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Willie Nelson Continues to Conjure Up Magic in Anaheim

No living country music performer has thrilled audiences at such creative heights for as long as Willie Nelson. Now 81, the legendary Texan and his five-member troupe performed a fast-paced and never-less-than-thrilling 75-minute concert at City National Grove of Anaheim in Southern California on Jan. 6, 2015. The night saw Nelson perform two dozen...
 
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Three Helpful Hints for Pitching Songs to Film and TV

There are many ways to seek information and advice about licensing songs form film & TV. Books, blogs and websites filled with tips and tricks abound and it can be difficult determining how appropriate and accurate the information actually is. One of the best ways to get pertinent advice is to find out what successful music supervisors are currently saying. Though they...
 
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A Guide to Getting Gigs - How to Promote Your Shows

This post is all about what you should think about and do once your show dates have been confirmed. Take care of logistics, transportation, and accommodations. This is kind of a no-brainer, but make sure to take care of the bureaucratic things if you are performing abroad. Are you set to perform in a country and you require a visa? Sort that out as soon...
 
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5 Tips for Playing Like Duane Allman

Duane Allman was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on November 20, 1946 — 68 years ago. And although he was lost in a tragic motorcycle accident on October 29, 1971, his legacy lives on in the Allman Brothers’ classic first three albums, Derek and the Dominos Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs, and the many recordings he made as a session player...
 
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Vid O’The Week: Airling – Wasted Pilots

Can you hear that? The true sound of summer… people whinging about how the scorching heat is stopping them from enjoying the most out of their much deserved break (uni kids that is). It seems that every effort to survive this heat only acts as a temporary fix, with our decisions actually causing us some regrets...
 
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Four Useful Ways To Make Your Original Songs 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 ...
 
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Three Good Reasons Songwriters Should Love Their Songs

In order to suffer the slings and arrows which are an inevitable part of trying to generate income from your songs, it’s a good idea to love them first. I’m talking about a very specific kind of love here. What I’m not talking about is the kind of desperate, dysfunctional love where your song is so dear to you that you’re crushed if someone doesn’t love...
 
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BitTorrent Opens Its Paygate Premium Content Bundles To All Artists

BitTorrent, the peer-to-peer file distribution network that has been repositioning itself as a legit friend and home to the creative industries, is today embarking on the latest phase of its strategy to build a bigger business model for itself, and the musicians, filmmakers and others whose content gets distributed on its network. It is opening its paygate-based...
 
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3 Ways To Drive Ticket Sales For Your Show

Oftentimes people don’t understand the importance of pre-sales. In fact, if a fan doesn’t think a particular show will sell out, they usually don’t feel the need to buy advance tickets even if theydo intend on coming. But pre-sales are important because they…
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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 ...
 
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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...
 
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