New TBM Album “is the only CD you need this summer!”

Train Bigger Monkeys’ NEW album “Divergence” is almost here!

Place your pre-order through Bryce Gorman Music and receive some fantastic bonuses like “getting your first 10,000 visitors to your site” or you can have the simple “Improve your guitar phrasing” e-book!

So what are you waiting for? Get ready for “Divergence” to hit stores and your CD player in June!

 

BTW I’m not just promoting some random band from around Canada, this is the band I play bass in! So support our cause and get your pre-order bonuses now!

 

Below is a sneak peek into the album, with one of the songs, “Traversing the Storm” available to everyone.

 

 

P.S.

Don’t forget to tell the band I sent you ;)

Head to TBM’s Bandcamp site for more of the album. (Digital Download coming soon!)

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Update on Upcoming Material

Hey there, sorry for being AFK as of late. I have been taking your feedback from across the website and have started compiling some new material for you in the meantime :)

I take all of your feedback seriously and only want to give you the best content I can deliver, because you deserve the best content that will help your artistic endeavors come true to you.

Whether you’re an author, visual artist, musician, or anything in between, I will help you reach your dreams no matter the obstacle.

So stay tuned for some awesome material over the next month!

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Why Would Anyone Practice in the Dark?

To build muscle memory, that’s why!

Think about it, when your eyes are completely useless in pitch black lighting your body has no choice but to hone in with your other senses.

Suddenly you feel the guitar neck more clearly and can hear the vibrating strings with a new sense of openness and clarity.

After just twenty minutes of practicing your scales or songs or vibrato or anything, you will notice an improvement in your confidence with placement and chord changes.

Well, whatever you practice in the dark is only going to improve your muscle memory.

If you have a tricky set of chords you want to get down perfectly, sit in total (I mean TOTAL) darkness and practice for about 15 – 20% of your total practice time for the day.

That could mean spending anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes in total darkness every day until you get that technique down.

Now, change up what you are practicing every 6 – 8 days so you keep advancing, this goes for your time in the dark as well.

If you haven’t totally mastered what you were aiming for, don’t worry, you will always be able to come back in a couple weeks to work on that technique again.

What you may find after practicing different techniques for a few weeks is that you may not have to practice those chord changes (or whatever you were practicing) again because now your body has gotten use to playing just by muscle memory.

So why would anyone practice in the dark?

What are some other benefits to your musicianship besides gaining muscle memory?

Imagine this:

You and your band walk out on a dark stage, get into position, and then wait for the drummer to cue you all in at the same time.

This whole time you haven’t been able to see your fretboard.

So hopefully you either walked onto the stage with that chord clutched tightly, or your muscles can remember exactly where to start playing at once you get out there.

I don’t know about you but I would prefer the latter, especially if I lost my place and needed to find it while the lights are beaming on the lead guitarist during his solo.

Another scenario:

If you ever happen to go blind (God forbid) during your career, you will already have the advantage of not having to spend weeks re-learning where everything is on your instrument.

And probably the most important aspect of learning the muscle memory:

You will be able to stare into the soul of the pretty boy or girl while you serenade them, instead of having your head hung staring at your guitar which further strains your vocal chords.

 

So what I want you to do right now is integrate playing in total darkness into your practice routine.

If you are still fairly new to guitar, I recommend only doing this for 5 – 10% of your practice time so that you develop those steady and coordinated hands faster than without practicing in the dark, but also leave a lot of room for you to hone down on your picking and fretting hand technique.

Take 5 minutes from every practice session to turn off the lights or wear a blindfold and really practice your muscle memory.

When you are improvising you will be much more free to think about the emotions you want to convey when you are not worrying about where your hands are.

Ask yourself, why would anyone want to practice in the dark and leave your comments below.

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Where Music is Played Today (and what that means for you!)

Where is music played at in today’s age?

Answer: EVERYWHERE!

Think about it, music is in TV shows, movies, ads, video games, on the street, on the radio, at your house, in your home, on the net, at the neighbour’s, on your fingertips, and in your head. There is no escaping it.

And that is the beauty of it!

As difficult as it is to break into the music industry and “make it” there are countless ways for you to get you music heard and to make money off of it at the same time.

