The Gritty Musician
By Dr. Bruce Faske
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A career in music can be a roller coaster ride of emotions: high achievement, followed by low moments crippling self doubt, over and over again. I have been on this ride for nearly twenty years, and the common trait amongst all successful professionals is clear - grit. At your greatest moments, grit will keep you grounded. At your lowest, grit can lead you out of the dark place and back on the path forward. Join Bruce each week for stories, strategies, and insights to help you no matter where you are on the journey!
||Clean006 - "My Cup Runneth Over"||This week's episode is pretty straightforward and to the point. I am about to enter my busiest season of professional work thus far this school year, and I have a few points of perspective to help handle the potential overwhelm and some rituals and...||9/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean005 - "Going Rogue"||Well, what can I say? It seems like a summer can't go by without a significant podcast hiatus. I had a lot of real life happen since my last episode, and it's given me enough distance and perspective to make this the show you deserve. If you take the...||9/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean004 - "A Profile in Grit"||In today's episode, "A Profile in Grit," I want to tell you about someone who has taught me more about grit than anyone I’ve ever known. I hope you enjoy this week's episode, which was recorded only on my digital recorder - I apologize for the...||6/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean003 - "Learning to play as hard as I work."||Hey Gritty Musicians! This week’s episode was inspired by another person’s podcast episode. Check out the show here: https://www.aaronmchugh.com/protect-the-asset-episode-123/ Aaron is rapidly becoming one of my heroes. Here is the...||6/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean002 - "One slip of paper away from happiness."||I’m in a nostalgic mood today, friends. Today’s episode was recorded on the 20th anniversary of my high school graduation, and I have several thoughts knocking around in my head about the past 20 years. This episode is centered...||6/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean001 - "Cold Brew, a new start, and a story."||"Cold brew, a new start, and a story." It seems like a pretty clear title for the first episode of Bruce's relaunched podcast, The Gritty Musician! Today's episode starts with super-concentrated coffee drinks, an explanation for the change in show...||5/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Saying Goodbye, Saying Hello." [Get Some Grit]||Sometimes in life, it is important to stop and take stock of what really matters. Right now, my wife really matters. My family, career, and faith matter. This podcast matters, but right now, I need to take some time to figure out how to...||5/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"What is Your Fear Antidote?" [Get Some Grit]||Our mind is our most powerful tool, but one that we have to handle responsibly! Make sure that the same creative forces that push you to regularly improve and evolve as a musician don’t turn into the dark creative enemy...||4/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Take a Break!" [Get Some Grit]||Hey everybody! Today’s episode is a short one, but I think the message is still solid. When was the last time you took a break? Working hard is super important, but when you start to see diminishing returns, it’s important to take a break, if only..||4/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"The Pen is (sometimes) Mightier Than the Phone!" [Get Some Grit]||I love technology! I am surrounded by iDevices and can't imagine my life without their benefit - but sometimes, it's nice to have alternatives. This week, I take a few minutes to talk about the benefit of keeping an actual paper notebook and pen...||4/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Becoming a Bookworm...Again!" [Get Some Grit]||This episode's topic outlines my return to reading after years of not being much of a reader, how reading has really helped me with some struggles that I thought I might never overcome, and how I believe reading is the best thing...||3/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Margin" [Get Some Grit]||This week’s topic is near and dear to me, and I hope that if this episode speaks to you, that you’ll keep this in mind as you go through the week. You probably know the word margin as a part of your word processing software. If you look on a...||2/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Be What You Don't See In The World" [Get Some Grit]||Folks, there is A LOT of anxiety in the world right now. Whether it is justified or not justified is up to your politics and personal opinions, but I think we can agree that 2017 is starting to feel more like an extension of 2016 than a separate,...||2/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"2016 Reflections"[Get Some Grit]||Get Some Grit Podcast Episode #31 - 2016 Reflections Welcome back to Get Some Grit, the show where we learn the many ways that grit can serve artists as they press towards their goals. You can find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Google...||12/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"To Grad School or Not To Grad School? That Is The Question." [Get Some Grit]||Get Some Grit Podcast Episode #30 - To Grad School or Not to Grad School? That is the question. Welcome back to Get Some Grit, the show where we learn the many ways that grit can serve artists as they press towards their...||12/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Failing Forward" [Get Some Grit]||Welcome back! Episode 29, "Failing Forward" is a bit of a mixed bag of a show. Follow along as best you can! First and foremost, GSG is now on iHeartRadio! We are expanding our reach to serve you, the listener, better each week....||12/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"5 Tips to THRIVE in Final Exam Week" [Get Some Grit]||Tomorrow marks the last day of classes on my college campus, and final exams begin on Wednesday. When I was a student, I felt like I had a pretty good plan to get through exam week each semester, but now when I look back on it, I wonder how...||12/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Scrap It!!!" [Get Some Grit]||Episode 27 is a call to action episode! This week, I take a few minutes to talk about why growth of the show is important to me, and why my original plan for this week's episode fell through. :( Like the show? Tell a friend and spread the...||11/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Happy Thanksgiving!" [Get Some Grit]||Just a short message during Thanksgiving week! Frustrated because your "recipe" for life doesn't seem to be working? It's OK!!! Have a great holiday, everyone! We all have lots to be thankful for. Like the show? Tell a friend and spread...||11/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Milestones" [Get Some Grit]||After more than a year, we’ve finally reached the milestone of 25 episodes. Rather than celebrate, of course, I dig into why things happened this way, and what I can do to learn from my experience. :) I spend lots of time analyzing my...||11/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Perfectly Imperfect" [Get Some Grit]||Hey friends! This week's episode is about the worth of the product you create, and how the pursuit of perfection shouldn't stifle you from sharing your art with the world! Whether you make music, paintings, sculpture, write books, etc, it...