The Performing Musicians Blueprint
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Do you want to know how you can ramp up your income as a performing musician? With all the tales of doom and gloom regarding earnings from recorded music, you would be forgiven for thinking that the days of making a living from music are over! If that's you then read on because you couldn't be further from the truth...
The music business....think about it for a moment. It's a business like any business. It's show business. Business is at the heart of entertainment and if you are a musician who is not switched on regarding business and how to develop yourself professionally then you are missing out on a huge range of opportunities.
This course is not about learning an instrument, theory, stage craft. It's about the business of getting gigs in a multitude of scenarios. I should know; I've been doing it for over thirty years. So here are some things to think about....
There are many reasons to play music and for most part, hobbyist and semi-pro musicians, feel that there is one reason you should not play music and that is to make a good living from performance...well that myth needs to be dispelled with and I will show you how.
This course is designed to help you understand, seek out and take part in the performing revolution that mirrors in optimism the negativity surrounding the recorded music industry.
If you are tired of having a virtual musical life then take this course. You will learn that, armed with the knowledge contained in these twelve lessons, you know what you will and will not be able to take on in the short term.
As you gain experience and knowledge, you'll have the confidence to move into higher value and at times, more demanding musical work.
P.S. Just scroll up and click "Take This Course" now to begin your journey to becoming performing musician.
The Performing Musicians Blueprint is brought to you by guitarist Ged Brockie. Ged has distilled his thirty years experience, performing in almost every conceivable musical situation to give you the inside track on gaining new ways to play and perform. The rates of pay you can expect, dealing with agents, the insider knowledge when it comes to wedding music, session work, festivals and much more.
The course consists of thirteen videos and an accompanying book. The video content is nearly two hours in total and is structured by performance area. A quiz is also included at the end of the course so you can see how much you have retained from the materials.
If you are a musician who is looking to enhance your chances of performing in a multitude of areas, then this course is definitely for you.
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|Section 1: MODULE 1 - INTRODUCTION TO THE AREAS WE WILL COVER IN THIS COURSE|
In this section, you'll be introduced to working in performance overview. I introduce myself and you will get to know me and the work I have done as a musician and how this relates to the course.
This lesson will cover the various skills needed to work in the music industry as a working musician. As well as this, you'll be offered some invaluable advice regarding the main problems that will make or break your career.
MODULE 1 QUIZ
|Section 2: MODULE 2 - PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES IN WINE BARS, PUBS, HOTELS, RESTAURANTS|
LOOKING TO GET GIGS IN VENUES THAT ARE ALL AROUND YOU
The first port of call for musicians who are looking for gigs is usually a local pub. I have worked in all of these areas and it's where I began my musical journey when I was just in my teens. I made a lot of fundamental errors when trying to work in these areas, so I hope you take this course and learn from my mistakes!
This lecture discusses who you should talk to whenever you try to get into this area of employment. Also, we discuss how much you can expect to gain as well as how hotels figure in terms of performance opportunities.
MODULE 2 QUIZ
|Section 3: MODULE 3 - CORPORATE ENTERTAINMENT|
FINDING MUSICAL WORK IN THE CORPORATE WORLD
WIthout doubt working in the corporate music world is both lucrative with regards payment and at times demanding regarding the client. I made a good living working in corporate music and you can too!
You absolutely need to know the best route into this as well as how to deal with the many competing elements within the field. We look at how they expect you to act, dress code etc.
MODULE 3 QUIZ 1
CORPORATE MUSIC WORLD - DEALING WITH AGENTS
Although many bands now think the best route to playing in the corporate world is through their own efforts, there is no doubt that a good agency or agent can make all the difference. I have worked with various agents for over thirty years and have got to know many of them as friends, but beware, they are out to make money and you are their avenue to doing that!
In this lecture we look at how agents work, the things they do and don't like and what you as a musician need to watch out for. We also cover contracts and money aspects.
MODULE 3 QUIZ 2
|Section 4: MODULE 4 - COVER BANDS|
MAKING IT IN A COVERS BAND
This is a really great area to work in as a musician. You can literally make a fortune if you do it correctly. I worked for over eleven years in a covers band that was working three, sometimes four times a week. I know the good points and the bad points as well as some of the pitfalls.
It's not an easy road either and we look at what is expected from you and how you need to go about this. Definitely an important avenue of work for today's musician.
MODULE 4 QUIZ
|Section 5: MODULE 5 - SOLO PERFORMANCE|
EVERY CONSIDERED WORKING SOLO?
This module tackles an area that I have enjoyed and benefited from over my 30 years playing. Solo performance is challenging but very rewarding both artistically and financially. In this module, I'll open the lid on what you absolutely need to know to ensure you get the most from this area of work most musicians are frightened to move into.
