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The Patient is Bleeding. Do you Know How to Operate?

Posted on December 19th, 2012   9 Comments

Yesterday I read one of the best blog posts I’ve ever come across and I’d like to talk about how it relates to musicians. If you haven’t read it yet, then I highly recommend you stop here and read ‘6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person‘ by David Wong at


4 Simple Steps to Handling Critique Like a Pro! – by Dreama

Posted on December 11th, 2012   1 Comment

Image Source Fellow artists, I’m sure you can relate to unconstructive criticism. That awful feeling of someone seemingly attacking your creativity without rhyme or reason can leave you feeling pretty deflated.

Artist Tips

Are You a Misfit?

Posted on September 24th, 2012   17 Comments

The original concept I had for a blog a few years back was going to be called ‘The Misfit Musician’s Resource Page’. I felt like everyone at the time was talking about things like chords and scales and how to promote yourself on Myspace and other surface level BS and I wanted to write about more important issues that I thought had much more impact on musician’s careers and lives.


Why Most Musicians Don’t Make It [Video]

Posted on November 25th, 2012   1 Comment

There's something very important that most of us are never taught. Because of this we end up with jobs that drain the life out of our music careers, parents who never understand us and friends who unintentionally steer us in the wrong direction.


Musicians – If You Believe This You’re Going to Have Problems

Posted on November 14th, 2012   17 Comments

I came across this image more than once on my Facebook feed, apparently first posted by No Treble. No disrespect to them, but I actually think posts like this only […]


5 Tips for Choosing the Right Images Online

Posted on October 15th, 2012   No Comments

Recently I took notice of some ‘less than optimal’ image choices around the web and started to take a look at ways to improve some of my own going forward. […]


Amanda Palmer – Should You Play for Free?

Posted on September 18th, 2012   29 Comments

A few weeks back Amanda Palmer put out a call for horn and string players to join her on stage on her current tour. Here’s an excerpt from the post: […]


Take the Time to Appreciate What You Have by Travis Bixby

Posted on April 20th, 2012   2 Comments

The best advice I can give for any artist wanting to pursue a career independently is to take the time to appreciate what they have. I know that I am not where […]

Artist Tips

Finding Opportunities to License Your Music by Jason Howe

Posted on April 18th, 2012   No Comments

My tip has to do with finding TV shows that are likely to want to license your music. Music licensing is a key interest of mine, so I created a […]

Artist Tips

Musicians Can’t Compete With Machines.

Posted on February 6th, 2012   10 Comments

No, I’m not going to try to convince you to replace your bass player with a robot (though in some cases it might be worth considering…), but I am going […]