Oct 7, 2010

Music: 10 Things I Learnt From Starting a Music Group

The fact that you sing well or are gifted at something does not mean that doors of opportunity are going to open automatically for you. You have an opportunity here, to learn from my personal experience how to overcome challenges that talented people face in breaking through to the next level. What starts out as a hobby or a pastime can evolve into a big thing and lead to the discovery of a greater purpose. This article gives talented ly musicians, hope and practical insights. I am a singer songwriter, producer and pioneer of a music group.
I share ten lessons which are helpful, if you are interested in taking your music to the next level:
  1. You can start where you are with what you have. I started singing a capella (music without instruments) at weddings, parties, churches and conferences with four of my friends who had a similar passion. The biggest limitation for most artistes in our country was and still is, musical instruments for live shows. We used our creativity in order to get round this problem.
  2. The power of vision will sustain you in the long - term. What started out as a bunch of friends hanging out with nothing else but good voices and a passion for music, turned out to be a soulful a capella quintet. We have been in the music industry for at least a decade and officially released three musical albums and have featured in many live concerts.
  3. You need to manage group dynamics if you work with other people. In order to remain in the game. When personnel left the group, we had a policy of finding replacements.
  4. You need to master and perfect your delivery before you aspire for the next level. We sang for a number of years before we started doing studio recordings. All along we had been getting our name known and getting our voices and style of music perfected.
  5. Partnerships are important if you are going to do anything meaningful. We realized our need for exposure so we would partner with other musicians who had more experience and larger audiences and did concerts together. Each time we recorded an album we had a mentor, we had a financer and we had songwriters contributing to our albums.
  6. A good name that means something to you and your fans is a good place to start. We gave the group a name which when translated from its Hebrew origin means a place of permanent praise. This is in line with our aspiration of singing praise music that glorifies God..
  7. Choosing a style that you are comfortable with, ensures that you do a good job and enjoy yourself in the process. You may not want to be tied down to a particular style. What we did was to fuse local styles of music with jazz, soul, church music influences whilst maintaining our trade - mark four - part harmony sung in without instruments or accompanied by instruments.
  8. Dedication is necessary if you are going to succeed. I know of many people who have abundant talent but are not willing to do what is required to nurture that talent and explore its full potential. I learnt that people whose excellence goes unrecorded remain ordinary.
  9. You will not be remembered if you do not record. It does not matter how good you are. No-one will remember that you had a great voice or musical ability many years later if you do not have a recording.Your idea must cease to be an idea and take on its shape and form as it is implemented.
  10. You have the potential to become a strong brand or household name. When you become serious, you will be taken seriously. We are no longer just a singing group but a brand which evokes positive emotions in gospel music lovers in my home country.
Fitzgerald Mujuru is an author motivational speaker, marketing consultant and musician. He is the author of soon to be published book, "Power Thought For Today" motivational series. He is the pioneer of Jeduthun Music which has been recording and doing live shows in the last ten years. You can visit him onhttp://powerthought4today.wordpress.com

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