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Tutorial

The Mainstream Soloist

Aptitude Test

At first: It doesn't make much sense, to write a tutorial for dentists, if the wannabe doc owns hands like frying pans and of these two are lefts - the succesful "tooth- mechanic" has to rely on his sensitive "hand-tools". The musician is dependent on his ears, his manual abilities, his sense for time, his understanding of harmonies and most of all on his FANTASY. We are going now to do a short soloist's aptitude check: We record a most minimal beat. This consists of a click (fourth kick or hihat) and the two chords Dm7 and G7. The result is called a II-V progression. I'll explain the secrets of progressions, chord structures, their naming conventions etc later here. If you don't know these terms yet - just record a succession of any two chords that sound "good" for your ears. Replay the result as loop. You don't own any instrument capable of playing chords? Sigh...You surely should think that over in the long run. So - for now just ask a friend for such a beat. Okay: I have an audible example here :)   Now we come to the crucial questions: musical part: We listen to our pre-recorded audible track now. - Do you only hear, what is physically audible on the record? Or do you hear a melody or a riff  in your head too? You hear none of the above? Okay - you will not become a soloist! - You hear a bass line? Bass player might be something for you :) - You hear a rhythm or even a drum solo? A rapper or drummer career is within reach. - You hear a text? You saw the following coming: you could become a writer :) - But to be a lead singer you also must hear a melody! - You don't hear nothing at all ??? You are like a painter in front of a white sheet of paper seeing nothing. There are many respectable careers you could pursue. As a musician you can become only third class. Sorry :) You hear a rhythm, a bass line, a melody, riffs, breaks and fills? The whole program? You are ready for a really great career as a musician! If you manage to promote yourself. If not - sorry : not. psychological part: You are shy? Okay - your career will manifest itself farther in the back of the stage: drummer, bass player, keyboarder, rhythm guitarist, background vocals. You are self-confident in the sense of self-awareness (You are not anxious - but aware of your shortcomings)? Your place is on the front line: lead singer, soloist, rapper. You are arrogant and reckless? If you don't find the matching victims - then you will probably stay lone :) And, even with the willing victims at hand: You will have to do the work ALL personally. If you get a grip on your management problems, there will be hope nevertheless. But only if you can answer the following positively: Are you able to listen? The shy and the self-confident capable for listening have good cards in the game of becoming successful musicians. The arrogant that won't hear will get BIG problems. Persons unable to listen will definitely not become good soloists! Providing the following conditions will "slap on the top" here and increase the chances for success extremely: - You make out the build-up of tension of the actual musical piece and where you are in it immediately . - you are able to overlook arrangements as a whole - You know where to play loud, low, fast, slow, melody-oriented or riff-oriented: to optimize the arrangement. Always. Live. - You notice, when the soloing colleague, who dominated the part before your start, leaves room for your entry. Via eye contact - ideally via your ears. - You master the important soloist's skills entry, build-up of tension, exit Memory I will distinguish here now between the three extremes: excellent, ordinary, miserable :) Type 1, the musician with the miserable memory: His chances to be creative all the time are very good. Since he always had to live with a miserable memory, he had no other way than to become intelligent and creative to manage the wriggeling-out of his constantly arising problems. Unfortunately he cannot recall his basics. No pain? No gain at all for him. So - work until collaps - or - I don't know. What profession could be his? The only - that MAY(!)- be matching - would be painter. But: He too: -has to promote himself -Has to memorize the names of his customers or write them down. But - unfortunately - the writing down - our head-like-a-sieve forgets that too. I wouldn't take him in the band. Only under the condition that the other colleagues in the band are all of type 2. And change his diapers... Type 2, the musician with the excellent memory He is perceived by his social environment as over-average intelligent. But he didn't need to develop much intelligence and creativity - when he was in trouble, he could always use his memory as a source for known solutions that were administerable on his current problem. And - since he is a smart and eloquent talker - there's no problem where he wouldn't find enthusiastic volunteers to help him out :) He can keep everything in mind - but he never gets new ideas. He doesn't have to practice much - he is a drawer of attraction for success. Creative? He will never be! But I would take him in the band. Creative I already am. And I can rely on this guy. Every band needs this type - to funtion efficiently. But one of these characters is enough :) Type 3, the musician with the ordinary memory He is our Mr. Right to become a soloist:) If his mnemonic abilities are more on the good side, then he will soon master everything he practiced, because he knows: effort wins the price. He also has ideas: always when he makes mistakes - because he again had forgotten something - he finds the creative solution to wriggle himself out of the situation and turns the error into a strong point. If his memory is more on the sub-ordinary side: then he stands on exremely good grounds to build up creativity and intelligence. If he is diligent too. Yes, of course! I would engage these two people! At once! If they cope with what they where engaged for. Drugs: Only people with an utmost excellent memory should dizzy their minds with the kind of drug-induced haze that shrinks regular time to a tiny splinter of now-time. I recommend green tea, chocolate and coffee-variants. Nervous may drink one(!) beer before the gig - not exceeding an hour before - or the reactions may be slowed down too much. The nervous better chooses valerian. I expressly dis-recommend the use of any other drug. What a band member does after the gig is an entirely different chapter -  and everybody's private property. But: All instruments and electronic devices have to be hauled away from stage then and be carried away via vehicle. And someone has to fight for the salary clear- headed and decisive. "Druggies" could only be in my band if they g l a s s y - c l e a r distinguish between private life and band life. Sex: If you meet the chance to have sex immediately before a gig - jump at the opportunity! There is no better way to stroll over the stage in absolute calmness after that! Push-ups are a significantly weaker substitution for that - and both variants are far better than using drugs. What someone does after the gig concerning sex: see the remarks about drugs. Would I take a sexmaniac into the band? If he does his job well and practices his "second hobby" discretely - why not? So - under the line: how do I want to help you in this tutorial anyway? Psychologically: Sorry. Do the honest self-diagnosis and take the necessary actions. Many a shy turned into a charming expert, many a troll turned into the beloved star en vogue :) Musically: Many, many things are learnable with average talent. By gaining experience and by practicing. Some basic knowledge is provided in my offer here - generally tailored for the beginner - bottom-up.

