How to Grow as a Musician: What All Musicians Must Know to Succeed

How to Grow as a Musician: What All Musicians Must Know to Succeed

by Sheila E. Anderson

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Professional musicians tell how they developed as artists, how they approach performance, and how they handle the business side of the business—offering solace and heartfelt inspiration along the way. How to Grow as a Musician is packed with candid advice on everything from overcoming failure to the art of writing a song to doing that all—important "ego check." It also covers such vital practical areas as the role of contracts, self—promotion, getting and keeping gigs, and managing money. A special self—evaluation lets readers assess whether they have what they need to succeed in the music business.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621531098
Publisher: Allworth
Publication date: 07/01/2005
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Sheila E. Anderson is an on-air personality on WBGO, Newark, 88.3 FM—the most popular jazz station in the country—and hosts Weekend Jazz After Hours, Salon Sessions, and the Sunday Night Music Mix. She currently curates the Jazz in the Garden series for the Newark Museum and the Central Jersey Jazz Festival. Anderson graduated from Baruch College with a bachelor of arts degree in English. She lectures on jazz history and is a Columbia University Community Scholar. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

Part 1 On Development as an Artist 1

Chapter 1 Getting Started 3

Chapter 2 Learning One's Craft 35

Chapter 3 Formal Education versus Learning Onstage 42

Chapter 4 What Is a Sideperson? What Is a Leader? What Is a Producer? 56

Part 2 On Composing, Arranging, and Recording 69

Chapter 5 The Art of Composition 71

Chapter 6 The Art of Arrangement 80

Chapter 7 The Purpose of Recording 84

Part 3 On Personal Growth 97

Chapter 8 Self-Assessment 99

Chapter 9 Ego Check 108

Chapter 10 Success and Failure: Have Perspective 116

Part 4 On Performance Etiquette 127

Chapter 11 Putting On a Performance 129

Chapter 12 The Dos and Don'ts of Performing 144

Chapter 13 Jam Sessions 152

Part 5 On the Business 159

Chapter 14 Self-Promotion, Presentation, and Social Media 161

Chapter 15 Getting a Job and Keeping It 177

Chapter 16 The Art of "The Hang" 190

Chapter 17 Your Money: Contracts, Royalties, and Streaming 196

Chapter 18 Do You Need a Manager? An Agent? 208

Part 6 The Empty-Vessel Theory 215

Chapter 19 Ancestors: So Past, So Present-Standing on Their Shoulders 217

About the Author 229

Index 231

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