Management Deals - Some Basics

Many bands and musicians after toiling away on the gig circuit are likely to get their first taste of “success” by being offered a management deal. Having booked your own gigs and public appearances you are naturally going to be more than happy to get such a deal. There is no doubt that having management and PR should be considered as a stepping stone. But it is very important to be aware of the consequences of being tied to a management deal. 

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Top Vocal Notation Mistakes

When you create music for any musician, it needs to be as readable and fool-proof as possible. You might not always be there when someone is reading the music that you wrote, and you won’t always be able to correct people if they misunderstand your writing. For these reasons, it is crucial to understand these top notation mistakes in vocal parts.

Vocalists have to sight-read both music and lyrics at the same time. Sometimes, multitasking while sight-reading can be tricky, especially if the music is not well written. While there are many common lyrical mistakes, let’s start first with common musical errors.

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14 Tips To Improve Your Practice Routine

If you’re a musician, you’ve undoubtedly spent hundreds, thousands, or tens of thousands of hours perfecting your craft. Practising and growing musically is a lifelong journey, and the day-to-day routines are full of highs and lows (no pun intended). Your time is valuable; are you making the most out of your practice time? Follow these 14 tips to make sure you are making the most out of your daily routines.

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4 Times When You Can Skip Practising

No matter what you play, how long you’ve been playing, or where you are in your career, you’ve certainly been told that you need to practice. It’s true that practice makes progress. You can’t grow without it, and it’s essential to accomplish any of your musical goals. However, sometimes it’s okay to call it quits for the day (or the week). Here is your guilt-free list of reasons when and why it’s okay to take a break.

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3 Steps To Improve Your Rehearsals: Staying On Track

Imagine this: you have the perfect rehearsal planned, you are completely prepared and organised, and then during your rehearsal, some major distraction occurs. Distractions can arise in many forms, from talking, electronic use, interruptions, etc. Staying on-track in your next rehearsal is crucial for accomplishing all of your rehearsal goals. Follow these three quick steps to make sure your next rehearsal is as distraction-free as possible.

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8 Exercises To Train Your Ears

What musician doesn’t want stronger ears? Having stronger ear training skills positively impacts almost every aspect of your musicianship. If you want better tone, intonation, balance, blend, expression, compositions, or transcriptions, then ear training is for you. Here are 9 ways you can expand your ears today:

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9 Reasons Why Your Teacher Is Upset With You

Yep, you heard us. Your beloved music teacher might not feel so warm and fuzzy when they think about you and the joy you (don’t) bring into their classroom.

Please note: your teacher doesn’t actually hate you. By being an educator, your teacher automatically loves you and wants what’s best for you during your school days and beyond. Your teacher has sacrificed unimaginable things in order to show up every day and passionately teach you and your classmates. A teacher’s love can never be doubted and should never be forgotten. Here are 9 ways that you’re getting on your teacher’s nerves.

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Why It's Okay That You Were Rejected From Your Dream School

It’s that time of year again; the acceptance packages and rejection letters are rolling in, your parents and teachers are constantly asking for updates, and everyday you watch your peers experience both thrilling pride and crushing heartbreak. The university admission cycle is a huge time for you in your life, if you’ve chosen that the university path is right for you. As musicians, it’s easy to fall in love with the biggest, most beautiful universities with the famous teachers, gorgeous facilities, exciting connections, and hottest reputation. Maybe you’re dreaming of a local university where you friends are attending, or maybe you’d love to attend the same university as your parents. Maybe you are the first in your family to attend college, and there is a lot of pressure riding on you to attend the very best school. No matter how we’d all love to see each other succeed and thrive at our dream college, we all know that college rejection is very real. If you’ve just been rejected, don’t quit. Here are our top 7 reasons why it’s okay that you got rejected from your dream school, and some tips for what to do now.

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How To Nail Your Audition

We’ve all been there: you have an exciting upcoming audition, you think you’re prepared, but something goes wrong. Maybe you don’t get a good response from the judges, or maybe you forgot something crucial in your preparation. No matter how many auditions you’ve had, these helpful tips will prepare you for all future opportunities!

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3 Steps To Improve Your Rehearsals: Engagement

As a leader, you understand how precious rehearsal time can be. So often, we feel like we don’t have enough time to perfect our music to meet our goals. Even worse, if your musicians aren’t receptive to your leadership style, you’ll feel like you’re wasting time. How can you achieve all of your rehearsal goals if your musicians simply aren’t interested or invested in your rehearsals? You can better engage your musicians in three simple ways:

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3 Steps To Improve Your Rehearsals: Preparation

Your preparation and organisation are forms of respect shown to your students and musicians. Your effort in preparation tells them that you respect their time, you’ve put thought into the time you’ll spend together, and that you don’t want to waste a single minute of your precious music-making time together.

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Top 10 Transcription Tips

Music transcription, also known as dictation, or simply writing-what-you-hear, is the art of notating music entirely by ear. Many musicians love to transcribe, while many musicians cringe and shudder, remembering music theory class and failed attempts at transcribing four minute bebop solos on the first attempt. Despite its dreadful reputation, transcribing is helpful for all musicians: performers, students, educators, and beginners alike. The skills that transcribing strengthens and the sheet music that can be produced are always worth the effort of transcribing!

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10 Reasons To Go Practise

Practising plays a critical role in the development of any skill! How good are you at balancing a spoon on your nose? How good are you at riding a unicycle? What about cooking a souflé? Chances are unless you’ve practised these skills diligently, your answers are either “I’m terrible” or “Idk, I’ve never tried”. Before you ever began learning your instrument, you were completely skilless at it. Now, look at you! You are living proof that practice works. Here are 10 reasons why you need to practice today. ASAP.

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