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2014-09-10 22:28:50 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Focus on song intros for your live performance. 

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2015-06-23 22:21:11 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Songwriter’s block: where does it come from? - By Gary Ewer Creativity comes from divergent thinking, and the stresses of work and family life can cause it to disappear and leave you with the dreaded songwriter’s block. Adapted and excerpted from Beating Songwriter’s Block: Jump-start Your Words and Music (Backbeat Books). Reprinted with permission. When did you know you were a songwriter? You may have come to it as an adult, but more than likely the seeds were sown whe... http://ow.ly/30s3Jw

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2015-04-10 14:50:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

National Record Store Day is coming up on April 18, 2015. To celebrate, we asked some of our Disc Makers employees, who are also musicians, to share some vinyl record stories and explain why Record Store Day and independent music stores are important to them.

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2015-08-04 21:57:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

What to do if you run into an unexpected acoustic gig - http://bit.ly/1IKCtKO

What to do if you run into an unexpected acoustic gig - http://bit.ly/1IKCtKO___

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2015-07-31 16:46:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Four ways you can fund your next music project - By Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan Earning money with CDs, merch, and ticket sales is part of life as a musician. But how do you find money to get a music project off the ground? Here are four ways to fund your next music project. You’re a musician – of course you want to record your music, make CDs, have an album release party, create new merchandise, and go on tour. Trouble is, you don’t have the cash on hand to make any of these things a r...

Four ways you can fund your next music project - By Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan Earning money with CDs, merch, and ticket sales is part of life as a musician. But how do you find money to get a music project off the ground? Here are four ways to fund your next music project. You’re a musician – of course you want to record your music, make CDs, have an album release party, create new merchandise, and go on tour. Trouble is, you don’t have the cash on hand to make any of these things a r...___

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2015-07-29 20:47:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

9 things NOT to do with your next song demo - By Johnny Dwinell A song demo is trying to accomplish one thing: sell your song to the listener. While there’s no magic formula for rising to the top, these 9 tips will help you avoid sinking to the bottom of the pile. Last year, I got a call to produce a record for an artist on a NY label. It was a rush project, they wanted it distributed in early December in time to ship for Christmas. The songs were already chosen, but at the last minute the ...

9 things NOT to do with your next song demo - By Johnny Dwinell A song demo is trying to accomplish one thing: sell your song to the listener. While there’s no magic formula for rising to the top, these 9 tips will help you avoid sinking to the bottom of the pile. Last year, I got a call to produce a record for an artist on a NY label. It was a rush project, they wanted it distributed in early December in time to ship for Christmas. The songs were already chosen, but at the last minute the ...___

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2015-07-27 22:46:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Gigging without electricity – how we made it through the show in the park

Gigging without electricity – how we made it through the show in the park___

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2015-07-23 18:47:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

10 things you can do to reach your music career goals - By Bobby Borg While these 10 tips are hardly a foolproof master plan, they’re a good reminder of things you can do to take the next step and reach your music career goals. Musicians have no problem creating master plans to rule the world, but they often fall short of seeing their music career goals through effectively. What an unfortunate waste! As Ralph S. Larsen, CEO of Johnson & Johnson, said, “The best-thought-out plans in the worl...

10 things you can do to reach your music career goals - By Bobby Borg While these 10 tips are hardly a foolproof master plan, they’re a good reminder of things you can do to take the next step and reach your music career goals. Musicians have no problem creating master plans to rule the world, but they often fall short of seeing their music career goals through effectively. What an unfortunate waste! As Ralph S. Larsen, CEO of Johnson & Johnson, said, “The best-thought-out plans in the worl...___

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2015-07-22 16:46:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Yoga for musicians - By Keith Hatschek Brandon Dill Practicing yoga can help you attain peak performance, strengthen your body, and overcome music performance anxiety. We discuss the benefits of yoga for musicians with veteran instructor Nichol Chase. Many musicians, singers, dancers, actors and performance artists speak of “being in the zone,” when an outstanding performance flowed naturally and effortlessly, making it a memorable occasion for audience and performer alike. Is there a secre...

