The Six Rules All Musicians Must Follow When Sitting In With Other Artists

first_imgSit-ins are an exciting and entertaining experience for both a band and its fans. A skilled guest artist can add a big spark to a set and give fans a fresh perspective on their favorite band’s music. They are also an ideal way to get a horn player to be in your band without having to pay them.I have sat in with a lot of bands. This is a symptom of being a good enough player that groups want me to play with them, while also being annoying enough that they don’t want to have me around for an entire gig. It is my cross to bear.Jumping on stage with someone else’s band is extremely rewarding. It can also be nerve-wracking. You have to bring your “A” game while also being mindful to not step on the toes of the other musicians. A well-executed sit-in can really take a show to the next level. It’s also a great way to connect with new musicians and expand your musical horizons. Here are some tips to keep in mind when it comes to sitting in.1. Don’t Ask – It’s almost never a good idea to ask a band if you can sit-in. If they really want you up there, they’ll let you know. This is the cardinal rule for sit-ins in my opinion. Asking a band to play puts the musicians on the spot and can come off as awkward and desperate.2. Be Involved – During the show, try to avoid getting caught up gallivanting backstage, drinking the bands booze, and telling dumb jokes to the opener while they try to check their Snapchat. It is important to be actively involved with the music mentally even when you’re not on stage. If you’re not ready when it’s your time to play, you will end up in a mad scramble to grab your instrument and get up to the mic/amp/drums before the entire audience begins to ponder if this would be a good time to take a long bathroom break.3. Be Prepared – Warm up and tune before you get on stage. No one likes the player that spends the first two minutes of the song trying to get in tune and figure out what’s going on. The next thing you know it’s over and everyone is all like “yeah maaaaannnn…..sounded goooooood…..killin”. They’re disappointed, though. You can see it in their eyes. It’s the same look your parents had when you first told them you wanted to be a professional musician.4. Show Off – Don’t be shy. You’re up there for a reason. Use some of your flashiest (but still musical) licks to create a big moment in the tune. Try to add to the song without destroying its original intent. Basically, do the opposite of what Kenny G did when he recorded over “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. Also, don’t be going crazy over the singer. They hate that.5. Don’t Pretend – Some sit-ins are more off-the-cuff than others. If you don’t know the song, don’t do that annoying thing musicians do where they attempt to learn the melody on stage as they go by playing it wrong over the guy who is playing correctly. All this achieves is making you both sound bad. If you don’t know the tune just stand there and wait for your turn to solo. Less is more….especially when you have no clue what’s going on.6. Find the Biggest Guy in the Band and Attack Him – The first thing that you should do when you are playing with a new band is attack the biggest and strongest member. This will the show the rest of the musicians, and the crew that you mean business and are not to be messed with. The first time I sat in with the Werks I did this to Rob Chafin and he still won’t make eye contact with me to this day. It is important to never show fear backstage or on the bandstand or you could become a target for rival gangs.Following these simple steps will lead to some great guest appearances. It’s actually pretty simple. Don’t hold up the show, be prepared, and be entertaining without be annoying. If you do these things you might even get asked to play again. You’re still not getting paid though.Turbo Suit saxophonist Nicholas Gerlach has sat in with many artists throughout the years, and for good reason. The man can play! Having performed with groups like Lotus, Umphrey’s McGee, moe. and more, Gerlach has learned a thing or two about what it takes to step in and jam to unfamiliar waters. We asked him to tell us some tricks of the trade…last_img read more

Professors implement mindfulness, meditation practices in classrooms

first_imgCommunication studies professors Marne Austin and Terri Russ are redefining learning through their implementation of mindfulness in their classroom setting.Professor Austin said she defined mindfulness as a commitment to always being present in the current moment.“Mindfulness is a practice of presence and of radical presence with each other,” she said. “It means that we must strive to be present to ourselves in our own lives. This requires purposefully slowing down to be here entirely in each moment.”After noticing the negative effects that many cultural trends have had on learning, Austin said she chose to implement mindfulness in her classes.“So often in our culture and society we pride ourselves on business and like to pretend that we are very good at multitasking,” she said. “Studies are showing more and more is that multitasking can’t actually happen effectively. If we are doing multiple things at once it means it’s only getting a fraction of our attention. It’s no wonder that we are losing our connections with each other and the things that we’re doing if we’re only partly present.”Austin uses two main mindfulness practices in her classes: breathing exercises and compassionate listening. These practices allow students to slow down and open themselves up to endless educational possibilities, she said.“In class we start by pausing,” Austin said. “The idea is that there’s nowhere else we’d rather be, nothing else we need to do, except be here and we can trust that we have this inherent brilliance and that we all matter and have something to offer.”Austin said she has noticed a great change in the classroom as a result of these small enhancements.“Students have more courage and feel safe to ask questions,” she said. “The energy shifted. When we were able to divorce our being from the things we said and the questions we asked, then anything could be said and learned.”Russ said she begins classes with what she calls a “mindfulness moment,” often employing use of freewriting.“Just write for the next 10 minutes,” she tells students. “Don’t stop writing. If you don’t know what to write, [then] write ‘I don’t know what to write.’”Professors tend to feel crunched for time to teach everything they need to during class time, so the idea of giving up a few minutes for a mindfulness exercise can seem risky, Russ said. However, Russ said she finds this to be a worthwhile use of class time.“It allows not only for more focused discussion, but also deeper discussion,” she said. “So the cost-benefit analysis of that is that I end up gaining some class time by taking away some class time.”Implementing mindfulness into their daily lives helps students focus outside the classroom as well, Russ said, so long as it doesn’t become another item on an increasingly long to-do list. She said she has even given a keynote address titled “I’m Too Busy to Be Mindful.”“We’re very task-oriented as a society,” she said. “We like our checklists. We like to know exactly what we’re going to do [and] how to get things done. Mindfulness, then, becomes another task. By making it another task, we think ‘I’m too busy to be mindful.’”Mindfulness is said to improve focus and productivity, but Austin and Russ agree that it goes beyond this.Mindfulness‘ positive effects go beyond simply improving one’s focus and productivity, Austin said.“When you start practicing mindfulness, you do it personally because it’s this self-care, but it’s through this that you transform the world around you,” Austin said.Tags: classroom practices, meditation, mindfulness, teaching methodslast_img read more

