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

This entry is part 6 of 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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!  […]

How to Create a “Moment” in Your Live Show

You’ve often heard me talk about creating “moments” in your live show!  Creating “moments” is key to having a successful live show and a successful career.  Many of you have asked: “How do I create “moments” in my live show?” or “How do I find the “moments” in my songs?”  I have to admit, it’s […]

7 Steps to Captivate Your Audience

Understanding your relationship with your audience has EVERYTHING to do with how to construct your set list, especially when it comes to your Opening Moment! And in case you are wondering where you are in that relationship, most of you (unless your name is Sting, Adele, or Pink) are “dating your audience.” Most of your […]