Yoga for musicians - By Keith Hatschek Brandon Dill Practicing yoga can help you attain peak performance, strengthen your body, and overcome music performance anxiety. We discuss the benefits of yoga for musicians with veteran instructor Nichol Chase. Many musicians, singers, dancers, actors and performance artists speak of “being in the zone,” when an outstanding performance flowed naturally and effortlessly, making it a memorable occasion for audience and performer alike. Is there a secre...___

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2015-07-18 02:47:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Setting up a call to action on your Facebook artist page - By Andre Calilhanna Facebook marketing tip: With Facebook’s “Call to Action” button, you’re one click closer to converting fans to buy your CDs, merch, and tickets. Social media marketing isn’t always about making a sale. Engaging on social media is more often about having conversations, building trust, and increasing your visibility and influence. Of course, it’s also about promoting your act, marketing your music and gigs, and att...

Setting up a call to action on your Facebook artist page - By Andre Calilhanna Facebook marketing tip: With Facebook’s “Call to Action” button, you’re one click closer to converting fans to buy your CDs, merch, and tickets. Social media marketing isn’t always about making a sale. Engaging on social media is more often about having conversations, building trust, and increasing your visibility and influence. Of course, it’s also about promoting your act, marketing your music and gigs, and att...___

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2015-07-16 18:49:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

A guide to Apple Music streaming for the independent musician from our partners at CD Baby. For independent musicians who want in on the service, CD Baby has been identified by Apple as the go-to source to make music available on the platform. CD Baby explores how to claim your Apple Music artist profile through ‘Connect’, what affect will Apple Music have on the music industry, four kinds of royalties you can earn from Apple Music, and how you get your music on Apple Music.

A guide to Apple Music streaming for the independent musician from our partners at CD Baby. For independent musicians who want in on the service, CD Baby has been identified by Apple as the go-to source to make music available on the platform. CD Baby explores how to claim your Apple Music artist profile through ‘Connect’, what affect will Apple Music have on the music industry, four kinds of royalties you can earn from Apple Music, and how you get your music on Apple Music.___

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2015-07-14 18:47:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Are you building a music career or just filling the calendar?

Are you building a music career or just filling the calendar?___

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2015-07-10 14:47:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

How to choose a recording studio - By Hybrid Studios When it comes time to record in a professional recording studio, you want to be sure you make the right choice. These tips for choosing a studio will put you on track. You’ve got the songs. You’ve logged the miles, played the gigs, and built your following. Now it’s time to record. But how do you choose the right recording studio? Good question! You want to choose wisely as this is for posterity, after all. Finding and choosing the right ...

How to choose a recording studio - By Hybrid Studios When it comes time to record in a professional recording studio, you want to be sure you make the right choice. These tips for choosing a studio will put you on track. You’ve got the songs. You’ve logged the miles, played the gigs, and built your following. Now it’s time to record. But how do you choose the right recording studio? Good question! You want to choose wisely as this is for posterity, after all. Finding and choosing the right ...___

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2015-07-09 16:47:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Are you making excuses, or dealing with challenges? - By Disc Makers If you can turn an excuse into challenge, you’ll be one step closer to achieving your music career goals. Excuses. A lot of folks hate it when I talk about this subject, probably because we all have some festering sore spot in our lives where we coulda, shoulda, woulda but made an excuse instead and never did. So having a serious discussion about excuses causes us to relive our most catastrophic or pai... 

Are you making excuses, or dealing with challenges? - By Disc Makers If you can turn an excuse into challenge, you’ll be one step closer to achieving your music career goals. Excuses. A lot of folks hate it when I talk about this subject, probably because we all have some festering sore spot in our lives where we coulda, shoulda, woulda but made an excuse instead and never did. So having a serious discussion about excuses causes us to relive our most catastrophic or pai... ___

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2015-07-08 18:46:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Now part of Tribune Media, Gracenote has databases that span music, television, movies, and sports. When you listen to a CD on iTunes and the artist and song name pop up and the album art displays, it’s a function of Gracenote, a company that maintains and licenses a database containing music metadata and so much more. Metadata, or “the data about data,” is the information embedded in a digit...

