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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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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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The Super Bowl halftime show is the weirdest gig on earth

by Andre Calilhanna January 30, 2015

Justin and Janet during the Super Bowl halftime show in 2004It’s worth marveling at the scope of the production. The mechanics of constructing a stage, setting up the sound system, flooding the field with an audience, carrying out a performance, and breaking down – all in 20-minutes – is pretty fantastic. But the question is, “Why exactly do we need a concert in the middle of a football game?” Read more.

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Get exclusive deals and discounts from Backstage

by Disc Makers January 28, 2015

Backstage music gear dealsBackstage is a new program from Disc Makers that offers exclusive deals on music gear and provides member-only access to discounts on services such as gig booking and post-production mastering, plus plenty of other special offers created for the independent musician. Read more.

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Tales of the worst music gigs ever

by Michael Gallant January 22, 2015

Tales of the worst music gigsEvery musician has stories of the best gig ever, that performances where the music, the crowd, and the stars aligned. Then there’s those other times when nothing goes right. Gear explodes, drunks attack, people vanish… But even the worst gigs can be valuable learning experiences. Read more.

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How to develop short, mid, and long-term music career goals

by Keith Hatschek January 20, 2015

Smart music career goalsDreams are not goals. A goal must be written down and have a date by which you intend to complete it. For example, pitching your original songs to four music supervisors within the next 30 days is an attainable goal, since you have complete control over whether or not you can achieve this goal. Read more.

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Improve your music marketing campaigns

by Bobby Borg January 19, 2015

ocus your music marketing campaignsDirect marketing is the process of communicating directly with fans (e.g. mailing tour dates, texting announcements about contests, and posting website links to your fund raisers). But there’s more to direct marketing then just hitting “send.” To increase your return on your future music marketing campaigns, read these ten tips. Read more.

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Networking is key to success in the music business

by Steve Rennie January 15, 2015

Networking and success in the music businessYou know what the secret is?” Rob “Blasko” Nicholson reveals, “The hour that you’re onstage, that’s not the important part. It’s the other 23 hours of the day. If no one can stand you because you’re a raging asshole or a drug addict or whatever for 23 hours of the day, it doesn’t matter how good you are for the hour onstage.” Read more.

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