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May 27, 2014
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Need A Musician To Complete Your Band? Here Is How You Should Proceed

College2No person can be solely responsible for a band’s success or failure because it is, after all, a group effort. Even if you are the main person driving the band you cannot do without other people to play their part in it. It is therefore of the greatest importance that you find the right musicians from the start to complete your band in a case you are really serious about it. This will involve quite a bit of effort but you will be amply rewarded if you can form a band that plays well together.

Most people in your position would begin by placing musician wanted ads wherever possible. Of course, it goes without saying that you should place these ads where musicians who are looking for others to join up with are sure to be looking for opportunities. Make it a point to spend your free time in the company of other musicians because that will help you build great contacts in the local musicians network.

May 27, 2014
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How To Become A Professional Guitarist And Musician – Part 1

“What does it take to become a professional guitar player and musician?” The answer remains a huge mystery for the vast majority of musicians. Traditionally, conventional wisdom has offered three separate statements that are supposed to be answers or explanations to the question. I choose to call them what they are…MYTHS! Here they are starting from the most common myth:

MYTH number 1: If all musicians knew how to do it [become professional musicians] then everyone would be doing it.

MYTH number 2: Musicians have to get lucky, get discovered, and to do that they need to be in the right place at the right time.

MYTH number 3: Musicians have to be talented and have key music industry contacts with important people in the music industry.

Like most guitar players of my generation, my friends and I (back when we were in high school) believed each one of these so-called answers to our own questions about how we could make our records, tour the world as professional guitarists, become rock stars, etc, etc, etc,. Since we all knew absolutely nothing about how the music industry really worked, the types of statements we heard from the adults around us (non-professional musicians who were also clueless about the music industry) seemed logical enough for us.

So in addition to doing all the stuff that music students do (taking guitar lessons, reading about music, listening to music, practicing my instrument, jamming with friends, forming bands and dreaming about making it), I figured I needed to do more than the obvious (improving as a musician). I needed to try to discover how to become a professional guitarist, how to create luck, how to know where the right place and right time is (and then figure out how to get there), how to get discovered, how to become more talented faster, and how to make key contacts with people in the music industry.Heavy-Metal-bands-in-Iraq-1020x678

Becoming more talented faster was the easiest task since I did have a really good music teacher who helped me dramatically increase the rate at which I improved my musical skills (you can check out that story here). But all of the other things seemed out of reach (it didn’t help that I lived far away from any of the music centers in the United States.). My greatest perceived challenge was that virtually everything I thought I needed to happen for me was out of my own control (so I thought). In reality, my truly greatest problem was that I was aimlessly chasing all the wrong things (and in the wrong order).

Let’s go back to the conventional wisdom (the myths about the music industry) and we’ll see how it is all wrong.

MYTH number 1: If all musicians knew how to do it [become professional musicians] then everyone would be doing it.

This could not be more false. There are millions of guitar players in the world today who dream and desire to be professional musicians who are successful and famous, or whatever. Now that I actually do know (and have done) what it takes to become a professional in the music industry, I also know that the vast majority of people are simply not willing to do what it takes to make it. Many talk about it, dreams about it and some even try it, but very few musicians have the will to take accurate-consistent-forward-moving-intense-action over the long term. This is also the primary reason why most people in America who want to be wealthy are not wealthy. (the opportunities exist for every American to become wealthy who wants to be). The problem isn’t in knowing what to do. The main problem for most musicians is that they would not choose to do what it takes even if they did know what to do and how to do it.

MYTH number 2: Musicians have to get lucky, get discovered, and to do that they need to be in the right place at the right time.

I could talk about luck for many hours, but instead, I’ll just say this:

“Luck is the residue of design”

and

“Luck can be created, directed, manipulated and controlled” (at least in how it applies to our topic)

Being in the right place at the right time is very, very, very easy to do. Have you ever heard of music industry showcases? Or Record Label showcases? Or MobFest? These are events (and there are many of these around the world) where you (YES YOU) could go to (for a very small fee usually) and bring your songs, CDs, etc. and give them to music producers, music publishers, record company, A&R people, etc.

But before you get all excited about these opportunities, you need to know that a very tiny percentage of the musicians who attend these events ever get anything out of it. Why? How can this be? Certainly there are many talented people there who are all in the right place at the right time. So why do so few walk away without anything significant after meeting with key people in the music industry? Think about the answer before reading any further……

Was your answer something like this?: “Perhaps the record companies and music producers, are only looking for 2 guitar players or bands. So if 100 musicians attend the event, 98% of those musicians will go home with nothing.” That would seem to make sense, but is that how it really is????? No, it is NOT!

May 27, 2014
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