Month: September 2013

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Free Tuner App Review: gStrings Tuner

Smartphones have made our lives a lot easier and more convenient. For those of us who make music that’s no exception.

I’ve already blogged about my favourite free metronome app that means you’re never stuck for a click when you need one. Right next to it on my phone is a free tuner called gStrings. This is a chromatic tuner which you can use to tune any instrument, or your voice if you fancy singing at your phone.

Small Audience

Performance Motivation 2: Play for the People who ARE There

In this article I want to talk about that particular kind of disappointment that hits you when you look at your audience just before the show and it’s not what you expected.

Many of you will know the feeling. You look out from backstage 15 minutes before your stage time to get a feel for the crowd. When you look, that A&R guy from Sony you were assured would be there hasn’t turned up. Or that hot guy / girl you were hoping to impress isn’t there. Or your best mates have failed to escape from the local pub. Or there are only 3 people and the sound engineer in total.

Remembering Names

Networking 3: Remembering Names

Names are important. Imagine you go to an event, maybe a rehearsal, and meet a load of people who’ve never met each other before. Next week, you all meet up again. Some people only remember two or three names and will probably go back and talk to those people again. Some go round to each person, address them by name and ask how they’ve been doing. Who’s the better networker?

What this means is that it’s useful to be good at remembering names. Not many of us are blessed with this gift. We all know that horrible feeling when we see someone we know we’ve met several times before but we can’t remember their name. How can we avoid this?…

Laying Foundations

Laying Foundations – Keep an Eye on the Long Term

It’s easy to overlook things that take a little bit longer to give us a result. We dismiss actions that don’t have a short term payoff as ‘not worth the effort’. In the last week I’ve had a few opportunities come up because of things I did months ago. I had written those activities off as a waste of time because I hadn’t had a positive response within a couple of weeks. It turns out I was wrong, they have worked, it just took longer than I thought. They laid the foundations for opportunities that have only just materialised.

I’m going to talk through what they were in the hope that it might inspire you to do whatever your ‘difficult thing’ is with a view to laying foundations for the long term.