Now part of Tribune Media, Gracenote has databases that span music, television, movies, and sports. When you listen to a CD on iTunes and the artist and song name pop up and the album art displays, it’s a function of Gracenote, a company that maintains and licenses a database containing music metadata and so much more. Metadata, or “the data about data,” is the information embedded in a digit...___

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2015-07-02 14:06:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

How to deal with criticism as a musician - By Bobby Borg If you want to progress, you’re going to have to learn how to deal with criticism as a musician and channel it to help you improve. Here are five tips to help you navigate the inevitable. Getting feedback from a representative sample of your target audience or from a seasoned music professional is a great way to measure where you are in your career. But what happens when you get feedback that is the opposite of wh... http://ow.ly/30Rajv

How to deal with criticism as a musician - By Bobby Borg If you want to progress, you’re going to have to learn how to deal with criticism as a musician and channel it to help you improve. Here are five tips to help you navigate the inevitable. Getting feedback from a representative sample of your target audience or from a seasoned music professional is a great way to measure where you are in your career. But what happens when you get feedback that is the opposite of wh... http://ow.ly/30Rajv___

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2015-07-01 18:13:48 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Use hammer-ons and pull-offs to energize your chords - By Kathy Dickson Whether your playing acoustic or electric guitar, hammer-ons and pull-offs can be a dynamic addition to your repertoire. Part of developing as a guitarist is learning how to dress up chord progressions so they don’t sound stale and boring. One way to make your chord playing more dynamic is to incorporate hammer-ons and pull-offs. Hammer-ons and pull-offs use the fretting hand instead of the picking ... http://ow.ly/30OWup

Use hammer-ons and pull-offs to energize your chords - By Kathy Dickson Whether your playing acoustic or electric guitar, hammer-ons and pull-offs can be a dynamic addition to your repertoire. Part of developing as a guitarist is learning how to dress up chord progressions so they don’t sound stale and boring. One way to make your chord playing more dynamic is to incorporate hammer-ons and pull-offs. Hammer-ons and pull-offs use the fretting hand instead of the picking ... http://ow.ly/30OWup___

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2015-06-26 20:06:26 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Expand your audience with opening act and support slots - By Jeri Goldstein Being an opening act for a more established band is a great way to expand your audience. Here are some tips to make this more strategy than chance. One way to expand your audience is to serve as a support or opening act for a better-known artist on multiple tour dates or one local show. These are choice slots, and many acts are vying for them, but sometimes you can get lucky and be in the right ... http://ow.ly/30BMLg

Expand your audience with opening act and support slots - By Jeri Goldstein Being an opening act for a more established band is a great way to expand your audience. Here are some tips to make this more strategy than chance. One way to expand your audience is to serve as a support or opening act for a better-known artist on multiple tour dates or one local show. These are choice slots, and many acts are vying for them, but sometimes you can get lucky and be in the right ... http://ow.ly/30BMLg___

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2015-06-25 20:12:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

More thoughts on delivering great rock vocals - By Michael Gallant Though many might think rock vocalists are the rebels of the music family, singing rock vocals requires the same care and practice as any other music genre. Last week we published advice for great rock vocals from Saigon Kick’s lead singer, and expert vocal coach, Matt Kramer. And as powerful as Kramer’s advice is, he’d be the first to tell you that his perspective on delivering an engaging and goose-bum... http://ow.ly/30yESS

