Is Reading Music A Must For Making Music?

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[Originally published on AirGigs on 5/8/18] “I’m not interested in what key you’re playing this in with a capo on, just tell me what key it’s actually in.” “No, this song is not in C# major. This song is in Db major. And I will defend that with my dying breath.” Oh guitar players. Must […]

Are we in sync?

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[Originally published on SoundBetter on 6/28/16] The topic of this article may seem self-explanatory and barely warranting an article written about it. Yet, in this age of online recording, where musicians rarely work in the same room anymore, it becomes one of paramount importance. And that is, staying in sync with the rest of the […]

Number Charts: crash course

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[Originally published on AirGigs on 3/15/15] For general information on when or why number charts might come in handy, see part 1 – “Number Charts: introduction”. First, a disclaimer… You don’t HAVE to know how to write number charts. Many professional session musicians (myself included) are willing to work with whatever materials clients give them, […]

Number Charts: introduction

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[Originally published on AirGigs on 3/08/15] Also known as “Nashville number charts”. In Nashville, simply known as “charts”. Who needs them, anyway? Say you’re a songwriter/producer and would like to create a recording of your latest composition. You may not necessarily regard yourself a virtuoso musician, but you’ve got what you believe is the makings […]