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Practical Steps to Take Before Your Rehearsals

Rehearsal Room

If you want to build a house, what’s the first step to getting it done? “Lay the foundation!” Ehhhhnnnn… (the best spelling I can come up with for a buzzer sound)  — wrong answer. I ask this question every time I teach my Live Music Method class. And inevitably the artists in the crowd get […]

5 Good Reasons to Plan Your Show

5 Good Reasons to Plan Your Show

I’ve talked about vision and planning for the live show so much that some of you don’t even pay any attention to it anymore.  “Besides,” most of you are thinking, “I don’t want to plan — I want to be spontaneous.” Creative people often fight the idea of planning. But let’s look at what I’m […]

What Does Tom Jackson Know and Why Do I Need His Help?

Tom Jackson teaching at CMW

I got an email from a friend the other day. She sent me a link to an online review of country star Sam Hunt’s live show. She said, “I kept thinking ‘he needs to meet Tom’ the whole time I was reading this article!” At the risk of sounding arrogant, my friend knows that what I […]

Your Music, Your Business

7 Deadly Sins Disc

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series 7 Deadly Sins

Music is emotional. It’s creative. What you write, what you perform — you do it with passion and sensitivity. You have the desire and drive to share your music with others. And the minute you decide that’s what you want to do for a career (what you need to do), that’s when your music must […]

How to Play Like a Team

Football

If you watched last Sunday’s Super Bowl, you may be a football fan, a Katy Perry fan, or a “particularly-expensive-commercial” fan. I’m a football fan. My team didn’t get to the championships this year — (it’ll happen again soon, Chargers!) — but I still enjoy a good game, no matter who is playing. This football […]

2 More Mistakes Most Musicians Make

Band performing live

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series 7 Deadly Sins

I’m not trying to be alliterative… just a habit, I guess… but it is true that many musicians make major mistakes. Not the “messed up the words” “played the wrong chord” “forgot who was taking the solo in this song” kinds of mistakes. The mistakes I’m talking about are foundational ones that can make your […]

Martin Luther King Jr., Justice, and You

Injustice anywhere

“That’s not fair,” I said to my mom. “He got more than I did.” How many times have you said it… heard it… thought it? The truth is, you were probably right. It wasn’t fair. But in this world we live in, many things are not fair. Rather than worrying about the smaller portion of […]

What Will Happen to You When Big Exposure Comes

Bootcamp showcase critiques

A friend of ours, Leanne Regalla, recently wrote a great blog on overnight success. Her “7 Lessons from the Craig Wayne Boyd School of Overnight Creative Success” is right on the money. Which of these 2 things would happen to you if you were suddenly to have that “big opportunity”? What the public perceives as […]

What are You Doing to Build Momentum?

Tom and Amy work with band at Bootcamp

In this new year, we want to help you build momentum in your career. So much of an artist’s career comes back to what you do onstage. Want more bookings? Have a great show. Want to make a bigger impact on your audience with your message? Have a great show. Want a record company or […]

It’s a Groove Thing

Haley & Michaels (one of Amy's clients) at 12th & Porter, Nashville

Get yourself prepared emotionally before you walk out onstage! If you want to communicate with your audience, the quicker you can get into a “groove,” the better your show will be. Sports players often say they had a good game because they were “in a groove,” or they had a bad game because they never […]