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    Chris Marion is an American musician best known as a member of Little River Band and for his contribution the gospel and country music industries. Although graduating college with a B.A. in Psychology, he is a classically trained pianist and has worked in the music industry professionally for over 35 years. As a resident of Nashville, he is involved in the recording industry working in the genres of Gospel, Country and Rock. Since 2004, he has toured globally with the classic rock act Little River Band as a keyboardist and vocalist.

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  1. Find out how Adele is using MILFs, British comings, singular sensations and happy endings to single-handedly save the recording industry from fiery destruction By Chris Marion A dark, dire tale of plummeting CD sales and digital downloads has dominated the music industry narrative lately. Revenue that supported the lavish debauchery of executives and rock stars alike has all but disappeared in the profit drought of the great recording recession. Sadness, despair, and most importantly, seeking who to blame has fallen like a wet, bedbug-infested blanket over the once-shining Kingdom of M
  2. Are you the best person to help avoid those Spinal Tap moments - or do you need professional management? An artist’s work is never done. That’s borrowing from an old colloquialism, but it certainly applies to the fledgling artist’s career. The proverbial question for any artist or band is when do I need some help? For all the effort required to create something commercial, marketable or appealing, there's an equal effort that goes into managing or administrating said career. There are two pivotal issues to consider in deciding whether you or your band need management.
  3. Find out what modern recording has in common with pig lips, birthing canals and orphans by considering the following proverbial question: what difference does it make? By Chris Marion Perusing through the flow chart above might leave you with a depressing conundrum – what difference does it make? In this magical mystery tour through modern recording, your masterpiece is birthed through over a half million dollars of the best recording hardware and software on terra firma, only to end up being squashed into a $1.99 mp3 and listened to on a $12 set of factory iPod ear buds. Oh, the madne
  4. Need to revive a flagging career? Steal - I mean, be inspired by - these four mantras from the studio world by Chris Marion Now that I have your attention with the Pulp Fiction of titles, let's get down to the down and dirty of your sad, little version of American Idle – a stalled and flat-lined journey to achieving your rightful place in rock stardom. All rock stars have been there, where the wine, hookups, and gigs for pizza and beer are just not doing it anymore. The thrill is so far gone you can’t even get excited about drunken groupies. Never fear, crestfallen rock god – your r
  5. Welcome to the follow up article to the Ins And Outs Of Playing Recording Sessions. That article gave you an extensive list of tips and ideas to begin or enhance your entre into playing sessions (and getting booked to play them again). Through the past 25 years, one of the great privileges that I’ve had is sharing a cue with some amazing players. Creating an original track from scratch with world-class players is truly a magical experience. It’s a creative conception formed from the musical DNA that each player brings to the collaborative effort. As indicated by the header photo, this articl
  6. Technique: The Ins and Outs of Playing Recording Sessions My big dream when I moved to Nashville in the mid ‘80’s was to be a session musician. I had enjoyed a taste of recording through a few high school and college bands and was confident that I had the moxie to step up and leave my mark on the recording industry. Almost three decades later, I look back and see some things I did right matched by many things that I stumbled with. Sometime my experiences are less of a great example and more of a horrible warning… Regardless of whether you aspire to be the first call guy in your hometo
  7. Merchandising From A To $ Whether your band is Maroon 5 or you’re just five guys marooned in a cargo van in Gary, Indiana every Friday night, you stay in business by generating revenue. Besides performance fees, there is no more consistent method to generate revenue than the sale of band merchandise. It not only augments your performance income but it also represents phenomenal promotional value when a fan leaves with a physical representation of your band in clothing, audio or various other sundry types of product. We’ll camp out in merch world this week to examine technique and strateg
  8. Where else but Vegas can you find a collection of Classic Rock Veterans that hail from acts like Heart, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Survivor, Bad Company and Starship? The good news is that you don’t have to raid any vault to enjoy an evening of your favorite hits from the people who originally recorded them combined with a healthy dose of classic music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s presented in a colorful chronological overview. Here’s the line up that you have to see to believe: Howard Leese – Guitar (Heart, Bad Company) Doug Aldrich – Guitar (White Snake) Robin McAuley – Lead Vocals (MSG, Su
  9. From The Front Of The House - The Role of a Sound Man The best way to frame this article might be with a classic joke: What’s the difference between God and a soundman? God doesn’t think he’s a soundman. While that’s perhaps undeservedly harsh, there is no one in your organization beyond the band members themselves that can be as pivotal to your live performance being successful. Your front of house engineer is just as essential because he is taking what you create and translating that with the tools he has for reproduction to the crowd in attendance. You might be creating brilli
  10. In Part 1 of Music Composition for the Dunce, we discussed music theory and some basic tools for music composition. In this installment, we’ll apply some of those components to develop your compositional technique. Before jumping into the pool, let me give you some encouragement from a couple master composers themselves – Claude Debussy and Igor Stravinsky. Debussy said, “Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art”. Stravinsky offers perhaps the most honest assessment – “Lesser artists borrow; great artists steal”. My point here is that rules of theory are a framework and gui
  11. We’ve covered songwriting over a series of Harmony Central articles that outlined a variety of writing aspects including technique and even interviewed a couple of songwriters. In the introductory article, I quoted a statistic that showed your likelihood to being struck by lightening as slightly higher than writing a hit song. Although not everyone is going to write a hit song, what about just composing music just for the fun and creativity of it? The operative thing to remember about every successful composer is this: they all started somewhere. If you don’t try, you’ll never succeed. With t
  12. In this current series of articles concerning the venerable Bob Heil and his contributions to live sound reinforcement, we’ve spent a great deal of time talking about the speakers and amps that Bob adapted for his live rig. His priority in design and configuration was always intelligibility – the ability for the listener or attendee to hear and distinguish the various components of the live performance. There is no more important signal source in live audio than the microphone. Whether it’s reproducing the human voice or various instruments, it’s important to choose the right microphone for th
  13. A View From The Side - Bob Heil - Part Two In my 30 plus years in the music business, I’ve been blessed to meet some really interesting people with compelling stories. I’ve found more often than not that success is a result of charisma combined with a great work ethic rather than talent. Then, on a rare occasion I come across someone who possesses a generous portion of all three of the aforementioned components. Their lives and their careers are graduated by one great achievement after another. Interestingly, you usually find a healthy dose of humility present because these individuals h
  14. One of the best advantages (of the many) of being in a successful band is access to great gear often before the general public. Obviously, manufacturers want to spotlight their latest and greatest with artists who will use it publicly and endorse it on their tours. It’s great reciprocal promotion. More often than not, the exchange and relationship is very sterile – you deal with an artist rep who coordinates the gear you need. Most CEO’s just want the promo picture with you and carte blanche access on the premier shows if at all. From my first encounter with Bob Heil of Heil Sound, it’
  15. Crunching The Nashville Number System When I moved to Nashville in the 80’s and had my first opportunity to participate in a recording session, I was abruptly introduced to a notation system called the Nashville Number System. Imagine already being intimidated by being the new guy on a session and then realizing that you would have to speak a completely different language to communicate musically. I was handed a chart with a collection of symmetrically arranged numbers with various chord voicings, dashes, slashes, parentheses and symbols. After I recovered from the shock and awe of the m
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