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Music Lessons: 15 Things Parents Need to Consider

What do I need to think about before my kid takes lessons? Music lessons for students....[read more]

How to Get Your Music on the Radio: Tips from a DJ

How to get your music on the radio, how to prepare for performing on the radio, tips from a DJ....[read more]

How to Finish Your Album,
Part II

Learn how to make and finish a record album. Learn how to be a producer, and how to manage a band....[read more]

How to Finish Your Album,
Part I

Do you have an unfinished project? Learn how to get past your excuses and fears, and finish what you started....[read more]

You Have Unrealistic Expectations for Mariah Carey

Criticizing singers like Mariah Carey and Beyonce for their bad vocal leaks is unfair. No one is 100% perfect all the time....[read more]

Don't Learn From Your Mistakes... Learn From Mine.

What to do when you bomb on stage. What happens when you fail as a musician? Accepting failure as part of growth....[read more]

What is the Perfect Song Length?

How long should your song be? How many parts should it have?...[read more]

Hooks: The Most Important Element of Songwriting

Hooks are the most important part of songwriting. How to write better songs. How to write hooks....[read more]

Music Industry Scams

Music industry scams. Fake music services. How to avoid getting ripped off. ...[read more]

Recording Part IV: Things No Musician Likes to Talk About

Advice for new musicians on how to deal with payments for recording staff, drugs, and planning....[read more]

Recording Part III: Mixing & Mastering

Advice for aspiring musicians on how to mix and master your album in a professional recording studio....[read more]

Recording Part II: Going in the Studio

Advice for musicians on recording, locking in your parts, working with a click, dealing with the stress....[read more]

What's the Best Way to Support Musicians? Taylor Swift vs. Spotify

Examines the streaming debate between Daniel Ek of spotify and Taylor Swift...[read more]

Recording Part I: Preparing for the Studio

Before you go into the studio, you'll want to get the right instruments, nail down your songs, and hire the right staff....[read more]

There's Nothing Wrong with Selling Out

Artists need money, and want to grow, which isn't a betrayal of their audience....[read more]

How to Write Lyrics: Level 2

Advice and lessons on how to write lyrics for musicians....[read more]

How to Write Lyrics: The Basics

The basics of how to write, edit, and practice writing lyrics...[read more]

How to Become a Successful Musician with Goal-Setting

How to become a successful musician by setting and achieving goals....[read more]

Don't Waste (Other People's) Time

How to book shows. How to deal with managers, booking agents, club owners, show runners, and get your music heard. ...[read more]

How to Care for Your Voice

How to care for your voice, throat, and vocal cords. Information on vocal strain, injuries, nodules, nodes, and polyps. Vocal research from voice teac...[read more]

How to Play Nice with Other Bands: 10 Tips

How musicians can establish and maintain good working relationships between bands, artists, managers, and other music industry professionals....[read more]

5 Questions You Should Ask Every Potential Band Member

5 questions to ask a band member before they join the band. Helpful questions for band members auditions and interviews....[read more]

Married to the Band (Part II)

Band relationships are similar to marriages or dating relationships and take effort from musicians to keep the band in tact, and free of stress....[read more]

Married to the Band (Part I)

Advice for musicians on relationship dynamics, and how to treat band relationships like marriages and dating to make sure everyone feels like a valued...[read more]

Follow-up to Building Your Song

5 simple steps to writing a song. How to become a better songwritwer. How to write a song. Songwriting for dummies....[read more]

5 Steps to Building Your Song

5 simple steps to writing a song. How to become a better songwritwer. How to write a song. Songwriting for dummies....[read more]

Your Mom Loves Your Music... Should You Give a Flying Crap?

Advice for musicians on getting and taking feedback on their music and songwriting from family, friends, and loved ones. ...[read more]

Feedback from the Pros Ain't Always Pro Feedback

Advice for musicians on getting feedback on their music and songwriting from music industry professionals. ...[read more]

Recording Your Shows Is a Bad Idea (Part II)

Advice for musicians on whether they should record their shows with smartphones, cameras, DSLR, SLR, or camcorders....[read more]

Recording Your Shows is a Bad Idea (Part I)

Advice for musicians on whether they should record their live shows with smartphones, camcorders, or DSLRs. ...[read more]

Are You Ripping Off Other Artists?
(Hint: The Answer is Yes)

Advice for musicians on creativity, originality, and influences that impact their songwriting and music....[read more]

 

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Music Lessons: 15 Things Parents Need to Consider

What do I need to think about before my kid takes lessons? Music lessons for students....[read more]

How to Get Your Music on the Radio: Tips from a DJ

How to get your music on the radio, how to prepare for performing on the radio, tips from a DJ....[read more]

How to Finish Your Album,
Part II

Learn how to make and finish a record album. Learn how to be a producer, and how to manage a band....[read more]

How to Finish Your Album,
Part I

Do you have an unfinished project? Learn how to get past your excuses and fears, and finish what you started....[read more]

You Have Unrealistic Expectations for Mariah Carey

Criticizing singers like Mariah Carey and Beyonce for their bad vocal leaks is unfair. No one is 100% perfect all the time....[read more]

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