Now not endless royalties and deals are abundant, but think of the up and coming people in other entertainment mediums that need your music to fill their soundtrack.

There are producers looking to get some real life experience with different musicians. What does that mean for you? It means you can get your best songs recorded and then used as promos to showcase the producer for FREE.

Exposure and free recording!

So find a producer on Kijiji or Craigslist or even on your Facebook newsfeed that is trying to branch out and start his or her own studio and get in touch with them.

Video game designers need cool sound effects and soundtracks to bring the magic of their games to life. Again, find a local studio, get in touch, build a relationship, and offer your services.

That is a little harder than it sounds on text but it is a truly an entrepreneurial and self-employed thing to do.

The same would go for a movie soundtrack. Most beginning filmmakers would stick to tried and true music already produced, but you may be able to find the odd one looking for original music that truly fits his or her movie.

Basically, get in touch with your local art scene. Surround yourself with these like-minded, motivated, creative individuals and become their friend.

Become the person they want to contact for their music problems.

Think of where music is played today, and corner that market for yourself.

Their are many would-be musicians out there, but not even 10% of them have any idea of how to treat their music business as just that: A business.

That simple mindset will put you on the competing edge and ahead of most musicians.

While the industry is still difficult to break into, you will soon see why so many others fail and why a select few actually “make it.”

Think of where music is played today, and find the people that want you to play it.

 

 

 






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What I Have Been Practicing Lately

Lately I have been preparing for the Wacken Metal Battle that is coming through Calgary in May.

So I have been focusing on a few specific things to improve my technique and showmanship.

I have been focusing on the songs we are going to play, as well as breaking down the techniques specifically and getting them down.

I have been practicing my slap and pop technique, my finger rolled triplets, overall cleanliness, as well as practicing in the dark for about 20% of the time, and working on playing an underhand-overhand technique.

I will write a short article about the benefits of playing in the dark, but most advantages are pretty easy to think about.

I haven’t forsaken my ear training, in fact I’ve been focusing on my relative pitch every time I’m in my truck alone  as well as putting 20 minutes or so every day towards perfect pitch at home. Read “The Number One Tool Most Musicians Never Use” here for amazing ear training.

The triplets and getting them clean and tight has proven to be the funnest challenge I’ve had in guitar playing in a long time.

Up until last year I would always use a pick (a technique not dropped from playing electric for so many years) but I have decided to master my finger picking as well to really get that awesome bass tone.

I still play on my electric and acoustic, especially for ear training and writing, but as a bass player for Train Bigger Monkeys I have decided that I need to really focus on bass skills.

On the plus side, the finger picking will definitely transfer over to electric and incorporate well with hybrid-picking.

Another fun practice technique has been the under/overhand technique I’ve been waiting to show off. If you haven’t seen it, ask Google to spit out a few videos of it for you.

I have no idea what it is called but it sure is flashy and will (hopefully) impress the people at the show.

Practicing that in the dark has proven to be very difficult thus far.

Share with us some of your unorthodox playing and practicing methods. What kind of showmanship do you like to represent when you are on stage?

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Crunch Time

About the lack of posts on here lately,

I am sorry.

I have been putting much work into researching and building a follow up series for my new newsletter.

Lots of great content you won’t find here directly on the site.

I’ve taken the last while to work on the content in the follow up list and on my Instagram account. Scheduled posts for the Facebook page, as well as driven a lot of “likes” and “follows” to all of the pages.

I really want to be able to make it to North Carolina in June for Empower Network’s Impact event so I am working hard and long hours to ensure I will make it there on time, and with the proper resources to build myself and my team up.

I’ve heard these Impact events are just amazing. Filled with great motivators, speakers, and even right down to the nitty gritty technical business building stuff. I have alo heard these events are where the majority of people have those “shifts” that really gear them up to start taking massive action and really getting results.

I will work as hard as I can to make it to this event!

But if you really want to know what I have been up to, jump on my newsletter list and get all of the juicy information I’ve been laying down for the lucky people that sign up for the list.

 






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What Does Music Mean To You?

Ask yourself what does music mean to you?

To me it means an escape and much more. I can move to many different places depending on the song. I can move to my happy place where the sun shines on all of us, I can go to a place to pump me up for a run, and I can swing into a groove that all of the people in my circle can jam to.

