Can a Website Still Bring Value?

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I remember, some time ago, having a conversation about whether or not having a website really helped one’s career. “It’s not like you can interact with your prospective fans,” they communicated.

Well, for some time now, I have almost ignored my website. I’ve almost only concentrated on my Social Networks for spreading my name around, but that is all about to change. In a few days, my website is going to be re-branded and better than ever before. The goal: to stay relevant before the fans.

Through Social Media I can interact with the fans and perhaps create new ones. One might say this is enough, but I believe you still need your own website. My name is a dime a dozen and so being able to direct people (via business cards, flyers, postcards) to my website, I will be affording fans and potential fans the opportunity to find out more about me. Perhaps even, follow me. Thus leading them to connect with me using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn Vimeo & YouTube, etc… and become better acquainted with me.

Technology has enabled us with the ability to connect with our fans in ways that the greats, of yesterday, could not. It offers so many gateway’s by which we can both connect to and be connected with… Not to take advantage of many of these gateways, I believe, would be unwise.

Of course, the website (alone) is not the the savior for a musician, but it is one of many tools that will help us… No Mechanic only uses one tool and neither should we. Even still, they have a tool box where their most used tools can be found in one place. Likewise, we need to have such a tool box, where all of our technological gateways can be found. A One-stop where our fans can connect with us and remain connected.

I am still, very much, just breaking the ice on this, but hope I can accomplish the very things discussed here. Well, what about you? What are you doing? Is it working for you? What are you looking to do differently?

I look forward to hearing from you.

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No, Jazz is ONLY Learned by Osmosis

I recently read a question that asked if formal musical training helped or hindered those who wanted to play Jazz, and there were an array of responses, but the one that caught my eye was that Jazz was learned by osmosis and not Theory… Is that True? This is something that has always bothered me. When I was younger I wanted to put my horn to my lips and have all the great notes just fall into place, but that seldom happened. Yeah, I sounded decent but I was limited in my growth and eventually quit playing for over a decade. Since returning, I have “studied” long and hard. Examined what the greats have done before and are currently doing around me. For me, osmosis did not yield the results I yearned for, but hard work has and is producing what will one day be a great musician in me. That’s my story, in brief, what about you?

As I read on, I caught another similar statement, “you can’t teach swing, you gotta feel it.” I had the great honor, in my youth, to study with an amazing teacher, Mr. Justin Diciocio (internationally recognized as one of the foremost jazz educators of our time). He was able to get a group of talented but not necessarily acclimated to Jazz, and make them swing like the Count Basie band. Yes, he taught us how to swing. Now, in truth, swing came pretty natural for me as an individual and I wasn’t taught the feel, but as a band, we would have been lost without his instruction. Have you ever seen anyone learn how to swing through instruction? Was it faulty instruction or that it just can’t be taught? What do you think?

Last Thought! I read that Thomas Edison said “Genius is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration” If this is true, then the above makes sense. You may feel it and you may grow by osmosis but that’s only 10%. If you don’t study and aren’t taught well and do not practice hard (the 90%), then you are unlikely to achieve the heights you dream of. #justmy2cents