Good (insert time of day you're reading this), my friend! I actually don't remember what prompted me to write something on networking, I think I was coming out of work one day and heard someone talking about it. If this is what happened, let's assume that everything they said was wrong. I say this because [...]
Did you know that only around 10% - 20% of your followers actually see your posts? So how do we get to that other 90%? Well, you have to pay, of course! Duh. But all of this can get super expensive, super fast. We are on a budget, working the barista wage to make our creative ends meet. But for $365 a year, you'll be able to reach most of the people following you.
Let me put this in bold letters because you need to hear this. You are not a failure, the reason you haven't become famous is not because you're not doing enough. Before we start, I want you to find a mirror (or use your phone selfie feature) and ask yourself this question. No, well - [...]
The rhythm hand deserves some extra love! Stop telling yourself that someone will take care of the heavy lifting with guitar. Stop being the weak link in the band. Learn to play the damn guitar! It's nothing complicated, so don't feel overwhelmed. You just need to dedicate a little additional focus on specific techniques.
I have a vivid memory of singing when I was nine and having the person next to me ask me to stop singing because it was hurting his ears. It hurt my feelings as much as it hurt his ears. Young Crazy Legs would sing the way I sing now, with reckless abandon to anyone in earshot. I had no understanding of range or pitch.
Dear Dean, how do I get more people to come to my shows? - Love, Everyone
I feel that now is a time for self-reflection. Have you felt a little frustrated in yourself lately? Maybe you haven't progressed much in the past year? I want to go over a checklist with you today. Let's figure out why we might feel this way and discuss how we can improve. We can laugh about it while we're doing it! Shout out to Felipe Bustillo (instagram) @pipe_fx for the photos!
I wanted to take a step away from the killer music advice I'm giving (I wish I had that much pride) and I wanted to share with you a post I found from back in 2013. I'm happy to say I still believe this. It's strange to think how much we change. I always answer to the same name though. I have a few more memories, a few more scars, seen and unseen. I'm happy to have all of them. I have come to learn that I am not the body I have, that gets hairy and sleepy, it gets a little more grey every day. I'm not the memories or the past that made me. I'm the values and beliefs I hold and share. In some shape or way, that makes me immortal I guess. I will live on through the love and hope and strength that I share. Long after my body is covered by dirt and the few streams of music dissipate into white noise. There's a certain sweetness to the pain that love causes now.
The first night of practice/trying is usually a major let down. It doesn't have to leave you wanting though! Read this for a few quick tips on getting the most out of a first practice/try out.