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A Study in Record Production: Miranda Lambert and Beck

As you prepare to self produce your next recording, take time to study record production that inspires you. We look at tracks by Miranda Lambert and Beck. The role of a record producer is critical to any successful recording project, regardless of budget or intended outcome. In a nutshell, the producer is tasked with helping the artist realize...
 
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Vid O’The Week: Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders – Come On Back This Way

Who said music videos needed to be blockbusters to effectively translate an intricate message . Untainted by theatrics, this could be the most underrated video and song of the year- simply powerful, subtly symbolic, ever endearing and lasting in our minds. Alternative synth-pop/rock band from Sydney, Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders...
 
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Anberlin at Centerstage in Atlanta

It was a bittersweet moment as fans of Florida rock band Anberlin gathered at Center Stage in Atlanta to rock out to the band one last time. In January, Anberlin posted a video that announced their plans to separate by the end of this year. Anberlin chose to end on a high note, with the release of their seventh and final studio album, Lowborn, and...
 
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Fun with Alternate Tunings

If ever you feel like you’re stuck in a guitar playing rut, there’s nothing quite as effective at pulling you out of it as experimenting with an alternate tuning. Alternate tunings take your fingers out of their comfort zone and can lead you to all sorts of melodic discoveries that you might not have made in standard tuning - and then you can...
 
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The Do's and Don’ts of Co-Writing

Looking back over twenty-plus years to my first songwriting efforts, I remember my creative process as so personal and fragile that I was dead certain I would never open it up to another person. This would have seemed like co-painting or more like co-dating...just not going to happen. However, two things DID happen. One, I moved...
 
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How Does a Songwriter Get Paid When Their Song is Recorded?

A song contains two distinct legal parts: 1) the underlying song or composition; and 2) the recorded performance of the song. The underlying song is notes on a page of written music, the composition or that thing created by the songwriter. There can be only one underlying song or composition. Every time an underlying song is performed...
 
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You’re NEVER Yoo Old To Make It In Music

Why your age doesn’t have to hold you back in the independent music world. Youth has always been a component of popular music culture: Sinatra, Elvis, The Beatles, Madonna, Britney Spears, One Direction, Lorde — they all got their start well before the big THREE-O. And some of them were still in their teens!
 
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Concert Review: Hey Rosetta! in Nashville

It was a very wet, chilly night in Nashville, but it didn’t deter fans from coming out to see Hey Rosetta! The 7 piece Canadian band performed on the small stage of Mercy Lounge. Fans were greeted with an array of instruments on the stage, including guitars, keyboards, french horn, drums, bass, violin, and a cello; all instruments that different members ...
 
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Songwriting Tip: Reading Between The Lines

Whenever you sit down to write lyrics for your new song, be sure and say what you mean. Never assume that your listeners are going to be able to read “between” the lines because they won’t. Count on this because it’s not going to happen. Every song you write should have a very distinctive beginning, middle and end to the...
 
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How to Launch a Music Publicity Campaign

If you’re sitting down to tackle making an album, there’s a lot to think about; from clearing the rights for your cover songs to converting the cover art to the right format. These issues can trip you up, or cause the album to take a lot longer than you’d expect. Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan, authors of The Indie Band Survival Guide, have revised...
 
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Vid O’ The Week: Winterbourne – Cold

My friends read a lot. I listen to music a lot. They’re always suggesting books for me to read and I’m always like“But what is the best book that I should read.” Personally, if someone asked me what music I should recommend them, one of the first artists that would come to mind is Winterbourne. And of course when we share something that we love, there is...
 
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10 (Plus) Big Hits In Alternate Tunings

Getting beyond the realm of standard tuning can seem like confronting a map from the Renaissance — beyond “thar” there be dragons. But the dragons of open D, open G, dropped D and even modal tunings are easily conquered if approached without fear. Even easier if you’re got a guitar outfitted with Gibson’s new Gibson G FORCE™ automatic...
 
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5 Reasons Email is Essential to Online Marketing

In the world of twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, it may seem like email is old news akin to saving your work to a floppy disk (and if you don't know what that is then that only further proves my point). That assumption though is, frankly, wrong and if you're not taking advantage of email for marketing, you should reconsider. Email is a powerful...
 
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Who’s the Next Jimmy Page?

As a superstar guitarist, Gibson Les Paul legend Jimmy Page had it all — the licks, the looks, the tone, the attitude, the ideas — during his years on stage with the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin. And he’s kept his legacy intact as he’s transitioned from rock god to six-string eminence grise. In an era where rock stars wear T-shirts and baseball caps...
 
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ICMA Media Appreciation Luncheon - Nashville

There were cowboy hats, cowboy boots, promotional CDs and familiar smiles at the annual ICMA Media Appreciation Luncheon held at the historic Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville. The event was opened with a prayer by Jason Higgins, President of the ICMA and Higgins Music Group, then guests started to enjoy the delicious meals provided. Richard...
 
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