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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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Streaming’s Dirty Dozen

Atoms for Peace’s Thom Yorke and Nigel Goodrich’s much publicized decision to withdraw their music from Spotify added to a small but growing band of streaming hold-outs. Rather than add to the surplus of Atoms commentary, instead here are a dozen of the most pressing issues surrounding streaming. They are presented in no particular order and are a mix of both positive and negative trends and implications: Technology has made access models ready for prime time. Downloads...
 
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New Artist Spotlight: Breelan Angel

You’re a strong young woman who loves going out with friends. Yet you know that even this simple plan can be like weaving between roadblocks, many of them strangers asking for your phone number. Breelan Angel’s It’s My Turn offers a map through this obstacle course. Produced by Dwight Baker for MisBhavin’ Records, it suggests that empowerment is a major draw to the “girls’ night out” experience, whether as a declaration of well-earned independence on the title cut (written by ...
 
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Remembering Duane Allman

Few musicians affected those close to him as profoundly as Duane Allman did. Time and again, surviving friends and musician-peers remember him not just for his prowess on guitar, but also for his personal charisma, his leadership skills and his devotion to those who comprised his inner circle. Below we’ve collected some of the more incisive remembrances about Allman and his lasting impact. Please chime in with your own thoughts in the comments section.
 
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4 Ways to Make Your Songs More Original

A career in songwriting is a long road where the actual big “payoff” moments - if you’re fortunate enough to have some - are few and far between for even the most successful writers. This is all the more reason to take the time and challenge yourself to find what’s unique about your own songwriting. The more original your songs are the greater the likelihood that you'll get the right attention, but, more importantly, the more personally satisfying your creative process will be. I’ve expanded ...
 
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Fuzed Worship - By Your Blood

In every Christ-follower’s journey of faith, there comes a point when he/she makes the important discovery about God’s sense of timing, namely that our heavenly Father’s wristwatch definitely has a tick-tock all its own. But what often feels like lateness to oh-so-impatient mankind, however, is always right on schedule with God, a theme that runs particularly deep in the story of Fuzed Worship. Co-founded by Daniel Meyer, CEO of U.S. Operations for Joyce Meyer Ministries, and Nate Edmonds...
 
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New Artist Spotlight - JJ Lawhorn

Many artists draw from their background, but the music of 19-year-old JJ Lawhorn goes deeper, to embody the sights and sounds, aromas and soul, of rural America. Raised on his family’s Virginia farm, he never dreamed of knocking on doors up and down Music Row. His plan was to study agriculture at Virginia Tech and devote his life to farming. Then, in the spring of 2010, producer Jeremy Stover came across a Lawhorn performance on YouTube. He tracked the young artist down; within ...
 
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10 Great Female Rock Bass Players

When it comes to bass players, there’s no denying the presence of fantastic female musicians in rock ‘n’ roll over the years. These women brought new philosophies and styles of playing to rock, alternative and metal, offering their own way to make the bass guitar sing and scream. In this Gibson.com feature, we pay tribute to 10 Great Female Rock Bass Players. As a bass player, I know there are countless others to honor. Who’s your favorite female bass slinger? Give us your picks in the comments...
 
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