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From One Song to the Next

Do you know what your rehearsal should look like? Because how your rehearsals look is a huge part of how your live show will look! Almost every artist I know thinks “rehearsal” means going through your songs over and over again until you’ve got the music just right. Maybe they decide where to stand during […]

Musicians’ Most Common Mistakes – Part 7: Mistaking Practice for Rehearsal

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Conversations with Tom and Amy

This blog / video on mistaking practice for rehearsal is the seventh in a series we’ve put together to answer YOUR questions. Links to the first six video blogs are at the bottom of this post. We began by answering one of the most asked questions: What are the most common mistakes musicians make in […]

Musicians’ Most Common Mistakes – Part 6: Mistaking Winging it for Spontaneity

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Conversations with Tom and Amy

This blog and video are the sixth in a series we’ve put together to answer YOUR questions! We began by answering one of the most asked questions: What are the most common mistakes musicians make in their live show? In video blog #1, we described the first mistake: Your songs don’t all sound the same, […]

Musicians’ Most Common Mistakes – Part 5: Not Understanding Their Audience

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Conversations with Tom and Amy

This blog and video are the fifth in a series we’ve put together to answer YOUR questions! We began by answering one of the most asked questions: What are the most common mistakes musicians make in their live show? In video blog #1, we described the first mistake: Your songs don’t all sound the same, but […]

Musicians’ Most Common Mistakes – Part 4: Rearrange Your Songs for LIVE!

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Conversations with Tom and Amy

This blog and video are the fourth in a series we’ve put together to answer YOUR questions! We began by answering one of the most asked questions: What are the most common mistakes musicians make in their live show? In video blog #1, we described the first mistake: Your songs don’t all sound the same, but […]

Musicians’ Most Common Mistakes – Part 3: They Don’t Create Moments

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Conversations with Tom and Amy

This blog and video are the third in a series we’ve put together to answer YOUR questions! We began by answering one of the most asked questions: What are the most common mistakes musicians make in their live show? In video blog #1, we described the first mistake: Your songs don’t all sound the same, but […]

Musicians’ Most Common Mistakes – Part 2: Misdirection

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Conversations with Tom and Amy

This blog and video are the second in a series we’ve put together to answer YOUR questions! We began by answering one of the most asked questions: What are the most common mistakes musicians make in their live show? In video blog #1, we described the first mistake: Your songs don’t all sound the same, […]

Musicians’ Most Common Mistakes – Part 1: Your Songs Don’t Sound the Same, But Look the Same

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Conversations with Tom and Amy

Amy: Ok Tom, What are some of the biggest mistakes artists make when it comes to their live show or live performance?  What would you say those are? Tom: I wrote a few of these mistakes down, because this is probably one of THE questions I get asked the most.  (In interviews, on the radio […]

You Can Go from Good to Great!

One of the “7 Deadly Sins of an Artist” I talk about is “being good.” Doesn’t sound like a bad thing, does it? But trust me, being good…is bad! There are a lot of artists out there that are good. Often, they don’t know they need help – they know they’re good. And when I […]

Trent Harmon: American Idol Winner / Live Music Makeover

It’s been a year since the last CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference event.  Last year I had the pleasure of conducting a Live Music Makeover workshop with American Idol winner, Trent Harmon and his band, along with my associate Live Music Producer, Amy Wolter. I’m very excited to be conducting two workshops again this year!  […]