7 Tips For Tabla Players

Posted on December 19, 2016 By

Are you interested in playing tabla? If so, you may be looking for some useful tips to improve your skill. Given below are a few tips that can help you improve your practice and techniques with time.

1) Go for Clarity (Don’t Just Focus on Speed)

First of all, you should keep in mind that clarity has its importance as far as playing tabla is concerned. What you need to do is produce a high quality tone. Speed is important but it’s not the most important thing. At first, you should try to maintain your pace and work on the clarity level.

2) Keep it simple

Simplicity is the key to a great composition. Great tabla players perform with clarity and simplicity. Therefore, you don’t have to show off how well you play. Your tone will speak volumes about your art.

3) Respect The Art

Classical music has uplifted the lives of people. Here it’s important to note that there is a big difference between an artist and a performer. Music attracts more than the performer. The reason is that the artists behind the curtain respects his art and

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3 Tips for Picking Music for Your Wedding

Posted on November 11, 2016 By

To help alleviate the headaches, here are 3 tips to consider as the big day approaches:

Tip #1: Pick music that you LOVE!

It is important to have discussions with your partner to decide upon pieces of music that you both LOVE to listen to. Regardless if you are into classic jazz, if you are into country, if you are into simple melodies, or if you are into heavy metal, pick pieces that show your personalities. Of course, for a wedding ceremony, consider picking pieces of music that fit the setting (church vs hall). At the end of the day, go with your gut instinct. If you are having trouble picking pieces, ask others for ideas.

Tip #2: Don’t worry about “being cliche”

As a professional musician, I cannot tell you the number of times I have been asked to perform the following pieces: Canon in D Major, Ave Maria, The Wedding March (Mendelssohn OR Wagner). I am not complaining in the least, believe me!

In many instances, the true classics are set-in-stone for a reason: they work! If you love the sounds of the scale passages of

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Pro Tips for Beginner Jazz Players

Posted on October 17, 2016 By

Get in a Routine That Works

The only way to be successful is to get yourself set up on a routine that works. Guitar practice will be the key to getting you to where you want to be as a musician. Jazz guitar is not a for the faint of heart, and requires hours of practice to be “good” at it. Here are a few ways you can set up a routine that produces real results.

Warm Up

Before you embark on your very first practice session, and the ones to follow, you’ll want to make sure you’re good and warmed up. You can do this by warming up your fingers by playing up and down your fretboard. When your fingers are warmed up, you’ll be better able to make the somewhat difficult finger movements requires when you play guitar.

Even a basic chord will require you to put your fingers in positions they aren’t accustomed to. So just like a singer, you need to warm up your tools (fingers and hands) before you get started. If you already know how to play a tune

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How to Get Your Music Business Education

Posted on February 22, 2017 By

While there are many ways to get your music business education, some methods are more valuable than others. Here are four ways to learn what you need to learn about the business of music.

The School of Hard Knocks

Experience is the greatest teacher… or is it?

The school of hard knocks is not only the hardest way to learn what you need to know, it’s also the slowest and most tedious. There are much smarter and faster ways to get the skills, knowledge, and experience you need, but there is no denying that life’s challenges teach us what works and what doesn’t.

College or University

School is much too costly to be worthwhile, and it molds you into a factory worker – forever shackling you to old philosophies and ideals that are becoming less relevant by the second – especially here in the digital age.

School has some advantages, such as the connections you make and the resources you’re given access to. But unless you’re learning under someone with real results, you’re just kidding yourself.

Self-Education

Self-education is one of the best ways to get the information you need. The only downside is that you have to make sense of it, organize it, test it, and

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7 Music Business Basics You Need to Know

Posted on February 15, 2017 By

There are few industries as fragmented and as difficult to define as the music industry.

From independent musicians and recording studios to major labels and renowned music venues, there are dozens if not hundreds of elements that make up the industry as a whole – and they aren’t always connected or integrated in any discernable way.

But if you have a passion for music, and you’re determined to build your own music business or be a part of the industry on some level, here are seven things you should know about the state of the music business.

1. Most musicians are early adopters of new technology. Whether it’s the latest social media or crowdfunding platform, musicians are often the first to take new tools for a test drive, and some find success this way. For instance, independent musician Daria Musk found traction on Google Hangouts.

2. Sometimes, there’s no rhyme or reason for success. This is particularly true with something as personal and subjective as music.

3. Technology is changing the way studios work. LANDR is an online tool that automatically masters recorded music – and reportedly, the finished results are quite good. Ongoing developments in technology continues to reduce the need for traditional

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A Realistic Music Business Plan

Posted on February 8, 2017 By

Many people will tell you the first thing you need to do in business is write a business plan.

