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10 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Singers

The holidays are here, and that means the never-ending struggle to find gifts for loved ones. If you’ve got a singer or musician in your life, there are plenty of great gift ideas for these people! Hopefully my list will help you find something for them. Please note: Some of these may be affiliate links. However, these are legitimate things I either own or would like to own. I also plug my own stuff here and there, but I will let you know up front.  Great Gifts for Singers 1). Tea Most singers drink tea. It may seem like a boring gift, but there are[...]

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7 Things to Consider Before Signing Your Kids Up for Music Lessons

I've got another guest post this week, from Vincent at Music To Your Home (you can check out his info at the end) - I don't have any kids and have no idea what to do with them, but some of you might have a child who is musically inclined. Kids and music tend to go hand-in-hand (I also have a Pinterest Board about teaching music). When Vincent brought me this topic, I thought it would be great to pass it along to you guys in case you're curious! If you've got kids and you love music, let's see how we can bring them together: If your kid loves music the way most[...]

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4 Reasons a Songwriter Needs a Project Manager

How Project Managers can help Songwriters

One of my favorite (and most common) roles at Tunedly is Project Manager. When I talk about it with songwriting friends, I tend to get these responses: “Well…I mean, I can be MY OWN project manager, right?” “What does that even mean?” “Why does a song need a project manager?” These are all great questions. I never thought about any of this before I became a PM, but now that I’ve seen projects both with and without one, I can tell you exactly what my role is and how to decide whether or not you need one. Project Managers for Songwriters He[...]

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6 Things I Learned After Releasing My First E-Book

YOU GUYS. My book is 2! As a person who has only ever had dogs, I have no idea what it’s like to raise children. Seeing my book-child turn two has been a milestone. Technically, Way Less Cowbell will turn 2 on April 29th. However, I’ll be on a flight to Alaska then (scared out of my mind because I hate flying), so we’re going to be celebrating early by reviewing what I knew then vs what I know now, and what I’ve done in the last two years. Way Less Cowbell - A Review I started writing this book when I realized that clients continued to have similar[...]

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The Music Mindset: How to Work on Music When Life Sucks

How to Get Music Work Done When Life Sucks

Today has been rough on me, to say the least. All day long I’ve had family issues, ongoing client issues and it’s currently -5 degrees and I can’t go for a walk to clear my head. Still, tonight I have to get into ‘work mode’ and deliver a great performance for a client. I’ll be honest, I don’t want to. I want to drink wine, cry, watch Forensic Files and go to bed early. I won’t, though. Instead, I’m going to list some ideas to help me get through this, and hopefully they will help you as well! When Life Sucks First, I need to say I am by[...]

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Christina Aguilera’s MasterClass Review for Vocalists – Part 1

If you missed my intro post, I'm doing a full review of Christina Aguilera's MasterClass and applying it to my session singing career. I'm curious to know if it will apply to a more limited scope of vocalists, since Christina both records albums and performs live. My final post is now available here as well! There are 23 lessons in this class, so I thought I would break them into two parts. Parts 1-11 will be in this post, and I'll write about the rest when I am finished with them. Please feel free to subscribe or pin this so you know to come back later! If[...]

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10 Tips for Beginning Songwriters

I started “writing songs” (I’m using that term loosely since they were garbage) in elementary school. I had an archaic recorder and a tattered Lisa Frank notebook, both of which were my best (and only) friends. If you’re reading this, I’m assuming you have an interest in songwriting. Maybe you haven’t started yet but want to try. Perhaps you’ve written a few but are struggling. Maybe you’re a seasoned pro and you’re coming here anyway, which is also cool. I want to share these 10 tips that I wish I had known earlier in my songwriting career. I[...]

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How Your Hobby Can Help You Write Better Songs

For many singer/songwriters, music is a hobby more than a career. This is totally fine and understandable, but it can be hard to find new things to write about when your only hobby is writing. However, very few of us only have one hobby. Even if your hobby is “doing nothing,” (no judgment here), I’m going to show you how to use any hobby to write great songs! How Animal Rescue Helps Me Write Songs My hobby is animal rescue, and I cannot tell you how many songs were inspired by my work in rescue or a specific animal. My song Find Me from Zebra Stone is[...]

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7 Tips for Musicians to Have Amazing Live Concerts

7 Ideas for Exciting Concerts

All performing musicians want to have great live shows. It's second only to having great recorded songs (and maybe even first, depending on how often you perform). An engaging, exciting concert can get you more fans and is a better experience for everyone involved. However, it's not easy to have a great live show. As a session singer, I don’t often perform live. I used to, back when I was under a demo deal with a label and they wanted me to get live experience, but it wasn’t fun. It was obvious that I was terribly nervous. I felt out of place and wanted to go[...]

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10 Tips from 10 Years in Production – Guest Post

Producer Cari Prez gives 10 tips for music production

I have another guest post for you this week! This is from Cari Prez, and I'll just let him explain who he is: "I’m just your regular guy who listened to music a little too closely as a kid. I ended up trying to learn how all of it was done, from the arrangements, to the positioning and balance of the instruments, to even listening extra close to figure out exactly how a harmony was sung and layered with a lead vocal and then replicating it myself. Learning the piano by ear, studying the production of my favorite artists, from Journey to Linkin Park, Adele, an[...]