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9 things NOT to do with your next song demo - By Johnny Dwinell A song demo is trying to accomplish one thing: sell your song to the listener. While there’s no magic formula for rising to the top, these 9 tips will help you avoid sinking to the bottom of the pile. Last year, I got a call to produce a record for an artist on a NY label. It was a rush project, they wanted it distributed in early December in time to ship for Christmas. The songs were already chosen, but at the last minute the ...
A song demo is trying to accomplish one thing: sell your song to the listener. There's no magic formula, but these 9 tips will help you avoid disaster.
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10 things you can do to reach your music career goals - By Bobby Borg While these 10 tips are hardly a foolproof master plan, they’re a good reminder of things you can do to take the next step and reach your music career goals. Musicians have no problem creating master plans to rule the world, but they often fall short of seeing their music career goals through effectively. What an unfortunate waste! As Ralph S. Larsen, CEO of Johnson & Johnson, said, “The best-thought-out plans in the worl...
While these 10 tips are hardly a foolproof master plan, they're a reminder of things you can do to take the next step and reach your music career goals.
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Setting up a call to action on your Facebook artist page - By Andre Calilhanna Facebook marketing tip: With Facebook’s “Call to Action” button, you’re one click closer to converting fans to buy your CDs, merch, and tickets. Social media marketing isn’t always about making a sale. Engaging on social media is more often about having conversations, building trust, and increasing your visibility and influence. Of course, it’s also about promoting your act, marketing your music and gigs, and att...
Facebook marketing tip: With Facebook's "Call to Action" button, you're one click closer to converting fans to buy your CDs, merch, and tickets.
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Are you building a music career or just filling the calendar?
Your master plan should help guide you to make decisions as you weigh the benefits of booking music gigs and which venues are right for your music career.
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Are you making excuses, or dealing with challenges? - By Disc Makers If you can turn an excuse into challenge, you’ll be one step closer to achieving your music career goals. Excuses. A lot of folks hate it when I talk about this subject, probably because we all have some festering sore spot in our lives where we coulda, shoulda, woulda but made an excuse instead and never did. So having a serious discussion about excuses causes us to relive our most catastrophic or pai... 
If you can turn an excuse into challenge, you'll be one step closer to achieving your music career goals.
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How to deal with criticism as a musician - By Bobby Borg If you want to progress, you’re going to have to learn how to deal with criticism as a musician and channel it to help you improve. Here are five tips to help you navigate the inevitable. Getting feedback from a representative sample of your target audience or from a seasoned music professional is a great way to measure where you are in your career. But what happens when you get feedback that is the opposite of wh... http://ow.ly/30Rajv
Bad reviews and negative comments sting, but if you heed these five tips on how to deal with criticism as a musician, you can use negative feedback to grow.
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Gigging without electricity – how we made it through the show in the park
Transitioning a full gigging band with keyboards and vocals to an event without electricity could be a nightmare – but creativity and planning made it work.
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Yoga for musicians - By Keith Hatschek Brandon Dill Practicing yoga can help you attain peak performance, strengthen your body, and overcome music performance anxiety. We discuss the benefits of yoga for musicians with veteran instructor Nichol Chase. Many musicians, singers, dancers, actors and performance artists speak of “being in the zone,” when an outstanding performance flowed naturally and effortlessly, making it a memorable occasion for audience and performer alike. Is there a secre...
A practice of yoga for musicians can help attain peak performance, strengthen one's body, and overcome music performance anxiety.
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A guide to Apple Music streaming for the independent musician from our partners at CD Baby. For independent musicians who want in on the service, CD Baby has been identified by Apple as the go-to source to make music available on the platform. CD Baby explores how to claim your Apple Music artist profile through ‘Connect’, what affect will Apple Music have on the music industry, four kinds of royalties you can earn from Apple Music, and how you get your music on Apple Music.
Apple Music is streaming, and Disc Makers' partner CD Baby provides information to help you navigate the newest, and potentially biggest, kid on the block
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How to choose a recording studio - By Hybrid Studios When it comes time to record in a professional recording studio, you want to be sure you make the right choice. These tips for choosing a studio will put you on track. You’ve got the songs. You’ve logged the miles, played the gigs, and built your following. Now it’s time to record. But how do you choose the right recording studio? Good question! You want to choose wisely as this is for posterity, after all. Finding and choosing the right ...
When it comes to finding a pro recording studio, you want to be sure you make the right choice. These tips for choosing a studio will put you on track.
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Now part of Tribune Media, Gracenote has databases that span music, television, movies, and sports. When you listen to a CD on iTunes and the artist and song name pop up and the album art displays, it’s a function of Gracenote, a company that maintains and licenses a database containing music metadata and so much more. Metadata, or “the data about data,” is the information embedded in a digit...
Gracenote, which collects and stores music metadata, is now part of Tribune Media, with databases that span music, television, movies, and sports.
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Use hammer-ons and pull-offs to energize your chords - By Kathy Dickson Whether your playing acoustic or electric guitar, hammer-ons and pull-offs can be a dynamic addition to your repertoire. Part of developing as a guitarist is learning how to dress up chord progressions so they don’t sound stale and boring. One way to make your chord playing more dynamic is to incorporate hammer-ons and pull-offs. Hammer-ons and pull-offs use the fretting hand instead of the picking ... http://ow.ly/30OWup
Whether your playing acoustic or electric guitar, hammer-ons and pull-offs can be a dynamic addition to your repertoire.
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Disc Makers stands alone as the undisputed leader in optical disc manufacturing for independent artists, filmmakers, and businesses. Many of our 400 team members are musicians and filmmakers themselves. We have invented many of the features currently taken for granted in the music and film industry: complete turnkey DVD & CD packaging, integrated in-house CD & DVD manufacturing, affordable bar codes for retail sale, board packaging and eco-friendly CD and DVD packaging options like jackets and Digipaks, promotional posters, download cards, and value-added promo services. Disc Makers offers unparalleled quality in the industry, the industry’s only money-back guarantee, and turn times no one else can touch. We operate the most vertically-integrated manufacturing facility in the industry out of our Pennsauken, NJ facility, and we produce over 20,000 titles a year.

We also offer a variety of additional services including audio mastering, DVD authoring, custom CD & DVD package design, custom USB Flash drives, music distribution, and are Disc Makers’ Echoes Blog, which offers free tools, professional advice, and insight for independent artists.