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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 8 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 […]

Help, I’m Strapped! [Setting Guitar Players Free]

I want to talk to you guitar players out there who are in a band, but not singing lead.  You might be wondering what YOU’RE supposed to do to be interesting onstage. [Part 2 will focus on some additional things more applicable to lead players.] We’ve found that a typical rehearsal involving guitar players usually […]

Won’t the Audience Get Bored?

I was doing an interview at Singing Success awhile back and I was asked, “Tom, if everyone buys your DVDs and learns your Live Music Methods, won’t all the audiences figure it out and get bored?” Simple answer – “No!”  I don’t teach what I teach so that everyone looks the same.  In fact, I teach […]

Three Things Keyboard Players Can Do

As you know, the visual aspects of a performance are important, and we work on making songs look different from each other.  This is easy for guitar players and singers, but I get approached all the time, by keyboard players asking, ‘What do I do?  I’m stuck behind a piano or a keyboard set-up!’  It’s […]

It’s Okay to Drink the Water

A lot of artists tell me they feel great playing their songs – they like their songs, they play them well, they’ve worked on developing moments. But they don’t feel so great between the songs! I’ve even had artists tell me they don’t know when to take a drink of water. They’re afraid the audience […]

Tom at the CD Baby DIY Conference October 2016

     I had the privilege of working with the band ‘Running Red Lights’ at the CD Baby DIY conference in Chicago on October 1st, 2016.        Making even small changes to your live show can completely change the dynamics and the impact you can have on your audience.       You can use these […]

Your Songs Don’t Sound the Same

Your songs don’t sound the same, so they shouldn’t look the same! Communication from the stage is 15% the content you bring – your words and stories and lyrics.  30% is the tone or emotion you bring it with.  But more than half of it, 55%, is what the audience SEES. The problem with what […]

Tom at CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference – 2015

     Grab a cup of coffee and get comfortable to watch Tom at the 2015 CD Baby Conference in Chicago.      You’ll watch, along with some 1000 attendees, as Tom works with a band on performance skills. Backstage Pass VideoBackstage Pass Videos offer a wide variety of great information that will help you […]

Band Workshop – Fairview Union – Segment 4 of 4

Live Music Producers finish their work with the band Fairview Union during the band workshop portion of Tom Jackson’s bootcamp in September of 2015 Backstage Pass VideoBackstage Pass Videos offer a wide variety of great information that will help you improve YOUR live show! You’ll see how to use Tom’s Live Music Method concepts in […]