Course curriculum

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    Chapter 1: The Long and Winding Road

    • Being Prepared and professional

    • Rough and Ready

    • The Role of the Road Manager

    • The Three Levels of Touring

    • Opening Acts

    • Radio Tours

    • Water and Sleep

    • Comfy Tour

    • "Stoopid Again" - Book Excerpt

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    Chapter 2: Songwriting

    • Gratitude: Putting the "G" in G.R.O.O.V.E

    • Misson Control

    • Writing on Your Phone

    • Pencil and Paper Songwriting

    • Finding a Songwriting Style

    • Resonance: Putting the "R" in G.R.O.O.V.E.

    • BONUS: Discussion on Two-Chord Songs

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    Chapter 3: PROMO-sapiens

    • The EPK

    • Self-Promotion

    • Self-Help

    • Self-Loathing

    • The Fun House Mirror

    • Indie Radio Play

    • "Oh No!" - Putting the first "O" in G.R.O.O.V.E.

    • Work, Work, Work

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    Chapter 4: Practice Makes Imperfect

    • Breaking Down Rehearsals

    • Rhythm Track Dynamics

    • The Plot Thickens

    • Vocal Guru

    • "Oh Yes!" - Putting the second "O" in G.R.O.O.V.E.

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    Chapter 5: Studio City

    • Session Work

    • Being a Session Player

    • Your Gear and Musical Style

    • The Piano

    • Shut Up and Play

    • Recording, Namedropping, and the All-Important Humblebrag

    • BONUS: Deke Fingersnap

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    Chapter 6: Agents of Change

    • "Vibe" - Putting the "V" in G.R.O.O.V.E.

    • Needing an Agent

    • Help Me Help You

    • Agents are People, Too

    • Business is Business

    • Musical Real Estate

    • Diversified Portfolio

    • Musical Spreadsheet

    • Bonus: The British Intrusion

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    Chapter 7: Hiring, Firing, and Quitting

    • Extras - Putting the "E" in G.R.O.O.V.E

    • Auditions (Long Segment)

    • Hiring

    • Firing

    • Quitting

    • Not the End of the World

    • Adjustment - Putting the "A" in A.R.T.

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    Chapter 8: Playing it by Ear

    • Self-Taught or Classically Trained?

    • "Dear Diary"

    • Reinvention - Putting the "R" in A.R.T.

    • "I'm an Executive Producer"

    • ... Self-Taught or Classically Trained?

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    Chapter 9: The Reality of Most Gigs

    • Tape Measure

    • Final Thoughts on Gigs

    • Truth - Putting the "T" in A.R.T.

    • BONUS: Worst/Best Gig

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    Chapter 10: Load Up

    • Loading the Car

    • BONUS: Buffet Rants