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10 Success Tips For Musicians That You’ll Only Read Here

October 1, 2016
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Being in the music industry is not easy, whether it is in the mainstream or just the local music scene. The music business is not for the faint of heart, nor for the thin-skinned.

Oftentimes, things are not rosy for artists and musicians. It’s not uncommon to see some artists lose their love for the craft or feel depressed. Many opt to leave music.

But always remember that for many artists, it is destiny that brings you to music. You are here for a purpose. Your music is a gift of the universe to mankind. You have to share it. Perhaps, your music can inspire someone in some distant place.

Maintaining a high spirit, remaining fixed to your goal, and keeping the same enthusiasm are an essential trait if you want to thrive in the music business. Here I have come up with some simple tips that every new artist or musician would surely find helpful in maintaining high spirits while navigating through the challenges of the music business.

  1. Continuously improve your musical gift by learning and discovering new things every day. It should give you a sense of growth and motivation.
  2. Share your knowledge to others by teaching, volunteering, and collaborating with others, especially new artists. This gives you a sense of satisfaction and purpose. For instance if you’re into wind instruments, you can train spend some time with a  local orchestra to teach them or probably write a review site about musical instruments like WindPlays.com.
  3. Stay positive and stay clear from negativity. People who are envious, unhappy, manipulative and arrogant – keep them to a minimum. Their negative thoughts can be infectious.
  4. Stay fit and healthy. Do some physical activities on your off-days. Try any sports, running or biking.
  5. Know how to enjoy. Partying is good but too much is not. Always maintain your restraint.
  6. Keep your bills in check. The music business is often not a stable source of income, especially for new artists and musicians. As much as possible, keep your finances to the minimum and avoid debts.
  7. Keep your living space clean and orderly. After spending long hours in gigs or practice sessions, all you need is a place to rest. Getting enough rest and relaxation is essential for every artist.
  8. Spend quality time with your family and close friends. Expect a lot of challenges as you go through the music industry. Having the full support and the empowering love of your significant others will surely be helpful.
  9. Take time to be in the outdoors. It should help you appreciate the world – and life itself. Go to the beach or a nearby natural reserve.
  10. Set your goals and be pro-active. Do what you can do now and don’t wait for things to come your way.

Last, and perhaps the most important tip, is to always be yourself! Don’t let the music business change who you are. Remember that your music is a reflection of your person – and that’s what makes it unique!

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Music Practices

5 Signs That Tell You: Stop Practicing Now!

September 30, 2016

Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. This post goes out to all musicians, wannabe-musicians, and to practically anyone who’s dying into practice routines.

Despite how much you enjoy sunbathing, eating burger, or even physical training, doing too much of any of these activities can be bad for your health.

The same is true with practice. While some subscribe to the saying: “Practice makes perfect”, overworking yourself in practice sessions is never healthy and can even lead to burnout.

I’ve been in the same shoe. For quite some time, I was addicted with playing drums. I started out reading about how to choose the right drum at Barking Drum, watched tutorial videos at YouTube, and soon found myself addicted to the beat of the drum. I trained for hours, beating my drum day in and day out.

For several weeks I enjoyed drums but in just a snap, I found the same experience un-motivating, irritating, and tiring. It was too late for me to realize that I have been a victim of burnout syndrome.

While it’s true that practice does help, too much of it can wear you out physically and mentally sooner rather than later. Spending hours doing repeated, high-intensity practice is formula for burnout syndrome. You might just notice your overall performance declining after some time.

Avoid falling into burnout. Spot these 5 classic signs that say you’re practicing too hard.

  1. Feelings of being down.

You might be training so hard when begin to lose that same level of satisfaction and joy in music. When music begins to turn into melancholy instead of enjoyment, don’t wait for it to further weaken your spirit and love for music.

  1. An urge to train harder.

When you begin to feel the need to over-practice to perform better, you better give yourself a break or you are doom for burnout. It is normal to try new, more difficult tasks but pushing yourself too hard could be more harmful than beneficial.

  1. Difficulty recovering

You’ve probably played bad on your last gig, recital or performance. That’s perfectly fine. But if you begin to dwell heavily on that negative emotion, then something is wrong. Take a look at your training schedule and ask yourself: are you practicing more than necessary?

  1. Declining quality of music

This one often goes unnoticed, and most of the time, it would push you to practice even harder. Practice might seem to be the most logical solution, but it’s quite the contrary. Usually, an obvious poor music quality is a sign that you have reached the tipping point and that your performance may be on a decline. If you are faced in such a dilemma, you might benefit from having a creative hiatus.

  1. Developing faulty coping mechanisms

When I was still obsessively playing the drums, I didn’t notice that I have been frequently drum review sites, reading magazine and at times compulsively buying drum accessories that I really didn’t need. I hardly realized that I was already developing some faulty coping mechanisms. Often than not, the tendency to practice harder is just a coping mechanism. If not carefully managed, it can take you to a spiral down and make things difficult.

For musicians, practice should be directed towards improving your craft. But if practice sessions make you hate the same craft that you love, then it becomes counter-productive, self-destructive.

If you starting to experience any sign of burnout, go yell at yourself: Stop! Do some things that you might find satisfaction and enjoyment. Leave your craft for now and get back when you’ve got your creative and musical zest back!

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