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The First Questions for Career Creatives

Want to make a full-time career out of your music, art or other creative interests? Part of my reason for blogging is to encourage you to do so, and show you how! But first, let me try to talk you out of it. Before stepping out on that long, difficult road, seriously...

Top 4 Internet Tips for Musicians

As musicians and citizens of this Digital Age, we all know that the World Wide Web can be a valuable resource and tool. But that web is endless. It’s so easy to get completely lost in the number of music webpages vying for our attention, waste time on the wrong...

Benjamin Franklin’s Advice for Drumming and Life!

What? Benjamin Franklin? He was a drummer? Well . . . no. But he did utter some words that can really benefit those of us who ARE! The following is a collection of valuable quotes from Franklin on the topic of time. I’m not the one to say how you should...

How to be a REAL World Percussionist: Part One

Today I guest post on MusicianWages. Thanks to Cameron Mizell for bringing me aboard THE website for working musicians. Read “How to be a REAL World Percussionist: Part One” and then be sure to stay check out the rest of their site’s fantastic...

Tuning and Calibration: for music and life

Read (even if you aren’t a musician) and retweet! It was a Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis. Charlie Waymire and I were in a studio at college, tuning up his monster double-bass drumset for his band’s recording session later that day. Or maybe should I...

One helluva butt whoopin’

There’s nothing like stacking yourself up next to a heavyweight to remind you where you’re at on the totem pole! Over the years, I have had several opportunities to study and/or make music with some of the world’s best musicians. In many of those...

But you’re a drummer . . .

Life hacking; lifestyle design; geoarbitrage; digital nomad. Hot, hot terms out in the entrepreneurial blogging world right now. And man, do I hate them . . . maybe because I’m not a real fan of the whole ‘being labeled’ thing. But what musician is,...

Got any good gig stories?

One of my drum students asked me that simple question today. I believe that my response was something along the lines of, “oh, yeah . . . most of the most fun, hilarious, weird experiences that I’ve ever had have been out playing somewhere with a...