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Cheryl B. Engelhardt

Set goals for your vocal lessons

by Cheryl B. Engelhardt October 8, 2014

Set goals for your vocal lessonsSo you’ve decided to take voice lessons and you’re anxious about your first lesson, wondering what to expect and how to prepare. Here’s the good news: this isn’t an audition! Take a deep breath (you’ll be doing a lot of that in your singing lessons), and focus on these seven tips to prepare for your first voice lesson. Read more.

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Simple travel tips for musicians (and everyone else)

by Cheryl B. Engelhardt August 25, 2014

Travel tips for musicians Traveling can bring excitement to your life, and it can bring stress and upheaval, as well. Even when I’m not touring for my music, when I head to the hills for a month, I know how to make all systems go with as little as possible. Here are four simple travel tips to help you endure life on the road without feeling like roadkill. Read more.

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Make your music photos tell your story

by Cheryl B. Engelhardt August 4, 2014

Tips for better music photos Music photography is just another way to help you communicate with the world. When your music photos support your lyrics, music, website, tweets, emails, or releases to complete who you are and help convey your message as an artist AND your artist brand, then they are doing their job! Follow these few guidelines to get your next photo shoot to be a true snapshot of you. Read more.

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Ditch the pre-show performance jitters

by Cheryl B. Engelhardt July 17, 2014

overcoming performance jitters We all know practice makes perfect, but sometimes perfect isn’t enough to calm performance jitters, cool sweaty palms, and relax the nerves. So whether you’re heading out to perform for some big festival crowds, going solo for the first time, or just want to get a grip on your performance, here are a few tips to take on – before you step on stage. Read more.

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Don’t Be Afraid of Your Own Crazy Ideas

by Cheryl B. Engelhardt August 9, 2013

Crazy idea guyI’ve come up with so many borderline crazy ideas, like doing an intimate show in a hot air balloon and auditioning for movies just to offer my film scoring skills. Many (nearly all) of these ideas did NOT make it off the ground, and I had to stop looking at those as failures. But thinking of crazy ideas to get results can get tiring… until one works. Read more.

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Make the Most of a Music Internship

by Cheryl B. Engelhardt May 31, 2013

Music internship Most anyone can offer a music internship, or participate in one. If you are a composer, a singer-songwriter, a member of a band, etc., and have a bunch of stuff that you keep putting off: like making posters, booking a tour, or reaching out to licensing companies, you have a lot to gain from having an intern. On the flip side, no matter how old you are or what your experience level, if you’re looking to dive deeper into the music biz, you could benefit from being an intern. Read more.

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Who Influences Your Music Most?

by Cheryl B. Engelhardt April 3, 2013

Musical inspirationYou know that question people ask musicians “who influences you most”? Well, I’ve never been able to answer it. For a while I thought I’d just list what music I grew up listening to, as that must have made an impact on my writing style. Later, I started listing musicians whose music I currently am into because I must be trying to be more like them if I am a fan, right? Read more.

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How to get your music video viewed 1,000 times in one day

by Cheryl B. Engelhardt February 20, 2013

CherylsVideoMusic promotion isn’t just about amazing content, it’s about how you share it. Let’s assume you have high quality content, like a music video posted on YouTube that you just spent weeks pouring your heart and soul into, and it hasn’t quite gone viral yet. How can you boost views, downloads, and likes without bugging the heck out of your fans or spending a gazillion dollars on ads? Read more.

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Saving Money While Touring

by Cheryl B. Engelhardt February 13, 2013

TourMoneyTraveling to play music gigs is expensive. Being on the road also takes a lot of planning, time, energy, and day-of alertness for travel plans to be flawlessly executed. Whether touring around your favorite regions of the globe or traveling to a far off city for a music conference, there are a few tricks and tips that can help make your travels go smoothly, and keep your bank account afloat at the same time. Read more.

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Writing Jingles – The Process Explained

by Cheryl B. Engelhardt January 30, 2013

Composer Today, a typical jingle is only part of advertising music content. You will also hear underscores, or music created specifically for the video. You may also recognize a favorite song, or discover a new band to like in the thirty seconds that an iPod ad plays, or hear a cool rendition of a favorite old tune. As long as it’s memorable, musical, and arcs the same way the story of the ad arcs, you’ve got yourself some ad music. In this article, I am going to focus on the process of creating new music (either an underscore or a jingle) for an ad. Read more.

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My Anti-Resolution to Ditch the One Big Goal

by Cheryl B. Engelhardt January 11, 2013

My Anti-Resolution to Ditch the One Big GoalNew Year’s Resolutions — they’re created with the best intentions. To do better, live better, be better. They hang over our heads, guilt us into temporary action, and for 92% of Americans, they’re a distant memory by Valentine’s Day. These resolutions tend to be vague goals with no real measurable result, like "lose weight," "fall in love," or "be a better friend," and they can get in the way of the one thing that can bring us what we want: a commitment to a purpose. Read more.

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Why you want a music video

by Cheryl B. Engelhardt November 12, 2012

Music videos never seemed like something I should pursue. I never understood how they could translate into sales or revenue, and I certainly didn’t know how to come up with an idea that wasn’t a literal translation of my lyrics – “all I have to say is I love you” only invokes an image of two people running at each other in slow-mo, arms open for an embrace… cheese city. Read more.

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Thoughts on Writer’s Block From One Songwriter to Another

by Cheryl B. Engelhardt September 5, 2012

You may not think it’s possible to write on demand. You may or may not believe you have a muse that sits in the back of your room when you are feeling the creative flow, and is on a lunch break when you’re not. Trust me, I’ve gone through all the possibilities of why I often feel like a magnet drawn to my piano and writer’s pad, and why at other times, I’d rather crawl into bed, clean my bathroom for the third time, or do my taxes before sitting at that bench with a pencil in hand. What gives? Don’t I have any control of this? Read more.

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Green Living as an Indie Musician

by Cheryl B. Engelhardt July 16, 2012

While the music industry isn’t typically singled out as a major environmental offender, gas, plane rides, electricity for amps and mixing boards, and trash from food packaging are just a few ways we indie musicians carve out our dreaded carbon footprint. And as folks with some prominence and the capacity to play to crowds, we have the ability to make others (our audience) more conscious of ways to go green by speaking up and setting an example. Read more.

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You’re in the music business, so act like a business person

by Cheryl B. Engelhardt July 3, 2012

Like it or not, if you are interested in how to make money with music, you are officially in the music business. Now, the “music” part of the phrase “music business” is not a free pass for showing up late, writing emails with incomplete sentences, smelling grungy for a meeting, and having disorganized finances. The “business” part of that phrase is the part we indie musicians often overlook. You’ve got the music bit covered. Read more.

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