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Gary Hoey - Ho Ho Hoey Rockin' Holiday Tour

Fans of virtuoso electric guitar and holiday music both had reason to celebrate at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA on Dec. 19, 2014. Gary Hoey brought his 19th annual Ho Ho Hoey Rockin' Holiday Tour to the venerable and brightly-decorated concert venue, delivering a fun-filled night filled with sterling versions of Christmas classics...

Are You Playing The Right Guitar?

Guitars come in more shapes and sizes than a casual observer might think. There’s lots of variation in the width and depth of a guitar's body . The neck may be narrow or wide, with a deep or shallow curve (guitar builders talk about “C” and “D” profile necks). To make things more complicated , you need to take the size and proportion of your fingers, hands, and...

Essential Tips for Mixing Your Songwriter Demos

Once you’ve decided to up the ante and put your songwriter demos out there for the world to hear, it’s in your best interest to pay close attention to every step in the recording process. One of the most vital of these steps is the mix of your song. It’s not enough to have a great song. You need a great recording and a strong mix is an essential part of any...

How 3-D Printing Will Change The Way We Play Music

Sometimes it feels like we have people telling us that 3-D printing is going to change just about everything: Fashion. Health Care.Architecture. Violence. Your dinner. Now we can add one more thing to the list: Music. A group of students at Lund University in Sweden recently became the first band to play 3-D printed musical...

Five Pre-Songwriting Demo Mistakes (and how to avoid them)

The professional songwriting demo process is a necessary part of the equation for songwriters aspiring to get their material heard by music industry decision-makers and, hopefully, cut by successful recording artists. Despite the fact that hundreds of demos are recorded every week in places like Nashville, New York and Los Angeles, new ...
Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant in Atlanta

Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant Christmas Tour in Atlanta

With the word "Christ" in Christmas, it's nice to know there are artists who don't kow-tow to political correctness and call their Christmas tour a "holiday" show. Then again, when those artists are two of the biggest Christian performers in the world, it's no wonder they are celebrating Christmas with their stop in Atlanta on Michael W. Smith's 2014...

Hidden Hit-Makers: History’s Most Iconic Session Musicians

A handful of documentaries released since the turn of the new century, from 2002’s Standing In the Shadows of Motown to 2013’s Muscle Shoals, have helped us put names and faces to the backing musicians that brought some of our favorite recordings to life. It can be surprising to learn just how many classic recordings were churned...

How To Get Your Music On YouTube Music Key

Move over Spotify and Rdio. YouTube Music Key is finally here. After much anticipation, YouTube has just announced the launch of its subscription streaming service: YouTube Music Key. YouTube Music Key, available in the US and 6 European countries, will let subscribers listen to ad-free music (including full albums in high quality audio) AND watch music...

Vid O’ The Week: GOVS – There Comes A Time ft. San Mei

A tribute to those existential star gazing nights as you floated in the pool, surrounded by the music and people you can’t live without. A tribute to the firework spectacles where you relied on those glorious explosions to launch your aspirations into the promising unknown. A tribute to the times you were high on the drug of life and you felt you could be your...

The Business of Songwriting: Co-Writes and Split Sheets

As a songwriter, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the creativity and excitement of writing and forget about the business side of things. A lot of times, the very subject of business, royalty splits and copyright can change the atmosphere of the room and dry up whatever creative juices were flowing. However, it’s important to remember that it’s your copyrights that...
Trans-Siberian Orchestra in Concert - Duluth, GA

Trans-Siberian Orchestra at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA

Christmas came early to Georgia when the Trans-Siberian Orchestra brought their Live Debut of The Christmas Attic tour to The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth. The stunning show, replete with flashing lasers, bright videotrons, blazing pyrotechnics and billowing smoke machines dazzled the sold-out crowd as every member of the touring group...

Getting Out of Your Songwriting Comfort Zone

One of the many challenges we songwriters face is that we’re tasked not only with creating something from nothing but also our “somethings” need to be unique not only compared to what others have written but also compared to what we’ve written before. This is no small thing and the moment you think you’ve "figured it out" as a...

15 Ways to Make More Money From Your Music This Christmas

The Holiday Season is (practically) here, which means that a musical bonanza is about to begin. 20% of industry-wide music sales take place in the last six weeks of the year — and 30% of all sales on CD Baby happen during that same period. It’s a frenzy! And people are searching for all kinds of music during the holidays, so you don’t...

How to Split the Music Publishing Pie

Collaborating with a producer or co-writer? How do you come up with a fair percentage split of the music publishing? Figuring it out up front is a good first step. Working with partners when songwriting is inherently collaborative and is often how great songs get written. Plus – for musicians, songwriters, and producers – the music creation...

1970s Hit Makers America Nail It In Concert Celebrating Understated Legacy

While it seems unlikely that America will win a place in the Rock and Roll of Fame anytime soon, there is something to be said for a band that has scored a number of enduring hits, won a best new artist Grammy Award, worked with producer George Martin and has influenced several generation of other musicians.
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