When I started songwriting when I was nine, and for the first little while of the last 11 years, I only used on book as a songwriter. And yes, that worked fine for a while, but I'm at the point now where there are three different notebooks I use in my songwriting practice that I think are absolutely necessary.
What's the first thing you think about when you hear the term "karaoke bar?" People singing poorly for laughs? Drunk people trying to sing coherently? Endless renditions of "Don't Stop Believing" or "Eye of the Tiger"? I think about those things, too. However, as someone who has done karaoke for many years, I have to say that yes, those things are true. But there is much more to it than that. It's a fun place for friends to get together, sing some songs and have a few laughs. I've made some of my closest friends from the karaoke bar I frequently go to. I am not talented in the least, but others seem to think I am.
Ah, Live performance. This is the Artist’s best chance to make a good impression and gain more fans, not to mention to remind current fans of why they love you and your music. The key word here is performance. You want that to be memorable, especially if your audience has paid to get in to see you. That does not mean you give a lackluster performance, even for free events. Be on top of your game at all times from start to finish.
Eventually, artists that dream of taking their craft to the next level will have to make some moves outside of their home city. Touring can be nerve-wracking and expensive at the best of times, and downright depressing at the worst. But it can also be a lot of fun, and very worth the stress if you can weather it.
In one way or another I have been a part of the Tampa Bay music scene since 2001. Because of this involvement, I find myself at plenty of open mics and showcase. Often I am asked to judge or critique the participants, something I like to do. I feel that it is a way to help some up and coming performers grow in their craft. After attending a few of these I started to notice certain patterns...and not the good kind either. So with the hopes of helping a few more up and coming artist I present you seven tips to improve your stage performance:
If you saw either of my last two music videos, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “That was pretty cool!” Or perhaps not. Either way, if you’re considering making your own video or are an overly staunch critic, you should know what exactly goes into the making of a music video.
Most people are unaware that there is an unwritten rule of how to be fanatical. Yes, you read right, there are rules and yes they shall be followed. Or...else.
Mixing & Mastering are both complex processes that take time to learn and to master completely (pardon the pun). Although having analog equipment does help to create a warmer and thicker sound. Us bedroom producers can go about making professional quality tracks whilst still in our pyjamas.
Now, before anyone loses their minds about the title, being a music student is hard, painful work. Especially in Illinois, collegiate music programs are some of the most strict and in-depth programs in the country. Since there's a lot to talk about, and I don't want to make this too long, I'll be breaking this up into parts. Part one will primarily focus on preparing to be a music major and practicing outside of class.
It’s been said that any person capable of speaking is also capable of singing. However, certainly not everyone is capable of singing
Are you that person who sits in their bedroom on a screen, learning their favourite song on guitar while shyfully mumbling the lyrics? Or maybe, you record your own original music in your room, write a ton of lyrics but never have any opportunities to show the world, other than a cheeky 10 second post to social media? A musician is someone who plays an instrument; But a performer, is someone who performs their talent. In this article, I will show you how you can be fairly paid for your hobby, and make it your sideline job.
Starting a career in music can be a tough journey with little to no direction on how to achieve your goals. Sure, there are countless websites that can tell you one thing or another, but none of them really seem to provide methods for someone who is just getting started or have little to no funds to cover simple costs like production and studio time. These three ways are just a few of the methods I have used in my journey in becoming a professional songwriter.While my pockets were in the process of growing, I learned to be resourceful spending little to no money at all to keep me consistently working in my field of writing music. This isn’t just limited to songwriters, these tools can have a powerful effect in any field in music be it an upcoming instrumentalist, music producer, rapper, or singer. So I present you three effective ways to improve your song making process now!