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For the most part, the music business skills guitarists need to build aren't that different from skills other musicians should be equipping themselves with. Communication and networking skills. Marketing, image and branding. Punctuality and professionalism. Money and time management.However, there are also some obscure or counter intuitive skills that guitarists should take the time to develop, li...
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21st century musicians typically combine multiple jobs with multiple income streams to support themselves and their families, and to experience fulfilling careers. Performance and non-performance work do not have to be mutually exclusive; many of the fields below allow musicians to do both. Note that some of these careers require graduate education (such as college-level teaching and conducting...
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Background music does not improve your ability to concentrate but will help you when youre at the gym.A little background noise makes you more creative, a lot hurts creativity.One of the most interesting music facts in that your favorite song is probably your favorite because you associate it with an emotional event in your life. Both social influences and quality affect which songs you like....
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1. You are always late to band practiceNow I’m not talking about being a few minutes late all the time. I am talking about always showing up an hour or two late (if you show up at all). Remember every time you are late for practice it gives the other members a perfect time to talk about you and your tardiness… Any maybe even some other things listed below!2. You bring your girlfriend or boyfriend ...
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Captain Beefheart hired Moris Tepper to be his full-time guitarist in 1976, a position he held until the Captain’s retirement in 1982. Along the way he imparted these handy guitar tips: 1. Listen to the birds. That’s where all the music comes from. Birds know everything about how it should sound and where that sound should come from. And watch hummingbirds. They fly really fast, but a lot of...
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Every band knows having a Facebook page is essential to reach new fans and have a healthy online social presence. For many, their Facebook page even replaces an official website. Beyond the lure of accumulating likes, the platform can be a powerful tool if you make it work for you. Here are seven oft-ignored features that bands need to use, now. 1. Ads that creatively target audiences The most...
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For over 40 years people across the world have explored Metal and it’s many subgenres. So many misjudgements popped up over time that I believe it is important to let people know how misunderstood the music really is. Here are my top ten myths about Metal, and the truth that comes with them. Please note that these are not my personal opinions. Heavy Metal The music is called “Heavy Metal” So...
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Ever since there has been music, people have been inventing new musical genres by combining two or more different styles in exciting and unusual ways. Fusion genres are the basis of nearly all popular music today – rock came from a combination of blues, country, gospel and some jazz, and hip-hop took influence from dub, funk, and disco, coupled with the invention of the sampler. This list explores...
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Last week, news broke that electronic artist Deadmau5 was being sued by Disney over claims that his signature mouse helmet and logo are too similar to the Mickey Mouse silhouette logo. Deadmau5 is far from the only musician to have faced such legal trouble, however. Here are six more artists who have threatened with copyright infringement lawsuits (or lawsuits of a similar nature). 1. Paul Simo...
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1. Following the deadly 1977 crash of the plane carrying the band Lynyrd Skynyrd into a Mississippi swamp, the survivors sought help at a nearby farmhouse, only to have the farmer who lived there shoot the band’s drummer in the shoulder. 2. “Stayin’ Alive” by Bee Gees was used in a study to train medical staff to perform CPR. The song has close to 104 beats per minute, and 100-120 chest compre...
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1. In 2007 listeners of BBC Radio 2 ranked Queen as the ‘top British band’ of all time, better than The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and The Rolling Stones. 2. On his last day as a welder, Tony Iommi, guitarist of Black Sabbath, lost the tips of his two fretting fingers. While he was recovering he found it easier to play the guitar by dropping the tuning and using lighter gauge strings, which helped...
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1. George Lucas allowed the band members of ‘N Sync to make a cameo appearance in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones in order to appease his daughters. The footage was then cut out of the final version of the film. 2. The band D12 planned to find the 12 best rappers of Detroit, but found only 6, so they created alter-egos in order to have 12. That was when Eminem came up with Slim Shady...
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It's pretty common for a band's lead vocalist to be its most famous member, whether or not they actually deserve it (Ozzy Osbourne...), but there are some cases where the lead vocalist is actually outshone by the guitarist. Here are eight guitarists who are more famous than their lead singers. 1. Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) Robert Plant may have been integral to the development of the God-like...
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Coming up with a band name is one of the most important and difficult steps of forming a band. While some artists like to take their names from a song by another artist, such as Radiohead (A Talking Heads song) or Pretty Girls Make Graves (a Smiths song), other artists have found inspiration in the actual names of other artists. Here are eight band names that were inspired by the names of other ar...
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For those of us who embrace shades of mediocrity, here are some tips for becoming a typical musician: Practice Practice one hour a day. However, feel free to skip practice if there is something more interesting going on. Play the same piece over and over again. Never try to de-construct the music and figure out how and why it works. Convince yourself that taking music lessons is out of the...
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1. Ke$ha's single Tik-Tok sold more copies than ANY Beatles or Nirvana single. 2. Flo Rida's track Low sold 2 million more copies than Hey Jude by The Beatles. 3. While we're on the subject of John Lennon and co, TV show Glee has had more top 100 US hits than the Fab Four. 4. And Emeli Sandé beat the record set by The Beatles for the most consecutive weeks in the UK's top 10 chart for a d...
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(1) Having a shitty, entitled attitude. If you’re showing up late for gigs, not rehearsing, not supporting your scene, being a dick to your bandmates, and not working slavishly to cultivate your audience online and off, you’re doing a great job of killing your potential career. Now more than ever, the future doesn’t belong to bands that have crappy work ethics. (2) Being addicted to any subst...
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1) Use a metronome. A great musician is of no value if he or she cannot keep time. Either live or in the studio, a musician that cannot keep time will quickly find themselves on the short end of a very angry stick. 2) Slow is fast. Many times I have seen guitarists frustrated because they are struggling with a passage at high speeds. This is a lesson learned the hard way. In my early ye...
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Sharing gear Do communicate with the others bands on the bill before the evening of the gig to find out what backline will be shared on the night. It''s common for a headline band to let support acts share drum shells and stands – but not breakables such as snare, cymbals etc – the bass rig and often guitar speaker cabs. Don''t assume that you will be able to share gear and turn up with minima...
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1. Trashing other bands in your scene isn’t hurting their rep. It’s hurting yours. 2. Acting disinterested with folded arms at the back of the room at other bands’ shows does not make you cool. Singing along at the front of the stage does. 3. Looking like a rock star isn’t as important as sounding like one. 4. Image is actually important. Cargo shorts are for dads at a barbecue. Not for m...
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