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Saturday
Feb092019

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Memorable Melodies

Friday
Feb082019

MusicThinkTank: Call For Submissions!

Thank you for your committed readership and the insightful content that many of you have shared! Without your contributions, Music Think Tank would not exist. If you have something to say about the music industry, please consider contributing a post to MTT. Remember to review the submission guidelines posted on the MTT open page before posting.

Thank you in advance for your thoughtful submissions, we look forward to reviewing and sharing your content!

Wednesday
Feb062019

How Imagine Dragons Writes Memorable Melodies

What gets us to remember a tune?

Have you ever remembered a song well enough to sing along to it the next time you heard it? Maybe you didn’t know the words, but you could at least hum along. Or have you ever played “name that tune”? What made you win some rounds so easily and yet lose others? One answer lies in how, precisely, the melody is set up.

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Tuesday
Feb052019

How To Get Started In Music Publishing

Have you ever heard someone say I’m signed to BMI, ASCAP or SESAC so I’m set for publishing?

Registering with a performance rights organization (aka PRO) is an important step to collecting your publishing royalties, but there are three major types of additional publishing royalties that you are probably not collecting if your only step to collecting your publishing royalties has been affiliating with a PRO.

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Monday
Feb042019

5 Dangers Of Becoming A Musician

Musicians have talent and passion. Although their jobs are rewarding, they may pose many risks. People may admire the lives of musicians because they may not have a nine to five work schedule.  Musicians are also often associated with big paychecks, though that is not always true, of course. 

On the surface, it may appear that the life of a musician is enjoyable, full of partying and entertainment.  However, this may not be true. Even if it is, there are ups and downs. If you plan to embark on a career as a musician, you need to know some of the dangers that you may face.  Here are five potential dangers of becoming a musician:

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Friday
Feb012019

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Context For Your Music

Thursday
Jan312019

20 Guitars From Different Eras [Infographic]

As a beginning guitarist, the world is your oyster. You have a variety of opportunities at your fingertips. You not only get to decide what type of guitar you want to play, but also what style and genre of music you want to learn.

Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re a seasoned player needing some inspiration, check out the interactive graphic below. On it you can view 20 types of guitars from different eras, as well as the legends who played them.

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Thursday
Jan312019

How To Develop A Context For Your Music

Guest post by Ayla Smith. This article originally appeared on Soundfly’s Flypaper

Online audiences are a powerful engine. When people listen online, they can easily share your music far and wide. Getting discovered is not dependent on someone walking into a record store, and it’s easy to find out who’s listening and where they’re from so you can maximize your impact. But too often, a song alone is not enough to tell your full story. 

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Tuesday
Jan292019

Registering Your Band Name, Phrase Or Logo

Are you a musician? Do you need to protect your band name or logo from counterfeit sellers on ecommerce platforms? In order to obtain nationwide protection, you should register your band name, phrase or logo with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The registration process is relatively straight forward but can be time consuming. Generally, it takes approximately six months to a year before the trademark is registered.

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Monday
Jan282019

Classic Keyboards Are Being Dominated By MIDI Keyboards

Remember the days where the Nord keyboards ran the world when it come to touring musicians? Boy has that changed and changed pretty quickly. I started touring in a synth heavy band about 4 years ago and it has been a fun journey watching the keyboard world slowly change. I want to talk about the main reasons why we’re seeing less classic keyboards in touring musicians arsenals as well as touch on the new bluetooth MIDI controllers.

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Saturday
Jan262019

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Preparing

Friday
Jan252019

Preparing For The First (Or Any) Guitar Performance 

In order to look professional and avoid creating an image of a silly musical rookie, it is within the interest of any guitarist to create and follow a certain effective pre-show routine. A specific “code”, that will protect her from potential failures and furthermore – help her to stand out among other acts in a better way.

Since it is not 1931 (the year when the first electric guitar was created), this guide will examine the preparation for both unplugged shows and the ones that involves cables and amplifiers. But whichever guitar you have - always have an extra pack of strings. A pack of spare strings should always be in your guitar case, as a medical kit in the bag of a soldier. 

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Wednesday
Jan232019

Why Spotify Is A Win For Artists And Listeners

We have been hearing about Spotify and how it’s evil and unfair for a few years now. The thing is, it is the number one used streaming app and my personal belief is that it is simply the best one out there right now. There are a couple of main points that I was to discuss, so let’s get into it.

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Wednesday
Jan232019

5 Easy Ways To Make Your Programmed Drums Sound Realistic

Programmed drums are here to stay, folks. Unless you’re a total purest when it comes to recording drums, chances are you already use programmed drums or samples in your productions. Gaining access to a collection of incredible sounding microphones and preamps requires either boatloads of cash or having a great friend with a killer recording studio. 
By using programmed drums, you’re able to get world-class drum sounds, recorded by great engineers in awesome rooms, without having to spend big money. But how do you make them sound realistic and not like a machine gun firing. Today, we’ll be looking at five ways to make your programmed drums sound more convincing.

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