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© All works and content under Creative Commons License BY NC ND

Tutorial

The Mainstream Soloist

Aptitude Test

At first: It doesn't make much sense, to write a tutorial for dentists, if the wannabe doc owns hands like frying pans and of these two are lefts - the succesful "tooth-mechanic" has to rely on his sensitive "hand-tools". The musician is dependent on his ears, his manual abilities, his sense for time, his understanding of harmonies and most of all on his FANTASY. We are going now to do a short soloist's aptitude check: We record a most minimal beat. This consists of a click (fourth kick or hihat) and the two chords Dm7 and G7. The result is called a II-V progression. I'll explain the secrets of progressions, chord structures, their naming conventions etc later here. If you don't know these terms yet - just record a succession of any two chords that sound "good" for your ears. Replay the result as loop. You don't own any instrument capable of playing chords? Sigh...You surely should think that over in the long run. So - for now just ask a friend for such a beat. Okay: I have an audible example here :)   Now we come to the crucial questions: musical part: We listen to our pre-recorded audible track now. - Do you only hear, what is physically audible on the record? Or do you hear a melody or a riff  in your head too? You hear none of the above? Okay - you will not become a soloist! - You hear a bass line? Bass player might be something for you :) - You hear a rhythm or even a drum solo? A rapper or drummer career is within reach. - You hear a text? You saw the following coming: you could become a writer :) - But to be a lead singer you also must hear a melody! - You don't hear nothing at all ??? You are like a painter in front of a white sheet of paper seeing nothing. There are many respectable careers you could pursue. As a musician you can become only third class. Sorry :) You hear a rhythm, a bass line, a melody, riffs, breaks and fills? The whole program? You are ready for a really great career as a musician! If you manage to promote yourself. If not - sorry : not. psychological part: You are shy? Okay - your career will manifest itself farther in the back of the stage: drummer, bass player, keyboarder, rhythm guitarist, background vocals. You are self-confident in the sense of self-awareness (You are not anxious - but aware of your shortcomings)? Your place is on the front line: lead singer, soloist, rapper. You are arrogant and reckless? If you don't find the matching victims - then you will probably stay lone :) And, even with the willing victims at hand: You will have to do the work ALL personally. If you get a grip on your management problems, there will be hope nevertheless. But only if you can answer the following positively: Are you able to listen? The shy and the self-confident capable for listening have good cards in the game of becoming successful musicians. The arrogant that won't hear will get BIG problems. Persons unable to listen will definitely not become good soloists! Providing the following conditions will "slap on the top" here and increase the chances for success extremely: - You make out the build-up of tension of the actual musical piece and where you are in it immediately . - you are able to overlook arrangements as a whole - You know where to play loud, low, fast, slow, melody- oriented or riff-oriented: to optimize the arrangement. Always. Live. - You notice, when the soloing colleague, who dominated the part before your start, leaves room for your entry. Via eye contact - ideally via your ears. - You master the important soloist's skills entry, build-up of tension, exit Memory I will distinguish here now between the three extremes: excellent, ordinary, miserable :) Type 1, the musician with the miserable memory: His chances to be creative all the time are very good. Since he always had to live with a miserable memory, he had no other way than to become intelligent and creative to manage the wriggeling-out of his constantly arising problems. Unfortunately he cannot recall his basics. No pain? No gain at all for him. So - work until collaps - or - I don't know. What profession could be his? The only - that MAY(!)