Can You Make a Living as a Music Artist?

There are all sorts of myths and assumptions surrounding the life of a “starving artist.” It’s not uncommon for people to abandon pursuing their passions for a “real job” with the perception that life as an artist is too difficult, unrealistic and requires mostly luck. Many people believe that you are either a starving artist …
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The Cure for “Second Verse Curse”

As a songwriter, I’ve never been short of general ideas for songs. I could be simply driving or washing the dishes when I’m hit with a cool hook for a chorus or a nice melody for a verse. Turning that idea into a fully-functioning four-minute song, however, can feel like stapling Jello to a tree. …
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Finding Your Musical Voice

For much of my life, I wanted badly to be a better songwriter. I took the advice from my teachers and wrote almost every day, but it seemed like I was just pumping out one mediocre tune after another. Sure, songwriting takes practice like any other skill, but I was missing two key components of …
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How Practicing Yoga Made Me a Better Musician

I started my yoga journey when I was sixteen. What began as a weekly bonding session with my mom and Aunt eventually evolved into a twice-daily ritual for me. Initially, I was keen on the idea of a one-size-fits-all workout routine that included a neat package of stretching, strength-building, and cardio. I later discovered that …
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The 3 Biggest Myths About Motivation

Maybe it’s a millennial thing, but I grew up in a world where we were all told that you can do anything you put your mind to. That anything is possible with a pinch of persistence and a bit of elbow grease! We’re given a lot of grandiose statements without anyone clearly defining exactly what motivation is and …
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Are You Getting Worse on Your Instrument?

You’re committed to learning your instrument. You make it a priority to practice every day. You’re surrounded by great learning resources and practice tools. But somehow when you sit down to play it feels like you have only been getting worse! You’re not alone. Feeling like you’re putting a lot of effort in and only …
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How to Discover the Next Big Step in Your Music Career

Just the other day, I finally held my first headstand during my yoga practice. (Yes!) After almost a year of building strength in dolphin pose and more than a month or so of holding my feet against the wall, I was finally able to pop up in the middle of the classroom. It took so …
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