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Fire Your Slacker Band! Part III: Songwriting For Rock Musicians

This installment furthers the cause of what I call the evolution of teaching. That’s right – learning from my Neanderthal mistakes puts you further along the path of musical evolution and enlightenment. After singing, this next topic was my biggest obstacle as a musician!

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Does Your Band Need A Manager?

Many bands simply will not function without a manager. The creative aspect of being in a band can be divisive enough, without throwing in managerial responsibilities as well. However, many bands turn to professional management too early.

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Starting A Band: The Basics

Here, I’ll be telling you how to get started, get serious, and get going with your (no doubt) illustrious career, with examples from a hefty number of bands I’ve had the pleasure of either knowing or being a part of. And even if you don’t get anywhere, hey, maybe you’ll get laid.

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Why You Should Stop Looking For A Record Label

We’ve all sat at work fantasizing about that phone call from Universal offering you a million dollar advance! The reality is that labels no longer take shots with a band based on a demo track. Yet bands are still sending demo after unsolicited demo to companies and waiting by the phone.

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Fire Your Slacker Band! Part II: Get Your Act Together

Last week I yelled and ranted in a typical Josh style about some of the lousy times I’ve spent in bands – and why I decided to embark on the path of a solo musician and one-man band. The first installment of this series was the introduction, and the road map. Now we’ll start getting into details.

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Fire Your Slacker Band!

If you’ve spent one too many band practices in a smelly basement wondering where the singer is (turns out it might be jail – true story!), and you’re at the end of your rope, fear not! Step right up, and read why it’s a super duper great time to be a solo artist.