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Top 5 Acoustic Guitar Brands

Who produces the best acoustic guitars in the world? What brand is great for beginners? What price range fits me well? The answer to these questions can be subjective. Everybody has their parameters to judge the quality of the instruments. To be purely objective, we will be looking at overall instrument quality, brand reputation, and…

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Natural Musician Skills

What Is A Natural Musician? Close your eyes, and imagine what a natural musician looks like to you. Maybe you’ve got a certain artist in mind, like prodigious cellist Yo-Yo Ma, guitar master Eddie Van Halen, or the inimitable avant-garde singer-songwriter Björk. No matter who pops up in your mind’s ear, when they take the…

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Licensing A Cover Song

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Do You Need a License? Whenever you record a song that someone else wrote, you need to get permission from the copyright holders. This is referred to as Licensing A Cover Song. You need to obtain these rights even if you are giving away your recording. Getting permission involves contacting the copyright holders for each…

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When Writing Songs Feels Hard

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I know you’ve been writing songs for sometime now. You’ve got pages of your songwriting book filled with sketched lyrics and dozens of voice memos in your phone, but you haven’t finished a song in a while. And if you think about how long it’s been since you’ve finished a song, you start to feel…

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Why You Still Need To Do Offline Music Marketing

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The Internet Age makes promoting your music fast, easy and affordable. It takes just a few minutes to set up a basic one-page bio and social media accounts. You can devise an online music marketing strategy and execute it with just a few clicks or taps. With the right social media strategy, you can move…

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Advice for Musicians Who Are Scattered Creatives

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Turning just three simple steps into habits can transform scattered creatives into productive musicians. The most common advice for musicians I give is to take 3 simple steps and form them into habits. If you’re a musician who has lots of great ideas and has trouble acting on them, you might be called a scattered…

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5 Platforms for Musicians to Earn More Money

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These days there are some cool platforms for musicians that offer unexpected opportunities for making money.   Platforms for musicians have changed beyond recognition over the past few years. Making a sustainable income remains, as always, the musician’s main concern. It may seem that each new technological development is a further monetary blow to artists. But,…

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How To Be A Successful Musician By Avoiding Burnout

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Learn how to be a successful musician and avoid burnout with these tried and true tricks to avoid burnout and still make progress in your music career. Find the original post how to be a successful musician by avoiding burnout on ReverbNation. A few months ago, I was on the verge of burnout. Maybe you…

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Our Top 10 Online Resources for Female Musicians

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Since 2007, I have been a champion for female musicians. It all started a bit by accident. Back in 2000, I had created a hobby online radio station on Live365 called Women of Substance, a personal playlist of female artists, mostly indies, that I used as a personal way to listen to the music I enjoyed at work.…

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5 Ways To Avoid Playing The Comparison Game

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The original post can be found on Reverbnation. Do you find yourself in the comparison game and constantly comparing yourself to other artists? Do you get secretly jealous when other musicians land cool gigs, win awards, and score lucrative press? These are signs that you are playing the comparison game, a common trap that can…

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How To Sell Merch & Music At Shows Without Being Sales-y

How To Sell Merch & Music At Shows

Wondering how to sell merch and music at shows without coming off as annoying or sales-y? You’re not alone. It’s not uncommon for musicians to feel uncomfortable and out-of-their-element. This unsettling feeling usually causes musicians to avoid sales altogether. After all, we musicians are creatives. Deep down, we believe that the quality of our creative…

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Setup is Everything: Designing Your Home Recording Studio Layout

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With home recording studio equipment becoming more powerful and less costly, combined with the digitization of music, there is less need than ever to use a traditional recording studio. Between 2007 and 2016, there was a decrease of over 15.4% in the number of professional studios. If you want to create great music, then you’ve probably considered…

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Tips for Providing Music Lessons Online

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Nowadays many people are looking for music lessons online. This guide provides great tips of you are an artist hoping to start providing lessons in your spare time. There is a demand for music lessons online because not everyone has the time or money to take in-person music classes even if they want to learn.…

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The Science of Soundproofing: Simple Tips for the Musician’s Home

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Master the science of soundproofing so you can play music in your home without effecting your family, friends and neighbors. Are you a soundproofing master? Whether you’re married to a musician, raising one or are a musical master yourself, the noise of even a well-played instrument can impact your roommates, neighbors, or family. Even playing…

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