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14 Quick Music Marketing Tips For All Stages Of Your Music Career

Quick Music Marketing Tips

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginner or seasoned veteran.

To get from where you are to where you want to be in your music career, you must come up with a strategy. In most cases, that strategy will revolve around marketing.

Many people have goals. Fewer people write them down. Even fewer people have a strategy. And, only a tiny percentage of people ever action their strategy.

So, whether you’re looking to get more exposure, build your email list, land better shows or sell more merch, here are some music marketing tips you can use as part of your strategy.

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Best Headset Microphones For Singing Onstage [Portable]

Best Headset Microphones For Singing Onstage [Portable]

Singers sometimes need more freedom on stage.

It could be for a variety of reasons, whether it’s because they’re playing an instrument, dancing, running out into the crowd or otherwise.

Headset microphones can give you more mobility during your performance.

This allows you to develop a more robust stage presence, which can help you create a stronger connection with your audience.

In this guide, we will be looking at the best headset microphones for singing onstage.

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Best Junior Drum Kit For Kids 5, 7, 8 & 10 Years Of Age

Best Junior Drum Kit For Kids 5, 7, 8 & 10 Years Of Age

If you’re going to start your kid off on the drums, you might as well start them off young.

Learning to play an instrument takes time, and because kids have so much time and energy to dedicate to the craft, they can improve rapidly – especially if they enjoy playing music.

But part of empowering your child is setting them up for success.

How do you do that?

By buying them an instrument that makes it easy and fun for them to play.

So, let’s look at the best junior drum kits for kids.

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7 Guitar Playing Techniques They Won’t Teach You During Beginner Lessons

7 Guitar Playing Techniques They Wont Teach You During Beginner LessonsA guitar instructor’s job is to support you in your progress as a guitarist; not to hold your hand through every single step!

Think about it. The average lesson time is 30 minutes per week, which means that you have 167 and a half hours until you see your teacher again. A good student knows that what they do with that time can make a tremendous difference to their progress as a player.

A teacher might have a good reason for not showing you a technique in beginner lessons; usually because they’ve determined you just aren’t ready for it yet. They may be right, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try!

Here are seven guitar playing techniques they won’t teach you in beginner lessons.

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5 Marketing Tips For Beginner Guitarists

The best marketing strategies for guitar players

In today’s modern age of digital music recording and affordable options available for musicians globally, there is a lot of competition out there for upstart guitarists looking for recognition on the internet.

If you’re a guitarist who’s part of a band or group, you can compose, record, mix, and master an entire album up to professional standards from the comfort of your very home! And you can do it on a pretty affordable budget as well.

You can make your own album covers with digital art, make music videos, and even manage a global record label right from your home office.

But these luxuries are afforded to every upstart guitarist pursuing a career as a musician. There’s countless guitarists flaunting their shred skills all over the internet, so how do you compete with them? How can you attain a bit of internet fame, and attain a bit of the recognition your talent rightfully deserves?

Well first of all you need to be really good at playing guitar. If you need practice, maybe get guitar lessons before you start marketing your music.

Now if you’ve already taken guitar lessons and are a top player, read on for some marketing tips for guitarists!

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Youtube’s New One Channel, And How To Set It Up Properly

Youtube One Step By Step Guide For MusiciansThis guide was written by Anne Jacqueline, music manager of singer Yasmine Modestine.

A short while ago, Youtube implemented a new design called ‘One Channel’. You can see an example of this design in action on Yasmine’s Youtube page.

The ideas behind this is a much simpler channel design that also works well across many different devices. As more people get tablets and smart phones, it has become increasingly important to be able to effectively display your content to as many of these devices as possible. This new channel allows this.

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8 Things Bandcamp Adviser Andrew Dubber Can Teach About Music In The Digital Age

7 Things Andrew Dubber Can Teach Musicians About Music In The Digital AgeIt was a shiny day in London, and I was having a coffee with a fellow musician. I realized that the biggest part of the conversation was his ranting about the ‘bad situation in independent local music scene’.

“There’s so much knowledge out there, I don’t disagree with you, but it’s scattered all around the web. Impossible to find the really credible resources!”

And then it hit me:

“Why don’t we stop whining and do something creative instead?”

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Pay Musicians More For Gigging! A Open Letter To Event Organizers

Pay Musicians More For Gigging - A Open Letter To Event Organizers

Pay Musicians More For Gigging - A Open Letter To Event OrganizersBy event organizer Thom Milson.

I grew up heavily involved in my local music scene: I knew the bands, and the promoters well enough that I called them my friends. As soon as I was old enough I started organizing shows so my favorite local bands could be heard and seen more. I had a fair crack at it, but as the years went on other things took over, and I moved into other realms. I remember that time fondly, especially because I helped many bands get going, both fan base wise, as well as financially. Now, for many reasons I’m being drawn back into the world of promotion, and I’m noticing quite a few differences in the way the local promoters now operate: they don’t pay the bands.

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Facebook Graph Search For Musicians

This is a guest post by Tom Siddle of the Brighton Institute of Modern Music.

Facebook Graph Search For Musicians

Your band’s presence and exposure on Facebook has just became all the more vital. Facebook Graph Search is on its way, and could possibly change the way potential fans hear and find your music.

There are many ways to market your band with little or no budget, and social media is an excellent place to start your online marketing strategy.

So far potential fans have been able to find your page by studying their friend’s list of recommended pages, or when enough of their friends comment on your bands posts. Facebook Graph Search however will be able to expose your band’s page to new fans in a way that Google search results have never been able to.

Read on, as we talk more about this new Facebook feature below.

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