More thoughts on delivering great rock vocals - By Michael Gallant Though many might think rock vocalists are the rebels of the music family, singing rock vocals requires the same care and practice as any other music genre. Last week we published advice for great rock vocals from Saigon Kick’s lead singer, and expert vocal coach, Matt Kramer. And as powerful as Kramer’s advice is, he’d be the first to tell you that his perspective on delivering an engaging and goose-bum... http://ow.ly/30yESS___

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2015-06-23 22:21:11 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Songwriter’s block: where does it come from? - By Gary Ewer Creativity comes from divergent thinking, and the stresses of work and family life can cause it to disappear and leave you with the dreaded songwriter’s block. Adapted and excerpted from Beating Songwriter’s Block: Jump-start Your Words and Music (Backbeat Books). Reprinted with permission. When did you know you were a songwriter? You may have come to it as an adult, but more than likely the seeds were sown whe... http://ow.ly/30s3Jw

Songwriter’s block: where does it come from? - By Gary Ewer Creativity comes from divergent thinking, and the stresses of work and family life can cause it to disappear and leave you with the dreaded songwriter’s block. Adapted and excerpted from Beating Songwriter’s Block: Jump-start Your Words and Music (Backbeat Books). Reprinted with permission. When did you know you were a songwriter? You may have come to it as an adult, but more than likely the seeds were sown whe... http://ow.ly/30s3Jw___

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2015-06-19 16:14:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Give your fans a live music performance to remember - By Bobby Borg To succeed in music, your live music performance has to be more than just a rehearsal on stage. Get creative, scale your performance to the venue, and give the people a show to remember. It takes more than just great songs and great performances to get people excited about your music career, especially when you’re just starting out or you want attention in a competitive city like Los Angeles, New York, ... http://ow.ly/30fnBg

Give your fans a live music performance to remember - By Bobby Borg To succeed in music, your live music performance has to be more than just a rehearsal on stage. Get creative, scale your performance to the venue, and give the people a show to remember. It takes more than just great songs and great performances to get people excited about your music career, especially when you’re just starting out or you want attention in a competitive city like Los Angeles, New York, ... http://ow.ly/30fnBg___

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2015-06-17 18:15:00 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

How to deliver great rock vocals — and stay healthy doing it http://ow.ly/308Spz

How to deliver great rock vocals — and stay healthy doing it http://ow.ly/308Spz___

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2015-06-16 00:28:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Great vocalists from yesterday and today [infographic] - By Disc Makers Compare the vocal ranges of some of the great vocalists from yesterday and today in this awesome infographic. Ok, when it comes to all-time great vocalists, the list of notables who are not on this list is every bit as long as the list itself. I’ll throw out two of my all-time favorite rock singers – Ann Wilson and Robin Zander – and that alone makes this list kind of a joke. BUT, how cool is this i... http://ow.ly/302Axn

Great vocalists from yesterday and today [infographic] - By Disc Makers Compare the vocal ranges of some of the great vocalists from yesterday and today in this awesome infographic. Ok, when it comes to all-time great vocalists, the list of notables who are not on this list is every bit as long as the list itself. I’ll throw out two of my all-time favorite rock singers – Ann Wilson and Robin Zander – and that alone makes this list kind of a joke. BUT, how cool is this i... http://ow.ly/302Axn___

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2015-06-09 19:36:50 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Creating great videos is just the first step...

Creating great videos is just the first step...___

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2015-05-27 19:48:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Everything you need to outfit the band... just in time for tour season!

Everything you need to outfit the band... just in time for tour season!___

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2015-04-29 21:21:53 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

A band press kit used to consist of a physical cassette or CD, a glossy photo, a bio, and maybe a sticker or a cool tchotchke. We've put together a list of reasons why having a press kit folder should still be a major part of how to promote your band and what a band press kit in 2015 should look like.

A band press kit used to consist of a physical cassette or CD, a glossy photo, a bio, and maybe a sticker or a cool tchotchke. We've put together a list of reasons why having a press kit folder should still be a major part of how to promote your band and what a band press kit in 2015 should look like.___

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2015-04-10 14:50:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

National Record Store Day is coming up on April 18, 2015. To celebrate, we asked some of our Disc Makers employees, who are also musicians, to share some vinyl record stories and explain why Record Store Day and independent music stores are important to them.

