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Marcus Taylor - 5/17 - The Musician's Guide

What are the best DJ Headphones?

By | Musician Products | 9 Comments

A few weeks ago I decided to set out on a challenge to find the best DJ headphones I could find. After days of reading every review imaginable, scouring music stores, conducting interviews with various DJs a few winners became clear. Below are the best DJ headphones categorised by the most affordable, the best high-end headphone, and the best mid-range pair of DJ headphones. The Best High-End DJ Headphones Are The… Pioneer HDJ 2000’s / Pioneer HDJ1000’s Pioneer have long been the leaders in audio visual equipment, especially in the DJ market. Their headphones are no exception being second to…

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If You Want to be a Successful Musician, Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

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Those of you who follow my tweets will have probably noticed that over the past few months I’ve been working on building a comfort zone calculator that analyses different aspects of your comfort zone. The motivation behind this project is because I cannot stress just how important it is to challenge yourself and get out of your comfort zone once in a while if you want to achieve great things – that’s as relevant to musicians as it is to entrepreneurs, dancers, writers, or even backpackers for that matter. Becoming familiar with the unfamiliar is how you learn and grow…

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Should Your Band Charge for Gigs?

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On one side of the coin, we see artists like Taylor Swift who built her success by giving away several million copies of her songs and performing for free for years. On the other side, there’s the bills that need paying, the ‘moral duty’ of paying an artist for their hard work (just as you would any other profession) and the fact that being a musician is an expensive hobby, and something has to fund it. Here’s my take on it. Yes, you should be paid. But it shouldn’t matter if you’re not, and it also shouldn’t matter if you…

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How to Build a Music PC (Interview with Barry Gardner)

By | Music Production tips | One Comment

After the success of Barry Gardner’s last post on The Musician’s Guide, I wanted to share his extensive knowledge as an audio mastering expert with you on what to consider when building a music PC. For those of you who haven’t read Barry’s last post on tips to improve recording and mix-down quality, Barry is a mastering engineer who operates SafeandSound, an audio mastering company. How much money does building your own music PC save? And what kind of challenges does building one usually present? “I have built a music PC my self and fortunately the machine worked very well…

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What are the Best Guitar Slides?

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Slide guitar is one of the most popular guitar playing techniques and a staple of both rock, country and blues. Here are our top 5 choices of slides available online for both budding amateurs and seasoned guitarists alike. Amazon.co.uk Widgets 1) Dunlop’s No. 215 Glass Slide Dunlop’s 215 glass slide is a solid, well-made choice, which won’t chip or grind even with heavy use. This is a great long slide that’s perfect for playing chords in open tuning. While the Pyrex build creates a warm, smooth sound. 2) Boston’s 20mm x70mm Chrome Finished Bottleneck For a crisper, brighter tone, you’re…

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Maintaining Privacy and Sanity on Twitter as a Musician

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This is a guest blog post by Christine Infanger, who writes a blog about tech and the music industry. You can follow Christine (@norabarnicle) on Twitter here. While the world of social networking allows us the opportunity to stay in closer touch with our relatives and friends, it also give us something that is a relatively new phenomenon; constant access to entertainers. A quick glance at your Twitter feed can give you a glimpse into what your favourite musicians, actors, comedians, and writers are doing and with that comes the feeling that you know them. After a couple of weeks…

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Drummer Jokes Infographic – The Best, Worst, and the Comebacks!

By | Social Media and Music | 2 Comments

It’s been a while since I last created one of my tongue-in-cheek infographics here on The Musician’s Guide, so I thought i’d change that and create this infographic full of drummer joke ammunition for all of you bassists, guitarists, singers etc etc. Be sure to send this to any drummers you know and let me know their reactions! :) Feel free to repost this on your blog, share with friends, and use it as propoganda against your fellow band members! You can post the infographic on your blog by copying and pasting the following code. This Infographic was produced by…

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Should Musicians Care About Having Business Cards?

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In this day and age of live streaming, Bandcamp, Facebook and YouTube, is there any point for a musician to have something as simple as a business card to use as a way of providing a means of contact? The short answer is yes. With a bit of creativity and thinking outside the box, your business card can be used not only as a means of giving your contact details to promoters, scouts and fans but can be used to actively promote yourself and your music. You could include things such as a unique link to a file hosting website…

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7 Easy Steps for Musicians to Make Better Recordings and Mix Downs.

By | Music Production tips | 2 Comments

This is a guest post written by mastering engineer Barry Gardner who operates SafeandSound online mastering 1) Get your gear sounding as good as possible Before your recording session check your instrument hardware, replace guitar strings 2 weeks before the recording, replace drum heads and of course get the drummer to tune his drum set. Buy some Moon Gel to dampen down toms that are too “ringy”. Resolve crackly leads, amp hums and buzzes, dodgy guitar stomp boxes, replace batteries in any active devices and eliminate other potential annoyances. 2) Work in 24-bit resolution When recording always ensure your digital…

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Your Free Invitation to Join The League of Musicians

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This morning I launched The League of Musicians – a 10-part newsletter series with only 1,000 free spaces that I can proudly call the best newsletter in the music biz. The League is designed for 1,000 smart proactive musicians who want to learn the insider tips and secrets on music promotion and developing a music career. Each email is themed around a certain theme e.g. music industry law, getting gigs, blogging for musicians etc. and includes various free gifts such as free music contracts, lists of contacts, and much more. My aim with The League of Musicians is to produce…

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