Breaking Past the “OK Plateau”

breaking the ok plateau

It doesn’t matter if you’re an athlete, a writer, a musician, or a juggler, there comes a time in skill development that you reach what’s called the “OK Plateau.”  This is when you get to a point where you’re content at what you can do and then plane out with going further.  Some skilled people can stay at this plateau forever.  But how do you move past this point to attain the status of an “expert”?

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Great News for Flying Musicians

new FAA regulations for musicians

The great news is that if you’re a musician with the power of flight, you won’t need an airline to get from place to place.  However, you’ll probably still want to use an airplane to carry your gear because I imagine flying over a continent while carrying a Hartke Transport Series cabinet, a bass over one shoulder, + a gig bag w/cables would be very straining on the arms.  But I guess if you had the power to fly and defy the laws of physics you might as well have super strength, too.  Unfortunately, for the rest of us musicians, if you want to get from one coast to the other, an airline is the only way to go.  (My apologies to anyone owning a flying carpet).  Well, according to some new FAA regulations, musicians who board planes must be allowed to carry on their instruments provided they fit in the overhead bin.

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Bass Player Advice From A Guitar Player

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Bass players shouldn’t strictly rely on advice from other bass players.  The same can be said for any musician, e.g. sometimes advice by a piano player can be applied to the guitar.  Well, I once heard one bit of advice that could probably help out any musician at their instrument.  This goes double for anyone that uses amplification and effects to obtain their own sound.

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No Principals – The New Orleans Smoking Ban

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There’s been a recent ruling in the New Orleans courts that now bans smoking in bars and casinos.  There are lot of people that support this measure but these are the people who have no principals and disregard the rights of private business owners who should be able to set their own rules within the confines of the law.  These smoking ban laws have been metastasizing throughout the country and only serves to grant the government more power into our personal lives.  If we have a smoking band now you can bet that a decibel cap on live music is next.

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The Mystic Myth pt. 2: The Karma Initiative

the karma initiative

I don’t believe in karma.  And by that I mean I don’t believe in any supernatural or mystical force that has any say or hand into the operation of people’s lives.  I believe in science and facts.  Basically, I think karma–as a mystical claim–is absolute bullshit; however, I do like to use the word “karma” to stand in for a very real life occurrence.  In the second and last part of the Mystic Myth I want to examine “karma” and how the concept can be taken as a very real thing.

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The Mystic Myth, pt. 1: The Power of the Jinx

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I’m not a superstitious person at all.  I don’t believe in karma, jinxes, or good luck.  And by that I mean that I don’t believe in any mystical force that imposes itself upon the real world. However, I do believe in the self-fulfilling prophecy that would lead someone into believing in the power of the jinx.  This is all about how to muck yourself out of an opportunity or how you can damage the details out of a goal.

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Announcement: Jay Lamm signs with Charon Coin Press for “State of Horror” anthology

charon coin announce

Today I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve recently signed a deal with Charon Coin Press for the inclusion of one of my short stories in their upcoming “State of Horror” books.

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Get my new album on iTunes!

new Cea Serin

It’s been a long time coming but the album I’ve been working on for so many years can now be picked up on iTunes.

As some of you may know, I’m not just a bass player but I’m also a singer and songwriter.  My main band is Cea Serin, and along with Keith Warman and Rory Faciane on guitar and drums respectively, we’ve crafted an album that we’ve very proud of called “The Vibrant Sound of Bliss and Decay.”  This album runs the gamut of metal genres from progressive metal, speed metal, new age, rock, jazz, and all other kinds of interesting details.  We didn’t want to craft a run-of-the-mill album but something truly special.

Well, the album is available on iTunes now and I hope many of you swing by and check out what we’ve worked so hard on.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/vibrant-sound-bliss-decay/id916522004

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Update! MTD Photo Shoot

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I recently shot some photos for use by MTD basses.

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How to Re-Solder an Input Jack

soldering an input jack

Yesterday I was recording some ideas in my home studio and, of course, my guitar jack went out on me.  When I work in my studio I routinely go back and forth from bass to guitar.  Plug in, unplug, plug in, unplug:  over and over.  Well, I only have one electric guitar and it’s seen better days.  I’ve had to re-solder this input jack on several occasions already.  What happens is you plug in to your guitar and there’s a bit of play in the cord which will allow the 1/4″ plug to move around.  This can eventually knock a wire off the connection.  Often times you can just pull the jack out and reattach the wire if you have enough cable.  But the time has finally come where I ran out of excess wire.  So, yesterday I not only had to re-solder the input jack but I had to replace the wires for it all together.

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