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Lean Musician is the platform that helps serious musicians create, practice & produce their work more effectively. The Lean Musician Podcast, hosted by Jack Vaughan, features interviews with top level performers, creators and educators, across the whole spectrum of music practice, performance, music composition and audio production.

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Lean Musician is the platform that helps serious musicians create, practice & produce their work more effectively. The Lean Musician Podcast, hosted by Jack Vaughan, features interviews with top level performers, creators and educators, across the whole spectrum of music practice, performance, music composition and audio production.

    Sophie Alloway

    Sophie Alloway

    Sophie Alloway is a fantastic UK drummer that tours internationally with a ton of artists. She’s in one of my favorite bands - the Lydian Collective. 

    In this episode we look hear about:


    Her work with different artists
    Her work with Lydian Collective
    Latest album adventure
    Her process for learning a new track
    Some interesting analysis of her tracks
    How to think about groove as a band leader
    How she approaches developing and maintaining her chops
    Her ‘Desert Island Disks’

    Links

    ‍Terri Lyne Carrington episode‍
    Peter Erskine Artist Works‍
    Dave Weckls Drum School‍
    The Jazz Podcast with Sophie‍
    Capitol Orchestra with Lydian Collective‍
    Chihiro Yamanaka

    Definitely check out their tours and music over at https://www.lydiancollective.com/

    • 57 min
    LM007 The Musician's Writing Process | Part 1

    LM007 The Musician's Writing Process | Part 1

    Show notes at: leanmusician.com/podcast

    In this episode we look at a preview of a talk I'm giving at a music school soon, all based around the composer's writing process. 

    Often the writing process can be overwhelming and confusing, but with a framework or process that we can go through we can get unstuck and back into flow. 

    In this episode we look at the following stages:


    Stage 1: Research & Inspiration
    Stage 2: Build a Soundboard
    Stage 3: Sketch & Generating Material
    Stage 4: Setup & Plan
    Stage 5: Writing & Editing 

    In Part 2 we will look at


    Stage 6: Producing, Arranging or Rehearsing (all big topics!)
    Stage 7: Getting Feedback
    Other general points

    If you enjoy the show, please consider subscribing on Spotify, iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts and if you're feeling particularly generous you could leave a review, which massively helps the program and the work I do with Lean Musician education. Happy composing!

    • 30 min
    LM006 Terri Lyne Carrington | Listen

    LM006 Terri Lyne Carrington | Listen

    Show notes at: https://www.leanmusician.com/podcast/terri-lyne-carrington

    When the first musician you ever sit in with is Rahsaan Roland Kirk, your first gig is when your 10 and names like Max Roach, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Haynes, Alan Dawson and Jack Dejohnette are really interested in your development... you know you're off to a good start.

    Terri Lyne-Carrington is a GRAMMY® award-winning drummer, composer and bandleader with decades of experience.

    Over the course of her career, she's played with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, John Schofield, Lizz Wright, Terence Blanchard and the list of her amazing musical collaborations goes on and on... During this interview we get into talking about how this all came about. We talk about the different styles of band leaders she's worked with & how she herself works with others.

    It was a true honour to speak to Terri - she's a really great person - very real and super chilled. On the day that we spoke Terri was actually doing numerous other interview for names like Jazzwise Magazine - so I'm really grateful for the time she took to speak to us.

    Show notes at: https://www.leanmusician.com/podcast/terri-lyne-carrington

    • 29 min
    LM005 Barry Green | The Inner Game of Music

    LM005 Barry Green | The Inner Game of Music

    https://leanmusician.com/podcast

    Barry Green is a writer, performer and teacher. He was principal bassist for the Cincinnati symphony for 28 years. He’s coached hundreds and hundreds of people on their performance, not just the practical but the inner game. He’s an endlessly fascinated and inspiring musician who’s been on a lifelong quest and exploration of musical mastery. He’s the perfect guest for us to have on.

    In this episode we discuss, among other things:

    Barry's 3 books: Mastery of Music, Bringing Music to Life and The Inner Game of Music
    How Barry became involved in the Inner Game and then how he applied it to music
    The principles of the Inner Game
    How Barry has worked with these principles in other professions as well as music
    The principle of ‘relaxed concentration’ that creates optimal performance
    How to practice using inner game principles
    How to deal with distraction and increase your focus
    The importance of detail and paying attention

    and more...

    • 51 min
    LM004 Dave Swift Bass | Go to the Source

    LM004 Dave Swift Bass | Go to the Source

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    For the last three decades, Dave has been the main bass man for Jools Holland. In this interview we hear about how Dave started out, we hear about his journey to becoming a well rounded musician, his early years with Jools, all the experiences with the band & we talk a load about education.

    Above all, there’s one quote or message that I took away from the podcast & it’s directly hinted at the excerpt at the beginning of the podcast. Often the study of music - whether through education or not - can all too easily become an academic affair - in other words, our effort to study and intellectualise music can actually work against us. In this brilliant interview, Dave reminds us how important it is to “go to the source” with music - in other words, don’t study things around music, or books etc… but listen, transcribe, assimilate - and then go do your own thing. It’s amazing and deceptively simple advice.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    LM003 Chris Donnelly: Pianist and Composer

    LM003 Chris Donnelly: Pianist and Composer

    Chris Donnelly, a Juno-nominated pianist and composer from Toronto Canada came on the show to discuss how to practice, the importance of play, finding flow with computers, chip tunes and much more.

    Show notes & links at: https://leanmusician.com/podcast/chris-donnelly

    • 1 hr 32 min

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