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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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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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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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11 Unusual Locations to Film a Music Video in the UK

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An interesting setting can make or break your band’s music video’s success. A thought-provoking, unique, or unusual music video will get people talking and sharing your video, widening your appeal and publicising your work to different people. The UK has a huge range of places where you could potentially shoot a music video, with many of them never done before. By selecting one of these locations for your music video you can take advantage of a stunning location that is unique to you and be inspired to create a storyboard that takes advantage of the features of the location. Here…

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5 Things Schools Need to Teach Musicians About the Music Industry

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The music industry is a business and operates like any other business. Success can take a small amount of luck, but you can increase your chances by heeding a few lessons. Those who are looking at music as a career must understand that the music business is essentially selling a product. There are many books, courses, and resources out there to educate you. Don’t rely on the Hollywood image; there may be hard work and research ahead. 1. You MUST Invest in Building Your Network of Contacts One of the really important things is networking. When you play shows, watch…

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How you can sell your CDs in the Digital Revolution

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Digital sales continue to drive the music industry; so much so, in fact, that CDs are fast becoming obsolete. How long music CDs will be able to survive depends largely on consumers, the majority of whom are now switching to online digital providers such as iTunes. In this digital revolution, free services such as Music Magpie can help people recover the costs of their old CDs. Digital music sales have increased enormously over recent years. In the US, revenue generated by digital downloads reached $1.9 billion in 2006, rising to $2.8 billion in 2007, $3.7 billion in 2008, $4.5 billion…

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5 Ways to Embrace The Christmas Spirit With Your Fans

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Christmas is just around the corner, which for the relentless-worker kinds among us means it’s time to start thinking about our Christmas campaigns. I thought I’d share a few thoughts on what you could do this Christmas to thank your fans whilst benefiting from some extra promotion 1.    Setup an exclusive Ustream stream session for your fans I’ve been getting really into Ustream lately (it’s pretty awesome). Although it’s still quite a new platform, a lot of bands are capitalizing on its novelty by hosting exclusive streamed shows or interviews for their fans. Ustream integrates very easily into Facebook with…

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How Much Impact Do Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and Drake Have on Canada’s Economy?

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Earlier this week I posted an article on Canpage’s blog about how much Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, and Drake earn per hour and what impact they have on Canada’s overall economy and music economy. You can read the full post here, but here’s the post in a nutshell. Justin Bieber earns $6,572 an hour. If Justin Bieber’s labels & managers were Canadian, he’d pay $15.3million in income tax to the Canadian Government Canada’s music industry repesents 0.01% of Canada’s economy Canada’s music industry is worth $1.4billion Justin Bieber contributes approximately ~0.0003% to Canada’s economy Many successful Canadian artists are signed…

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Which Guitar Strings Are Best For Classical, Acoustic and Electric Guitarists?

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This blog post was written by Aisha Kellaway We all know that apart from the guitar itself, nothing helps you to sound as awesome as you can (and deserve to) than a decent set of guitar strings. With so many different brands, styles and gauges on the market it can be hard to choose the set of strings best suited to you, your guitar, and your style of music. Amazon.co.uk Widgets Of course, everyone’s preferences of strings vary and there’s no solid rule as to which are the best guitar strings, ultimately it is simply up to personal preference based…

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Using iMixes, iTunes Playlists, and Other Apple Services to Promote Your Music

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This is a guest post by Helen Reid It is everyone’s dream to be featured on the iPod advert, even the greats. The publicity that comes with being associated with the Apple brand produces mega stars. It may be just a dream for musicians like you and me, but there are many other ways that you can benefit from Apple. You will all be aware of a little something called iTunes and you will also probably have an iPod, let’s face it almost everyone has. The iPod has literally taken over the world and people across the globe spend most…

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