MODULE 5 QUIZ
|Section 6: MODULE 6 - WEDDING PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES|
WORKING AS A MUSICIAN AT WEDDINGS
I have worked in every conceivable area within the wedding gig circuit. I will go over all the areas where work can be found, but more importantly, I discuss the main problem re getting gigs and point you in the direction of the mother load where you can pick up engagements for the next year and a half if your happy to work.
MODULE 6 QUIZ
|Section 7: MODULE 7 - TREADING THE BOARDS|
WORKING IN THE THEATRE AS A MUSICIAN - A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE
I have worked in high end productions with thousands of people in the pit band but I have also created opportunities in much smaller productions. How? Well in this lecture I'll talk you through how you can get into this arena of work and who you need to connect with to gain vital experience and knowledge before you take a tip at the big time!
I'll also talk about other areas of work that you might never think of in terms of theatrical areas of work and how today's musician can benefit from them.
MODULE 7 QUIZ
|Section 8: MODULE 8 - MUSIC INDUSTRY MEETS|
WORKING AT THE COAL FACE...WELL A BIT MORE GLAMOROUS THAN THAT TO BE HONEST!
Actually representing musical manufacturers at music industry events is a really excellent way of getting known across the industry where it really matters and that is what this module covers.
There are two types of industry events...open and closed. I'll talk about these and how you can move into this area. I also discuss the usual mistakes people who want to get into this area make and provide solutions to help you become a valuable member of industry players and how this can really help your profile and strength within the industry.
MODULE 8 QUIZ
|Section 9: MODULE 9 - SESSION WORK|
WORKING AS A SESSION MUSICIAN - SO MANY WANT IT, SO FEW GET IT
If I had a penny for every young musician who told me that they wanted to be a session musician I'd be a very wealthy person! The facts are that the reality of the session musician has utterly changed. It's a new world out there and you need to understand and know how to be part of this new digital world.
I have and still do session work, but there are many new and more profitable ways to make a living...that's what will be covered in this module. Ensuring the session work does not dry up!
MODULE 9 QUIZ
|Section 10: MODULE 10 - WORKING ON THE BOATS & HOLIDAY CAMPS|
WORKING AS A MUSICIAN ON THE BOATS & IN HOLIDAY CAMPS
Today there are a huge amount of luxury boats that meander around the oceans of the world pampering a huge amount of people. All of these vessels need one important ingredient...entertainment. This is where you come in!
Not only on boats, but holiday camps are seeing a resurgence and again it's an area where bands and musicians can get steady and well paid work. In this module we look at how to engage with these areas of work.
MODULE 10 QUIZ
|Section 11: MODULE 11 - PERFORMING WITH THE ORCHESTRA|
HOW TO GET WORK IN AN ORCHESTRA
I have been really fortunate to play with some incredible orchestras. Unlike the other areas presented, this one is definitely not for the faint hearted.
If you have the skills, then there is no doubt that it's an incredible experience and it comes with set down rates of pay that are excellent. I'll show how you can head towards this area and the number one skill that you need to have mastered to really excel in this area and get call backs for more work.
I'll also go into detail regarding the payment structure which you really need to understand to ensure that you get the highest pay check for each engagement you undertake. Lots of musicians undertake this work and don't get union agreed rates for a whole list of sometimes obscure elements of pay.
MODULE 11 QUIZ
|Section 12: MODULE 12 - PLAYING MUSIC FESTIVALS|
GETTING WORK AT MUSIC FESTIVALS
I actually worked with a small team that put a large music festival on so I know more than a little about what music organisers are looking for when engaging bands.
I'll give you the inside track on how to have the best possible opportunity regarding getting into festivals and what you should look for and expect.
MODULE 12 QUIZ
|Section 13: MODULE 13 - FINAL THOUGHTS|
FINAL THOUGHTS ON THIS COURSE & MOVING FORWARD
Okay, if you have gone through the whole course, completed and passed the quizzes then it's time to read final thoughts. I will detail updates as well as any online resources I feel that you should take a look at that have come to my attention and will help you gain further opportunities to work as a performing musician.
The driving force behind the online Guitar & Music Institute. Teaching people not only how to play guitar, but also marketing online for musicians, creating careers in music and much more.
Continue to work in a variety of musical situations throughout Scotland, the UK and Europe. Work has included the RSNO and ORSB, Carl Davis, the Scottish Guitar Quartet, concerts both solo and as part of bands, tours, West End shows on tour, various musical shows throughout Scotland, music festivals, TV/radio appearances, session work, educational workshops, guitar and music industry appearances, corporate music in all it’s forms as well as cover band work.Education & Industry Programs.
Tutored guitar, composition, writing for film and technology at all levels from high school through F.E. (further education colleges) to higher education (university).
Developed and co-ran the Jazz UK international summer schools with saxophonist Rob Hall for five years and pioneered the European arm of the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program led by double Emmy winning composer Hummie Mann based in Edinburgh. In 2013 I was part of a small team that created the Edinburgh Guitar & Music Festival.