I’ve gotten lots of great advice from other musicians over the years… I started sharing them last year as “Recycled Tips” on my Facebook page. (http://www.facebook.com/sahffi) Here’s the complete list, enjoy!
RECYCLED TIPS FOR MUSICIANS:
Recycled Tip #1: If you give someone your CD or demo, be sure to take off the plastic! More likely someone will listen if they don’t have to bother unwrapping it.
Recycled Tip #2: Always at least “try” when you’re on the road. You don’t know when that next bathroom will appear.
Recycled Tip #3: There will always be people who don’t like your sound. Play for the people who like you. (From my teacher at Peabody, David Bakkegard.)
Recycled Tip #4: Remember to breathe with the music, even if you’re not singing.
Recycled tip #5: Walk the line between confidence & conceit. Fall off either way and you’re no longer good for your art.
Recycled tip #6: Emulate your favorite artists, but don’t try to BE your favorite artists. Be yourself and someday you’ll be someone’s favorite artist.
Recycled Tip #7: For every “yes” there are 20 “no”s. Don’t stop to judge any of them, just keep going.
Recycled tip #8: Learn everything you can from others. Then throw it all away and do your own thing.
Recycled tip #9: Gigs will come, gigs will go. Stay flexible and amicable; somehow it all works out by the time rent is due.
Recycled Tip #10: Enjoy the ride. And music is quite a ride.
Recycled Tip #11: Don’t give up, just go on. (That one was from Blue’s Big Musical Adventure!)
Recycled Tip #12: Competition in music does not need to exist. There is always room for music & jello.
Recycled Tip # 13: Music is the universal language. Therefore, there are no boundaries or competitions, only unifying sounds. (Can you tell I’m really not into competitions??)
Recycled Tip #14: Mistakes are just wonderful creations not yet developed.
Recycled Tip #15: Grab that gig when it’s offered. Wait too long and it goes to someone else!
Recycled Tip #16: However, you don’t have to say “yes” to every offer or gig that comes your way. Do what feels right and works for you!
Recycled Tip #17: Do not hog the stage, no matter how awesome you think you are. Keep it short and make them want more.
Recycled Tip #18: Breathe with the music. And with life.
Recycled Tip #19: Work hard to get where you want to be. Work hard to stay there.
Recycled Tip #20: Creativity does not judge. Therefore, do not judge your creativity.