Keep thinking about what music means to you.

Music is something that binds us all together. Even if some of us don’t like a certain genre, there is always something to take away from every song that can leave an impression on us.

The lyrical talent and phrasing in rap can be very powerful.

The feeling and mood of a country song can take us to an old memory.

The rhythm and punch of a good breakdown can cause heads to bang in unison.

There are just so many different ways that music can affect someone that it is impossible to put into a post without going on and on for paragraphs.

So for musicians, the passion to play is as variable as the music itself.

Why  is it that you play an instrument?

Maybe it is to make a career and play in front of others to inspire happiness.

Maybe you want to teach about music and help others that wouldn’t have a chance to learn otherwise.

You might want to just play for yourself and your friends around a fire to pass the time.

Or you may have your own reasons for playing an instrument. I’d like to know in the comments below.

Any way you look at playing your instrument, it is one of the most powerful ways to improve yourself as a person all around. There is an article about the benefits of music so I wont go into too much detail about that.

Music for me is a way to better myself every day.

I’ll tell you a story of when I was in middle school. I was fresh in a new town, new school, new life it seemed, I didn’t know a single face in the hallways I was walking. At this point in my life I was still a bit of an introvert and not very confident with myself.

I felt I had no value, nothing to offer to the world or anyone I would meet. Up until this point I had enjoyed playing video games with my brother, watching tv and listening to my favourite bands at the time. I had other hobbies as well, like any normal pre-teen but nothing really stood out.

My younger brother had obtained a guitar and only played for a few months before becoming frustrated and putting it down. That is ok, it just wasn’t his thing.

But one day I picked up that beaten acoustic guitar, and not knowing much more than a simple G chord I tried to figure out how to place my fingers and pick away. I was so entranced by the sounds I was making, although they sounded like garbage with no real pattern or feeling. I remember saying to myself, “hey this is pretty fun. I wonder what I could learn to do on this thing.”

I must have played that G chord until my fingers almost split from the pressure. The next morning my fingertips were screaming at me. As soon as I was able to, I started looking up tabs on the internet to some of my favourite songs.

I was just starting to get into metal around this time and thought “Divinity Within” from Protest the Hero would be a great song to play and practice.

It took all of about 30 seconds to realize that I didn’t stand a chance on Everest without an oxygen tank of being able to play that song.

So I decided to move to another favourite band at the time, My Chemical Romance. A little better suited to a beginner, to say the least.

After a few weeks of playing my parents bought me bass guitar starter kit from Wal-Mart. I don’t remember why I decided on a bass at the time, but I was very excited to plug in the DVD that came with it and start playing.

Now I didn’t know how to tune the thing, change the strings, or even hold a pick properly, but something inside of me lit up when I would play a guitar. Something told me to practice for another five minutes, something told me that this is something that I could really put my time into and enjoy.

The rest up until now is all details.

Have you been thinking about what music means to you? Why did you start playing an instrument? Why have you kept playing an instrument for this long?

That last question is a really important one. If you can answer that question clearly then you must have clearly defined goals for your musicianship.

If you can’t answer that question clearly, don’t worry. Take the time to think about and write down why you want to keep playing an instrument. Think about what exactly it is you want to do with that instrument.

Maybe you want to play in an orchestra one day.

You could even want to be a rock star.

You might even have your favourite place to play already thought of in your head like Carnegie Hall. Oh wouldn’t that be amazing?

It is extremely important that you have a clear defined direction that you want to take your musicianship in if you ever wish to get there in a reasonable amount of time. Don’t underestimate the power of doing this, most drivers will get lost if they don’t have a proper destination and road map of how to get there.

This is where having a great teacher comes in handy. That teacher will be able to help you set the goals you want to set and help you get there faster, knowing the specific steps you must take to reach those goals.

What I want you to do now is click the follow button on the side so you can stay in touch and get the latest guitar playing stories, tips, and practice strategies to implement. Then I want you to ask yourself and all of your musical friends why it is you play your instruments.

The answers you get may surprise and inspire you.

So again, what does music mean to you?

 

Note: Yes I know people have ascended Mt. Everest without an oxygen tank, but I sure haven’t.

 

 






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I’ve Got Those Baboon Blues

Baboon playing guitar

New hit single – Baboon Blues

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