Posts Tagged ‘ banjo

Learning New Skills for the Gig

People often ask what it takes to be a working musician or artist in New York City. How can you as a musician or artist be heard above the static? How can you distinguish yourself so that you are the one that gets remembered, that gets the call for the next gig and the gig after that?

Sometimes, a gig may come up that requires you to do something outside your comfort zone– it could be playing a style you’re not familiar with, arranging vocal parts, or learning new software. These are the best opportunities to gain new experience and develop additional skills that you can turn into further gigs in the future.

You’re a guitar player and a gig needs a banjo double? Now’s as good a time as ever to invest in an inexpensive banjo and learn the ropes. You’ll make the investment back in the gigs you’ll gain with this new skill in the future. (You’d be surprised…or maybe not… at how many artists don’t know a banjo player).

Learning new instruments or software can be daunting, but taking a challenging gig can be a great opportunity to develop new skills.

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I Wish My Name Were Jack

My friend Andy Mullen just released his second album, “I Wish My Name Were Jack” which features yours truly on banjo, mandolin and guitar on a couple tracks including “Bottle On A Shelf” (above). Check him out at and He’ll be touring all summer and I’ll be joining him at Milkboy Coffee in Ardmore, PA on August 3.