Mixing Parts Instead Of Tracks

Mixing Parts Instead Of Tracks

One of the things I notice about amateur vs. pro mixes is that often, the amateur ones sound like they were done seat-of-the-pants, without much cohesiveness.  They lack focus and continuity, and things just seem to be arbitrarily placed, rather than having...
What To Do When You Don’t Get The Gig

What To Do When You Don’t Get The Gig

In the last few weeks, I’ve spoken to some frustrated musicians. Each one is a singer/songwriter who is very talented. They’ve released CDs, played at prestigious festivals, received awards – and yet? They’re still having trouble getting gigs....
The 9 Deadly Sins of Music Websites

The 9 Deadly Sins of Music Websites

With so much interaction happening on social media these days, many musicians think that maintaining their own personal website is a thing of the past. But that couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact, artist, musician, composer, and music company websites...
Tech Tip: Recording Acoustic Guitar

Tech Tip: Recording Acoustic Guitar

One of the most common recording questions I receive from my clients and students is, “what’s the best way to record acoustic guitar?” Well, there are a lot of factors, but the first piece of advice I always give is to record the guitar with a microphone, rather than...
The Importance of “Woodshedding”

The Importance of “Woodshedding”

The other night, I was having a conversation with an old music buddy of mine about performances. Specifically, memorable, live music performances. We concluded that the ones that really stuck out for us and stood the test of time were the ones that were phenomenally...
Music Vs. Everything Else: It’s Not Either-Or!

Music Vs. Everything Else: It’s Not Either-Or!

I’ve been having an interesting conversation with one of my coaching clients lately.  The topic is a common one among music people (and all creatives, for that matter): trying to resolve the “conflict” or the “incompatibility” between...
Just Tell Me Which Button To Push!

Just Tell Me Which Button To Push!

There’s an interesting tendency I find among some home studio enthusiasts when I get into a discussion about recording with them: they’re looking for a “magic pill” or “silver bullet” that will suddenly make all of their recordings sound like blockbuster hits. They...