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Tuesday
Mar192019

Tips For Setting Up A Foolproof Home Practice Space

While it’s easy to set aside any old room for a practice space, a well thought out home music area actually requires quite a bit more prep than simply a floor, four walls, and a door that closes. Here are some considerations to keep in mind when going about creating that all important, foolproof home practice space for the homebound element of your musical journey.

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Tuesday
Mar192019

Songwriting Workflow: What A Month Of Daily Releases Taught Me

Guest post by Martin Fowler. This article originally appeared on Soundfly’s Flypaper

Every year, the shortest month comes around, and at the forefront of my mind is the plethora of songwriting challenges which permeate the internet at large. Some of my favorite artists have famously committed their time in this dreary month (at least here in New York) to hunker down and dedicate serious hours to composing new material.

Every year I think of how outlandish an undertaking that month must be for each of these artists, taking tens or hundreds of hours to build a whole new world, and create the kind of consistency in their day-to-day life, even in the shortest month of the year, to get it done. And every year I’m shocked at how many actually come out the other side with a whole new body of work!

 

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Monday
Mar182019

Fail To Succeed And Stop Rushing Your Music!

Why is it so many talented artists don’t see the light? Why do so many artists release so much music without thought or learning more of what is required outside of the music.

As mentioned in various music tips on Music Talks I still fail to see so many artists not taking up opportunities to learn. Instead, they are releasing one single, EP or Album after another in the hope it sticks. 

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Saturday
Mar162019

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Classical Music

Friday
Mar152019

Music Internships: A Great Way To Gain Experience

Anyone who has ever been to college, spoken to a career counselor, or searched “how to get a job” on Google will have surely heard about the importance of internships. “You should get one“ the experts say.“Internships are a great way to gain experience“.

Yeah, we know. We’ve heard this story a thousand times. But the same could be said for actually getting a full-time job. “Oh, but getting an internship can help you get a full-time job” they say. That’s true. But internships can also be very time-consuming, which may put a strain on college students who are taking a full slate of classes. Internships also tend to pay less (if at all) than full-time jobs, which can make them a less appealing option for individuals who are not financially sound.

Taking these things into consideration, you might wonder why anyone would want to get an internship. Is there a point? Or is this just a waste of time? As a matter of fact, internships are not a waste of time. In fact, there are number of reasons to go out and get one right away. Here’s why.

 

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Tuesday
Mar122019

10 Surprising Benefits Of Classical Music

Did you know that listening to classics like Bach and Beethoven is actually good for your health? Many people enjoy listening to classical music while studying or working, and now we know why!

From decreasing your blood pressure to improving your memory, research has proven that listening to classical music is associated with better physical and mental health in the following ways.

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Monday
Mar112019

Are You A Brand Or A Mouse?

Music has always been a business. At least since the advent of the recording “industry” in the last century. There’s little doubt about that: it’s a big money-making machine and little more for a good portion of the music world.

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Monday
Mar112019

7 Email Marketing Tips For Musicians To Reach Out To Their Fans

Guest post by Nora Mark of Academized and Stateofwriting.

While writing email marketing content might seem like the sort of thing a big business would do, especially if they’re trying to sell you something, there are plenty of benefits a musician such as yourself, or your band can enjoy from running an email list.

With the ability to reach your fans on a one-on-one basis directly into their inbox, the opportunities to further build a community are endless. However, this is only if you get it right! Today, we’re going to share seven need-to-know tips to help you write emails in the best possible way.

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Saturday
Mar092019

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Who's Reading Your Music Blog

Thursday
Mar072019

Do You Know Who's Reading Your Music Blog?

Guest post by James Shotwell. This article originally appeared on Haulix

Building and retaining your audience begins with understanding who is clicking on your site.

Search the name of virtually any artist or group on social media, and you are bound to find people discussing that act. Opinions on music are a dime a dozen, and when it comes to bands, everyone already knows their value is worth even less that. Young music writers around the globe cut corners on a daily basis to be among the first to cover the latest news about the biggest acts in their area of interest. It doesn’t matter if their site has few to no visitors or if much larger publications beat them to the punch, they want to ensure that their readers learn the latest breaking news directly from them.

But who is the audience for the average blog, and who visits websites for news before scrolling social media?

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Thursday
Mar072019

How To Create A Dynamic Website That Will Appeal To Your Fans (& Attract New Ones)

The heart of a musician is to make music.

From jazz to pop, punk to metal, and everything in between, a true musician is focused on their craft as often as possible. 

However, the pressures of surviving as a musician is difficult. Monetizing a passion can be frustrating and distract from the creative mindset that we’re always trying to maintain. That’s where having a good website can be critical to help with promotion while saving time for what really matters.

A website gives the world access to our music in ways that couldn’t be dreamed of a few decades ago. Anyone with a few hundred bucks (or even less) can pull together a site fit for a king, but just because you can build a site easily doesn’t mean it’s automatically going to be a good one.

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Wednesday
Mar062019

How Learning To Play The Drums Helped Me To Get Over My Alcoholism

Regardless of upbringing, gender, religion, and race, music can bring people together. It has become a universal language that anyone can understand no matter what dialect. 

It is only natural then that music, like drumming, has many therapeutic effects on the body and can be a potent tool against addiction. 

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Tuesday
Mar052019

Tips For Saving Money While Still Eating Healthy On Tour

Guest post by Leah D. Nelson. This article originally appeared on Soundfly’s Flypaper

Going on tour is, for many, a road trip, but it’s also incredibly hard work. It’s work from a performance, planning, and marketing standpoint, but it’s also deeply important that you take care of your body while on the road. With all the planning and organization that goes into booking and executing a successful tour (and sure, having a bit of fun along the way), the idea of eating healthy, balanced meals may not even come to mind.

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Saturday
Mar022019

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Harsh Reality