Musician’s Survival Guide to a Killer Record

You’re a musician. Like most musicians these days, you write songs. And when you write a song that you’re all excited about, you record it, probably mostly at home, perhaps in some local studios too. You may even invite some friends to participate. Then you probably put your new record on streaming sites, band sites, and social media sites, perhaps all of those, because you feel you absolutely killed it, and the whole world needs to hear this record right now. Some months later, you listen to your record again, only to realize you still adore the song, but the record itself? It fell short, somehow. Just like the last one did. Which brings up a very important question:Are you 100% satisfied with your records?I ask, because I already know that most of you are going to answer no to that. Some of you might even believe it’s not even possible to be 100% satisfied with your records.I’m here to tell you that it is. Who am I? I’m Mixerman aka Eric Sarafin. I have multiple gold and platinum sales awards as a mixer, producer, and recordist, and I’ve written several popular books on recording, mixing, and producing. I was in precisely your position at the early stages of my career. I was a musician, frustrated that I could write a great song, only to feel the record itself fell short of it’s potential. I can help you reduce that learning curve significantly. Think musically.The stated goal of this book is to convert recording decisions into musical ones, and technical decisions into practical ones. Not only do I explain the musical strategies for making a Killer Record, I also break the technical information down to its core so that you can get it out of your way. The best part? So long as you have what you need to make a record, I can help you make it a Killer Record, and you don’t have to purchase anything beyond this book. You have what you have and what you have is going to change.It doesn’t matter whether you make hip-hop or country, electronica or metal, indie rock or power pop, there are certain truths that are universal to all music. You are operating within a set of limitations both musically and technically and that’s where your creativity will shine. Great Art is made with the resources available to you.This field manual is chock full of recording strategies designed to keep recording a fun and focused process. You will return to this manual time and time again to help you overcome any impediment–technical or musical–that might prevent you from achieving the results you seek, regardless of your recording environment, regardless of what equipment you’re using, and regardless of your current skillset.You can make a Killer Record under nearly any circumstance. It just requires the right mindset.

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One Hundred Miracles: A Memoir of Music and Survival

The remarkable memoir of Zuzana Ruzicková, Holocaust survivor and world-famous harpsichordist.

Zuzana Ruzicková grew up in 1930s Czechoslovakia dreaming of two things: Johann Sebastian Bach and the piano. But her peaceful, melodic childhood was torn apart when, in 1939, the Nazis invaded. Uprooted from her home, transported from Auschwitz to Hamburg to Bergen-Belsen, bereaved, starved, and afflicted with crippling injuries to her musician’s hands, the teenage Zuzana faced a series of devastating losses. Yet with every truck and train ride, a small slip of paper printed with her favourite piece of Bach’s music became her talisman.

Armed with this ‘proof that beauty still existed’, Zuzana’s fierce bravery and passion ensured her survival of the greatest human atrocities of all time, and would continue to sustain her through the brutalities of post-war Communist rule. Harnessing her talent and dedication, and fortified by the love of her husband, the Czech composer Viktor Kalabis, Zuzana went on to become one of the twentieth century’s most renowned musicians and the first harpsichordist to record the entirety of Bach’s keyboard works.

Zuzana’s story, told here in her own words before her death in 2017, is a profound and powerful testimony of the horrors of the Holocaust, and a testament in itself to the importance of amplifying the voices of its survivors today. It is also a joyful celebration of art and resistance that defined the life of the ‘first lady of the harpsichord’- a woman who spent her life being ceaselessly reborn through her music. Like the music of her beloved Bach, Zuzana’s life is the story of the tragic transmuted through art into the state of the sublime.

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The Music Parents’ Guide : A Survival Kit for the New Music Parent

Learn Simple Steps to Becoming a Great Music Parent
 
It’s a lot easier than you think!
 
Have you ever been confronted with the task of supporting your child’s interest in a musical instrument, when you have little or no musical experience yourself?
 
Relax.  Helping your child learn to play an instrument is definitely something you can do.
 
That’s because The Music Parents’ Guide provides a practical game plan that makes it simple for any parent to be a great music parent. In a style that’s conversational and accessible, you’ll learn in less than one hour how to:
 
·Assist your child in picking the right instrument to play
·Forget the myth that some kids are just “musically gifted” (It isn’t true!)
·Understand that ANY child can become a good musician
·Interact with your child’s music teacher in a constructive and productive way
·Teach your child that learning to play an instrument develops strong character traits
·Recognize through listening whether your child is practicing correctly
 
Most important, you’ll learn that if you can help your child with their history homework, or teach them how to do yard work–you are more than qualified to help them learn to play an instrument.
 
The Music Parents’ Guide takes less than an hour to read, and then it’s always at your fingertips as a friendly resource that will have you saying:
 
“Supporting my child’s interest in learning an instrument isn’t such a big deal. I can do this!”

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