Synopses & Reviews
Professional musicians tell how they developed as artists, how they approach performance, and how they handle the business side of the businessoffering solace and heartfelt inspiration along the way. How to Grow as a Musician is packed with candid advice on everything from overcoming failure to the art of writing a song to doing that allimportant "ego check." It also covers such vital practical areas as the role of contracts, selfpromotion, getting and keeping gigs, and managing money. A special selfevaluation lets readers assess whether they have what they need to succeed in the music business.
Musicians finding their artistic voices and developing the right character for their craft will find solace and inspiration in this collection of intimate interviews. By revealing the large and small moments that have helped to define their lives and careers, musicians discuss how they developed as artists, how they approach performance, and how they handle the business side of music. Readers will learn how others selected musical genres; how they learned their craft or instruments; the difference between formal education and learning on the stage; personal approaches to practicing and composing; and much more. Candid advice is offered for overcoming success and failure; doing ego checks; and letting relationships affect art. From a musician?'s point of view, the book examines the role of contracts, self-promotion, getting and keeping gigs, and managing money. A special self-evaluation is also offered for readers to assess whether they have what it takes for a life in music. Anyone wanting to benefit from the wisdom of those who have learned their lessons the hard way will savor every word of this revealing guide.
About the Author
Sheila E. Anderson is an on-air personality and host of Weekend Jazz After Hours on Jazz 88.3 FM, WGBO, Newark (the most popular jazz radio station in the country). She has previously also produced and coordinated the TV program The Art of Jazz and the Jazz in the Garden series for the Newark Museum. She lives in New York City.