||11/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Should I Stay or Should I Go?" [Get Some Grit]||Don't worry, despite the title of this week's show, your host isn't going anywhere! In this week's (late) episode, Bruce answer's a listener's email which asks the question, "Should I stick with it, or is it time to go do something else?"...||11/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"A Gentle Reminder" [Get Some Grit]||This week's episode is a gentle reminder that there may be forces at work in the world around you that cause the funk so many of us feel this time of year. Hang in there, my friends! Like the show? Tell a friend and spread the word on social...||10/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"How to Stay Stressed" [Get Some Grit]||Hey friends! This week's episode is centered around a list I found on a faculty member's door several years ago during grad school that really convicted me. I felt like he had written it specifically for me! The list comes from David...||10/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnplugged Practicing [Get Some Grit]||I love technology! Don’t you? If you’re a musician, you use it for all sorts of things. Practicing, listening, networking… At home and abroad, I Instagram pictures of my food and bad misspellings on signs....||10/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Powerless Past" [Get Some Grit]||In this episode, Bruce talks about the role of the past in our current lives, and how anger and pain can be a direct result of dwelling on a past that we can no longer change. Crucial to "living in the present moment" are the teachings of Eckart...||10/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Judge, Jury, And Executioner" [Get Some Grit]||Come along for 18 minutes of my opinions about a topic that has helped my grit tremendously, but one that is very much outside of my public speaking comfort zone - my faith. This isn't an episode that evangelizes to anyone - it's more of a rant...||9/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"The Spark" [Get Some Grit]||This week, after a couple of weeks break, talks about the moment I like to call “The Spark” when I first found the thing in life I do that I am not only passionate about, but love sharing with others. What was your “spark” moment? More...||4/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Spring Break? Or Spring Repair?" [Get Some Grit]||This week is sort of an "a la carte" show. We start with some stats about you, the listener, followed by a brief discussion of research on the topic of grit, and then wrap with the beginnings of my own spring break and how I came up with...||3/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Invisible Agony" [Get Some Grit]||Today's show is a somber one - one that I struggled through multiple attempts before finally completing. I will not go into a lengthy description here, but fair warning - the topic is suicide, and this week I discuss my faith and quote multiple...||3/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"My Ignition Point" [Get Some Grit]||In this solo episode, Bruce discusses how he finally stepped foot into a gym for the first time last Sunday night is the final "action step" needed to follow through on a discussion from over a year ago - and quite possibly the most important...||2/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Interview with Michael Swann" [Get Some Grit]||After several "one man shows," Get Some Grit finally has finally conducted an interview! This week, we welcome our first guest, Michael Swann! Michael is an old friend from the trombone world who stays busy with all kinds of musical endeavors,...||2/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"What To Do While You're Waiting for Opportunity to Knock" [Get Some Grit]||In this episode, Bruce explores a few tips needed for a successful beginning to a freelance career. Young professional musicians just starting out, listen up! Topics discussed include:Getting and Staying Organized, Speaking with gig...||2/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDesiderata - Bonus Track for Subscribers||This short, three minute track is a bonus for any Get Some Grit iTunes subscribers and a "thank you" for taking the extra step to subscribe to the podcast feed, rather than listen via the website. I have a new recording space treatment, and wanted to...||2/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Scarcity VS Abundance" [Get Some Grit]||In this episode, Bruce talks about two important things he is doing to shift thinking from a mindset of scarcity to one of abundance, and why it is so important to do so for long term health and happiness. Check it out and spread the word! Links...||2/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTaking a Sick Day Update||Hey GSG friends, I've been trying to record Episode 14 today to no avail - my voice is leaving me. Here is a short, short update just to keep everyone updated. We will resume normal recording as soon as my voice returns!||1/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Looking Back, Moving Forward" [Get Some Grit]||In the first episode of Get Some Grit in this new…||1/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Yes or No?" [Get Some Grit]||In episode 009, Bruce takes a moment to look back…||11/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 - The Importance Of Vulnerability||In episode 8, Bruce discusses the importance of…||11/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 - Walk VS Talk||In Episode 7, Bruce sits down during his "Mirac…||10/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: What's Next? ...and more!||Episode 6 is a bit of mashup and a little diversi…||10/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5 - I Have A Heart Problem!||In Episode 5, I take a few minutes to discuss how…||10/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4 - Worry||In Episode 4, Bruce discusses how worry can cri…||9/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 - Better Late Than Never||In episode 3, Bruce uses a quote by Woodrow Wil…||9/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 - Rest And Relaxation||In Episode 2, Bruce breaks down how he has had …||9/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 - Reputation Rehab||In a "mulligan" of the original first episode, Br…||8/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGSG000 Version 2.0 - Why Grit?||This is the same audio content as GSG000, but fra…||8/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGSG000 - Why Grit?||Hello Podcast World! This is an introductory epi…||8/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Expecting great things!
We may not all be lucky enough to study with Dr. Faske in person, but his podcast may be the next best thing. No matter where you are in your endeavors, we've all got some hills to climb. I couldn't ask for a more encouraging voice in my ear as I tackle my next one. Each episode is a dose of realism with a spoonful of inspiration, plus a chaser of reassurance. Looking forward to dozens more!
WOW…Get Some Grit! Podcast is flat out awesome. Good production quality. Easy to listen. Very impressed Bruce. Keep bringing it.
Listen to this!
This is a great podcast! I am looking forward to hearing more from Bruce. Great attention to detail and production quality. Keep up the good work!