The reality is that this is mostly unimportant and unnecessary unless you’re planning to court investors. And with the music industry as fragmented and undefined as it is, most investors are as cautious with their money as they’ll ever be. Getting them to invest in your business idea will prove difficult.

A better way to get started is to: Find a need, validate a market, earn a profit, and then scale your business.

Here are the steps you’ll need to follow to get there:

1. Uncover a niche. Find a hungry audience that’s looking for a solution to their problem.

2. Talk to your target audience one on one. Learn more about them – what age they are, where they hang out online, what blogs they read, what podcasts they listen to, what language they use to describe their challenge, and so on. Ask them how much they would be willing to pay to have their problem solved. Also see if they’re okay with you following up with them later – most of them should be open to the idea.

3. Develop your product. Put together

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What You Need to Know About Starting a Music Business

Posted on February 1, 2017 By

For many reasons, the music industry isn’t the easiest sector to start a business in.

If your target audience consists of musicians, many of them don’t have much by way of expendable income.

If you’re an independent studio or record label, it may not be as easy for you to profit from streaming royalties and other revenue sources as it is for major labels.

And because it’s such a fun and creative industry – at least from the outside looking in – it’s also competitive on just about every level.

Here are some things you need to know about starting a music business.

Fundamentally, It’s Just Like Starting Any Other Business

It’s good to be aware of the unique industry challenges and how they might affect your ability to create a successful business.

But fundamentally, building a music business is not that different from building a business in any other sector. You need to find a need, create a product or service that alleviates the problem, and then market your offer to the people who need it.

Information can be a bit of a hard sell in today’s information-rich environment. But if you can curate the best of the best and put it together in a compelling

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2 Important Pieces of Music Business Advice

Posted on January 27, 2017 By

Building a business is not easy, and it can take time to gain traction within your niche.

Unless you have prior experience, there’s going to be a lot for you to learn. You’ll have to wear many hats and work long hours.

But if you are committed to your long-term success, here are two important pieces of music business advice that will help you succeed in your music industry endeavor.

1. Don’t Reinvent the Wheel

So, you have a revolutionary business idea. Awesome!

The problem is that, as creative people, we tend to think that our approach to marketing, product development, and setting up systems also needs to be 100% unique.

Esteemed author Steven Pressfield was recently interviewed by entrepreneur and investor James Altucher, and he went on record saying that he’d “copied” and “stole” ideas from other sources. If you’ve listened to Altucher’s podcast, you know that he himself often says to his guests, “that’s great, I’m stealing that.”

Now, outright plagiarism is never good. But at base, business is a system that generates money – nothing more, nothing less. You can inject personality into your branding and marketing, but reinventing the wheel is time-consuming and generally ineffective. You can spend a lot of time

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Finding the Right Band for Your Big Day

Posted on January 20, 2017 By

A live band can be very exciting and adds some additional enhancement to just having a DJ. It doesn’t have to be an expensive part of the wedding reception. Compare offers to find out what the price will be. It is a good idea to include the band members in the reception too so you can offer them food and drinks along with your other guests.

Listen to the Options

If you have gone to a wedding or other event recently, you may have a particular wedding band Manchester in mind. You have already seen them and heard them and you were impressed with what they had to offer. If that hasn’t been the case for you, start asking around. Chances are others you know have gone to such events recently.

You can also search online to find wedding band Manchester possibilities. This is a great way to search because you can often see videos and listen to audio of them preforming. If you like what you hear, you can contact them for additional details. If you aren’t impressed or it isn’t the sound you are looking for, just mark them off your list.

Are they Reliable?

Find out how long a wedding band

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Finding the Best Singer to Hire for Your Event

Posted on January 13, 2017 By

It can be easy to focus just on your own style of music but you want to think broader. Think about the profile for the guests who will be in attendance. Think about their backgrounds and their age group. What will appeal to the masses that are going to show up? You want it to be delightful music to their ears!

You may be thinking it is your wedding or party, so you should get what you want. Hopefully, you aren’t going to make it all about you. If the music isn’t appealing, many of your guests could leave early. When it is enjoyable, they are going to listen, sing along, and dance the night away!

Easy to Work with

You don’t want to work with any singer for hire that is difficult to communicate with. They should be open about what they can offer and what they can’t. They should be able to quote you a price to show up at a given location and to perform for a given period of time. They should be able to share you with examples of their past performances.

Ask them about the songs they can offer and if they have a list you can

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Tips to Get Ready For a Concert

Posted on January 6, 2017 By

If you have booked the tickets for your desired concert, you need to do a few things to get ready for the big day. Here are a few tips for you to get started.

