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Growing up I worked in tobacco fields. I remember walking down a row of plants to weed and hoe. As the season progressed the plants needed to be topped and before much longer it was time to cut and...
This year marks my 10th year teaching professionally and 13yrs of professionally performing. What have I learned? It is a give and take. Some years yield great opportunities for gigging while other...
I remember in my teenage years my priority was to be a musician that lived on the west coast after leaving high school. I had no clear path, only a vision to fulfill. As high school ended and colle...
The new year is a time when I usually evaluate the previous year and ask,"Have I Improved in all facets of my life?" Being a musician/educator can lead to a variety of possibilities to improve or f...
In 2010 I was finishing grad school at UARTs. I remember the semester being hectic as I and my fellow classmates were finishing our thesis, recitals, etc and looking ahead to graduation. Halfway th...
I’m not good enough. This can be nothing more than a hobby. Will I be able to support my family with this lifestyle? This self limiting self talk can crush your ability to fully develop your skills...
It always seems like it’s the same story. "I don’t have time to practice. I don’t know what to practice. Am I really supposed to practice 3 to 5 hours a day?" The issue that most of us have, includ...
During this time of year our thoughts are usually focused on those that are near to us and those that are no longer with us in the physical world. As a musician I use the tools that I am most famil...
Too many things at one time will yield unfocused results. This lack of complete dedication gives way to feelings of inadequacy and even self loathing. Make the one thing the one thing.
When I think back to the beginnings of my musical journey the first word that comes to mind in repetition. I came to the conclusion that it did not matter if I had a "talent" for music or not, I wa...
Recently I was reading a book by Maria Brophy called Art Money Success. There was one sentence that caught my attention and made me really consider the bigger picture further. "There is the game of...
As musicians we are all guilty of asking those with more experience and accolades about their practice routines. We dig for nuggets of information, the one piece of info that may excel our current ...
It is easy to give excuses, to pass the blame to others. When the Journey does not yield the desired outcome and all seems to be for nothing, that is when we must persevere and continue on with the...
In any facet of life your ability to be reliable is a must. With that said, being a reliable musician is a huge component in how you are perceived and the reputation that proceeds you. Unfortunatel...
Work-life balance does not exist, at least not for me. Music, whether practicing, listening, or composing is always present. There is no off switch. Perhaps if I would consider pursuing music as a ...
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