Tips for Overcoming Stage Fright

Everyone has experienced some form of stage fright. If you’re lucky, you get slightly nervous the night before your gig, freak out a bit a few minutes before entering the stage, and get on with your performance. That’s manageable. Now, feeling like you’re about to have a heart attack and having a complete shutdown because […]

What to Do When You Screw Up on a Live Set?

We’ve talked before about how mistakes are inevitable when playing live, and how to plan ahead to avoid some of the most common ones. But, what happens when the unavoidable happens and you’re up there on stage freaking out about it? The first thing you’ll need to do is assess the situation. Not all mistakes […]

How to Handle a Rowdy Heckler

When you’re first starting out as a band, you play lots of smaller venues that are probably filled with people who have no idea who you are and were not expecting to see you play at all. While most decent human beings will just enjoy the unexpected show and move on with their lives, there […]

Most Common Mistakes Musicians Make on Live Shows

Every musician knows that when playing live, mistakes are bound to happen. Even world-famous superstars make them every now on them. Being a great -or even just proficient- live musician isn’t about perfection, but rather, learning how to minimize them. A big part of that is learning how to plan ahead, watching closely what other […]

Count Basie (1904-1984) an Unexpected Success

This famous jazz musician born in New Jersey was an accomplished pianist, composer and bandleader who began his career in 1924 at New York and gained notoriety for his compositions and improvisations during live performances with the Basie Count Orchestra and songs like One O’Clock Jump in 1939. His Early Career While many have a […]