- be matching - would be painter. But: He too: -has to promote himself -Has to memorize the names of his customers or write them down. But - unfortunately - the writing down - our head-like-a- sieve forgets that too. I wouldn't take him in the band. Only under the condition that the other colleagues in the band are all of type 2. And change his diapers... Type 2, the musician with the excellent memory He is perceived by his social environment as over-average intelligent. But he didn't need to develop much intelligence and creativity - when he was in trouble, he could always use his memory as a source for known solutions that were administerable on his current problem. And - since he is a smart and eloquent talker - there's no problem where he wouldn't find enthusiastic volunteers to help him out :) He can keep everything in mind - but he never gets new ideas. He doesn't have to practice much - he is a drawer of attraction for success. Creative? He will never be! But I would take him in the band. Creative I already am. And I can rely on this guy. Every band needs this type - to funtion efficiently. But one of these characters is enough :) Type 3, the musician with the ordinary memory He is our Mr. Right to become a soloist:) If his mnemonic abilities are more on the good side, then he will soon master everything he practiced, because he knows: effort wins the price. He also has ideas: always when he makes mistakes - because he again had forgotten something - he finds the creative solution to wriggle himself out of the situation and turns the error into a strong point. If his memory is more on the sub-ordinary side: then he stands on exremely good grounds to build up creativity and intelligence. If he is diligent too. Yes, of course! I would engage these two people! At once! If they cope with what they where engaged for. Drugs: Only people with an utmost excellent memory should dizzy their minds with the kind of drug-induced haze that shrinks regular time to a tiny splinter of now-time. I recommend green tea, chocolate and coffee-variants. Nervous may drink one(!) beer before the gig - not exceeding an hour before - or the reactions may be slowed down too much. The nervous better chooses valerian. I expressly dis-recommend the use of any other drug. What a band member does after the gig is an entirely different chapter -  and everybody's private property. But: All instruments and electronic devices have to be hauled away from stage then and be carried away via vehicle. And someone has to fight for the salary clear-headed and decisive. "Druggies" could only be in my band if they g l a s s y - c l e a r distinguish between private life and band life. Sex: If you meet the chance to have sex immediately before a gig - jump at the opportunity! There is no better way to stroll over the stage in absolute calmness after that! Push-ups are a significantly weaker substitution for that - and both variants are far better than using drugs. What someone does after the gig concerning sex: see the remarks about drugs. Would I take a sexmaniac into the band? If he does his job well and practices his "second hobby" discretely - why not? So - under the line: how do I want to help you in this tutorial anyway? Psychologically: Sorry. Do the honest self- diagnosis and take the necessary actions. Many a shy turned into a charming expert, many a troll turned into the beloved star en vogue :) Musically: Many, many things are learnable with average talent. By gaining experience and by practicing. Some basic knowledge is provided in my offer here - generally tailored for the beginner - bottom-up.

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