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Dorit

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A Spiritual Connection to Your Instrument

Last year I took an experimental music healing class in which we worked with various meditation techniques to open our creativity. It was an alignment of the Chakras as well as alignment to the instrument I might be playing or songwriting with. A kind of musical focus and connection.

Tips for Getting Session Work As a Singer or Player

If you happen to be a really gifted musician and can read music, learn quickly, and play in a variety of styles, you might consider the world of session work.

The Ramifications of Writing a Song a Week

2014 has so far been incredibly brain busy for me. I’ve been accepted into a year-long song a week project that has been keeping me up most nights. It’s called Real Women Real Songs II, and I’ll write more about it once I’m deeper into the year. I admit that I write very few new songs a year for my solo work. Somewhere along the lines of about three new songs that I care to play out.

A Songwriting Contest Experience

I just got home from the finals of a local NYC contest. My intention was to see how my songwriting was doing. It wasn't what I expected, and I learned a few things that I want to share with you!

Tips For Going Pro With a Cover Gig

I was approached by three different people to do cover sets last year. I really wanted to do it, and had no idea how I was going to get through three hours of singing AND guitar playing by myself. One of those gigs was to play covers for ballroom dancers to practice to. (Talk about pressure to stay on rhythm.)

Tips for Memorizing Songs

As musicians, we all have to memorize music, lyrics, chords, dynamics and more. That alone can be daunting and definitely requires some effort. It’s easier to memorize a song you really like or perhaps one you’ve written yourself. I find the best way to start memorizing a song you didn’t write is to listen to it as much as possible. Put it on your portable player and listen both actively and passively.

Lesson: Looping Basics Using KT Tunstall's Method

KT Tunstall released an awesome song in 2005 called “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree.” It was inspired by a Bo Diddley beat. Here is the very cool video that I came across.This performance pretty much set her on the path to stardom.

Guitar Backstory: Choosing That 'Just Right' Guitar

I didn’t buy a guitar right away. In fact I borrowed my brother’s nylon Argentinian guitar. The neck was really fat and made learning a stretch. I knew I wanted a nylon string guitar to start with that I could plug in. And it had to sound amazing and meaningful. Check out the story of how I chose my guitars and why!

What’s a MOOC? Free Learning For The Broke Musician. That’s What!

MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course. I’m an artist that is constantly is in learning mode. But I never wanted to study online, because I have too many distractions in my ADD life. My interest was peaked when a homebound artist friend of mine decided to embark on a college degree from home. Online learning and degrees all of sudden seemed legit to me. So when I heard about Coursera.org, I immediately looked into it. What did I find? Classes on songwriting, production, engineering, rock history, and some instrument learning. These classes are FREE!

Rock the Mic: Open Mic Etiquette

Have you written a song or two or three, but only play them to your mirror? Would you like to perform publicly and get inspired? It’s time to try an open mic! Chances are there are quite a few open mics in your area. Every one I’ve been to is generally supportive. When I went to my first open mic, I didn’t know how to plug in or even properly adjust a mic. Here are some tips to start you off!