3 Songwriting Challenges Designed To Increase Your Creative Output

Even the most prolific songwriters have trouble creating new work from time to time. Whether it’s the frustrating situation of questioning each and every note and lyric, or not feeling focused enough to follow through with an idea, making new music can feel challenging or downright impossible for some musicians. If you’re currently wedged in a creative rut and are looking for ways to get your writing output moving again, here are three challenges to help:

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4 Things Most People Get Wrong About Serious Musicians

Lots of people know what it’s like to play an instrument for a couple of months, but few can relate to the experience of trying to build a life as a serious musician. Because of how musicians are portrayed in books, movies, and TV, those living in the non-musical world often have inaccurate ideas of what it’s actually like to make music seriously and/or for a living. Here are four things non-musicians inaccurately believe about musicians:

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5 Must-Haves For Every Bio

Let’s be honest, writing bios is probably one of the least fun and most stressful parts of putting together your EPK (Electronic Press Kit). Most of us are pretty uncomfortable writing about ourselves, and since we’re always downplaying our accomplishments anyway, it feels really unnatural to then gush about them for 500 words.

So if you’re a little uncomfortable writing about yourself, you’re not alone. It is seriously weird to boast about how awesome you are and then send that to people. But trust me, you can overcome this. It’s actually not as hard as it might sound, and once you get to work on your bio, you’ll see what I mean.

That said, if you’re really struggling, consider hiring a bio writer. PR companies usually offer this service, as do plenty of freelancers, so if you’re really feeling stuck, spend the money, save yourself the stress, and have a professional whip one up for you in a couple days.

If you’re up for the challenge of DIY-ing it, we’ve got you covered. These five tips will guide you smoothly and seamlessly through writing your next bio. 

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How To Mix In Your Guitars

Guitars are used in many different genres of music. 

Chances are the guitar in these tracks will be the main protagonist. If not, then they will at least be a main instrument in the song. 

In order for your music to translate well to your audience, you need to mix your guitars in a way that gives them depth, power, and delivers the emotional intent of your song. 

In this article, I am going to go over how you can mix in your guitars for a more professional-sounding mix. To mix in our guitars, we are going to use simple panning and audio processing. In our example, we are going to assume that there is no audio processing done to the guitars already.

We will be starting the mixing of the guitars from scratch. 

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10 Towns To Hit On Your Fall Tour

I can already feel it. The air slowly beginning to change, the crisp leaves falling under my feet, the smell of apple cider donuts and caramel apples. At least, that’s what I’m dreaming of as I write this in 80 degrees, high humidity weather in the middle of the summer. But hey, we have to start planning for our favorite seasons sooner rather than later right?! And when that season just happens to also include a tour—be it long or short—the time to prepare isn’t a month before, it’s an entire season before! That way you can make sure you get your routine down, your bags packed, and your itinerary sorted.

But what if you’re struggling with where to go? We’ve scoured towns and cities across the US to find those with a significant base of music enthusiasts, so even if your fan base is a little light in a certain area, you’re bound to find some new fans.

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How To Fix A Muddy Mix

One of the biggest problems that music producers face when mixing their music is creating a clean, clear, and present mix. If you are looking to create a professional-sounding mix, then having a clean mix is a must. 

But what actually is a muddy mix?

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Why Linking Your Music’s Success To Your Self Worth Can Ruin Your Career

In 2019, there’s no shortage of ways to measure a musical artist’s success. Between public play counts and the growing private listener analytic data that streaming platforms now give to artists, musicians have ways to see how well their music performs in real-time. This unprecedented reality clearly brings artists some sizable benefits. For example, a small, unestablished band doesn’t have to fork over cash for an expensive radio campaign to learn what cities listen to their music the most because streaming platforms give away that information for free.

But there’s some significant drawbacks to consider in today’s data-driven, instantly gratified music culture. There are constant, unavoidable reminders of whether an artist is conventionally successful or if their music isn’t being heard. Drawing a connection to your self worth and whether your music is successful or not is a recipe for the sort of creative-killing frustration that can do serious damage to not only your career, but also your personal well-being.

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3 Tips For Adding Newness To Your Songwriting

Humans are habit-forming creatures, which can be both good and bad for musicians. Routines are ideal for stuff like practicing an instrument or getting plenty of rehearsal time in for an upcoming performance, but they can wreak havoc on a person’s creative potential. Habits stifle creativity when they remove the potential of risk and newness from the music-making process. If you’re someone who struggles with succumbing to bland routines and predictable habits in your songwriting efforts, we’ve got three tips to help:

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