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The 4 Best Ways to Title Your YouTube Videos – A Guide for Musicians

The Best Tips to Title Videos That Get Clicks!

If you’re a regular around here (I call you the Melluminati) - you may have seen my zodiac blogs, where I list singers by their birthdates. I link each name to a YouTube video so people can hear their work. This means I spend a LOT of time searching through YouTube for artists and their videos. I want to show you what makes a good YouTube title and how you can maximize your title to get the most views!   Good YouTube Titles for Musicians This is part of my series on YouTube, where I try to grow my channel as best as possible. The current assignment i[...]

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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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7 Things to Think About Before You Hire a Session Singer

7 Tips to Hire the Best Session Singer for Your Project

If you’re a songwriter, you’re likely to hire a session singer at some point in your career. I’m a songwriter and session singer myself, and I’ve hired other session singers before. You’ll want a variety of singers in your reel to showcase that your songs can be used for a range of performers. You may also want background vocals that are different from your own. There are many reasons to hire a session vocalist, but it’s important to find the right one for your project. As a session singer, I feel it’s my responsibility to make sure you have the bes[...]

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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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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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How 2017’s Top Artists Made it Big, and How You Can Too

How 2017's Top Artists Became Successful

As of writing this post, I looked at Billboard's top-selling artists of this year and they are, in order: 1). Taylor Swift 2). Ed Sheeran 3). Post Malone 4). Pentatonix 5). Imagine Dragons 6). Sam Smith 7). Garth Brooks 8). P!nk 9). Demi Lovato 10). Bruno Mars If you’re wondering, “Wait, where’s (other huge artist)?” These are the top artists as of October 2017. Most of these shouldn’t surprise you, but there might be a couple who are unfamiliar. That’s okay, we’re going to get into each of them here! I'm going to break down how each artis[...]