You may be wondering how to practice effectively as a musician stuck at home? Being at home doesn’t mean musicians and singers have to put their career on hold, and there are plenty of things to do as a musician stuck at home.
How can you keep your fanbase engaged when all your gigs are cancelled? And how should you spend your days productively when you can’t get to the studio? Below we are 7 things to do to ensure you keep your career as a musician on track during these hard times.
Things for singers to do while stuck at home
The music industry is all about gigs and performances. Connections and collaborations between artists. However, the importance of self-isolation and social distancing has put a hold on that side of things, leaving us musicians in a rut.
You may be disheartened that your recent gig has been cancelled, but take this as an opportunity to focus on your musicianship and follow our simple guide to keep your career on track.
What to do as a musician stuck at home
From online festivals to bedroom production skills, it’s important to keep working on your career as a musician. Don’t let the Corona virus demotivate you from being a musician and definitely don’t take your foot off the pedal. Although easier said than done, being a musician requires consistent marketing and a level head.
Here are the seven tips to musicians and singers about how to keep their career on track during the Corona virus outbreak:
- Reschedule gigs
- Focus on your branding
- Learn a new skill
- Engage your fans
- Support other artists
- Practice your instruments
- Write new music
Social media and online tools mean that it’s still possible to collaborate and share your music, it also means artists can support each other and spread a bit of love and community spirit.
7 things for singers to do while stuck inside
#1 Reschedule your gigs
Easier said than done, but it’s really important to email venues and follow up performance opportunities that have been cancelled amid the current climate.
Pubs and clubs being temporarily shut down doesn’t mean they will never be looking for artists to perform at their open mic nights again! So, drop them a message and remind them that you’re still interested in performing once they reopen. If you had lots of payed gigs lined up, then get in contact with the venue and try and reschedule your performance for nearer the end of the year (giving you extra time to practice!).
#2 Focus on branding
Now’s the time to really work on your marketing skills. What makes you stand out as a musician? It’s all about branding and creating a consistent look across all media platforms.
Why not set up a website? This doesn’t have to be expensive, there are many free website making tools (e.g. wix and weebly) and having a website makes your artist profile seem more professional. You can share upcoming performances, social media links, photos from the studio or recent gigs and even snippets of unreleased original music to create a close relationship with your audience.
#3 Learn a new skill
Whether you’re a singer, a guitarist or a budding studio engineer, maybe now’s the time to learn production and mastering skills that make home recordings sound that extra special.
If you’ve ever heard the expression ‘bedroom producer’ then what better a time to practice production than when you are confined to your house! If you can’t get to the studio, then bring the studio to you. Starting with the basics is always a good idea if it’s your first time recording from home.
#4 Engage your fanbase
More than ever, people’s eyes are on social media. With online platforms being people’s main source of communication when stuck at home, it would be a good idea to put a lot of energy into building up a strong following on all socials.
Why not post a daily cover video on Instagram? Making the song your own is really important.
#5 Improve your instrument
Now that you have time to spare, it would be a great idea to focus on improving your instrument and honing in on any elements that need extra practice.
If you’re a singer with regular singing lessons, you may be worried about how to carry on strengthening your voice whilst lessons are cancelled. You can look online for singing teachers offering virtual lessons. It’s good to support your local and independent teachers, community Facebook pages are a great place to reach out and ask for recommendations.
#6 Make contacts and support other artists
All emerging artists are in the same position, feeling as though your career is being put on hold during this hard time, adds another layer of anxiety. So, it’s really important to support one another even more than usual.
Focusing on community projects can not only brighten your spirits, but also open up your contact book to loads of musicians following a similar path to you. Online choirs are being set up to unite voices across the country. Signing up for this sort of project could introduce you to possible artists for future collaborations.
#7 Write more music
Finally, without your typical day to day distractions, now’s the time to really tune into your creativity.
Original music is the key to success, so why not take this opportunity to write as many new songs as you can. Put some lyrics to that catchy melody, write a verse to go with that chorus.
Remember, it’s okay to not fall in love with your first original song, sometimes you have to write a hundred verses before the perfect one comes to you. It’s all about trial and error, so don’t be too hung up on a leading line if it doesn’t fit with the rest of your song.