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Monday
Aug072017

Architectural Acoustics: How Your Music Hall's Layout Affects Sound Quality

The science of modern concert-hall acoustics was born in the late 1800s and early 1900s in the United States. The father of architectural acoustics was Wallace Clement Sabine, an assistant professor at Harvard who helped to plan the internal acoustics of the new Boston Symphony Hall, erected in 1900, and is considered to have be one of the best concert halls for its acoustics in the world.

By testing various halls using seat cushions, people, a pipe organ, various other materials and a stop watch, Sabine carefully measured the time required for different sound frequencies to decay within the various spaces. Today, there are six attributes in considering the acoustics of concert halls. These six attributes are the standard for which all concert halls are based.

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Monday
Aug072017

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: How Much Practice?

Friday
Aug042017

The Definitive Guide To How Much Practice Is The Right Amount

 The music world lives by the phrase “practice makes perfect,” but what makes the perfect amount of practice?

The path to musical expertise is a bumpy one, and practice is hailed as the golden ticket to success. When you’re aspiring to become an expert musician, it’s easy to feel like Goldilocks, struggling to find the sweet spot for your practice routine.

Malcolm Gladwell popularized the “10,000-hour rule,” based on Dr. K. Anders Ericsson’s research on expert performance, asserting that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master any skill.

This claim is famous, but is it accurate? How do you define too little practice? Is there such a thing as too much practice?

Read on for how researchers, musicians, and even doctors respond to these questions.

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Wednesday
Aug022017

5 Ways To Get On A Spotify Playlist

You’re ready to get on a Spotify playlist, right? But how do you do it when you have no followers, no connections, and you don’t know the first thing about how to make it happen.

I’m the queen of trying to find loopholes when everyone else says it can’t be done. Official Spotify playlist curators are unbelievably elusive and well guarded. They are also not the only way to make your way onto a playlist.

Below are five ways to get your song onto a Spotify playlist starting with two that essentially have no barriers and ending with the official playlists that require more strategy and savvy.

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Wednesday
Aug022017

Mental Health Of Musicians In The News

The suicides of Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) last week and of Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) last May made me feel very sad. Some people used it to start a discussion about the mental health of musicians and of people working in the music business.

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Tuesday
Aug012017

Braces And Beats: Ways To Cope With Braces While Playing A Brass Instrument

Learning that you need to get braces can be devastating for anyone who plays a trumpet, trombone or other brass instrument, and many people worry that their orthodontics will force them to give up playing. The truth is that it is definitely still possible to play a brass instrument with braces, but you do need to be prepared to experience a bit of pain and plenty of playing difficulties at first. Nonetheless, by following these simple tips, you should find it much easier to cope with your braces and ensure that they don’t keep you from playing.

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Monday
Jul312017

5 False Claims About The Music Industry That Hurt Your Music Career

Want to grow a successful career in music much more quickly? Don’t accept these false claims about the music business:

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Saturday
Jul292017

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Singer/Songwriters Can Save

Friday
Jul282017

How Singer/Songwriters Can Save $100K Right Now - Today! 

$100 K. I thought that would get everyone’s attention. And it’s the first thing I say when I meet with young singer/songwriters and their parents as we start the educational process of moving up from the basic performance skills of singing their own songs and playing guitar or piano to the rarefied air of the art of entertaining. That’s what I do these days as a live music performance coach.

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Thursday
Jul272017

7 Tips To Improve Merchandise Sales

A big reason why fans purchase music merch is to connect with others that share a common interest, and to show off their musical tastes.

Merchandise is also a great way to advertise your artist. We find that items with the artist’s name included tend to sell better than items without it.

It doesn’t have to be splattered in huge letters across the front, but including the artist’s name visibly on the item helps.

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Wednesday
Jul262017

Orchestrated Success: 4 Required Personnel Every Big Band Needs When On Tour

Touring is one of the most exciting parts of being in a big band. Going on a tour is a complex undertaking, but the process can be simplified by bringing the right experts. Keep these four types of professionals in mind when planning who to bring along on your next big tour.

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Wednesday
Jul262017

The Three-And-A-Half-Minute Song

Caught in a daze, I found myself staring at my computer screen at a large list of music titles from my “Indie Chillout” Spotify playlist when I had a keen observation. Song number one, length = 3:21, song two, length = 3:25, song three, length = 3:43, so on and so forth. A similarity among all the track titles, a majority of them ranging roughly from approximately 3 minutes and 15 seconds to 4 minutes and an average song length of all 100 tracks of 3 minutes and 50 seconds (a minimum length of 2:24 and a maximum length of 6:10). It isn’t just happenstance that this is around the average song length time for almost all major genres of music. In fact, there are several reasons why most songs fall within this time range as explained below.

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Monday
Jul242017

9 Ways To Get More Fans On Your Mailing List

This post was written by Lisa Occhino and originally appeared on the Bandzoogle Blog

If you do some quick research on how to get more music fans, you’ll find plenty of suggestions for getting your name out there and getting heard. But once you’ve captured someone’s attention, how do you keep it?

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Saturday
Jul222017

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Benefits Of Social Media

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