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Musician Chad Jeffers Publishes ‘How To’ Book
On MAKING IT In the Music Industry
Nashville, TN December 2, 2009 – Groovenslide Publishing has just released 25 Notes for the Successful Musician, written by Chad Jeffers. The book is the perfect primer on how to become a successful professional musician, written by a musician who has honed his craft with some of music’s biggest acts. Designed as a step by step instruction book on the do’s and don’t’s of the music business, as well as a bit of an inspirational journey for those ready to take the next step, Jeffers draws upon his considerable experience to make the book both entertaining and instructional.
Jeffers knows of what he writes. Through the years, he has performed with such superstars as Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and Kenny Loggins. As a member of fan and critic favorites, Pinmonkey, Jeffers had his own record deal with RCA. So when he offers up a chapter titled “Being Signed as an Artist and Being Dropped As An Artist,” he draws from personal experience. The beauty of the book though is that even with chapters that could turn into a negative session on the music business, Jeffers instead singles out the positive aspects and what to take away from the experience to make the next round even better.
“I’ve been lucky enough to perform with some of the industry’s biggest stars and travel the world,” Jeffers said. “No matter where I am, I always get asked the same questions—‘how did you get this gig?’ or ‘what did you do to get where you are today?’ Meeting so many people who truly have a passion for music and honestly want to know how to do this inspired me to put my experience into a book.”
The result is a book that is an informative guide for the aspiring musician or artist. Though some of the chapter titles may appear to be givens, not everyone acknowledges their importance. Jeffers offers another example, the section titled “Work Hard and Be Nice.”
“That is certainly an obvious statement but you’d be surprised at how many people think they can blow off giving a good performance because they partied all night the night before. And the statement that no one wants to help a jerk is true in any business,” Jeffers said.
25 Notes For The Successful Musician can be ordered through http://www.25notes.com/ For more information on Jeffers and the book, please visit www.chadjeffers.com.
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Don Cusic • December 3, 2009
Chad Jeffers is a successful in-demand road musician; he currently tours as Carrie Underwood’s steel guitar player and previously toured with Keith Urban, playing a variety of instruments. He was also a member of the group Pinmonkey, which had several singles released by RCA.
Jeffers’ new book, 25 Notes for the Successful Musician: The Ultimate Guide to Making It in the Music Industry is aimed at aspiring musicians. First, he wants to bring a dose of reality to those who believe playing music for a living is all glitz and glamour, by stressing the importance of professionalism.
What sets Jeffers’ book apart is that he stresses the networking aspects of being a musician. A musician certainly has to be able to perform at a professional level in the industry but, after that, it’s personality and networking that determines who gets the gigs. He also stresses that practice and preparedness are essential—something many young musicians overlook. It’s more than just getting your guitar tuned, it’s getting yourself in tune with who’s going to hire you and the audience you’re playing for.
In his “notes” on “Work Hard and Be Nice” and “It’s All About Sales. Are You a Salesman?” Jeffers confronts the issue of whether its “music” or “business” (he’s also got a chapter by that title). The answer, of course, is that it is a mixture of both and those who ignore one side in favor of the other are doomed to come up short when they chase their dreams.
Finally, Jeffers ends his book with some practical advice with “Save (and Invest) Your Money” and “Taxes.” He is right on about these important topics. Too many musicians proclaim that they love the music and hate the business, but those who want a long-term career that ends with some dignity need to keep an eye on the business side, whether they “love” it or not.