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Become A Better Studio Musician: 4 Tips to Conquer “Red Light Syndrome”

Guest Blog | Aaron Rays | Become A Better Studio Musician: 4 Tips to Conquer “Red Light Syndrome” . My first real passion is drums. I was lucky enough to have some incredible mentors and teachers along the way, from guys like Mike Shapiro (Sergio Mendes, Macy Gray, Justin Timberlake), Ralph Humphry (Frank Zappa, George Duke), and Craig Thatcher (October Project, Christopher... But of all the lessons and ideas I picked up along the way, I’ve deduced that the single most important thing, as a rhythm player, is being able to confidently play while under pressure. “RLS” (not to be confused with Restless Leg Syndrome), stands for “Red Light Syndrome” and is defined accurately by Urban Dictionary :. Where a person has musical talent, but once they are being recorded, they fall to pieces. Symptoms of Red Light Syndrome include pale skin, cold sweats and frequent mistakes. ‘It took three takes on drums for him to get that, and even on the third time, he didn’t get it. I’m thinking he has Red Light Syndrome…’. It’s that little red flashing light that goes on when you’re in the studio and the producer hits record. You’ve practiced your whole life for this moment, you’ve got this, you shred your instrument, but then, all of a sudden, when the red light goes on, you’ve suddenly forgotten what a drumstick is. It happens to us all at some point. Something about the idea that whatever you play is under the microscope, every screw up, every imperfection, all there to haunt you for the rest of eternity. The biggest bummer of all is, there’s absolutely no way to practice for this situation other than actually being recorded. That is to say, the only way to practice not sucking while being recorded, is to actually suck while being recorded – inevitably pissing off your band mates, and producer, and manager, not to mention your parents who spent all that cash on drum... A few weeks ago I was tracking a little drum idea and realized that you can totally strengthen that Red Light muscle by using my app, Trackd , to practice. At the end of the day, it’s about building a strong, healthy relationship with the Metronome – making sure every note you play lands exactly where you want it to, while being able to do so under the immense pressure of the Red Light. Here’s a few ideas to play with so when you’re at a real session you don’t bite the dust. Turn the click on and play directly with the beats of the click. Source: 2016 Canadian Music Week May 2-8, 2016

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  • Quincy Jones, Macy Gray and Bobby Brown attend Natalie Cole's funeral

    01/13/16 ,via

    The likes of Quincy Jones, Macy Gray and Bobby Brown attended the service for the singer, daughter of Nat King Cole, with the latter two performing. Other attendees included Diane Warren, David Foster, the Supremes' Mary Wilson, Johnny Gill, Freda

  • NPR Hypes Macy Gray's New Christmas Song for Legal Pot, Gun Control, and 'Free Health Care'

    12/28/15 ,via NewsBusters (blog)

    National Public Radio's evening news show All Things Considered eased into Christmas on December 23 by promoting a new Christmas song by soul singer Macy Gray asking for "free health care," gun control, legalized pot, and amnesty for illegal aliens.


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  • Macy Gray: On how Life is

    Warner Bros Publications. 2016. ISBN: 0769298583,9780769298580. 59 pages.

    Titles are: Caligula * Do Something * I Can't Wait to Meetchu * I Try * I've Committed Murder * The Letter * A Moment to Myself * Sex-o-Matic Venus Freak * Still * Why Didn't You Call Me.

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  • Scappoose girls' swimming outraces Rainier, Valley Catholic

    01/20/16 ,via The Portland Tribune

    Ragen Whisenhunt won the 50 free [33.49], Gabie Kreuger won the 100 back [1:16.28] and Macy Gray won both the 200 freestyle [2:45.68] and the 200 individual medley [2:42.54]. Gray improved her personal best by five seconds in the 200 free [2:45.68 ...

  • SWIMMING: Tribe girls hang on at the end to sweep double dual

    01/21/16 ,via

    Senior Macy Gray held onto the lead, giving the Indians a second-place finish in the event and an 83-79 dual win over Rainier, which finished third in the event. “Very fun finish. I told the girls we needed to knock Rainier off in the relay to have a ...

  • Jazz-funk heroes Galactic enter Fort Lauderdale's orbit. Las Vegas Blog

    01/21/16 ,via Las Vegas NV Blog

    Over the past several years, the cosmic grooves of jazz-funk explorers Galactic have lured an impressive number of collaborators in to their orbit: Macy Gray, Mavis Staples, Mystikal & Trombone Shorty. All four throw down the funk on the New Orleans sextet ...


Macy Gray - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Macy Gray was born in Canton, Ohio, [5] to Laura McIntyre, a math teacher, and Otis Jones. [6] While studying scriptwriting at the University of Southern California ...

Macy Gray - Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre

Macy Gray; Macy Gray en Memphis (2011). Datos generales; Nombre real: Natalie Renee McIntyre: Nacimiento: 6 de septiembre de 1967 (48 años) Canton, Ohio,

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Macy Gray, Soundtrack: Spider-Man. Macy Gray was born on September 6, 1967 in Canton, Ohio, USA as Natalie Renee McIntyre. She was previously married to Tracey Hinds.

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