An individual by the name of Kat Boelskov send me an e-mail last week, letting me know that she really enjoyed my free e-book. Flattered (doesn’t take much, huh?), I immediately visited her website to take a listen. Next thing I knew, it was an hour later and I had no idea where the time went.
KT Tunstall is an award-winning songwriter out of the U.K. signed to Relentless Records (Virgin), and she writes music with a really fresh combination of indie rock and danceable pop. Before recording this album in Berlin’s legendary Hansa studios, she took a year off to write these songs and record demos in her solar-powered home studio, and collaborated with a couple songwriters in the United States to amass a collection of 75 songs to choose from for her latest album, “Tiger Suit.”
Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education and performs research surrounding online schools. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.
Whether you’re just starting to learn an instrument or you’re an experienced musician and need to find a new teacher, finding the right instructor is an important part of making consistent progress. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the number of things you should think about, the logistics of finding potential teachers, what it’s like to interview them, and how to get a clear picture of each studio. Fortunately, the Music Teachers’ National Association (MTNA) is full of experts who have put their heads together to provide some professional recommendations. The following is a compilation of those recommendations, divided into six easy steps, to help guide you through the process of finding the right music teacher.
The other day I came across this video interview with Steve Lawson (@solobasssteve) and Andrew Dubber (@dubber) on the subject of Twitter usage for bands. Steve has some really insightful things to say about using Twitter, many of which I agree with. He helps attach words to my thoughts about Twitter, so Steve, if you’re reading this, thank you!
Andrew Dubber: “So do you think of Twitter as a marketing tool for musicians?”
Steve Lawson: “I think if you did, that’s limiting it massively. Yes, that is one of the effects in the same way that conversation is a marketing tool for musicians. Having friends is a marketing tool. If you’ve got two hundred friends, then you are going to sell more records than somebody that has twenty friends. But, if you see them as a market, then you are suddenly going to go from two hundred friends to three friends when they realize. So, the beauty of Twitter is that it is a communication model. It’s a way of removing the proximity aspect to everyday chat.”