Eric Daniel and Friends's Blog

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To blog, or not to blog…

Posted by ericdanielandfriends on March 5, 2010

Backstage...thinking about blogging

Finally! Finally back on the blog trail once again…it’s been an amazing ten days since my last post!

The five day mini-tour in southern Italy was really a great experience…a special guest gig with Umberto Napolitano’s Jazz Trio (Sasà Calabrese (acoustic and electric basses), Vincenzo Gallo (drums) and of course Umberto Napolitano on piano). It was great getting to know each other on and off the bandstand. Just when we were starting to really groove together, the gig was over!

But it was a lot of fun so we’re definitely planning on doing it again, hopefully this summer in some outdoor venues. Umberto was so cool …he gave me his apartment for a week, great guy! Unbelievable hospitality….

Anyway, things were so busy that I got completely off my blogging groove…big mistake, but things were moving kind of fast…then as soon as I got back to town (I was home for exactly 20 minutes), rehearsals began for a theater production which I’m involved in as we speak. It has really messed up my video blogging to say the least…we are doing long rehearsal hours but I must say it’s very interesting being around professional theater people…they really work hard on getting the timing/groove/interplay working and are so expressive…it’s fascinating to me to watch them work.

I’m doing some sax improvising within the context of the show which is stimulating for me…adding my melodic point of view to various moments in the story…I have a lot of freedom but also a big responsibility to help create an atmosphere the cast can feel and work into their individual interpretations of their personalities on stage..it’s a stage play, by the way, not a musical….but that’s another story!

Today’s blog is also an attempt to get back on track with my reflections on Ariel Hyatt’s book Music Success in Nine Weeks, and in particular the chapter  about “Week Five: Blogging”.

Ariel feels, and backs it up with some interesting statistical data, that blogging can be a major plus factor in breaking new music projects onto the market as well as being an excellent means of giving your fans a look at another side of you. There’s also a chance for dialogue via the comments section of your blog. You do HAVE a blog, right?

She provides some excellent advice about how to develop good relationships with others in the blogging community such as, reading and commenting on THEIR blogs and getting to know them ..especially the one’s you’d like to be mentioned or reviewed by. As always, it begins by being interested in THEM first and not about pushing yourself and your pitch on them immediately.

This chapter is a biggy so I suggest taking Ariel’s advice and start reading blog’s that interest you and that you’d like to be involved with and add them to your “blog roll” (check mine to the right, the links…that’s what known as the “blog roll”). If, for some reason, blogging doesn’t feel comfortable to you, she suggests to at least READ and COMMENT on blogs to create a presence and spread your name (and links) around.

There’s so much more but that’s probably enough to get you going …at least until you cop Ariel’s book and get the full rundown from her about this important area.

I’m in for another very busy few days of rehearsing, gigging and some quick runs out of town so no videos possible for now but I will get back into that again ASAP as I’ve discovered it’s fun and get’s great traffic too!

Anyway as always have fun … straight ahead and strive for tone!

See you soon,

E.

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Eric Daniel plays sax and flute and is the ringleader of Eric Daniel & Friends. Their CD “Old Sax Nu Soul” is on the Quatro Miglio Quality Music label and can be purchased online from iTunes Store and CDBaby.com

His new book “The Saxophone Survival Kit, A Guide for Aspiring Professional Saxophonists…or just anyone!” can be ordered or downloaded here: www.lulu.com

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