National Record Store Day is coming up on April 18, 2015. To celebrate, we asked some of our Disc Makers employees, who are also musicians, to share some vinyl record stories and explain why Record Store Day and independent music stores are important to them.___

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2015-03-24 19:34:08 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

If you struggle to create content for your music marketing, here are eight writing tips to help you work faster without sacrificing quality.

If you struggle to create content for your music marketing, here are eight writing tips to help you work faster without sacrificing quality.___

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2015-03-17 20:12:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

A lot goes into delivering and learning how to sing R&B vocals. In this post, singer and producer Alvin Fields gives advice on choosing material, delivering vibrato, and owning your riffs.

A lot goes into delivering and learning how to sing R&B vocals. In this post, singer and producer Alvin Fields gives advice on choosing material, delivering vibrato, and owning your riffs.___

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2015-03-05 16:35:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Are you getting in the way of reaching your potential?

Are you getting in the way of reaching your potential?___

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2015-02-25 19:26:27 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Take care of your gear!

Take care of your gear!___

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2014-09-10 22:28:50 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Focus on song intros for your live performance. 

Focus on song intros for your live performance. ___

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2014-09-08 23:37:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

BUilding hip hop beats: 9 tips from Johnny Juice. 

BUilding hip hop beats: 9 tips from Johnny Juice. ___

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2014-09-04 22:14:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Your album release (and post-release). #guide   #free   #music  

Your album release (and post-release). #guide   #free   #music  ___

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2014-09-03 23:29:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Measure music success with key performance indicators. 

Measure music success with key performance indicators. ___

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2014-09-02 23:06:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

9 things you should NEVER do on stage.

9 things you should NEVER do on stage.___

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2014-08-29 12:57:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Avoiding common songwriting mistakes. http://goo.gl/JSd6vS

Avoiding common songwriting mistakes. http://goo.gl/JSd6vS___

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2014-08-26 14:39:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Travel tips for musicians (and everyone else). 

Travel tips for musicians (and everyone else). ___

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2014-08-25 16:28:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Own the crowd: Tips from the One Man SIde Show.

Own the crowd: Tips from the One Man SIde Show.___

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2014-08-21 14:45:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Virtual synths and the art of imperfection.

Virtual synths and the art of imperfection.___

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2014-08-20 13:40:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The road to becoming a successful songwriter. 

The road to becoming a successful songwriter. ___

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2014-08-19 15:28:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Help the cops recover your stolen music gear.

Help the cops recover your stolen music gear.___

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2014-08-18 13:57:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Choosing an audio interface for your home studio. 

Choosing an audio interface for your home studio. ___

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2014-08-14 14:36:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The time is NOW to plan your next album!

The time is NOW to plan your next album!___

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2014-08-13 13:46:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

A musician's guide to crossing into Canada. 

A musician's guide to crossing into Canada. ___

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2014-08-12 15:26:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Download our free guide: Planning your album from beginning to end. 

Download our free guide: Planning your album from beginning to end. ___

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2014-08-11 15:53:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Independent musicians need to make CDs. 

Independent musicians need to make CDs. ___

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2014-08-07 14:56:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

What to do when the song is over.

What to do when the song is over.___

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2014-08-06 15:16:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

How to sell your music on iTunes. 

How to sell your music on iTunes. ___

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2014-08-05 15:24:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

11 #improv  tips to help you make music in the moment.

11 #improv  tips to help you make music in the moment.___

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2014-08-04 15:41:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Make your music photos tell your story. 

Make your music photos tell your story. ___

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2014-07-31 14:57:38 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

DO NOT do this on stage!

DO NOT do this on stage!___

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2014-07-30 15:19:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Audio repair and restoration: tools of the trade.

Audio repair and restoration: tools of the trade.___

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