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From Zero to Sideman by Mel Brown
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For years, millions of musicians have aspired to a career performing professionally as Sidemen. They've dreamed of going on the road, recording hit records, and playing sold-out shows. It seems like only a precious few get to live the dream, while the vast majority fail to solve the mystery of simply getting started in the music industry. From Zero To Sideman is a no-nonsense book that keeps it real and takes the mystery out of making it happen. Everything from deciding to go pro, buying gear, getting educated, making a demo, to self-promotion is covered here in easy to understand language. If you've ever asked questions like: Should I move to a major music city? Should my demo be a video or a CD? I'd like to tour, but where do I start? Who should I give my demo to? Should I learn to read music? How can I get more work? What should I put on my demo? Why did 'That Guy' get the gig? From Zero To Sideman offers proven solutions and concrete answers, backed up with real-world experience. For the price of a one-hour private lesson, it's your definitive guide to starting and maintaining a viable career as a working musician. Mel Brown ( is a Grammy Award winning bassist and Self-Promotion pioneer. He's been featured in Bass Player, Bassics, Global Bass, and Gibson's Amplifier magazines. A versatile player, Mel has performed with virtuosos like Michel Camilo, Joey DeFrancesco, and Brian Bromberg - and superstars like Marc Anthony, Brian McKnight, and Eddie Murphy. He was the first musician in the world to use an Enhanced Multimedia CD as a business card, successfully introducing himself to the Los Angeles music scene and landing a major touring gig with Gladys Knight in lessthan a month. Mel has recorded on dozens of top-ten Smooth-Jazz projects (including five #1 singles and three #1 album projects) and continues to record Smooth-Jazz hits from his home studio in Arizona with artists like Dave Koz, Wayman Tisdale, Marion Meadows, George Benson, and others.
Release date NZ
April 1st, 2008
Illustrated by Doug Bale
Country of Publication
United States
Career Equity LLC
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