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Wax is back – and the vinyl record revival is good news for indie artists

vinyl record on a turntableVinyl record sales are on pace for another 30% growth, and this vinyl revival can be a sales driver for independent artists. According to Dan Faughnder of Sledding With Tigers, “Once we announced that our first vinyl record was in the pipeline, we received enough pre-orders to break even on the pressing cost before we got them from the plant.” Read more.

How and when to use falsetto in R&B vocals

by Michael Gallant March 5, 2015

How to sing R&BWhen it comes to vocal technique, Fields recommends keeping a round mouth and keeping the sound from coming purely out of the nose. “If you can create the sound in the back of your throat, combine that with the air in your chest and get resonance in your nasal cavity, you’re good. It’s almost like singing under water.” Read more.

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How to gig more without overexposing yourself

by Bobby Borg March 4, 2015

marquee perform liveIf you want to perform live more than just once a month, there are plenty of ways to fill up your performance schedule without saturating a particular market. Four basic strategies you should consider include: 1) A club residency, 2) Alternate format performances, 3) Dual territory performances, 4) A tour. Read more.

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Top 10 CD Baby Albums: February 2015

by Disc Makers March 2, 2015

george donaldsonFarmikosbanded salutations Here are the 10 best-selling albums in February: See all 10…

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Band rehearsal tips: Can you be over-rehearsed?

by Andre Calilhanna and Tom Jackson February 28, 2015

Band Rehearsal tipsWhen people come to me for band practice tips, one of the questions I get asked a lot is, “What’s too much rehearsal? We want to keep it spontaneous.” Well, spontaneous is one thing, and winging it is another. And most people wing it. When you’re making it up as you go onstage, instead of in rehearsal, you’ll never be great, consistently. Read more.

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Five mistakes keeping you from becoming a great musician

by Bobby Borg February 26, 2015

Becoming a great musician takes practiceBecoming a great musician isn’t easy, but avoiding these mistakes will increase your odds for success. Follow this advice and you’ll improve as a musician. First, as Malcolm Gladwell eloquently states in his book The Outliers, anyone wanting to be good at their craft must put in their 10,000 hours of practice. Read more.

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How to deliver great R&B vocals in the studio and on stage

by Michael Gallant February 25, 2015

How to sing R&BWhile great R&B vocals may seem to come straight from the soul, there are numerous stylistic elements that go into creating that warm, edgy, or just plain uplifting magic. Just ask Alvin Fields, who has credits with Kanye West, Drake, Dionne Warwick, Rihanna, Whitney Houston, John Legend, Alicia Keys, and many more. Read more.

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Audio mastering for vinyl

by Disc Makers February 23, 2015

audio mastering for vinyl If the music program is sibilant overall, the audio can be cut at a lower amplitude, which can help with the distortion caused by the high frequency information. The result, though, is a vinyl record that’s at a lower level, and the surface noise will be more prominent – not to mention, it’s not going to be comparable to other vinyl albums. Read more.

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Guitar care: humidity extremes can damage your instrument

by Keith Hatschek February 18, 2015

Digital Hygrometer Just how serious a risk are extreme climate conditions to your instrument’s well being? Bob Taylor, co-founder and president of Taylor Guitars, stated that, “At one time, probably 70% of the repairs performed in our service center could have been avoided if the guitar had not been exposed to humidity extremes.” Read more.

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The psychology of being great

by Steve Rennie February 17, 2015

Dr. Rotella talks success in the music businessIf you are looking to do something great in the music biz – or in anything in life – you’ll need to have your head screwed on straight. Steve Rennie, AKA The Renman, consistently talks about how you can prepare yourself for success in the music business, and it all starts with having the right attitude. Read more.

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Music business terminology

by Adam Melcher February 12, 2015

Definitions and music business terminologyWith every industry comes a set of terms that is specific to that field; the music business is no different. Check out this quick list of compiled definitions and music business terminology so you can learn to speak the language of the music industry. Read more.

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Rehearsing with a purpose

by Andre Calilhanna and Tom Jackson February 10, 2015

band rehearsalMost bands, when they rehearse, even for a big show, will rehearse for a couple of days, run through the songs to make sure they’re “tight,” work out the musical parts, and then go out onstage and hope something good will happen. They have no idea what they’re trying to accomplish. Read more.

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Another awful music gig

by Michael Gallant February 5, 2015

More tales from the worst gigsIn “Tales of the worst music gigs ever,” we shared a handful of on-the-gig horror stories and lessons learned from them. While those stories were all wrenching in their own rights, here is one from New York bassist Dmitry Ishenko that stands in a category of its own. Read more.

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Build your brand identity with the right band name

by Bobby Borg February 4, 2015

Finding the right band nameNaming your band is an important consideration in the endeavor of building your brand. If you’re just forming your new act, it’s not too early to recognize that your name is what will typically be stamped on all of your products as well as your websites, business cards, bass drum heads, and cases. Read more.

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How vinyl records work

by Disc Makers February 3, 2015

Vinyl-1200x628_fbVinyl records are back – of course, they never really went away, but how exactly do they work? We take a look at the history of vinyl and explain the science behind the sound of vinyl records. From mastering to manufacturing, we’ve gather insights on exactly how vinyl records work. Read more.

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Top 10 CD Baby Albums: January 2015

by Disc Makers February 2, 2015

star bombrichie kotzenThomas Here are the 10 best-selling albums in January: See all 10…

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