August 25, 2016

The Do It Yourself Musician

If you’re a musician who has a web presence, you’re going to depend on services. You probably shouldn’t run your website off a computer sitting in your basement. Let people that know how to host websites do that for you. You’re not going to code your website from the ground up, you’ll use WordPress, or one

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August 21, 2016

Vocal Tips

In an episode of the TV show, Frasier, Niles Crane talks about a paper he wrote about a narcisisstic opera singer. The title of the paper was “Mi, Mi, Mi, Mi, Mi” (That’s pronounced ‘Me, Me, Me, Me, Me’). Get it? It brings to mind the question of why vocal teachers have students doing such

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July 24, 2016

Music Production And Recording Tips

Here are some videos covering the basics of how singer/songwriters can set up a home studio. There’s a home recording gear overview, help in deciding what microphone to buy, and tutorials that explain audio interfaces, and recording software. There’s a PDF that goes into more detail, you can grab it here. Home Recording Basics Overview

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July 21, 2016

The Do It Yourself Musician

At the Republican national convention, Donald Trump entered with Queen’s “We Are The Champions” playing. Brian May called this an “unauthorized use” and said that Trump had not asked permission to use the song. Can Brian May or Queen (or whoever owns the publishing) legally stop Trump from using their music? Is there legal recourse?

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July 20, 2016

Musicianship & Inner Game

For years, I practiced ineffectively; and because of it, I didn’t get much better at my instrument, or at singing. Why? I didn’t understand how to practice. And to understand how to practice, in order to improve quickly, it’s good to understand both the psychology of practice, and how the mind best absorbs information. I used

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