Set a Budget

You will need to set a budget for the expenses, such as new outfits, merchandise, parking, gas, drinks and food, just to name a few. Make sure you figure out the costs ahead of time.

Buy a Concert Outfit

You can show your favorite outfit at the concert. You can go online and choose from a variety of outfits designed especially for concerts.

Share on Social Media

You can log into your social page accounts to share the news with your friends. You will over the moon to know that your friend also has the tickets of the concert. You can plan to go with your friend then.

Entry Method

You can use your phone or get some printouts of your concert tickets. Just make sure you have all what is needed for entry into the concert. Many venues offer a variety of ticket options.

Get Your Directions

If you map your route a few days earlier, you will be able to save a lot of stress and confusion. You can use

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3 Things That Separate Great Guitar Players From Everyone Else

Posted on December 26, 2016 By

Want to become a great guitar player? There are 3 HUGE differences between great guitarists and mediocre guitarists. Get started becoming a great guitarist by learning them:

Great Guitar Players Stay Focused On Their Guitar Playing Goals

Poor guitarists make the mistake of practicing as many things as possible with no goal in mind. They believe this is how one becomes a great player. As a result, they may gain some skills in different areas, but by not focusing on any specific musical goal, they end up becoming overwhelmed and never really become great at anything.

Great guitar players choose specific goals and focus on using their practice time as effectively as possible to reach them. If you are not sure how to make your practice time effective, work together with an experienced guitar teacher who understands how to help you achieve your musical goals as fast as possible.

Great Guitar Players Believe They Can And Will Reach Their Goals

It is nearly impossible to have a musical goal, not believe you can achieve it and actually achieve it. No matter what musical goal you have, achieving that goal requires that you believe you CAN do it (Note: guitarists can often achieve much more

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Musical Instruments for Children – A General Guide

Posted on December 12, 2016 By

As a result of these wide ranging benefits, it’s no surprise that many parents are keen to encourage their children to start learning a musical instrument at a young age. On the face of it, this is a great idea but it can sometimes result in some challenges finding suitable instruments, especially with younger children. Woodwind & brass instrument, by their very nature, usually require the player to hold the weight of the instrument. For younger players with smaller hands, this can prove difficult. It is important that children are not pushed to start learning too young, as this can not only put them off playing but can cause, in the worst cases, issues with posture as well as muscular and skeletal problems.

Some instrument manufacturers have addressed this challenge by designing specially designed models with children and younger players in mind. These may feature reduced keywork, curved headjoints or lightweight materials to make them easier to play and hold. For types of instrument where this is not possible, there are a number of other tips and tricks that you can employ.

How young is too young?
Unfortunately the answer to this question is like many others… it depends! As children

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How to Choose A Jukebox For Your Home or Business

Posted on December 5, 2016 By

A jukebox can add a lot of character to your home basement or garage. In addition, a jukebox can be a large revenue generator for your small business. There are just a few important things to consider before you make that large purchase.

1. Media Type

What kind of media you would like your jukebox to play is the first thing on the list. For a home or personal jukebox consider the type of music media you already own. If you have a large collection of 45 rpm vinyl records then it would be wise to shop for a 45 rpm jukebox. However, if you own a large collection of CDs then, of course, you will want something that can play that collection. A jukebox intended for business use will receive a lot more use and as such, reliability and ease of use is paramount. In that case, consider a digital media jukebox. A machine that plays digital files will not break down as much as a CD jukebox which has more moving parts and discs which can become scratched. Ultimately the choice is yours. If you want the jukebox for its unique and retro feel than a CD jukebox will

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5 Tips On How To Find Songwriting Inspiration

Posted on November 25, 2016 By

It’s fun being a pop star as everyone knows your name. Unfortunately, writing hit songs isn’t easy. If you are a song writer and you don’t feel like writing or you don’t have song ideas, here are tips on how to find the writing inspiration:

Write about yourself and experiences

How you feel and the things you have gone through are enough material for a song. If you haven’t been through experiences that you would like people to know about, you should draw inspiration from other people’s experiences. If you have heard an exciting experience from a friend, you can write it as your own. You can write a song about anything; therefore, don’t over think it. To have easy time writing about yourself, you should make a habit of keeping a journal. You should document anything that makes an impact in your life regardless of how minor it is.

Your emotions are a great place to get your song ideas. How are you feeling at the moment? Happy, sad, overwhelmed? There you have it. That is enough material for a song.

Change your environment

Most people write from their houses. While the house gives you a relaxed and uninterrupted place to write, it’s

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All You Need to Know About Jazz Guitar Scales

Posted on November 18, 2016 By

What’s the Best Way to Learn Jazz Guitar Scales?

