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  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (19 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 149593327X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1495933271
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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London born US based Bass player and record producer Janek Gwizdala has been on the international music scene for over a decade. He has been touring as a band leader and working as musical director or sideman with some of the most respected names in the industry. These include: Randy Brecker, Hiram Bullock, Mike Stern, John Mayer, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, Jojo Mayer, V.V. Brown, Jem, Paul Shafer, Delta Goodrem, Gary Husband, Peter Erskine, and Wayne Krantz.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Amazing read.. 8 Dec. 2012
By Cameron Gainer - Published on
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After following Janek's music for the past 2 years and being a member on his bass lesson site, I heard he was coming out with a book. I was extremely excited for it to be released. Now it's here! Whether it's his albums or blog posts, he is always successful in keeping his fans updated and inspired. I didn't just buy the book because of the title. I bought it because Janek Gwizdala is someone you can trust and a very hardworking and talented bassplayer/educator. This book is a must read for any artist of any kind! (painter, musician, photographer, you name it..) It really opened my eyes up to a lot of things I never thought about. This is valuable step by step information for building your name and he couldn't have put it any simpler. The information in this book is worth thousands, so do yourself a favor and pick it up! Enjoy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Awesome, practical, easy to follow advice 1 Feb. 2013
By Rich T - Published on
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This book is a must read if you are an artist or band and you want to play to more than just your housemates. I have only been following the advice in here for a short time and already there has been a massive increase in interest in my band and attendance at my gigs. The cover price will be returned to you many times, and (if you're even half way serious) you owe it to yourself to get this.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A stellar read! 22 Jan. 2013
By Jayme Lewis - Published on
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I'll put it this way: I downloaded this book the day it came out, and by the end of the night I had already read it twice. Then I read it again the following day. The stuff in this book is the stuff that every successful business EVERYWHERE is doing, and musicians need to know how to do the same. Janek has done a fabulous job at laying it all out in a logical order; so well that even I could understand it. I've already experienced the benefits of applying the contents of this book to my own career. Thanks dude!
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Wise guidance for the new way 22 Nov. 2012
By Damian Erskine - Published on
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Janek's long been at the forefront of the modern way of functioning and succeeding in the new age of free information and the arts. This book is a real opener with regard to how to both see this new paradigm in a positive light and also monetize it. Written in plain English and broken down in such a logical way that it's hard to deny the viability of understanding the music industry (or any artistic endeavor) in a contemporary way. He shows how to help build a brand and how to still have an income while simultaneously giving away free content and making the new way of doing business online as an artist. Fantastic stuff!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A must read... 26 Nov. 2012
By Steve Jenkins - Published on
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Even though this is a book review, I should probably note that I'm a professional bass player based in NYC who plays/tours/records with many world class musicians. I'm endorsed by amazing companies, have been covered/mentioned numerous times in Bass Player magazine and other publications. I have my own recordings out and for all intensive purposes have had a pretty successful run as a musician so far. I felt it was necessary to mention all of that, because in spite of all that stuff, I haven't completely maximized my use of all the resources available. Sure, like most people who are professional musicians, i use Twitter, Facebook, etc. But even still there are things I'm not 100% savvy about. When I look at what some of my peers like Janek and Damian Erskine are doing with their online presence, it just reaffirms how important it is to maintain and maximize the resources available online. They both have inspired me to reassess the Internet and how it pertains to my own career.

In fact, that is EXACTLY what drew me to Janek's book.

I'm really glad that Janek took the time to write this book and share his experiences. There is a lot of information here and it serves as a wonderful guide on how to get the most out of your resources and monetize what you do. Personally, I really learned a lot from reading it and it gave me a fresh perspective on how to approach the business aspects of my career in ways that maybe I hadn't considered before now. While there is a good amount of focus on the Internet and social media (as there should be), it also invites the reader to ask themselves the harder questions. I also like that Janek pulls no punches and is not afraid to be candid about his own path to learning all of these concepts.

Its an inspiring read and I personally plan on utilizing all of this knowledge as I move forward. All serious, career-minded musicians should check out this book!
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