Virtual Musician Archives
OnlineRocks Virtual Musician
knows the ropes in the music industry. An
accomplished axeman, The Virtual Musician has gigged, recorded
and done the circuit with a number of bands. In his columns
he shares his wisdom, ideas and headstrong opinions.
The Austin Diaries: Four Days
at South by Southwest - Here I am, on the plane about
to land in Austin, Texas for my first South by Southwest festival
The Paradigm Shift
- The values of Rock music are dead, the airwaves are ruled
by music so lightweight it could be aural styrofoam,
and the music industry powers-that-be have a grip on the business
so tight that not even light can escape.
The Inspiration to Go Further
- Ken Kesey had quite an impact on American culture itself,
and his influence ranged far beyond the narrow confines of
the San Francisco music scene.
For America -
and Roll is uniquely American music, and has been the sound
of America around the globe for half a century.
Crossroads - Is the Internet music revolution
is over or is the Internet music revolution just beginning?
and the Beast - Does being physically attractive
get you more attention than you would get from just the music
Music, Ourselves Part III, Solidarity - Now is
the time to blaze trails through the wilderness of online
Music, Ourselves Part II, Our Rights - When it
comes to composing, recording and selling music, do you know
your rights? Most of us dont.
Music, Ourselves - If we are waiting around for
someone else to come along and fix it for us, then we are
doomed to the status quo forever!
Is Success? - Success means different things
to different people, and being a successful musician depends
on how you look at it.
Do We Do This? - And for all of us who play and
sing, at whatever level were at, music is the water
Recording Studio - It can (and should!) be a
very rewarding experience and it really is the best way to
make your songs sound just like you hear them in your head.
Check - While we all struggle with playing and
writing... some musicians are struggling with problems of
a much more diabolical nature.
Next Big Thing? - The audience is more fragmented...
There is no "mainstream" in pop anymore, just scores
of little tributaries.
Talk: The Stratocaster vs. The Les Paul - There
are other guitars to be sure, but these are the primary weapons.
Getting the Goods on Gigging
- Preparation is key. It will allow you to perform stress
free, and make the club owners happy
101 - This class will enhance your ability to
create glorious musical masterpieces that heretofore have
never been heard.
Art of Networking - I suppose it is possible
to become a successful musician ...Then again, it is always
possible to win the lottery!
New Model - The advent of music industry trade
shows and festival ... has forever altered the landscape for
bands" See what you can do to get signed.
Your Sound - The eye that seeks the flower in
the garden never finds it but you can with the help of the
Question: Tube or Solid State? - The Virtual
Musician tackles the age-old question as to what amplifier
is best for you.
Virtual Musicians Guide to Promoting Your Music
- How to put together a promo kit and promote your music.