am no longer going to send mp3 file attachments. IF you would like ANY
of my mp3, FREE, just ask. I am for sell on I-tunes and over 500 other
sites if you feel like supporting what I do. I am still top seller on
many sites, help keep me there. If you would like one of my limited
edition CD's (free!), let me know. THOSE that have already requested a
cd, they are on the way! It has taken me a bit longer personalizing the
cd's than I thought. Whatever I do creatively works on its own
time-line. I have learned to just get
out of the way and let what wants to be created, create.
NEW VIDEO UP! My friend, sound engineer and now video producer just finished up making my new video for "living 2 fly"! Everything
music has brought to me has been amazing and to have people create from
my music blows my mind. Razor sent me the idea and we chose "living 2
fly" as an instrumental. It evolved from there. We CO-WROTE the lyrics
together and RAZOR produced the video. The video speaks for itself and
gets better the more it is watched. ENJOY! http://www.ubetoo.com/jasonggabbott/41563
Most musicians I know hold a dream to someday ‘make it’ in the music
business. To play in front of huge crowds and live a lifestyle that
they can only imagine. Many of us believe that we’ll someday get there.
Unfortunately most of us find ourselves growing older with an ever
increasing fear that we’re missing the boat.
We’re conditioned to believe that if we’re going to make it then we
have to do it at a young age. I had already started to have this feeling
when I was in my early 20′s. I felt like I was slacking because I
hadn’t ‘made it’ yet.
So how old is too old? Well, I think what we need to look at is the
fundamental equation the whole business boils down to. It’s a value
exchange between the audience and the artist. The audience pays money
for the value they get from the artist. So ask yourself: how old would a
performer have to be before you stopped receiving value from them?
Would you not pay for a great artist who was 65 years old? I would. One
of the best performances I’ve ever seen was a rock and roll band of men
who were all in their 80′s!
So if people are willing to pay for good music then what’s standing
in your way?
I saw an artist last night who didn’t mention her name once. There
were no visual cues to let me know who she was. She never mentioned
anything about CDs or merch for sale. No website. No mailing list.
Nothing. When the show was over, she walked off the stage and into the
It’s easy to look at her and see what she did wrong. What’s more
difficult to see is that to one degree or another, most of us are making
similar mistakes. A lot of musicians fall into the trap of thinking
that either they’re going to be ‘discovered’ or nothing is going to
happen at all, so there’s no real need or urgency to actually do the
right things to grow an audience and a career.
So I urge you, instead of having your head in the imaginary future
all the time, to take an honest look at where you are now. You have
positive things going for you right now. It’s time you capitalize on
those things and make the most of what you’ve got in front of you.
Success is created in the present, not the future. You may never get to
play Wembley Stadium or sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, but
you can absolutely have more and more fans coming to your shows. You can
have a room full of people screaming your name. It may not be a 60,000
seat venue, but believe me, it will feel good.
What you need to do is let go of the belief that someday someone is
going to make it easy for you and instead take 100% responsibility for
your career. Have CDs and merch for sale and take responsibility for
learning how to sell them. Have a mailing list and learn how to get
people on it and how to use it. Take responsibility for letting people
know who you are and how they can stay connected to you. Good things
will happen in the real world when you step up to the plate, and believe
me it will feel even better than when they happen in your imagination,
no matter how old you are.
Never forget that you are never “done”. It’s amazing to me how people will complete a
recording or make a live video and act as if it is the only moment of
their careers that mean anything. Media of this type is only a single
still frame in the movie of your life. Every time you capture your art
it is just a means to moving yourself further along and getting better
at what you do as well as generating products that (hopefully) someone
will want to purchase or at least take the time to appreciate.
You know almost all the guitar books say to sit up
or stand up straight while playing your guitar.
Great thing to
tell a beginning guitarist but after you get
to THAT point it is
great to try new positions! I saw
people lay on their bed and
play before but never tried
it myself (yes beds are good for
more than just sex,
sleeping and jumping on!). Today I tried it
and it really
changed a lot of things! My fingers had MUCH less
on the strings, allowing for more "feeling" in my
the speakers farther away from my ears
also added a new aspect
to my sound.
I have (up 'til this point) been
by wires! AHHH.. I am now pretty much
wireless! YES! I did it on
the cheap, like everything else
I do, I got a wireless headset
and that frees up my
headphones when not using the amp or
speakers. I can
plug directly into the headphones for a clean
plug into my new digitech rp155. I still need to get
to go wireless to my f/x. I have also been
playing standing up
more and notice it is VERY different,
as you all know. I need to
watch some videos to see
how people get to the higher frets
easily while standing.
I am experimenting with sound and
position today and I
must say I am in NIRVANA! ROCK ON all you
p.s. Speaking of Nirvana, (the band that is) I
read in "Heavier than heaven: A biography of Kurt Cobain", that Kurt
and his producer couldn't get the sound they wanted for, "Something
in the way". The producer asked him to play it like he would without
anyone there and he laid on the bed and played it and sang! The producer
miked him from their! Just thought of that, interesting huh?
I just went to the
Guitar Center and they had a great sell! I got
something I have been wanting and needing for years! In a way I am glad I
didn't get it before, 'cause what I have been doing has made me a
better player in my opinion, having to use what I have and work with it.
I bought a brand new DIGITECH multi-effects pedal! I know it isn't top
of the line or anything, being the RP155 model, but IT is blowing me
with AWESOME f/x and power! I could not ask for more (at this moment).
It even has a drum loop, and 20 sec. recorder/looper!
My music is about to take on a whole new level of excitement for you and
THANK YOU ALL for being
here for my music and I!
WE ALL ROCK HARD
p.s., NEW SONGS
WITH THE NEW PEDAL UP S O O N! I haven't been able to pull myself
away from playing with it long enough to get it recording (I know, I
said "playing with it")!