Lessons about performing, lesson eight: Bring extra clothing!

By now, you know the deal. If you don’t, click this magical blue shit and it’ll tell you all about it.

I kind of hate writing these introductions, more so when I don’t have a lot of free time. (And my free time is getting more and more rare.) But, if I don’t write them, I end up with a mess of a front page.

Granted, not many folks come in from the front page – but it looks horrible. It’s like three miles long! Balls, I can be a wordy SOB.

So, here’s your damned lesson for today!

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Lessons about performing, lesson seven: Learn to budget.

My goal is to tell you the things that you don’t learn in music school and that you should probably know. For the complete list, click on this magical bit of blue.

These are usually pretty short (for me – I’m pretty wordy) and I try to take a lighthearted approach to sharing these lessons.

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Lessons about performing, lesson six: Watch your shit.

Yesterday, more than 100 of you crazy bastards read a bunch of pages. I haven’t checked the page view count, but y’all read a bunch. That’s awesome! Don’t tell your friends to visit. I don’t like your friends. Fuck ’em.

No, seriously… Don’t tell ’em. They can fuck right off.

Why? Because of this next damned rule!

Alright, you know what I’m doing. I’m telling you all the stuff nobody tells you. You’ve learned to play guitar faster than Malmsteen, you’ve got the style of Les Paul, and you’ve got a sound like Van Halen. Now, all you need is money for cocaine so that you can be as awesome as Glen Campbell.

Putting two and two together, possibly using all your fingers and toes, you do the unthinkable. You decide to start a band. Trust me, it’s a horrible idea. But, it’s a great time. You probably won’t make any serious money, but don’t let that stop you. Get out there and make the people wiggle.

So, about that money thing I just mentioned… Let me introduce you to our next rule for performing musicians.

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Lessons about performing, lesson five: Hire a manager!

If you don’t know what I’m doing, well… Keep up?!? Sheesh!

I’m making a list of rules that performing musicians should follow – except nobody ever tells them these things. These are lessons learned over a pretty long career. They’re not things you’re going to find in a book and they aren’t things that people talk about.

I’m not sure why we don’t talk about them. We’re usually pretty open about our art. For some reasons, these things don’t usually get discussed. So, I’m going to explain them. Someone’s gotta do the work around here!

Our next rule is from a reader. They’re one of my favorite fellow performing musicians and are pretty good at giving solid advice. I don’t want to give their name away, but it rhymes with Trees Pfleuger’s Roast!

If you want to see the rest of the rules, this magical link will help!

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Lessons about performing, lesson four: Hire a lawyer!

This is just a short series of lessons I’ve learned from a career that was long and not even remotely illustrious. These aren’t lessons I found in a book. These aren’t lessons that anyone seems to ever talk about. They’re just things that I found out the hard way.

I’m hoping that they’ll do you some good. If you’re thinking of becoming a performing musician, then this list is for you. If you’re already a performing musician, it’d be great if you’d throw in some lessons you’ve learned along the way.

If you want to read the list of rules that have already been submitted, just click this magical link and enjoy.

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Lessons about performing, lesson three: Get it in writing!

This series is dedicated to telling people the things they’ll want to know if they’re going to become performing musicians. These aren’t things you find in a book. These aren’t things that you’ll be told by other performing artists. These are things that are lessons I’ve learned over my performing career.

It’s a pretty light-hearted look at it the industry, at least that’s my goal. But, in each case, there’s a reason that I list these as rules. So, while they may seem unimportant, they’re actually very important.

If you’d like to see the existing rules, then click here and enjoy. I’ll add more rules as I go along. As always, I appreciate your comments and feel free to add any rules you’ve learned and want me to include on my list.

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Lessons about performing, lesson two: Get a first aid kit before you need a first aid kit!

In this small, light-hearted series, I’m going to tell you the lessons I’ve learned from a career spanning decades. They’re not things I see other musicians telling you. No, no they are not.

They may seem like trivial things – but these are lessons learned in time and with experience. This one is a wee bit serious. Maybe – it depends on how much you like the drummer.
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A new series starts. It’s lessons for performing. Rule One: Do not sleep with your fellow bandmates!

This is going to sound paternalistic, but hopefully not patronizing. Some of my guitar goats (italics intentional), aren’t just guitar players and some of the recent conversation has been about performing. There’s actually a lot that goes on behind the scene and they’re things many people aren’t actually aware of.

On the other hand, some of us have been at this for decades and we’ve learned a few things. They’re not things that everyone knows and maybe you already know them?

These are going to be mostly short and I’ll push them out when I have time. I’m not going to include a whole bunch of things at once. I absolutely request that you other performers go ahead and share the lessons you’ve learned with us. Write ’em up as a comment, if you would be so kind. I’ll package the appropriate ones as new submissions.

So, let’s start this off with our first lesson.
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