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How To Create Chord Charts/Lead Sheets For Studio Sessions

How To Create Simple Chord Charts/Lead Sheets For Studio Sessions

I’ve been involved in a wide variety of recording sessions over the years and when it comes to providing hired musicians with charts, it’s a real mixed bag. Some writers send over incredibly detailed scores, others will only provide me with MP3s. I’ve learned something…

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Using A Preamp Pedal Before An Amp

Mark Marshall unravels the mystery that is using a preamp before a guitar amp. Why use one? Most guitar amps have some form of EQ built-in, but if you want more versatility you can use a preamp pedal to shape the tone of the existing…

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Get The Most Out Of Your Practice Time

Get The Most Out Of Your Practice Time

Many of my students become incredibly frustrated when it comes to scheduling their practice time. They either: Lead busy and stressful lives and can’t find the time Already have a regular practice schedule but don’t feel as though they are able to structure their time…

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6 Ways To Make Money From Your Music

6 Ways of Making Money From Your Music

You’ve just finished the final mix and master on your latest track, clicked the “save” button 5 times (just to be sure), and have uploaded it to your favorite streaming service, positive that this song will be “the one”! The one to get you noticed,…

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Tips For Being An In-Demand Side Musician

Tips For Being An In-Demand Side Musician

I’ve been working as a side player for the past 22 years and have been fortunate enough to work with many talented artists in all genres, as well as navigating a multitude of personalities. Even after 20 years in the business, every new experience offers…

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songwriting tips

Songwriting Tips For Overcoming Writer’s Block

How many times have you wanted desperately to write a killer tune, but the moment you sit down to work on something you don’t know where to begin? Maybe you began creating a song and halfway through got completely stuck, or everything you came up…

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Merch Madness

Merch Madness: What the other Merch articles don’t tell you

With CD sales on the decline and touring expenses increasing how’s a band or artist to make money these days? One of the best ways as always…MERCH! While I’ve seen many articles on how to sell more merch I don’t believe any have hit on…

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How to make the most of performing on Television (Specifically reality TV)

You've been accepted on to a reality show - congratulations! But ... what now? What if I don’t win? How do I make sure I'm utilizing the full potential of this opportunity? It’s important to enter any situation with as much information as possible, especially…

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Nashville Sessions: Demo Scale, Master Scale, Kitchen Scale (P2)

*** If you haven’t read part 1, you can find it here. *** Times have sure changed in Nashville (and everywhere else) since my plane first landed there 15+ years ago. You’ve heard about it, unless you’ve been living under a rock. Big shakeup in…

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How a Failed Experience on a Reality Talent Show Changed my Life – For the Better!

First - My Experience Everyone who goes on reality television has a different experience. Unfortunately for most - it’s not a great one. As singers we assume that our experience will be different - that it has to be. You know how talented you are,…

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Nashville Sessions: Demo Scale, Master Scale, Kitchen Scale (P1)

“When I hear someone talking about a 10 and a 2, I’m thinking October and February.” These are joking words of a Nashville road musician, referencing the life of Nashville recording musicians and illustrating that the latter live in a world which only they fully understand.…

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Copyright Q & A With L.A. Music Attorney, Erin M Jacobson

We had the opportunity to sit down with top music attorney Erin M. Jacobson to ask her common questions related to how and when to copyright a song. PLEASE NOTE - THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE, this is educational content only. If you want to…

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