Things look very different from the stage; part two. I don’t know your name.

I wrote the first one and I’m still not exactly sure for whom I was writing or what the goal was. However, folks seemed to like it and I was told I should continue it.

Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten any of the other two series. This is just something fun. I don’t know how long it will last, how frequent I’ll make these entries, but I have pretty much decided I’m going to try to share what it’s like from the other side – albeit from a very small-scale music professional.
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Lessons about performing, lesson sixteen: Security is Important!

Gotta write another damned intro… This might be the hardest part! Otherwise, the front page is a damned mess. It is, too. I’m way too wordy for a blog. Shit, I’m half-tempted to use page breaks.

It occurs to me that I should never do a “Top Five Widgets List!” That’d be like a mile long. I better stick to this format. Sheesh…

I’m kinda baffled y’all keep reading these.

Where was I? Oh…

Here’s the complete list of rules for performing musicians. (Hopefully, I’ll have that list updated by the time you read this. I’m a slacker.) Basically, they don’t seem to put this stuff in books. So, that leaves the job up to me. There’s probably people better suited to doing this job, but you get me.

Sorry ’bout that. I’m all ya got between you and 38,000 screaming fans who want to steal your stuff, a manager that drinks your booze, and a bassist who’s been making eyes at your backup vocals – all of them, including their voice effects.

This one is about the first on that list. Security!
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Lessons about performing, lesson fifteen: Remember your fans!

Well, somehow we made it to #15 and didn’t get distracted, bored, or impatient. When I began this series, I had no idea how long it was going to last. I still don’t. I’m not actually that well prepared, so I have no idea how many entries this will have.

What I do know is that I’m writing this on a Monday and it’s to be automatically published later this week. I’m ahead of the game!

If you don’t know what I’m doing, click this link! The short version is that there don’t appear to be any books or sites really dedicated to giving you the rules you need to in order to be a successful professional performing musician.

I’d like to thank @crazy_eyes for having gone ahead and decided to become a performing musician. It was him (and a second person asking about the first rule) that gave me the idea. I did some searching and realized that nobody else had really written this stuff down, so I figured I might as well do it.

By the way, if you’re interested in copying these to publish elsewhere, let me know. My answer will depend on who you are and where you intend to publish them. For example, Rolling Stone Magazine can republish them – at the cost of $50,000 per word. Everyone else can probably do it just for linking back to the source and giving credit. Just ask and we’ll work something out. (It’d be nice if you’d edit ’em up for me!)

Anyhow, our next lesson…
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Things look very different from the stage; part one.

I call this part one, but it’s really just a stream of shit that slams my face once in a while and says, “Write about me, asshole.” So, in my defense, writing about this isn’t really my choice. It’s just something I have to do.

I could see this being a series. But, I don’t actually know what part two would look like, as I’m not even sure what the point of the first part is.

I’m also not sure who I’m writing this to, or for. It could fit anywhere and it could be for anyone. I suppose that means it’s for you. Do with it as you may. They’re just words. I’ll make more!
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Lessons about performing, lesson fourteen: Maintain your kit!

Well, here we are at #14 already. It has so far gone by quickly. This one should be fairly short, by the way.

If you’re wondering what I’m doing, then click here. I’m giving you all the rules you need to know if you’re going to become a performing musician. This list actually was motivated by someone who has decided to do just that.

This next lesson is applicable to those who don’t play, just as much as it is to those who play giant concerts for 250,000 people. It applies to you, to me, to everyone. It’s pretty basic, but often overlooked.

Without further ado, our next lesson for performing musicians…
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Lessons about performing, lesson thirteen: Practice! Practice! Practice!

I’ve heard it said that verbosity is a sign of a poor mind. Well then, I must be an intellectual pauper, ’cause I’ve got a plethora of words. (Plethora doesn’t mean what most people think it means, by the way. It’s an overabundance, not a shitton. It’s more than you need. But, I digress.)

We’ve made it to #13! I’m not actually sure how I’m not out of ideas for this series, but here we are. Earlier, I was thinking that I was pretty much out of ideas and then this one popped into my head.

What? You thought I actually planned these things? Surely you jest! No… No, I don’t. I just mash the keyboard until something comes out at the other end. That might explain my rather lengthy articles.

(I’d hitherto blamed weed, but button mashing actually sounds more formal. We’re fucking high-minded and high-society on this here site!)

Where was I?

Oh, yes… I was telling you to click the following link to learn what it is that I’m doing. This magical blue stuff takes you to a page with some information and a link to all the other articles in this series.

Basically, I smash the keyboard with my fingers and out pops things you should probably know if you’re considering a career as a performing musician. Ain’t nobody put this shit in a book before, so you get it from me. Sorry. I wish I could just say, “Read this book!” Alas, performing musicians don’t appear too interested in writing this stuff down.

So, my dear reader, you’re stuck with me and all these frivolous words.

Without further ado, on to our next lesson!
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Lessons about performing, lesson twelve: Hire an accountant!

You probably know what I’m doing. If not, then this link will take you to the rest of these lessons and explain what it is I’m trying to do with this series.

The short version is that I’m sharing all the lessons I wish people had shared with me – specifically for performing musicians. You can find all sorts of resources to learn to play, many of them free, but nobody really tells you what it takes to be a professional musician.

My goal is to change that. This next rule isn’t one that most of you will ever need to follow. However, if you do need to follow it then it means you’re doing well. Even if you’re not doing that well – then it may be a good idea to follow this rule anyhow. More importantly, it absolutely is a good idea to read this rule and there’s almost certainly something you can take away from this.
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Lessons about performing, lesson eleven: It’s your business!

For those of you who aren’t paying attention (or are new to the site), I’m compiling a list of rules (lessons, really) about being a performing musician. Here’s the complete list!

This next rule comes pretty hard to many – and it’s why many fail at making a career out of their musicianship. I moved this up in my list because of a conversation I had with someone. It is important enough to write it today. (Though it won’t be published until tomorrow. I love that schedule feature!)

So, what’s today’s lesson?
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Lessons about performing, lesson ten: Packing one of everything!

For those that don’t know, this series is about things that you should probably know about performing – but nobody ever seems to tell you this information. It’s not in any books. It’s not something I blatantly took from another site. It’s stuff that I’ve learned over a career that spans decades.

If you’re interested in this list, and would like to see previous entries, just click this magical bit of blue and your browser will whisk you away to a page with the previous entries.

This week’s lesson is all about your gig bag.
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Lessons about performing, lesson nine: Bring spares!

The last lesson was about bringing extra clothing. This is a bit more than that. This needs to be its own lesson.

If you don’t know what I’m doing, click this link right here. That’ll tell you what I’m doing. Basically, I’m telling you all the rules you probably haven’t heard before. They’re important but I’m taking a lighthearted approach to ’em.

Got it? Good.
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