How to Avoid Burnout as a Musician

As I write this, I’m currently facing my own version of burnout. It’s Friday afternoon and it’s been an especially long week of fielding emails, putting out fires, managing mini-crises, and trying to find time to actually build my business and look to the future. Did I mention also working in three miles of walking my dog each day, yoga, trying to eat right, and really, really, wanting to catch up on Bates Motel if I could just find the time to sit down, relax, and get my mind to stop racing?

We live in a society that is all about the now, while working in an industry that romanticizes long hours, sleepless nights, and a work schedule that never quits. We are constantly told that we need to be on call 24/7, and that there is always someone else ready to take our spot, so we’d better answer that email, take that gig, make that call, and play that show – and we’d better do it all right now. Because if we dare hesitate, there is someone right around the corner who will gladly snatch the opportunity from us.

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The ReverbNation Guide To Basic Music Theory: Part 1

What is it about music theory that has the power to inspire boredom, hatred or even fear in musicians? Humans usually don’t care for what they don’t understand, so it makes sense that even the most seasoned musicians sometimes yawn or shudder at the thought of music theory, a topic that’s benefits are frequently undersold and basic concepts poorly explained. But learning just a few music theory concepts is a powerful tool that every musician can use for writing, performing and understanding music. Rather than being a dusty set of rules that you’ll never apply to anything in your daily life, music theory is brimming with living ideas that can completely change the way you hear and create music.

This is part one of a special ReverbNation basic music theory guide. By the end of this guide, you’ll have everything you need to understand intervals, scales, chords, the circle of 5ths and other important music theory ideas. But before I walk you through the basic principles found in music theory, I need to tell you why it’s such an important thing for musicians to become familiar with.

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How to Get Your Vocal Effects Just Right

If there’s one thing that’s for certain about today’s musical climate, it’s that electronic production has an ever-present role in sound design and it’s here to stay.

Effects are a great way to add personality to vocals, as well as highlight the singer’s strengths (and sometimes mask their weaknesses). But there is such a thing as overdoing it, and it happens a lot with novice mixing engineers and producers who get too excited about effects without really understanding how or when to use them. So, we’ve put together a guide on how to get your vocal effects just right — regardless of the style of music you’re making.

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Can’t Miss Touring Tips From NYC Rockers Midnight Mob

So, you want to rock a tour, do ya?? Congratulations on your decision to become a highway pirate! It’s time to cruise the land with your bandmates, crew, your favorite sweat pants, your noble steed, and all your special quirks fully loaded to test each other’s patience and sadistic behavior. Here are top touring tips and suggestions from Midnight Mob on how to make a tour successful, fun, inexpensive, efficient and – most importantly – safe for all.

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How to Give Other Artists Genuine Music Feedback Online and Build Valuable Relationships

In a world full of spammers and unapologetic super-promoters, cutting through the clutter with sincere, genuine, and thoughtful music feedback will greatly increase your odds of building valuable relationships with other artists. Ask yourself: Would you rather have someone give you thoughtful insight with actual proof that they listened to your work, or just a two-word comment and an emoji?

If you want to really learn how to provide strong feedback online that can develop into authentic relationships, try putting the following tips into action.

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Bang Bang: 5 Steps to Better Drumming

As any drummer can attest, hitting things with sticks – or your hands – can be insanely fun. But becoming a good drummer is no easy task, for the drummer is what holds the band together rhythmically, demanding an excellent sense of time and careful development of muscle memory and control.

If you’re a current or aspiring drummer, there are a great many ways to improve your rhythm and technique. Here are five steps to better drumming.

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5 Ways to Write Better Lyrics

You finally have the beats, the loops, the licks. The compression is just right. The musicians have all behaved themselves admirably and the backing track is finally kicking it. There’s even a killer topline. So, just the lyrics to go, then. Easy enough, right? Not so fast, muchacho. If you want that pen and paper to make something special happen, you’re going to need some guidance. Every creator has his or her own process, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t adhere to guidelines for inspiration. Here are five thoughts to consider as you try to write better lyrics.

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Tone Timeline: Using Delay As A Secondary Instrument

When it comes to playing an instrument, especially in live settings, there are hundreds of different sounds you can create through the use of effects pedals. One of the most popular and versatile effects is delay. Dozens of major brands have produced top of the line settings including analog, digital, tape, tap tempo, swell, and much more. Below, we’ll talk a bit about how to integrate delay into your music making and we’ll cover a few delay pedal reviews. (Need a delay primer? Check out this video.)

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