Welcome to Five Link Friday, where I post 5 of my favorite links from the week. I hope you enjoy them. If you have a favorite of your own you’d like to add or a comment on one below please feel free to do so in the comments below.
1) Want a new lick to practice? Check this out! Three Quick Lessons from Three Classic Sax Licks by Steve Nixon. This guest post on the Best Saxophone Website Ever from world touring keyboard player Steve Nixon. He is the owner of the jazz education website www.freejazzlessons.com
2) One of my favorite social media experts (and she focuses on musicians!) is Rachel Ann Poling. She recently did a webinar on blogging. It’s about an hour long, but full of great ideas and information, especially for the beginning blogger! Well worth checking out. http://rachelannpoling.com/live-webinar-blogging/
3) Taking Advantage of Technology by Michael Kaiser. How do you find what works best for you? Experiment. Taking advantage of technology can be really challenging and sometimes feel overwhelming. Some companies / people / organizations do it really well and some don’t. One group who constantly impresses me personally is the NHL and its use of Twitter. NEA has a great blog. Fractured Atlas does a great job of email marketing mixed with their blog. How can smaller arts organizations, single musicians or bands, or art advocates do the same thing, especially when they know nothing about social media and technology? What do you think?
4) Press Kit Fundamentals: Branding Yourself in Your Artist Bio and Beyond by JULIA L. ROGERS
I have had to write countless different versions of my bio for resumes, applications, grants, and websites and they all seem to need something a little unique. (like the 1 page double spaced resume I had to do recently for a conference – man, talk about trying to figure what to leave out!) no matter how many I do, it’s always a challenge. This is a great article on writing your bio and how your brand is important. Well worth the read.
5) I picked up the bassoon again this week – and here’s some inspiration from one of my favorite jazz players, Ben Wendel: