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 be considering when making this exciting — and potentially nerve-wracking — decision!

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Busting Nashville Myths For Musicians

“It’s basically a city of songwriters and that’s what gives it its strength, that’s what gives it its lasting ability. You’ve got people making all different kinds of music and that’s what attracts me to Nashville as Music City.” – Emmylou Harris

Before visiting or moving to Nashville, many people have misconceptions about this place. Take it from a local: They either get the shock of their lives and adapt, or leave disillusioned. My hope is that this post will help you avoid some of those pitfalls that beset many fresh-faced hopefuls. Read on if Nashville is a place you hope to experience some day.

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5 Reasons to Get a Music Degree

“But I already know how to play,” you might say when asked if you want to study music. “Why spend money on a degree?”

It’s true – earning a college degree is a cost, and it can certainly be an expensive one. But more than anything, a college degree isn’t just a cost; it’s an investment, and making that investment can result in better returns from your career later on for a lot of reasons. No matter what instrument you play, getting a music degree can help to broaden your career and set you up for greater success, including financial success. Here are five reasons to get a music degree.

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7 Free (or Cheap) Music Software Programs

Music and technology have become inseparable friends, and more and more often musicians are using software to create original music rather than doing it purely organically. But accessing that software can be difficult, in particular because most musicians – especially if they’re just starting out – are on a pretty tight budget for investing in the tools they need to create.

However, a big range of digital audio workstations and software platforms that are either freeware or superbly low in price are available for musicians on a shoestring budget. Here are seven of the best free or cheap music software programs available.

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5 Steps to Achieving the Perfect Mix (Without Expensive Gear)

When you picture professional producers, mixers, and mastering engineers like Dr. Dre, Bob Ludwig, and Rick Rubin, what are they usually working with? Massive mixing boards? Huge state-of-the-art speakers? Thousand-dollar headphones? Priceless vintage equipment? That sounds about right, doesn’t it?

If we all had access to gear like that, you might think life would be much easier — and you would probably be right — but there are still many ways to achieve a great mix on a budget. If you have a smartphone or a computer, you’re already well on your way to achieving a good mix.

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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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A Quick Guide to Microphones

It’s microphone mastery time, folks. Whether you’re a crooner, instrument geek, or linguistic lover, you’re gonna need to understand how mics work and how best to utilize them for your needs. Here’s a video primer from Soundfly to get you stage ready.

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Two Million Views & Counting: Meet Lyon Hart

“One of the most challenging aspects will always be ‘where do I fit in this music landscape?’ It’s easy to chase after the newest trend or the latest Hype Machine genre hybrid. Finding a sound and a perspective that is true to YOU is the real challenge.”

Meet singer/songwriter Lyon Hart, who’s been in the music game for over a decade as a member of several bands, writing toplines for DJs, lending his vocals as a featured artist, and finally coming into his own as a solo artist. Most recently, he’s been making heads turn with his candid lyrics, sultry vocals, and stunning visuals.

We caught up with Lyon to learn about his journey as an artist, the inspiration behind his brand new video “Delusional,”  the advantages of collaborating with artists outside your comfort zone, and how powerful visual design can lead to over 2 million YouTube views.

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