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Productive Co-writing

I love to co-write. I still write by myself often because I enjoy that process too. But sometimes writing in a vacuum can be frustrating, even painful, whereas co-writing is usually fun because you have someone to bounce ideas off of, say stupid things until the profound ones pop out, share the frustration and celebrate the victories with. Co-writing is very popular in Nashville. There are a few great reasons to co-write songs. One is that it typically builds catalog faster...
 
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Three Keys to a Compelling Music Performance

What does the audience really pay attention to when you’re standing onstage? Is it how great your music, your playing, your singing is? No, it’s not those things… it’s who you are. Let me explain: Most of the people in your audience are not musicians, so when it comes to musical things, they’re ignorant. That doesn’t mean they’re stupid – they just don’t understand musical things. That’s not an excuse to be bad musically! In fact, I want you to be as good as you can possibly be. But what...
 
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How Musicians Make Money from YouTube

According to Brian Botkiller, YouTube has turned into “the world’s jukebox.” It’s the most popular music-discovery tool online. Over 6 billion hours of video is streamed every single month by more than 1 billion unique users — and a huge amount of those folks are looking for music. All this music activity on YouTube is generating new money for independent musicians. Is your music on YouTube? If so, great! But are you getting paid for that music on YouTube? If not, you should be...
 
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Pete Huttlinger - McGuire's Landing

Pete Huttlinger is one of Nashville's best-known acoustic guitar players, having spent several years touring with the late John Denver before becoming a session player for such artists as Faith Hill and Jimmy Buffett. But he's also known as a man who has cheated death in recent years, overcoming a stroke and a cardiac event to somehow return with his playing abilities intact. So since he's got his chops back, he did what any red-blooded guitar player would do: He recorded an album based around...
 
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The Importance of Stevie Ray Vaughan

Nearly 23 years ago — on August 27, 1990 — blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash after a show at East Troy, Wisconsin’s Alpine Valley Music Theater. Vaughan won millions of fans and almost singled-handedly put blues back on the commercial map during his seven years as a major-label recording artist, even while transcending many of the genre’s customary limitations. He also captivated the imagination and earned the respect of a list of ruling six-string virtuosos...
 
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Top Tips For Left-Handed Guitar Players

The world may not be “right” on a lot of days, but it’s certainly a right-handed world. Left-handers – estimated at 10-15% of all people – get a raw deal. Scissors, golf clubs, special non-smudging pens (think about writing on paper with your left, right-handers!), jar openers, gardening tools and more… All are specialized products you may need if you are left-handed. And then there are guitars. Many years ago, left-handers simply adapted as best they could. Albert King simply flipped his guitar and ...
 
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Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson in Burgettstown, PA

The Maroon 5 / Kelly Clarkson tour has been jokingly billed as a show by the two prettiest people in pop music. But as they showcased at Burgettstown, PA’s sold out First Niagara Pavilion, their talents proved they are more than skin deep. Idol winner and America’s sweetheart Clarkson displayed impressive versatility, blending blues, country and a little Motown with her pop catalog. After leading off with the megahit Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You), she got the crowd of 23,000 moving with the dance...
 
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Arlen Roth: “The Twang’s the Thang”

There’s no doubt that for a very long time now, adding a little bit, or a LOT of “twang” to your playing can be a great sound! It has long been associated with a kind of “western” sound that is used on guitar, mostly utilizing the lower strings, and with a combination of bending, whammy bar and even sometimes some amp tremelo and /or reverb. I got to play and also record with the original “King of Twang”, the one and only Duane Eddy! I feel as if he basically mainly coined the “twang” phrase with his...
 
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Spotify Payouts Revisited – How Much Does it Pay Now and How Much Should Artists Demand?

Spotify made big news again in mid-July when producer Nigel Godrich and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke pulled their music from the streaming service. Their move was not without precedent. Just a few months earlier, Jeremy DeVine, head of the indie record label Temporary Residence Ltd, came on to our InputOutput podcast to discuss his plans to withhold new releases from Spotify. Earlier this week, The Huffington Post confirmed that several other independent artists planned to follow suit. Ever since ...
 
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How Music Publishing Works

It’s how songwriters earn the bulk of their income; it’s how major label acts that perform original music can make money while they’re working to pay off their debt to the label; it’s how you can monetize your compositions and earn royalties for their usage on terrestrial radio, satellite and internet radio, TV, in live venues, and more. And yet few musicians, particularly independent musicians, have a good grasp on music publishing basics. Want to learn more about music publishing, publishing royalties, and royalty collection for independent songwriters? Read on...
 
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3 Things Musicians Should Avoid When Asking for a Sponsorship

Imagine you were running a business and you received an email from someone you didn’t know that looked like this: “Hi, I do a lot of great stuff. Can you give me $10,000 or introduce me to any of your friends who might be able to?” How would you feel? What would you think? Could you imagine a high profile artist such as Lady Gaga, Coldplay, or Adele sending something out like this? Yet variations of this kind of message are being sent by artists every day. You can change out the dollar amount...
 
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How To Raise Over $20K On Kickstarter: A Case Study

A few weeks ago I attended an inspiring CD release party for the Aury Moore Band‘s new CD, Here I Am. The AMB is a female-fronted indie Seattle rock band whose latest CD was produced by Stevie (full disclosure). I’ve been fortunate to be a part of Aury’s inner circle, and even to feed her a few music marketing tips. She’s an experienced and accomplished musician and marketer herself, and I wanted to share the story of this 12-song CD. This article is the first of a two-part series. In the first post...
 
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Top 10 Gibson ES-335 Heroes: Clapton, Grohl, Berry and More

The Gibson ES-335 made its debut in 1958 and immediately began making history. As the first thin-line, semi-hollowbody guitar in production, it gave players interested in exploring the warmer tones of hollow-body guitars andthe joy and power of loud amplification a license to kill on stage and in the studio. And they took it. Almost immediately Chuck Berry, B.B. King and a host of other hard-working musicians began brandishing the ES-335, and, later, its sisters, the ES-345, which one-upped...
 
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Ten Great Clean Intros

Recently we had a look at ways to increase the power of your distorted sound via various boosting methods. And with good reason: distortion is one of the cornerstones of rock, alongside such other crucial staples as big hair, pointy guitars and more pointy guitars. But guitar cannot exist on distortion alone: some of the most powerful, most crushing, most monumental rock and metal riffs have been preceded by clean intros. It's a great way to create drama and impact: lull the listener into a false...
 
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The Power of Rest

Rest in Voice: If you are a singer, you know the value of resting your voice between shows. Rest not only allows your voice time to physically recuperate from a performance, but it also strengthens your voice. Just like the other muscles in your body benefit from training that involves series of exercises with rests in between, the voice (and all of the muscles associated with singing) builds better strength and stamina with a cycle of exertion and rest. This is why a good vocal warm up regimen is so...
 
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