Just starting a music career? Use these five tips to get you going on the fast track to success. Work them and learn how to get started on a Professional Music Career.
Practice like a professional musician
Aim for consistency. Your technique is important, of course, and so is your vast knowledge. You always want to improve and become more. But take a look at the pros. You’ll see professional musicians, successful artists, of all technical levels. Some are whizzes on their instruments and some are not. Some play fast and some do not. Some play very simple chord progressions and others play big fancy colorful chords.
But there is one thing that they all have in common. They do their own thing and they do it consistently well! They have prepared. They have confidence and they deliver. That’s what you are aiming for. Do your own thing and do it consistently well. That’s practicing like a professional musician. This will assist you in gaining the hearts of the musically fans and get them to like and share your songs.
Making Your First Recording
You want your recordings to be a good representation of your songs and your ability. You want your group to sound tight. You want the timing perfect and all the breaks together, perfect.
If this recording is your demo, make it the best you possibly can. This should showcase your songs and your musicianship. If your demo is not together, they’ll assume that you’re not either.
The best way to prepare for recording your demo is to record yourself over and over again. I once recorded a demo to take to my producer (just for him to hear the songs). My equipment had broken down, which had been my normal method of preparing tracks for him. I did the demo without a lot of mixing, special effects or a lot of fuss. I made sure that the arrangements were tight and together before we went in. After the session, I then studied the recording, at my home studio, and practiced with it for one month. Mostly I worked on my vocal phrasing. I listened to it over and over and over again. Believe me if you do that, you can’t miss what you don’t like. Next, I practiced with the recording, making changes right over top of my original recording.
Then one month later, I went in and recorded everything again. I was much happier with the results. My work had paid off and I came away with a much superior demo.
And guess what? My producer, at first, cautioned me against spending too much money just to bring him a demo, until he heard the demo and found how little I had paid (three hours per session –including mixing and all — for 10 songs). He was very impressed. In a later session, he told me that he had recommended to another artist that they do just what I did. Preparation pays off!
Playing in Front of an Audience
How comfortable you feel on stage is crucial to your success. Obviously the more time you spend on stage, the more comfortable you will be. No amount of studio practice can make up for on-stage performance. Don’t get me wrong, studio practice is very important, but it’s just a totally separate part of the equation.
You want to give the feeling to your audience that you’re totally into your music and totally having a ball — that you are passionate, excited and full of energy. You don’t want them to see someone who’s scared, nervous, or fumbling around.
Performance is what it’s all about. Performance is what you put into it, above and beyond playing your songs right. Work to improve your performance skills. If you have the means, video tape yourself and then study the video and work on ways to make yourself more interesting, more fun, more lively.
By following these three fundamental keys, you can seriously get going on the fast track to be being a polished professional in the music business. Work them and you will be amazed at how wonderful you can be! And you will get noticed.