5 Things to Never Say to Your Bandmates: Tips for Playing in a Band

Ben Muller Career Advice, Getting Started, Getting Started, Music, Performing Arts, Tips

Being in a band can be tough. Learning how to work well with your bandmates is essential. Getting better as a group, from recording to playing live to writing songs, takes patience and time. After playing in a regularly gig-ing band for three years, my bandmates and I learned how to work together effectively, and naturally, we learned some things …

Artzray Interview with Musician and Songwriter Sam Friend

Ben Muller Artist Profiles, Music, Performing Arts

Game of Thrones video takes the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys to the next level. It’s been a helluva a year for the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys, a jazz group that “recalls the New Orleans music of roughly a century ago, with youthful, high-spirited aplomb” (Nate Chinen, The New York Times). The traditional New Orleans jazz group toured Europe, released two …

Jazz Piano Techniques for the Classical Player

Ben Muller Performing Arts

Crossing Over: Jazz Piano Techniques for the Classical Player In the 1984 classic, The Karate Kid, Mr. Miyagi agrees to train Daniel LaRusso in the fabled art of karate. But for the first several weeks of training, he makes a frustrated Daniel do nothing but the same chores around the house, over and over again. (Bear with me, I’m actually …