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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Our Favorite Music Cities That Aren’t NYC, LA & Nashville

10 points if you can tell us where Denton is…If not, no biggie, that isn’t the goal of this anyways (sorry, geography nerds). We’re here to shine a light on cities with killer music scenes that aren’t NYC, LA, or Nashville, the ones that don’t get nearly enough love as they should. Come take a trip with us.

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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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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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Music Marketing Inspo: Mipso’s Custom Coffee Promotion

So I’m on my Saturday morning coffee run at a local joint called Joe Van Gogh when I unexpectedly experience a great example of unconventional music marketing. While the barista readies my organic Ethiopian blend, I peruse the bags of coffee being displayed at the counter when I see it: a limited-time specialty brew care of a local indie Americana quartet called Mipso. After reading a bit more about the band and the HARMONY BLEND promotion they thought up, I had to pick their brains a bit.

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Interview With Bay Area Band Exhausted Pipes

Exhausted Pipes is Hunter “Razzle Dazzle” Steers, David “Crockett” Mayman, and Andy “Sanford” Landgraf. We’re three guys living in the SF bay that have been playing music together for the past 9 years. Hunter hails from Seattle and plays guitar and sings. David hails from the San Fernando Valley in LA, and plays drums and sings backups with the occasional tiny piano. Andy hails from Chino Hills near LA, and plays bass and sings backups. Hunter’s a craftsman (woodworking specialist), Andy’s in the retail lumber game, and David’s a user experience designer (that also makes wooden things). We all met in college in Stockton, CA, and after playing in a few bands started this version of Exhausted Pipes in 2010. The band technically got started a couple years earlier with Hunter and our buddy Ian playing White Stripes covers as an opening act to another band all four of us were in. We didn’t have a lot of options in Stockton…

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10 Steps to Easier Touring

Touring is a huge endeavor, even for experienced veterans. A music tour requires months of planning, saving, and contacting other bands, promoters, and venues – and making sure everyone in your act has the time off to go on tour plus the funds to pay for food, sundries, and amenities on the road (*cough*beer*cough*).

But effectively planning a tour doesn’t have to be immensely difficult or near-impossible, even when it seems so. Here are ten steps you can take to make touring easier so you can focus on playing music.

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