Here’s a process working musicians can use to create a burst of income or develop a new project. It’s the same process that I guide people through in my month-long interactive online group course
Now is a good time to contribute positive statements such as “American Spirit is….(fill in the blank)”. This is not necessarily an expression of a political viewpoint. It’s a positive expression of what it stands for to us to be American; A celebration of what unites us as Americans.
a cover of the Prince classic “Sometimes It Snows In April”. Watch the video or stream the audio here:
The first time I used an electric violin, 28 years ago, the motivation was clear to me: I needed to be heard over the drummer and achieve an overdriven tone to mimic guitar heroes like Jimi Hendrix. Over time I discovered that the sound of rock and roll wasn’t all I was after. Rather, regardless Read more about Unboxing the New Yamaha YEV Electric Violin[…]
Groove-based music requires a higher standard of rhythmic precision, so if you’re a classical player you should retrain yourself to approach these scenarios differently. And by the way, much of classical music is dance music. If you focus on learning how to groove, you’ll make people want to dance when you play Gavottes, Allegrettos, Rondos, Andantes, etc.., and that would be a good thing:) Chopping and strumming on the violin can be cool, but the coolest thing is always to never do harm to the music. So by all means, practice these techniques with a metronome and listen back to yourself to notice and improve your rhythm. In the meantime, on stage, heed the wisdom of jazz musicians and: “when in doubt, lay out”.