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Can You Make A Living As A Musician?

If a person is destined to become a professional musician there isn't much anyone can do to change their direction or alter the process....

The Best Gig I Never Had

I got a call once from the band Train. They were finishing a tour and had a problem. It seems their drummer's wife was nine months...

The Many Moods Of A Drum Set

The look of a drum set affects the way you feel and think. The look affects your musical choices. The sizes of the drums, amount of...

How To Work On Feel

There are many ways to get a different meaning from the same sentence. A simple four word introduction, for example, can change by...

When Will We Let Women Rock?

Rock and Roll, like Jazz, Blues, Country, and even classical music, started as a boys club that women were relegated to watching. For the...

Hang Time (Part 3)

A drummer friend called me once from the road. His band was enjoying a nice wave of success, with a single on the radio and a tour...

Hang Time (Part 2)

The music business allows artists to play for a living while enjoying a never ending stream of new people, places and experiences. With...

Hang Time (Part 1)

Many people think professional musicians have the best job in the world and in many cases it's true. Musicians get to "play" with...

Passing The Torch - My Intro To Teaching

My friend John plays in the big Broadway-style shows that come to town and when The Lion King hit San Francisco he was hired as the...

Starting Over In Nashville (Last Part)

I just passed the six month mark in Nashville. Six months is significant because it is the amount of time I'd originally given myself to...

Starting Over In Nashville (Part 4)

Although I miss my wife and kids, being alone in Nashville allows me the time to work as much as I can. I meet people for lunch or coffee...

Starting Over In Nashville (Part 3)

They say Nashville is a "five year" town. I thought I could shave a couple years off by being experienced and coming in with a few...

Starting Over In Nashville (Part 2)

As I drove across the country in my drum laden Jeep the great moods I kept feeling surprised me. I'd worried that the enormity of leaving...

Starting Over In Nashville

There is an Italian Gondolier on Lake Merritt in my hometown of Oakland, CA. He has the boat and the pole, the Chianti, the outfit... He...

Mick Fleetwood - A Rocker Off His Rocker!

I was at the NAMM show a few years ago looking, for a place to take a nap. It was Day Three, which is about when you realize you're...