Welcome to The Social Symphony
I'm on a year-long quest to swap notes with a ridiculous number of musicians.
I'd like you to be one of them,
and I think you'll like it, too.
IN AS MANY DAYS
Can't do it without ya.
Wouldn't want to either.
The Social Symphony Q&A
What inspired this whole crazy thing?
Once upon a time (like, a few months ago), I wrote 100 Riffs in 100 Places in 100 Days. It was awesome. It was grueling. It was certifiable. And while I learned plenty of things, the biggest one is that I love playing with people. The improvisations I had with others during the journey were the most exciting, fulfilling, and educational moments from the whole project. And frankly, they're the ones I go back and watch the most. So after a little reflection and a lot of courage-gathering, I'm tackling this whole new Social Symphony. Whether a player or a viewer, I hope you'll come along for the ride.
What if I'm not comfortable improvising?
Well how do you think you learn? I know it's scary at first (and that never fully goes away), but once you get over worrying "what other people think" about your skill level or whatever else, you'll enjoy music a hell of a lot more, I promise. I've been lucky to learn that, and I want to share it with as many people as I can.
How good do I have to be?
It helps if you know where to put your fingers, elbows, and toes, but this experiment is for everyone from professionals to elementary schoolers. All you need is some kind of instrument, and a willingness to teach, learn, and create with me. That's not too much to ask now, is it?
Can vocalists/songwriters participate?
There's a whole booking section dedicated to your kind! It includes a "pre-writing" session for lyrics and harmonies and wonderful things like that. Check it out and let's make something already!
Can't we just cover a song?
This whole project is about learning to communicate and share musical ideas with others, so while covers can be really fun, they provide too much of a predetermined shortcut for where our ideas should go, rather than seeing where they could go. Improvising/writing original material is more vulnerable and exploratory, and while it might be uncomfortable, it almost always makes us both better musicians.
Where will this be posted and will it make money?
Instagram is the primary platform, so we can only post up to 60 seconds of material anyway, which definitely takes the pressure off. As the project gathers steam/attention/press, we'll start to get a lot of eyeballs. This is important: If any money rolls in as a direct result of a video we make, you'll be paid exactly as much as everyone else in that video, myself included. If it's just the two of us, you get 50%, if there are three of us, 33%, etc. If any money rolls in as the direct result of a compillation video, everyone will be paid porportional to the number of appearances in said compillation, myself included.