Everything to Consider When Buying Your First Guitar

This post originally appeared on Flypaper by our friends at Soundfly.

Whether you’re thinking about hunkering down and buying your first guitar or looking to upgrade from the $199 Strat pack that your grandma gave you for Christmas to a bonafide AXE, let’s talk about some of the things you should consider when buying your first guitar.

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10 Genres We Guarantee You’ve Never Heard Of…Until Now

They’re weirdly awesome. And so is the music. When musicians join ReverbNation, they choose a genre – or multiple genres – to match their style of music. Since every artist is different, they have the option to write in whatever genre they can dream up. And boyyyy, are there some doozies!

We’ve all been there, when your go-to artists and songs just aren’t doing it for you anymore. So this week, we uncovered the secret forest dwellers of the genre world – the ones you didn’t even know existed until right now.

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How to Get Music Blog Coverage For Your Next Release: A 5-Step Guide

There’s no worse feeling than pouring a ton of time, energy, and money into a musical project that no one ever sees. Unfortunately, this is something that far too many musicians have experienced. As a publicist and blogger myself, my first recommendation is always to budget for a publicist when you’re outlining your release plan. Publicists aren’t cheap, but there’s a reason for that: they’ve spent their careers building and maintaining their relationships, honing their writing and pitching skills, and identifying the best stories and angles for each and every artist.

It’s no easy task, as you’re about to learn. But if you have a shoestring budget and simply can’t afford to hire a publicist right now, take a look at this DIY PR guide and learn how to get your next release the blog coverage it deserves.

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Does Your Band Have A Compelling Story?

Your music always comes first – it’s the contact point for new fans and it’s the whole reason you’re here. But beyond the music, your story is a huge part of your artistry. It’s what gives context to the music and what can turn a casual fan into a long term listener. A compelling story is also a great way to get press, influencers, and industry connectors hooked into your band. So when my musician friends ask, “How do I get press?”, I tell them to lead with a great song and a better story.

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It’s Not Just What You’re Saying: Five Ways Your Lyrics Can Have Impact

Some songwriters absolutely dread the process of writing lyrics, while others love the poetic element of creating music. Whatever your opinion of lyric writing, here are five potentially surprising ways that you can improve the impact of your lyrics to take your songs to the next level.

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Meet The Latest Artists Selected For ReverbNation Opportunities

Everyday the music industry seeks out ReverbNation artists to book on stages, license their songs, sign to labels and more through exclusive opportunities. To celebrate the hundreds of emerging artists selected for these opportunities, we’re going to share a random sample of five every week on this blog. Let’s go!

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Save Hours Marketing Your Music With IFTTT

Wouldn’t it be nice to have an assistant helping you with routine online stuff, like posting on social media the way you want, helping build your Twitter lists, informing you about new PR opportunities and doing other such handy things?

While web apps are rarely referred to as “assistants”, there are two tools I use actively and treat as virtual (literally) assistants – they are IFTTT and Zapier. IFTTT (stands for If This Then That) is a free app which I recommend you to start with.

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6 Things That Will Make Music Journalists Ignore You Forever

Lesson number one of soliciting press for your songs: treat music journalists with respect. We go into a relationship with an artist with the best intentions. After all, we can’t do our jobs unless you do yours well. A song premiere, review, interview, or think piece about your band can introduce your music to new pods of rabid fans and raise your profile considerably.

But when you make the following six mistakes, you can kiss press coverage goodbye forever.

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