Producing a new track? Don’t take a day off.
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by Michael Gallant
5d ago
By Disc Makers' Author Michael Gallant When producing a new track, try working on it — even for a very short time — every single day until it’s done. Estimated reading time: 5 minutes In “How to produce a vocal session (when you’re also the singer),” I wrote about one of my current productions-in-progress, a dance/rock song that’s inspired by David Bowie, Lady Gaga, and Rage Against the Machine. For this project, I have the luxury of working without external deadlines, and I’ve decided to take my time and approach it differently than other productions. For the last three months, I’ve worked on ..read more
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How to take great band photos (in six steps)
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by Andre Calilhanna
1w ago
By Disc Makers' Author Andre Calilhanna Here are six steps you can take to ensure your band photos tell your story and speak to your persona. We detail them here (and give you some real world examples). What do you first notice when you see an album cover? It’s probably the image, whether it’s an illustration or a photo. The images on your package can make or break the design and be the difference between getting noticed or overlooked. In many cases, a great design starts with great photos — the images “drive” the design. If you plan to include photos of you or your band, you want those photos ..read more
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How to start writing songs
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by Scott McCormick
1w ago
By Disc Makers' Author Scott McCormick Have you got the music in you and want to start writing songs? Here’s a no-nonsense primer to getting your songwriting career started. Someone recently wrote to us, asking how to get started as a songwriter. So, I thought I’d write an article offering up some tips to help would-be songwriters craft their first song. Table of Contents: • The first rule of songwriting • How do you want your audience to feel? • Be specific about your song’s intention • Should you write music or lyrics first? • How to write a melody • Crafting a chord progression • Don’t sto ..read more
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Guitar intonation: How to recognize and fix tuning issues
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by Keith Hatschek
2w ago
By Disc Makers' Author Keith Hatschek Many factors can cause your stringed instrument to have intonation problems, including old strings and fluctuations in weather and humidity. Maintain and protect your instrument to keep your guitar in tune. If you’re having an issue keeping your guitar in tune, it may be an intonation problem that requires some sleuthing and adjustments. What causes a you guitar to have intonation problems? What can you do about it if your instrument is causing frustration? How can you keep your guitar in tune? Table of Contents: • Equally tempered scale • What causes int ..read more
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Why you need to rehearse your live performance
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by Tony van Veen
3w ago
By Disc Makers' Author Tony van Veen Band rehearsals generally serve one of three purposes — and chances are you’re squandering this valuable time. One of the areas artists squander their time the most is during band practice. For many of us, band practices are fun hours with our bandmates, playing our songs over and over again and loving how great we sound. That’s how it used to be for my band. But, thinking back on that time, I realize we were incredibly inefficient during our band practices. And I have a feeling that you might be, too. So, let’s talk about how to supercharge your band pract ..read more
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How to promote your music on YouTube
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by Scott McCormick
3w ago
By Disc Makers' Author Scott McCormick You need to promote your music on YouTube, but you can’t be cavalier about it if you want to make progress. It’s a big undertaking, and it can be incredibly rewarding. It’s not a mystery why musicians want to be on YouTube. It’s the second-most visited website in the world (behind Google) and it is the number one most popular social media site, having passed Facebook this year. One billion videos are viewed on YouTube every single day, and every minute, 500 minutes of video are uploaded to the site. But it’s not just its sheer popularity that makes it att ..read more
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Five steps to becoming a great musician
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by Bobby Borg
1M ago
By Disc Makers' Author Bobby Borg Being great at anything requires a lot of time and practice. If you follow these five steps, you just might increase your odds of becoming a great musician. Oftentimes, musicians find their skills plateau and ask, “How do I become a better musician?” If you’ve reached some level of competence on your instrument, it may seem OK to become complacent and not actively seek growth. But focusing and improving on known weaknesses is what elevates someone from being a good musician to being a great musician. It’s easy to look at something that may be challenging and w ..read more
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What’s the best key for your song?
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by Michael Gallant
1M ago
By Disc Makers' Author Michael Gallant There are a lot of factors that play into choosing the right arrangement for a song — but choosing the best key for you and the musicians might be the most important. When you’re getting ready to perform or record a new song, there’s a lot to consider — from instrumentation and arrangement to tempo and groove. As you’re prepping your new material, before stepping into rehearsal or entering the studio, don’t gloss over one very important but easily ignored question: what is the best key for your song? Often, the answer may seem simple — the key that you wr ..read more
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How to produce a vocal session (when you’re also the singer)
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by Michael Gallant
1M ago
By Disc Makers' Author Michael Gallant Singing and producing at the same time creates a unique set of challenges. It can also offer freedom and a workflow that’s all yours. I’m producing a track right now inspired by David Bowie, Lady Gaga, and Rage Against the Machine. Once I got to the point where the arrangement felt solid, it was time to lay down lead and backing vocals. The singer I wanted for this song? Me. I’ve produced myself singing before, but not for years, and never on a project that was quite as gutsy and ambitious. Here’s how I approached combining the roles of singer and enginee ..read more
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5 steps to building your online music brand
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by Robert Brandl
1M ago
By Disc Makers' Author Robert Brandl To be successful, you need to establish a strong online music brand, no matter what kind of music you’re creating. Here are five things you need to consider when building yours. Your artist brand makes you unique and authentic. It makes you stand out from the crowd and identifies you to fans and key players in the industry. To be successful, you need to establish a strong brand, no matter what kind of music you’re creating or what message you are sending out to your listeners. But where do you start when building your online music brand? Here’s what you nee ..read more
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