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Saturday
Oct212017

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Concert Backlash

Friday
Oct202017

Concert Backlash: How To Deal With A DWI Charge When You’re Innocent

Imagine you’re leaving the stadium or arena, after having enjoyed a performance from your favorite singer or group. The police pull you over and put you through the process of testing your sobriety. Even though you haven’t had any alcohol, or perhaps had just a small drink that wouldn’t put you over the legal limit, the police charge you with either a DWI or a DUI.

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Wednesday
Oct182017

Top 10 Home Studio Mistakes And How To Fix Them [Infographic]

A lot of home studio owners come from backgrounds totally outside the music industry. 

We have a passion, a dream, a need to rebel maybe, and addiction to cool gear, a need to get away from ‘life’. 

There is a reason from everybody to want to create music or just be involved somehow even if the background or education or lack thereof might say otherwise. I’m totally on that train.

This train, however, leaves room for a lot of mistakes, learning by experimenting and grabbing bits and pieces over time.

So, let’s speed things up and cut down on some of the mistakes that might creep up in your home studio.

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Monday
Oct162017

4 Essential Repair Tasks Music Hall Owners Need To Upkeep

Music halls and concert venues need proper maintenance to ensure that when there is an event, everything goes according to plan. In most cases, these facilities are beloved historic structures, and as a result, there needs to be a balance between preservation, comfort, and accessibility. The persons responsible for the maintenance of such a facility should have the understanding of its significance.

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Monday
Oct162017

10 Principles Of Great Music Web Design

Guest Post by Melanie Kealey from the Bandzoogle Blog

It’s no secret that in order to appear professional, your own website with your own .com address is essential. So what ingredients make for a great musician website exactly? You’ve got the music of course, some images, videos, and show dates.  

Pulling together content is an easy first step. The part where many musicians get stalled is with the website’s design.

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Saturday
Oct142017

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: A Relationship While Touring

Friday
Oct132017

Maintaining A Relationship While Touring

Many of my friends at this point in life are touring musicians, and many of them are dating people they are not touring with. It’s no mystery that dating on the road can be hard. I mean, how many songs have been written about the subject?

Any podcast that has to do with DIY touring will tell you that in the 90s there were a lot of stop-and-go, using the payphone, sending letters and postcards, paging significant others, and other stressful situations happening in those days.

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Tuesday
Oct102017

How Real Entrepreneurs Update And Manage Their Music Hall

Did you know that music halls date back to the 18th century? Yes. According to history, music halls can be traced back to coffee houses and the inns where people met to do business, eat, and drink. Artists entertained while the audience watched and sometimes sang along, ate, drank, and had a good time. Later on, these inns created rooms devoted to music. The music rooms soon became very popular through music performances being scheduled twice or thrice a week to become what we know today as music halls.

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Tuesday
Oct102017

How To Advertise Your Music On Facebook

This post was written by Lisa Occhino and originally appeared on the Bandzoogle Blog

Having a Facebook fan page for your music has so many benefits besides displaying your “like” count to the world. Some advantages of fan pages over personal pages are rather obvious — such as separating your personal and professional life, having no fan limit (versus the 5,000 friend cap on personal pages), using Insights to get key metrics about your fans, and getting taken more seriously as an artist overall.

But for any musician who’s trying to get more fans and figure out how to better engage their audience, Facebook Ads Manager is invaluable.

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Monday
Oct092017

How To Return To Music After An Extended Break

You may be curious but nervous about the idea of returning to playing music after such a long break. Is it even possible, or have you lost years of valuable skill building?

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Saturday
Oct072017

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Engage

Friday
Oct062017

10 Ways To Engage And Motivate Students In Music Lessons

As with any subject, positive reinforcement will keep your students striving to perform more and perform better. Throw student parties the day after a great concert or recital. Reward students for doing something outside of their comfort zone with “extra credit,” or a use a “point-system”. Even a good old, run-of-the-mill, gold star/name chart will do wonders when encouraging students to help their peers and work hard

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Thursday
Oct052017

Did Led Zeppelin Steal Stairway To Heaven? 

I don’t think that any respectful musician should be proud of violating the copyright of another one. With all the social networks that exist nowadays, if someone makes a plagiarism, the news will spread worldwide in a matter of minutes. It is far too embarrassing of a place to put yourself in.

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Tuesday
Oct032017

Photay On Being Terrified By ‘Flight Of The Bumblebee’ And How To Mess With Song Form

On his latest release, OnismPhotay’s Evan Shornstein combines his study of West African percussion with a heavy grounding in ’80s and ’90s beat-driven electronic music. And in the process, he diverges from popular, tried-and-true song form through a series of irreverent arrangements, arresting textures, and a radical withholding of the conventions of the “drop” and “release” that the uninitiated might expect from contemporary dance-inflected music.

Shornstein’s charge is, as he says, “to explore unfamiliar musical realms,” and he manages to do so with respect and reverence for the myriad traditions he’s moving through, resulting in music that’s both “incorrect” and deeply informed.

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