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Top Ten Ways To Get Fired From Your Band

By jakekelly

For the most part bands are laid back operations.  Band members are giving a lot of leeway and often the benefit of doubt.  When a player does somehow mess up, there’s usually there no reprimand.   Forget about second chances.  There’s third, four and fifth chances.   So, you really have to want it to […]

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Love is in the Air

By jakekelly

Recent videos have been made by a few guitarists that have suffered the heartbreak of doing what they believed was the right thing and checking their guitar when flying a commercial airline.   www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YGc4zOqozo   Of course, it is heartbreaking when the instrument comes down the luggage chute it is not in the same condition […]

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More Than What It Takes

By jakekelly

continued from here.   1. Luck   Sometimes all the stars and cosmic tumblers line up and the seemly impossible happens.  These stories pop up all the time.  The producer’s car breaks down.  Seeking out a pay phone he wanders into the restaurant where he hears singing coming from the kitchen…he ends up signing Aretha […]

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More Than What It Takes

By jakekelly

continued from here.   2.  Humor   While the music business is a business, and business is generally a serious thing; it is good to have a sense of humor about your endeavor.   To you, it may be your art, your integrity, your career…your life!  To a label head, or their boss, you may […]

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More Than What It Takes

By jakekelly

continued from here.   3. Development   Without any forethought, just about every artist or band believes they’re ready to be signed to a full-fledge contract.   If that truly was the case, management and labels never would have created what is known as “the development deal” or “development contract.”   Being offer a development […]

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More Than What It Takes

By jakekelly

continued from here.   4. Sacrifice   This one is huge, because not only does success (for all but the most lucky) require huge sacrifices, but thousands of little ones along the way.   And, this can also be a confusing one.   For example: you have a goal.  You plan for your goal.  Your […]

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More Than What It Takes

By jakekelly

I had recently wrote a blog about what I believed were the top ten traits needed to make it in this wacky business that we like to call the music industry.  How naïve’ of me to think that there were only ten: there’s more.   But before we trudge on and look at these late […]

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Stocking Stuffers for the Guitarist

By jakekelly

continued from here or back to Stocking Stuffer introduction.   1. Clayton Customized Guitar Picks     Okay, first note that ordering custom guitar picks is a time issue item: especially during the holidays since printing and shipping time is needed, but fear not!  Clayton has gift cards.   Personally, I can not think of […]

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Stocking Stuffers for the Guitarist

By jakekelly

continued from here or back to Stocking Stuffer introduction.   2. Clip On Tuner     Electronic tuners not only made life easier for the guitarist…it made life more pleasant for the parents and friends of the beginning guitarist.  There are few things that are more grating than an out of tune guitar being played. […]

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Stocking Stuffers for the Guitarist

By jakekelly

continued from here or back to Stocking Stuffer introduction.   3. Fishman Rare Earth Acoustic Guitar Pickup     If the guitarist in your life plays an acoustic guitar and that guitar does not contain electronics (paradoxical, I know), an acoustic guitar pickup can be intriguing gift.   The Fishman Rare Earth pickup fits in […]

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