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Making Peace with the Headset Mic

Yeah, yeah, yeah….we know what you’re thinking.  I can hear you screaming now, “Using a headset mic will make me look like Britney or Garth or Justin!  I’m not THAT kind of artist”.   Well, we doubt if you’re making the same judgement when you see someone playing a certain kind of guitar…ie: “Oh, she’s […]

Interview with Amy Wolter and Carol Z

Amy: Carol Z and I go way back; meeting when we were both in bands, and have stayed friends for all these years.  She’s based out of Minneapolis and is still out doing shows and keeping very busy. Since she was in town recently, I grabbed the opportunity to interview her and thought it would […]

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 […]