Every new musician wants to find the easiest path towards becoming a pro. Like anything in life, however, there are certain steps that must be taken to master the process of playing guitar.

To help you learn scales accurately and with precision, here’s a step-by-step approach any newbie can take.

Step 1. Figure out the notes.
For example, let’s start with a minor scale which has a pattern of A-B-C-D-E-F-G. Experiment with this pattern as much as you’d like. Build up using the notes from each pattern each day you practice to explore how it works. You could do this on the E string starting with the lowest note in the scale. Play that outline up and down your fretboard several times to completely memorize it. Once you have it memorized, the next step is to start improvising for at a minimum of 10-15 minutes, using just the notes from that outline. Do your best to always improvise the pattern in a higher octave beginning at the 12th fret.

Step 2. Build on the previous scale.
The next session you tackle should begin with improvisation from the previous pattern. Starting with the second

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How an Acoustic Guitar Works

Posted on November 4, 2016 By

Acoustic guitars get their name quite simply; they produce sound acoustically, that is, without help from an amplifier. The vibration of the strings to the air is what makes the notes and ultimately the music.

Because the main sound from an acoustic guitar comes from the strings, they are thought to be the most important part of the instrument, but the sound waves from these strings actually go through the guitar’s body to create the sound and this also involves a sound box that strengthens the vibrations of the strings in order to create those beautiful notes. Ultimately, the whole thing works together to create sound, so although the strings are what the musician plucks or strums in order to make music, the body of the guitar, the neck and also the sound hole are all important elements to the piece.

So how does it all work? The sound box, or sound board on a guitar is found at the top and it works to make the sounds louder and stronger. If someone just plucked the string without this sound box, the sound wouldn’t move the air much and thus the note wouldn’t be loud. The soundboard increases the area of

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How To Easily Become A Faster Guitarist Without Moving Your Hands Any Faster

Posted on October 24, 2016 By

Are you having a difficult time playing guitar with speed? The reason why is you are focusing way too much on building potential guitar speed vs. building usable guitar speed.

Learning how to use two hand synchronization is essential for building usable guitar speed.

It’s a necessary to use focused guitar practicing strategies that help you keep both hands in perfect sync.

Two Hand Synchronization Guitar Practice Strategy #1: Double Picking Technique

While practicing any scale or scale sequence, pick each note twice instead of just once.

By picking each note twice, playing with excellent two hand synchronization becomes much more difficult. You must move your picking hand much faster than your fretting hand in order to play the notes correctly. This causes mistakes to become very apparent due to it being hard to articulate every note. After returning to playing as usual, it feels much easier and effortless to pick, and your two hand synchronization becomes tight.

These are two ways to use this approach in your guitar playing:

1. Replace your normal guitar warm up routine with double picking training. Play through your guitar technique exercises using double picking for 10-15 minutes. After the warm up time is done, go back to playing guitar

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Questions To Ask When Buying A Volume Pedal

Posted on October 10, 2016 By

Volume pedals are used for different reasons, including fetching organic sounds that mimic the human voice and adding crispness and reverb among other effects to the sound. They are important items for musical setups, especially for people wishing to perform live since they can mimic different effects. They also make useful items for studio sessions as they can be used not only for mimicking the effects but also for looping and focusing volume.

The volume pedals are used with pianos, drums and guitars and other musical instruments for the desired effect to be achieved. They generally make it possible to achieve the right sound for the desired play style. There are so many brands and models out in the market and to get the best you should consider a few factors that can impact how you end up using your pedal.

Are you looking for a stereo or mono volume pedal?

Most affordable standard pedals are mono with stereo models coming at almost double the price of a mono pedal. A stereo may be expensive compared to a mono pedal, but it has a number of benefits that make the prices worth. When you have a stereo pedal, you get the flexibility

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The Importance of a Musician’s and Music Teacher’s Social Community

Posted on October 3, 2016 By

Sometimes finding a quality musician, band, vocalist can be a very frustrating endeavor. Oftentimes, it is difficult to know where to locate them. Usually people have to ask around or rely on word of mouth or pin up boards in local stores or public establishments. Imagine if you had a go to site where you could find the musician of your choosing and be able to hear samples of their skills by a simple click? What if you were looking for a music instructor or a vocal coach to receive lessons and you could go to a directory of any instrument instructor of your choosing? Suppose you were a musician yourself and wanted to find a local sound technician or recording engineer to hire for an upcoming gig or recording project? Well luckily now, finding a quality musician band or local area business can be made easier than ever.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have an online directory that points you to the nearest music and voice instructors and also the nearest musicians, vocalists, bands and music related business services? Find the way. Ease your soul.

Whether you are new in town, or are searching for a qualified music instructor for

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