If you are reading this and STILL haven’t liked LAMA on Facebook, stop what you are doing right now and go here and click “Like”. Why? If you aren’t on our Facebook, then you aren’t alerted to all the amazing events taking place on campus. The upcoming months at LAMA are filled with lots of great music events exclusively for our students — so be sure to add them to your calendar, head out and gain some insight in becoming a better musician. Besides, it’s nice to enjoy some great gigs between all the hard work, right? So, this post highlights some of the events coming up at LA Music Academy (and non-students should scroll down for info on the school’s open house, Summer Music Program and 2nd Annual Drummer’s Reality Camp):
Thursday, May 5th, 7:30pm – Rickey Minor Lecture
Rickey Minor is the Emmy-nominated music director of American Idol. His distinguished resume also includes the Grammy’s and the Super Bowl, and he has collaborated with major recording artists including Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Ray Charles, Beyoncé Knowles, and many more. For more info please visit http://rickeyminor.com/
Wednesday, May 11th, 8:00pm – Dave Hill Band Concert
Dave Hill- Guitar, Tim McIntyre- Drums, Rand Singer- Sax, Hans Zuemuelin- Keys. To hear music, please visit: http://www.reverbnation.com/davehillband
Wednesday, May 18th, 8:00pm – Paul Zollo Band Clinic & Concert
Paul Zollo is a songwriter-singer, leader of The Zollo Group, author, photographer and music journalist guy. To hear his music please visit: http://www.myspace.com/paulzollo
Wednesday, May 25th, 8:00pm – Karen Hammack Band Concert
Karen Hammack is a well-respected pianist based in Los Angeles. Her diversity as a player has let her work with such artists as Jackson Browne, Michael McDonald, Bill Frisell, Perla Batalla, Niki Haris, Julie Christensen, Don Was, to name a few. She also stays busy with the finest jazz musicians such as Tierney Sutton, Stephanie Haynes, and Kate McGarry, Larry Koonse, Scott Colley, Jeff Clayton, Bobby Rodriguez and Wycliffe Gordon. For more info and to hear Karen’s music please visit:http://www.karenhammack.com
Prospective students will want to check out the following events:
Saturday, May 14th, 2:00pm – Open House at LA Music Academy
What can you expect at an LA Music Academy open house? A unique and up-close opportunity to learn about the school. You can interact with students and teachers and get a great feel for the campus! Below is a tentative schedule of events. For more information, click HERE.
Tuesday, Jun 21st, 9:00am – Annual Summer Music Program
Our five-day Summer Music Program promises to be the best yet! Students will: – write and record an original song – play in professional performance workshops – instructor performances and workshops – private lesson and tons more. Click HERE for more info.
Wednesday, Jun 29th, 9:00am – 2nd Annual Drummer’s Reality Camp
DrumChannel.com and Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music (LAMA) proudly present the second annual Drummer’s Reality Camp–four days of intense, drumming-centric workshops, master classes and performance ensembles. So far Alex Acuna, Ralph Humphrey, Terry Bozzio, Kenny Aronoff, Joe Porcaro and Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta) have confirmed and more guest drummers are to be added for the 4-day event! Click HERE for more info.
These are all going to be great events, make sure you take pictures and report back to us what you got out of them!
There’s a reason singers from all over the world flock to LA Music Academy to study their craft and further their music careers. Three-time Grammy nominated vocalist Tierney Sutton, Chair of the Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music Vocal Department, explains why as she discusses the school, its intimate campus, the individual attention students get and the pluses of learning from and playing with professional musicians (Tonight Show Band’s Dorian Holley is just one of many examples) at a premier music college in the entertainment capital of the world!
There is no doubt that music equipment can get pricey–and fast! Unfortunately, not all of us can be sponsored by our favorite drum company or get VIP rock star treatment when we walk into a music store. Whether you are just starting off as a musician or are trying to build up your rig on a budget, these tips will help you and your wallet!
1) Acquire Bare Essentials
As consumers it is our natural instinct to want to overbuy and purchase items that we don’t really need. You might want to take a look at your current rig and ask yourself what you genuinely need and what you can live without until you do get that sponsorship. It may be tempting to buy that new “Delay” guitar pedal or a special crash symbol but you have to prioritize based on your current budget.
2) Friends and Family
Did you know that over a million electric guitars are made per year? How many of those do you think go to lifelong musicians? The answer is only a fraction! The majority of instruments made go to children as presents who usually give up the instrument soon after realizing that being a musician takes hard work and dedication. Before buying an instrument you might want to check with friends and family and see if they know of any guitars gathering dust in a bedroom or untouched bass amps in the basement. Oftentimes people will be so eager to get rid of the space consuming music equipment that they won’t even charge you for it!
3) Garage Sales and Thrift Shops
If you aren’t lucky enough to have a friend or family member with an extra piece of gear, garage sales and thrift shops allow you to buy unwanted gear at seriously discounted prices. Be on the lookout for signs in your neighborhood advertising garage sales, which often take place on weekends (you can also find these on craigslist). Thrift shops are also an excellent place to find cheap pieces of musical gear. In addition to instruments, check to see if your thrift shop has an electronics section, usually some interesting pieces of gear like guitar pedals and tuners wind up in there. We know someone who bought a 1960s Ludwig drumkit for under $600…it’s worth well over $2000 now.
4) Ebay and Craigslist
In the past if you wanted to buy a second hand instrument you would have to search through the classifieds in the paper but the Internet has made all of this much easier! Ebay and Craigslist have become the premier on-line sources to find a piece of gear second hand. Most people turn to Ebay and Craigslist when they need money fast and if you are online at the right time you can walk away with incredible deals. Craigslist holds the slight edge when it comes to deals on gear because there is less competition from the local market. Just beware scammers – heed all warnings from the websites. They offer all sorts of tips and methods to avoid rip-off artists.
5) Aggressive Comparative Shopping
If you have tried all these avenues without any luck and must buy gear from a traditional music store then at least go in with the correct mindset. You have to remember that because of the economy and the competition among music gear sellers, you truly have all the power. Ideally, you should go into the store knowing exactly the piece of gear you want. Make sure to only visit a store that will match any price and come loaded with printouts of different online stores who have the cheapest price. Salespeople get paid on commission and can sometimes be pushy so don’t be afraid to walk out if you aren’t getting the deal you want.
Fellow musicians…once you get your gear, let’s not forget that a little maintenance goes a long way. Make your instruments last longer by taking care of them! Research tips for the best way to clean and maintain the products you have. Don’t over-tighten your drum hardware or haphazardly lean your guitar against an unstable object. And when you are pounding that Venti Starbucks coffee, don’t set it down next to your electronics!
Do you have any other tips for fellow musicians? Comment on this post and share them here!