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How to Make It in the Music Business
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- Get your chops into shape. Learn how read music, play the rudiments, practice 4-way coordination, and learn all of the dance rhythms.
- Go out and listen to live music. Check out the drummers and remember you can learn from the best and the worst, even if you learn how NOT to play.
- Listen to recorded music and practice playing along with it.
- Once you've got your chops together, you'll need a business card. Either get one from your local printer or buy business card blanks and make one on your computer.
- Set up a Web page for yourself and put your Web site and email address on your business card along with your telephone number.
- Either buy a good quality answer machine or pay a few dollars per month to have your local phone company put voice mail on your telephone.
- Use the Web to do a search in your local area for "Open Mic" sessions. These are places where you can go to sit-in with other musicians.
- No, you don't get paid for playing at "Open Mic" sessions but you're getting valuable exposure, and you're meeting other musicians too.
- At your "Open Mic" sessions, give your business card to everyone you meet and get one from them.
- In addition to the "freelance" approach, which you've just learned, try putting your own band together.
- You can find musicians for your band from the business cards you've been collected at your "Open Mic" sessions.
- You can also post flyers looking for musicians at your local music stores, local colleges (music department), library, Laundromat, and grocery stores.
- It takes time to become established and there's no easy way to do it unless you get really lucky.
- If you expect to play music for a living, you have to treat music like a business. And networking is a huge part of the music business.
- Don't limit yourself only to what I've recommended. Think about it and I'm sure you'll come up with other ways to get your name out there.
- Practice to become a good player first.
- Get out and play everywhere and with everyone you can.
- Be persistent and never give up.
- You'll meet people along the way who will say you're great and others who'll say you stink. Take both with a grain of salt.
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