success stories are the same, and it can be discouraging – and altogether unnecessary – to hold yourself to an unrealistic standard. Take a look at this list and see if you might actually be doing better than you think you are. Even if only a couple of these situations apply to you, keep working at it, because you're well on your way!