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3 secrets of every successful music band

“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success” – Henry Ford In this blog series we will try to answer a question that many people are asking on social media and knowledge forums: How to start a music band? We believe there are two other questions that are included in this one: how to make your band successful and how …

5 Tips for Musicians to Ace an Open Mic Night

“Every master was once a beginner. Every Pro was once an amateur.” – Robin Sharma , Open Mic (Microphone) is not a new concept. It has become a phenomenon only in the last decade or so among the Indian youth. Today, there is not a single big city in the country that does not host some kind of Open Mic Night event, be it for …

Breathing with beats: the eternal bond between music and yoga.

“Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” – B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga and Music share a common goal: they help us discover our inner selves and connect us with the rest of the universe. But they offer distinctly different paths. Yoga allows us to unite with the universe …

International Jazz Day

In 2011, the UNESCO General Conference in coordination with the Thelonious Monk Institute in New Orleans (https://monkinstitute.org/), proclaimed April 30 as “International Jazz Day”. The idea was to not only celebrate the music but also the values of freedom, creativity, empathy and peace it embodies. Each year the event is celebrated in several countries around the world with one city playing the role of a …

Make your own version of a popular song

There’s this musical challenge called the #TwinkleTwinkleLittleStarChallenge which is trending right now. It was kicked off on Instagram by the American Gospel musician Bart Orr and asks for musicians around the world to share their own versions of this classic song. And as viral things go (recall Why this Kolaveri Dee?!) this challenge took off in no time and has become hugely popular. From 7 …

5 Tips To Making Your Live Music Audition a Success

In an interview the famous musician and composer Shanker Mahadevan was asked about his experience in making his first demo tape for a studio audition. He said “….sorry I was blessed with a silver spoon. From day one I was always running after a backlog!”. Few are as lucky to be able to say that; whether it Jimi Hendrix or Mariah Carey or Adele Atkins …

Are you too old to begin to Rock and Roll?

A very common question among many middle-agers and retirees is if they are too old to begin to learn an instrument. They hear aphorisms such as What won’t bend at five won’t bend at fifty; or, You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, etc. Is there really an upper age limit or can anyone learn to play music at any age? Are there some …

Things to Keep in Mind Before Your First Band Performance

Whether this is your first stage performance or you are part of a seasoned band that has been regularly playing on the circuit, it takes a concerted effort to get over stage fear and pull off a memorable performance. Even an award winning highly decorated artist such as Adele says “I am sacred of audiences”! In this blog post we will share some advice for …

5 Tips to Boost Your Music Practice

Practice is the process by which you try to improve your performance on the execution of some task, through its continued repetition. In music practice, it is important to know what your current shortcomings are, so that you can work efficiently on addressing them. In this article we will present you with five tips that may help you overcome some common difficulties. The first tip …

5 Tips to Boost Your Playing With a Band

While learning a piece of music is a intensely solitary activity, playing music is anything but solitary. Unless one is dealing with strictly Solo compositions, much of classical or popular music whether it is Symphony or Ghazal, Rock or Bollywood, is a multi-instrument arrangement sometimes involving tens of people! Knowing how to play along with others not only necessary to be in a band but …