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Thursday
Nov072019

How To Set Up Your Garage As A Music Practice Space

Garages make the perfect jam room. If you’ve got a garage that’s leading a boring life, home to the second fridge and unloved folding chairs, it’s time for a transformation. That extra space is potential, waiting for you to make the most of it. 
Converting your garage into the perfect practice space for you and your bandmates to jam out is simpler than you might think. With a little determination, you can do the job yourself in a few days and have a space that’ll make you and your neighbors much happier than when you used to play in the backyard. 

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Thursday
Oct312019

TikTok Marketing For Indie Musicians

So, what this sensation that we know as TikTok is? Well, even after being the most downloaded app, most people out there do not understand the concept of this app to the core. They surely know that there is an app named TikTok but what it is and what it does is something they scratch their head about. This article is devoted to what TikTok is, how users add music to their videos, and also how can a user market their music using TikTok marketing!

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Wednesday
Oct162019

How Touring Musicians Can Run A Business From The Road

Over the last few decades musicians have had to become more savvy regarding the business aspects of the creative endeavours that they’ve dedicated their lives to. Whether it’s due to the myriad examples of how unsuspecting creatives have been taken advantage of, or the industry shifts that have affected how revenue is made, musicians are taking the development of their business skills almost as seriously as their musical chops. While this adds a certain complexity to musician’s lives, this is also incredibly empowering.

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Tuesday
Oct082019

How To Get Your Music To Stand Out From The Crowd

Today, it seems like technology and the internet have drained all of the uniqueness of the music industry. All you need is a computer and a few sound clips to churn out song after song. They don’t even need to be good sound clips.
 
Anyone can create music. However, when everyone with a guitar and a YouTube channel fancies themselves a musician, it can be hard to set yourself apart. Here are a few tricks to help you stand out and succeed in this competitive industry.

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Thursday
Oct032019

How To Promote Your Music And Grow Your Fan Base

You are fond of music and want to make your name in the music business. That’s a good thing, but in today’s music industry, talent and uniqueness alone is not enough to reach on the top. If you want to stand out from the crowd and gain recognition, you have to figure out your strengths. Many aspiring musicians are finding it hard to gain name recognition and fame in music industry. You cannot get them only on the basis of talent and uniqueness. You need to express your skills and target the right audience.

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Friday
Sep132019

Feeling Like A Manager For Your Own Band? 4 Tools To Help Keep Things Organized

When it comes to being in a band, it isn’t uncommon for one person to feel as though they are doing the majority of the work. While band leaders often spearhead most projects and communique, this role can take its toll on the band and lead to issues down the road. With the help of the following four tools, every band member can better organize their group.

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Wednesday
Sep042019

Rest And Relaxation: How To Chill Out After The Show

Performing can be an incredibly strenuous task. Though touring musicians might think that all they have to do is simply get up on stage each night, performing night after night is actually a great way to seriously hurt your voice and body in the long run. Even if you’re not on tour, it is important to have warm up and cool down exercises for before and after the show so you can stay focused and consistent in the days after. Since you’re likely already familiar with many different ways to warm up, here are four tips on how to relax after a big show:

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Friday
Aug232019

5 Tips For An Indie Band Going On Tour

You’ve got your sticks, picks, and kicks, and it’s time to get on the road to show the world your tricks. Your drummer is jazzed, your guitarist is electrified, and the passion is through the roof. But before you step out your door with your gear in hand, make sure you’ve thought about some key ingredients for tour success.

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Tuesday
Jul302019

Do New Bands Still Need To Get Signed To Make It?

Getting a record deal used to be the number one priority for unsigned bands. Having the backing of a label, with the budget to distribute and market their music, was perhaps the only way to grow and start playing bigger and better shows. But with a shift in how listeners consume music, there’s been a change in what’s actually important when you want to “make it”.

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Monday
Jul292019

Everything You Should Know Before Getting Your First Piano

Before you can even begin to consider rests and rhythm and the squiggly lines at the beginning of the music that give you migraines, you must first find an instrument to play on.

Naturally, you’ll have a lot of questions about acquiring a piano- should you actually buy one? Is it better to get a piano or a keyboard? Is it worth getting one second hand?

To help you, Jellynote has prepared a comprehensive guide to finding your dream instrument.

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Tuesday
Jul232019

How To Tap Into Creativity When Inspiration Won't Strike

Guest post by Randi Zimmerman. This article originally appeared on the Symphonic Blog.

If you’ve ever sat down to get some work done and been suddenly hit with a mental roadblock, this one’s for you. We all have moments where we feel uninspired no matter how hard we concentrate, and it can be frustrating when we can’t seem to find our way past it.

Luckily, there are many ways to boost creativity in a situation like this.

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Thursday
Jul112019

4 Ways To Create Atmospheric Lighting For Your Live Shows

When it comes to live shows, the lighting is big part of the crowd’s enjoyment. It can really make a difference in how they are able to get the full experience of your show. So don’t make the mistake of having sub-par lighting that doesn’t represent your performance in the best way. Use these four tips to create the best atmospheric lighting possible

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Thursday
Jun132019

Berklee Online Adds Grassroots Touring Course

With income related to live performances accounting for 60-80% of most musicians incomes, it has never been more important to build and sustain a touring career. Grassroots Touring, a new course authored by music industry veteran Bruce Houghton, is designed to teach just that.

Houghton is the editor of Hypebot and MusicThinkTank and the president of the Skyline Artists Agency and a Senior Advisor to Bandsintown.

During the 12 week college level course, which debuts with the July summer semester, the students will explore how to launch a touring career from scratch. They’ll learn how to create a memorable live performance; book, negotiate, and market only the right shows; capture a loyal fan base; tour regionally and nationally and build a success story that helps expand their entire career.

There’s more info online here.

http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/berklee-online-adds-grassroots-touring-course.html

Monday
Jun032019

How To Save Money On Tour This Summer: 5 Tips

Guest post by Gideon Waxman. This article originally appeared on Soundfly’s Flypaper

Being an independent touring musician might seem like a dream job for many. But the truth is that it’s not quite as glamorous as it’s made out to be, and the early stages of touring for an artist or band can be tough and grueling.

The fees aren’t great, and if you’re lucky to sell out of merchandise while on the road, that might just be your biggest source of income for the tour. In order to maximize your earnings you will need to minimize your spending. As the old English proverb says: “look after the pennies, and the pounds will look after themselves.” Instilling good spending habits will allow a band to continue to grow while being financially sustainable.

 

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