Interviews, performances and discussions with Creative String players and music industry professionals.
"SuperNova”: A Genre-Hopping Explosion of the Suzuki Violin Repertoire with composer, David Cutler
Composer David Cutler on a reimagining of Suzuki book 1.
How To Really Teach Music Online Easily and Effectively - Creative Strings Podcast Ep.40
In this episode of the Creative Strings Podcast Christian Howes dives into techniques for easily and effectively teaching music online.
Suddenly Unemployed? How to Sell Any Services & Earn Now - Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 39
How to Sell & Offer ANY Freelance services right now (for non-teachers or anyone just trying to figure out ways to get work)
Mindset- My attitude: I am not proud. I will dig ditches, wash dishes, or do anything necessary to survive.
We can a) resign ourselves to defeat and give up b) lash out c) TRY to overcome. I prefer C.
Obviously it is preferable to find work at higher hourly rates or generate passive income than working for $15 per hour. But if necessary, I will work for $15 per hour, or even on a volunteer basis, especially if that work affords any chance of Leveraging more opportunities.
When Testing a new work/volunteer activity, dip a toe in the water. Do it once. Offer to do it for just a short period.
What Kinds of Work Can You Do?
Brainstorm a list of services you can provide. Write down everything. Ask someone you trust to offer you additional ideas and/or give their feedback on your list. Post your list here for feedback (in your personal post comment thread)
One Time Free- I built my entire career on the "one time free" model. It's a great way to show people what you can do, and generate recurring revenue or repeat clients.
-If you offer a one-time Free lesson, make the lesson 20 minutes instead of 60.
if you offer to show up on someone else's live-stream, limit the time involved, or do it once as a test to see what kind of feedback you receive.
Offer to do some kind of work for a new client as a "sample". It could be 5-20 minutes of your time.
One free performance. One free consultation or lesson. One time free editing a paragraph of someone's copy.
Free Youtube videos with call to action for people to hire you.
Free emails (containing anything valuable from teaching to inspiration) w call to action
Free performances on IG with links to hire your services
From classical violist to rockstar influencer w Andrea Whitt - Creative Strings Podcast Ep 38
Andrea Whitt is a musician who is living the dream. She tours the world with rock stars, manages her own fashion blog, produces fine art, and plays a variety of instruments in a variety of styles.
Given the common wisdom that string players must start by age six to have a chance at success, she has defied the odds ever since starting the viola in public school at 8 years old.
Listen to this full episode to hear the inspiring story of a classical musician who has gone on to create an extraordinary career. In the interview we cover:
How she began developing other musical skills alongside her classical training
How putting herself through college also gave her skills to help her survive and make it in L.A.
What skills she learned and nurtured beyond music
How she managed to grow new skills while staying focused on many passions and ultimately tying them together in a multi-facted career and lifestyle
how she explored beyond classical music in college and what was that like, i.e. doing all the orchestra rep and classical track but also starting to work on other musical skills?
How she got her big breaks with gigs with Shania Twain and Zuccero Farinacci (the Brcue Springtein of Europe).
What she learned from touring the world with rock stars.
Hamilton Hardin on Becoming a Complete Musician - Creative Strings Podcast Episode 37
Hamilton Hardin on Becoming a Complete Musician: Any Genre, Any Instrument
Have you ever worked hard learning a jazz tune with all its 9ths, 13ths, half-diminished-whatevers, only to flip on the radio and hear a pop song with the same 4 chords over and over? Some musicians wonder how jazz and other styles are so complex but it’s the basic pop that sells mainstream.
If you asked multi-instrumentalist and accomplished jazz musician, Hamilton Hardin, if he’d ever enter the pop world, he says he would have simply laughed. That’s why he surprised himself by serving as vice president of A&R (artists and repertoire), a multi-million dollar record label specializing in pop music.
In this episode of Creative Strings Podcast, Hamilton reveals what makes pop music so appealing, how he gained a respect for the genre and what its like being producer, mixer, sound engineer, and editor for famous talent.
This podcast also includes topics such as
-What it’s like playing not 1 but 13(!) instruments
-Why Hamilton practices first WITHOUT his instrument
-How you can develop a “good ear”
-Tips to grow your music business
-The inside scoop behind his album “Just Wanna Say.”
-Many stories, laughs, and inspiring moments
When growing up, Hamilton Hardin was considered a music prodigy, touring Europe while playing everything from jazz to gospel in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Soon after, he arrived in Nashville, performed as a jazz session musician for singer Wendy Moten who happened to introduce him to legendary songwriter, David Porter.
When Porter decided to launch his own music studio in Memphis, he turned to Hardin, offered him a critical job- vice president of Artists and Repertoire, the side of the music house responsible for recruiting and developing talent.
How to Join a Band and Play Confidently In New Styles of Music - Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 36
If you’re a classical musician who would like to join a band and play confidently in new styles of music, I put together a checklist to make it less overwhelming,
The checklist will give you a few things:
How to know when and what to play.
How to avoid "writers block", i.e., the feeling of having no idea what to do.
How to avoid getting "in a rut", i.e., finding yourself always repeating the same few ideas
How to make the other musicians you work with feel really comfortable and always want to call you back
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The amount of wisdom that Chris and his guests spin out every episode is astonishing. I can listen to any episode three or four times and still have reason to come back to it.
Insightful and inspiring
Insightful and inspiring interviews from professionals in the industry. Balances the creative with the buisness aspects. Highly recommended!
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