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Practical Handbook for the Working Musician, Part 7: Positive Thinking for the Working Musician
October 24, 2022

by Mike Mindel. This article was originally published on HVmusic around the year 2000.

In a previous article — "B.S.ing Techniques to Get Through a Gig" — we talked about tricks to get you through a sub gig or jam. This month we'll talk about something you can't B.S. — yourself. B.S.ing your way through life will work about as long as trying to B.S. your way through a regular stint in a band. Sooner or later it will catch up with you, everybody will know it, and the reality you tried to postpone will hit you in the face. So this month we get mental. I'll share with you some mindsets and perspectives to guide you down the trails, on the trip of your musical pursuits.

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International Strange Music Day is August 24th
August 18, 2022

This post is from a guest writer.

Obscure instrumentals, unpredictable vocal melodies, unheard artists, and chart-topping ensembles, International Strange Music Day is the day to celebrate it all.

By 2002, August 24th was in the diaries of venues and music loves across the globe as a day to celebrate all things weird and wonderful about music. The day was originally created by Patrick Grant as a day to ‘listen without prejudice’.

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Practical Handbook for the Working Musician, Part 6: Studio Time -- Part 2
July 19, 2022

by Mike Mindel. This article was originally published on HVmusic around the year 2000.

As a continuation of my last article, this article is geared towards those of you who have little or no studio experience, but want to get a jump on what it's all about before you cut your first recording. Last month I talked about things taking much longer in the studio than you might expect. This time around, we'll begin to break down the process into it's basic components, in order to get a better understanding of where the time goes in the recording studio. And I'll try to offer you some tips along the way that may help save you money. This will give you a better understanding of the process and help you anticipate how much time and money it may take you to record your project.

These first two mentions fall into the 'should be obvious but you'd be suprised' category.

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Practical Handbook for the Working Musician, Part 5: Studio Time -- Part 1
June 12, 2022

by Mike Mindel. This article was originally published on HVmusic around the year 2000.

Here are some of the many things to consider before you go into the studio and spend your hard-earned money to record your tunes. The more clearly you have your project laid out in your mind, the more efficient you'll be in the studio and the less money you'll waste needlessly. The first and most important question to ask yourself is this: What do I intend to do with this recording? If you are making it to impress your girlfriend/boyfriend, save your money and use a 4-track cassette recorder. It will still sound pretty damn good compared to setting up a boom box up in the middle of the room. If you are making a demo to solicit record companies, a little better quality is needed, but you still don't necessarily have to go top-line. If you are self-producing a recording to be sold at gigs on CD, think about going digital.
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Practical Handbook for the Working Musician, Part 4: B.S.ing Techniques to Get Through a Gig
May 13, 2022

by Mike Mindel. This article was originally published on HVmusic around the year 2000.

Did you ever sit in with a band and play a song you thought you knew only to find out they not only do it in a different key, but with a different order and amount of verses and choruses, and a different ending. Well the purpose of this month's article is to give you some insight and B.S.ing techniques to get through the gig.

The first place to start is: what key are we in?

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Practical Handbook for the Working Musician, Part 3: Learning Tunes Efficiently – Chords and Notes
March 31, 2022

by Mike Mindel. This article was originally published on HVmusic around the year 2000.

In part one we discussed learning the form of a song, the first step in learning a tune. Now let's focus step two-- Chords and Notes- learning your parts.

To review for a minute, the steps to efficiently learning a song are, in this order:

  1. Form: i.e. intro-verse-chorus, etc.
  2. chords and notes: learn your part.
  3. Sounds: getting the settings you want to use on the tune.
  4. Putting It All Together

The following information applies no matter what your instrument. After all, as Frank Perdue says, parts is parts. By the way, does anybody know if Frank Perdue and Tom Carvel are related?

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