3+ There is no substitute for honesty, integrity and
for always doing what you say youwill do.
Follow this formula very carefully and it will change your life. If your actions do notmatch your words, your experience will not meet your expectations in the long run.Procrastinations and justifications are never substitutes for professionalism and longtermsuccess.
3. Can you can sing harmony/lead vocals and play multiple instruments?
+ Remember that even a little skill at a secondary instrument can get you into many doorsthat can introduce you to the world. Playing another instrument has helped Toots, HowardLevy and other great musicians. Realize that lead and backup singing (the morelanguages, the better) and songwriting can be the clincher that can secure the gig for you.Use and develop all of your talents.
4. How is your stage etiquette?
+Never submit yourself to the embarrassment of playing in the wrong key or overplaying.Less is more so be tasty and create little memorable licks that tell a story instead of runon licks that go anywhere to nowhere. When you are backing up a vocalist, a rule of thumb, more or less, is
only to play when the singer takes a breath
. There are obviousexceptions to this, but stick to this rule if you are less experienced. Don’t play too loudand remember the beauty of a holding a long note from time to time instead of the millionnote shotgun approach to music. Another important hint while taking a solo is to stopplaying for a few bars every now and then. You will be amazed how good you sound toothers when you reenter.
5. Do you have a good physical presentation?
+The new rules dictate a higher commitment to personal hygiene and appearance. I haveknown musicians bounced from gigs because they did not look good enough (or fit the“image”) or not hired because of a poor “vibe”. How you dress and act can play a hugerole whether you land a part or not. Make sure that you carefully check the cleanlinessand style of your clothes, hair, posture and total appearance. Do you have good postureand have good eye contact?Also, dress according to the gig casual to casual upscale for casual gigs and job hunting,upscale for upscale gigs and “funky chic” for hip gigs, etc. Smoking is taboo at most gigs.The new rules dictate excellent grooming and cleanliness. There is no excuse for a badhaircut and an old pair of shoes. And show up on time!!!Even your tone of voice or look on you face can confuse the meaning of your words tosomeone else. Psychologists have determined that communication between two people isless dependent upon the actual words interchanged and more dependent upon tone of voice, body language and gesticulations. It's surprising how many musicians don't payattention to these important things, and not surprising how bad an impression this makeson employers.It is common sense to take good care of yourself and your physical/spiritual presentation.Sobriety, cleanliness, groomed hair and an articulate, altruistically sincere presentationcan help create a lasting first impression that can cue people to open their doors and