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Orchestra Openings Coming Up

August 21, 2014

Dear musicians,

We have several orchestra spots to fill in the coming months. We’re looking for drummers, guitarists, sax players, trumpet players, trombone players as well as bass and piano.

If you are a strong sight-reader and improvise well, give us a call and we’ll set up your audition.

Toll free: 1-888-714-0964
or: 1-514-967-0964

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Calling all Steel Drummers

August 18, 2014

We are in need of Steel Drummers for upcoming gigs with cruise lines. We’re looking for people who sing well and have good background tracks. You would have to apply as usual, with demo video of about 10-12 cover songs, full repertoire list, bio and photos.

Contact us for more details.

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Music Jobs Available

June 26, 2014

Dear Musicians,

We are looking to fill several more jobs for bands and individual musicians. If you have a band that you’d like to put forward or you want to join one of the house bands, you should apply. Our jobs & auditions page outlines the various positions that are available and how to apply for them.

Let us know if you have questions.

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A word of caution!

April 11, 2014

A new agency that professes to place musicians on cruise ships has decided to copy our website content verbatim. Besides the fact that this is illegal as our site is copyrighted, it goes to show that their managers don’t seem to have the passion, know-how and integrity to do the work themselves.

It goes without saying that applying for jobs with an agency like this will inevitably lead to disappointment and frustration.

Over the past 8 years, I have personally researched, gathered and posted every single bit of information on our sites myself, whether that’s in the form of podcasts, blog posts, page content and structure, and even menu items. I can proudly say that 100% of everything you see on www.oceanbound.com, as well as on our Facebook and Twitter accounts are, and always will be original.

So, my word of advice is to be cautious about who you hire.

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Podcast Episode #30 – 4-piece Bands

April 4, 2014

It’s difficult enough to get a cruise ship gig at the moment. In this episode, I discuss what you can do to your band lineup and repertoire to increase your odds of getting a job.

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TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3 Vocal Processor Demo

February 10, 2014

I believe that it is important to stay up-to-date with technology to keep sounding fresh and interesting. I’ve long been a fan of some of the products produced at TC-Helicon. Here’s a great demonstration of their VoiceLive 3 Vocal Processor.

I find this vocalist does a good job at using this tool sparingly, which I believe is the key with tools such as this one.

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Chick Corea Interview

February 3, 2014

Here’s another one of those great interviews from over at the Sweetwater Music YouTube Channel. This time it’s with none other than Chick Corea. I’m convinced there’s not a musician on the planet that doesn’t have the utmost respect for this beautiful musician, so it’s especially interesting to hear him talk about improvisation and choosing the musicians he plays with, amongst other subjects.

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iReal Pro – Great App For Practicing Your Tunes

January 31, 2014

This iOS and Android app is such a good example of the tools that technology is putting at our fingertips. It lets you create chord progressions easily, then have a rhythm section play them so you can fine tune your improvisation skills.

Check out their website for a feature list. Here’s the itunes link to the app.

iReal Pro for iPhone and iPad from iReal Pro on Vimeo.

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ScratchPad and BOSS Pedal Sketch App Demo

January 29, 2014

Want to keep modern sounding loops quickly on your iPad? This might be just the right tool for you.

ScratchPad and BOSS Pedal Sketch App

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Victor Wooten Interview

January 27, 2014

I’ve recently discovered the great interview series Mitch Gallagher is hosting for Sweetwater Music. Whether it’s John “JR” Robinson, Chick Corea or Victor Wooten, these interviews are full of insight and food for thought.

Check out this quote of Victor Wooten’s: “…my music is not about the technique, but I have to use technique to produce the music I hear”.

Below is the full interview. Enjoy.

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