Aston Villa should have beaten Arsenal by more, reckons Jack Grealish

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 21 Jul 2020 10:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link221Shares Aston Villa should have beaten Arsenal by more, reckons Jack Grealish Advertisement Jack Grealish reckons Aston Villa should have won more comfortably against Arsenal (Picture: Pool via Getty Images)Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish says his team should have beaten Arsenal by more after their shock 1-0 win in the Premier League on Tuesday night.The Villains picked up a crucial three points which saw them climb out of the relegation zone with just one game left to play and put their fate in their own hands.If Villa can win at West Ham on Sunday then they will remain in the Premier League next season, which had looked unlikely before they picked up seven points from the last nine available.Despite battling relegation, and Arsenal beating both Liverpool and Manchester City in the last week, Grealish feels Villa should have beaten the Gunners by more than the solitary Trezequet goal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It was unbelievable, I think it was deserved as well, I thought we were outstanding today,’ Grealish told Sky Sports. ‘Everything about us: game management, defensive display, the way we counter attacked‘The only problem was that we probably should have got another goal but we”ll take 1-0 against a great team like Arsenal, we saw what they did to Man City at the weekend.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityGrealish may have been disappointed with his forwards not taking chances, with substitute Keinan Davis missing a clear chance with 15 minutes left on the clock, but he was full of praise for his defenders and how they have improved since the coronavirus break.‘We had certain things before COVID that we were struggling with, one of them being set pieces for example, conceding goals, but we’ve had zoom calls twice a week, once we were back we’ve been working in training every single day and since we’ve been back we’ve defended brilliantly and been brilliant from set-pieces, so it shows we’ve been working hard.’MORE: Brighton to make move for Arsenal defender Ainsley Maitland-NilesMORE: Mason Mount is better than Jack Grealish and James Maddison, reckons Phil NevilleFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Advertisement Commentlast_img read more


first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident report summary between Saturday, Nov. 16, and Sunday, Nov. 17. Crimes against personsat 2:03 A.m. on Nov. 16, DPS officers responded to a report of two students involved in an altercation at Pi Beta Phi and detained them for investigation. During questioning, one of the students admitted that he punched the other student in the eye, but the second student did not want criminal prosecution of the matter. Both subjects were subsequently 2:58 p.m. on Nov. 16, a staff member reported that she was involved in a confrontation with a former student outside the Physical Education building and the subject subsequently posted a threatening statement on her social media page.Crimes against propertyat 3:17 p.m. on Nov. 16, two non-USC males were struck by a branch that fell from a tree outside Bovard Auditorium. Both of the males sustained injuries, so a Los Angeles Fire Department RA unit was requested. RA Unit #24 responded and treated the males, then one of them was transported to California Hospital for additional medical treatment.Miscellaneous incidentsat 3:00 a.m. on Nov. 16, DPS officers responded to an intoxicated student who was observed standing naked near Jefferson Boulevard and Royal Street. The student was incoherent when contacted by the officers, so a Los Angeles Fire Department RA unit was requested. RA Unit #14 responded and examined the student, then transported him to Kaiser Hospital for medical treatment.last_img read more

Batter up in Homewood as All-Stars take the field

first_imgSeveral different coaches spoke to the kids as did the Hon. Rev. Ricky Burgess, city councilman.The kids then participated in T-Ball and Little League all-star games in front of families and community supporters. WATCHFUL EYE—East All Star Team watches their batter hit the ball. The Homewood Baseball Association in partnership with Homewood Community Sports and the Pittsburgh Pirates RBI program presented community day at Willie Stargell Field on June 25 to revive and further promote baseball in the inner city.The kids got basic skills and tips from Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher James McDonald and they held T-Ball and Little League home run derbies.last_img