Saturday, March 30, 2013

Alan Munde-Powder Creek

This is one of my new favorite songs.  I had the honor and privilege of studying with him for a while.  The fiddle player (Nate Lee) is my friend and old roommate

Do you have what it takes to be a teacher?

      Teaching students can be one of the most rewarding experiences.  As a teacher I find it to be very rewarding when I see the student make the connection and understand the knowledge that I am sharing.  It is priceless, however there are sometimes that it can be frustrating as well.  To teach anything we must teach in the manner that the student learns.  That means assessing the student and seeing what type of learner they are.  Are they auditory? Are they hands on( kinesthetic )  or perhaps they are visual.  Whatever the case you must calibrate your pedagogy to the student.  In short one size does not fit all.

      It is of the utmost importance that you have patience when teaching, especially with children.  Children are very impressionable and under the right circumstances they have been some of my most inspiring students.  Children are for the most part eager to learn.  We as adults can learn a lot from them.  Everything is new and exciting to them, they are fearless in their learning.  Ive seen babies using ipads and yet I know countless adults who have a fear of technology.

     There will be numerous situations where you as the teacher are also simultaneously the student as well. Often times the student will give you a new perspective on your lessons, sometimes they even can inspire different ways to teach a topic. There is also a stressful side of teaching privately.  The stress can come in many forms from the kid that smells like urine everyday to students that do not practice, this can be disappointing because in the private sector you want to retain as many students as possible since they are your source of income.  Yet at the same time you want to teach new topics.  You must be prepared to reinvent your lesson if the student hasnt practiced.

    I personally managed and taught over 60 private students six days a week for 3 years on top of teaching a high school guitar class.  Now you do not have to do it like that,  I did and it almost led me to being burnt out on teaching.  The reality of managing that many clientele is that about 75% of them do not practice, they are only there because its a hobby or a fleeting interest.  Your clientele with fluctuate too.  It will ebb and flow like the tides.  With that being said be sure and save your money, you are going to need it from time to time when the week has not been as fruitful as your previous.  Think about your savings as your insurance policy for when times are tough because this is a self employed job.

     Most of the time teaching is easy because of all the review you will be doing with your students.  In the private sector remember to keep it fun.  You want your students to keep coming back.  Personally I taught my students whatever they wanted to learn.  If you really want to be successful, then you have to cater to the individual.  I teach everything from basic childrens songs to hard rock, heavy metal to blues.

     You have to be diverse, you have to be willing to improvise your lessons if need be.  This does not mean fly by seat of your pants, do not wing it so to speak.  I always have a plan when I teach for each student.  In a 30min timespan you want that student walking away feeling like they have learned something.  I always tried to have at least 3 concepts/objectives per lesson.  Remember they are paying your salary, so you want them to come back, even the stinky 12 year old.  Also do not ever teach something  that you yourself cannot play, do not try to fake it.   This is unethical and the student will know you do not know what you are doing.

    In all honesty if you really enjoy being a teacher it will be the 25% that keep you inspired they are the dream students.  They are the ones that are eager to learn and are excited to see you each week.  Teaching also has benefits too, example all your teaching materials are tax deductable such as:  cds books, strings picks, instruments etc....  In closing I shall paraphrase Miles Davis he said something to the effect of the real school begins after the university(on being asked why he left Julliard)

more on this subject later

do you have what it takes to be a teacher

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Guitar Practice Routine – Should You Have One?

Guitar Practice Routine – Should You Have One?

Music Publishing by Matt Bowlin

   Music Publishing

  Music Publishing is the owning of song copyrights.  If you write a song, you are automatically considered the legal owner of that creation, and therefore, you are also the publisher.  You will eventually have to file your song with the Register of Copyrights to protect your rights, but you are legally deemed the owner/publisher as soon as you create the song.  (Dale Kawashima for Taxi)

       There are actually two halves in eevery publishing dollar, The Writer's Share and the Publisher's Share.  As an unsigned individual, you own both unless you sign a publishing or co-publishing deal.  For a cash advance from a music publisher you can give up some rights.  Once that happens, the song publisher will plug in your songs to artists of TV/Movie shoes.  They do not get money unless the song is used.  So here is how it works..........

The Deal

       Your songwritting skills need to be devolped to an advanced level before a publisher feels that they can secure a deal with you and a record company and/or the artist.  If the publisher feels you have the skills or have great potiential you will most likely be offered a publishing deal or get hired on to write for the company.
     Most offers are made as a co-publishing deal, fifty percent of your publishing rights go to the publisher and empower the publisher to collect all royalties earned from your song, to include the writer's share of the royalties. Once your advance has been recouped, the publisher would pay you 75 percent of all additional royalties collected.  Your writers share, 50% of all gross plus your remaining half of the publisher's share.  25% of the gross. The publisher would then keep 25% of the gross  (

The Advance

     You will usually be offered a one year deal from the publisher with an option to renew your contract for up to 2 plus years.  If you are currently unsigned, you might recieve an advance of $10,000.00 to $40,000.00 as a Publishing Development Deal.  This is for developing high quality demo cds with your new equipment and to knock off so some of the living expenses until you can fend for yourself.

     If you are a songwriter who is not an artist and does not have a bonifide track record, expect the advance in the $20,000.00 to $30,000 price range, unless your songs are already placed with the established acts, then it is raised for the potential aspect of the deal.

Self Publishing

     You already own the right to the song so unless you get the song cut, there really is not a need to start your own self publishing company.  Theoretically, it is better to another company administer your publishing when you have your own company.  That way, they can assist you in disseminating the money that is generated by the song.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Randy Rhoads

 Randy you were one of the best. Rest in peace.

 if you dont know about Randy check him out he was awesome

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Jerry Douglas Turkish Taffee

Dio - We Rock

Heaven and Hell

Ronnie James Dio & Yngwie Malmsteen - Dream On

Mean Mary playing fast banjo

Rocky Top, clawhammer style

Doc Watson & Earl Scruggs Play At Doc's Home

The Three Stooges - Flat Foot Stooges

The Three Stooges - Cactus Makes Perfect

The Three Stooges - A Plumbing We Will Go

Vintage Alka Seltzer Commercial - Funny Buster Keaton

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Chick Corea Elektric Band - Spain - Live At Montreux 2004

Thelonious Monk - 'Round Midnight - 1963

Bill Evans Trio featuring Stan Getz - The Peacocks

Why the Future of the Music Industry is Bright... For You

Music Business 101, Lesson 8: Strategizing For Success

Music Business 101, Lesson 1: "Without This, There is Nothing"

An Introduction to Music Publishing

Todd Brabec On What Should a Publisher Be Doing For You?

Todd Brabec of ASCAP on: Exploiting What You Have

The Difference between ASCAP and BMI

Ralph Murphy Lecture - Music Production

Perfect Guitar Tuner (E Standard)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Midnight In Harlem - Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band (Live At The Cro...

Classic 80s - 1988 Toys R US Christmas Nintendo NES Commercial

Retro 80's TV commercials New Brunswick

Duane Allman Interview (Rare)

Concrete Blonde Johnette Napolitano Interview

Concrete Blonde - Caroline

Concrete Blonde-Tomorrow, Wendy

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