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Bruno Mars At Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh

Although he is technically a pop star, Bruno Mars is a throwback artist in every way. He starts on time, he wears a suit and his guitar is actually plugged in. The Filipino/Puerto Rican’s Pittsburgh debut was held at Consol Energy Center. Devoid of hockey since the Penguin’s early round exit, the arena was packed as if were a Cup finals game. When the gold laced palm tree curtain dropped on the “Moonshine Jungle”, Mars got the crowd instantly on their feet and singing along to an assault of the...
 
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The Songwriters Behind George Strait's 60th Number 1 Hit

George Strait one of country music’s greatest and most celebrated artists have recently celebrated his 60th number 1 hit single “Give It All We Got Tonight”. No other artist in any genre has reached that level in music history. George has three prolific, talented yet humble songwriters to thank for that and I was simply honored to speak with them. Mark Bright has worked with Superstars like: Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans, Jo Dee Messina, Lonestar, Reba McEntire, Sting...
 
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The Tools of Music Fan Engagement [Part 3]: Facebook Basics

So far the “The Tools of Music Fan Engagement” series has covered blogging and email newsletters. Now it’s time to talk about social media, starting with the biggest social media site out there: Facebook. We love to hate it, but the reality is that Facebook is still an essential tool for musicians to use in their arsenal when it comes to marketing music and engaging fans. Why Facebook is Great for Fan Engagement. Simply put, Facebook is great for fan engagement because most of your fans...
 
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Understanding Common Touring and Concert Promotion Contracts and Making a Profit

A musician friend of mine was recently offered an opportunity to play at a local show, but something about the offer seemed a bit odd and he wasn't initially sure if it was a good opportunity. As we've discussed before in Avoiding Music Industry Scams, unfortunately the passion of musicians and the complexities of the music business make it ripe breeding ground for scams created by people looking to make money off of unwitting artists looking for a chance to be heard. The easiest way to avoid...
 
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Why Most Musicians Don't Make Money

Fact is, the majority of musicians want to have a career in music. However, these musicians also doubt their abilities to make good money in music, and fear that they will not be able to support themselves. Unfortunately, these people end up pursuing non-music jobs where they work full time and despise every time they go to clock in. This is all done out of the idea that a "normal job" is safe and secure, while a music related career is highly risky with little security. This is one of the very...
 
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The Collaborative Art – Someone Else's Baby is Ugly

In song critiquing, very often you get back what you give. It's important to learn how to give a constructive and helpful song critique as part of a songwriting group. It's all part of the collaborative art that we call music. Critiquing someone's song is more art than science; however, I believe that there are certain guidelines you can follow that will make your critiques more helpful to your fellow songwriters. First of all, try to understand what the songwriter is aiming for with his or her song or lyric. When you...
 
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What We Can Learn From ‘80s Guitar Tone

A few days ago I was watching ‘80s videos on cable - something I tend to do a lot lately - and something kinda interesting struck me. But before I get to it, let me flash forward a little bit to the ‘90s. I was a teenager in the ‘90s, which was of course the era of grunge. Mostly I hated grunge, apart from Alice In Chains of course. And maybe Soundgarden. And Pearl Jam. And …okay, I guess I liked more grunge than I let on at the time. But publicly, I hated grunge because it had made it uncool to like the kind ...
 
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4 Dos and Don’ts When Writing Songs

“Which do you write first, the music or the words?” This is the classic question that all songwriters get asked. In my experience, there’s no easy - or correct - answer to this one. Sometimes it’s the music, sometimes it’s the lyrics, and, often, it’s some mystical, organic combination of the two. More importantly, there is no one way to write a song. Some of the best - and worst - songs ever written were created using the same techniques. To that end, I’m going to cover four different ways to approach...
 
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Fishfest Brings The Faithful Back To Irvine

Soaring temperatures didn't keep a capacity crowd away from Irvine's Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Saturday (June 29, 2013), where people started pouring in by early afternoon to take in a top-tier lineup of Christian music artists performing at Fishfest 2013. Since proceeds from The Fish/95.9 FM's festival benefit Compassion International, a global sponsorship program aimed at helping children escape poverty, there were plenty of moving firsthand testimonials...
 
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How the Allman Brothers Band Launched Southern Rock

Gregg Allman once famously pointed out that the phrase “southern rock” contained a redundancy – after all, rock and roll was born in the American South. “You may as well say ‘rock rock’,” Allman noted. True, perhaps, but there’s no denying that at the turn of the ‘70s a new type of rock and roll emerged – one rooted in a smoldering blend of blues, jazz, country and R&B, and often served up by way of extended improvisations. Indisputably, the first group to bring all those elements together, and infuse ...
 
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10 Absolute Essentials For Your Band’s Website

While sites like Facebook, SonicBids and Reverb Nation allow you to have a web presence with easy-to-use plug-ins, they do not have the flexibility a stand-alone website provides, and they are not owned by you, which is important. These days having a web site with a user friendly platform like WordPress is as simple as paying for hosting and following the instructions. And yet, many bands and artists do not present themselves well on their websites. A site doesn’t need to be fancy, with animation ...
 
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3 Successful Kickstarter Music Campaigns You Can Learn From

Since launching in early 2009, over 12,000 music projects have been successfully funded through Kickstarter. One of the largest and most popular crowdfunding sites, Kickstarter is a powerful platform designed to assist artists to raise funds for the creation of independently-curated and owned projects. Kickstarter is rapidly becoming a hub for upcoming and established musicians looking to shape the way people think about and interact with creative projects as well as the...
 
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20 Ways To Play Guitar Better

Getting better on guitar is all about learning. You may think you’re doing fine, but all players can improve with some thought about what they’re doing. Here are 20 practical and conceptual tips to help you play better. Of course, “better” is subjective. Is Yngwie Malmsteen a “better” player than Neil Young? It depends on your taste. But rest assured that both Malmsteen and Young themselves have followed some of these tips. 1. Play With Other People. It’s obvious. No two people play...
 
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14 Apps For Live Producing and Performing on iOS

We’ve all heard the declarations that the age of physical hardware or controllers is at an end in the production world, and that mobile devices and tablets like the iPad will become the primary way that musicians make music and perform it live. But how realistic is this claim? Today, we’ve asked an expert in the iOS live production and performance world – Rheyne – to share some of the apps that make jamming on an iPad more fun and significantly cheaper than buying a ton of analog hardware...
 
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The 7 Attributes of Younger Music Fans

They may never buy your album, yet they'll live-stream you eating breakfast. It's the ever-changing, younger music fan of 2013, and the focus of a just-released report from MTV Research. Here are 7 attributes of this young, still-emerging, and radically different audience group often dubbed Millennials. Depending on who you are, this may be just a part — or 100% — of your fanbase. (1) They Crave Mundane Intimacy. "Millennials crave intimate glimpses into the mundane daily activities of their...
 
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