Sounding Bad as a Daily Practice

Practicing and performing should not be that different from each other when it comes to our musical approach. I believe that standards for energy, emotion, execution and creativity shouldn’t change that much between our practice room repetitions and the stage. If someone were to eavesdrop on a practice sessions, they should feel like they’re hearing us perform. However, they shouldn’t hear us sounding perfect or even good.

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New Music – “Dead Man Blues”

As endless and overwhelming as music can get, sometimes it feels really good to just let things fly on a simple blues with good friends. This recording is of a song I wrote called “Dead Man Blues”. Hopefully it will make it onto a record soon. In the meantime, you can check it out here…

Robin Holcomb in the studio

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Perfection as a Way of Life

After the post last week about recovering from bad performances, several folks have asked for more information and specifics in regards to the approaches I mentioned. This post will be part of a series on methods we can use to treat each practice session and/or rehearsal as a performance – hopefully making each performance less tense and more rewarding in the process.

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Recording Tutorial Part II – Recording into your Computer with Microphones

The last post on recording yourself with your computer covered the basics when using the built-in computer/pad/phone microphones. This post will cover what you will need to record to your computer with more high-quality microphones. This post includes a lot of images or reference. If you are receiving this via email and can’t see the images, click here.

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“a bac” – New Music & Video

One of my more recent projects has been creating a suite of electronic music pieces that are meant to be music to sleep or relax to. I’ve been enjoying the process so much because it forces a unique approach to writing and recording.

This song “a bac” is one that I wrote a while back for a project called Spirit Tuck. This version is a reworking of the song. For this recording I recorded a lot of strange sounds from my voice, scissors, a metal-framed chair and some field recordings from outside my window.

Here is the video and song…

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Always Be the Substitute Playing the Role of the New Teacher

The first time I hosted a masterclass for my students where they worked with a guest artist, I remember feeling a little confused and disappointed. There were several times during the event when the guest would point out the most obvious things a student needed to do to improve their performance. Because these areas discussed were so obvious, it wasn’t the first time the students had heard about them. However, the students reacted to this instruction in the masterclass way differently than when I had I brought them up in the lessons. It was if they had never realized that these things needed work and they were suddenly eager to improve.

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