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Just Because You’re Not a Sound Engineer Doesn’t Authorize Ignorance About the Sound of Your Instrument

Gear

So you’ve spent, say, ten years practicing and learning to read music, running scales, and burning little note-shaped holes in your brain, until you became the awesome player/singer/whatever you are now. Until now, though, you’ve never put much thought into the SOUND of your instrument or mic, just the actual performance. »

The Four Agreements

Health

Don’t take it personal and Don’t Assume!!! »

Do It Yourself

Music

Yes, its easy for artists to sign with Company X or Y and think their work is taken care of. But the hard truth of the matter is, you still have to create the demand for your business and brand yourself. »

Saluda Cymbals

Gear

So, I’m a cynic. Probably more than the next guy and I am definitely WAY more superficial. I know how to play my instrument, but I want, no, NEED it to look cool… »

Booking a Venue for the First Time

Touring

Begin with an introductory email. I personally don’t ever read press packets mailed to me, or take phone calls from bands that I don’t know. I don’t care if you draw 2 million people in your home town, I don’t care if you say you have friends in our neighborhood and you can get 50 people to a show… »

Recording a Record that Will Sell and Finding the Investor to Make it Happen

Money  Music

First and biggest mistake of all songwriters/bands is going into the studio without a producer. You will need to have enough songs to pick from, I say 30 per record. »

Insurance for Musicians

Health  Money  Resources  Touring

Insurance is a guarantee against loss or harm and secures compensation in the case of loss, damage, or death. Having insurance of any kind covers the what-ifs in life, offers peace-of-mind, and you just have to have it. »

Writing A Good Song

Music

My mom, a woman who’s never written lyrics in her life, was the one to give me the best advice about writing a song: “It has to come from something real”. »

Improve Tuning Stability, and Reduce String Breakage

Gear

Improve Tuning Stability, and Reduce String Breakage by Marty “Big Dog” Mercer One of the most common issues I see in the shop is players that don’t know how to properly string their instruments. Get this wrong & you can … »

MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR RECORDING TIME

Music

If you are like me you are always trying to get a new gig somewhere. Every Venue pretty much wants the same thing, and the bottom line always comes to your recording. It is very important to have something quality for the potential employer to hear, and not some shitty live recording or basement tape. »