As an artist, you have a completely unique perspective to draw inspiration from whether you’ve just started making music or have been writing songs for years. But just because you have the ability to create music that comes from an authentic place doesn’t mean you always can or do. Some artists struggle to trust their own unique musical intuition and shape their music too closely around what other musicians are doing, and you may be doing this with your music without even knowing it. How do you know when you’re not creating authentically?
When you begin playing music out – especially in a new place – it can be intimidating. There’s often gateholders to breaking into a music scene, and they often have their own standards by which they allow people to play the shows they involve themselves with. I come from a big town where I was involved in the music scene for almost a decade, and then moved to a giant city with hardly any idea of what to do next. This one is personal to me.
What I truly believe is that no matter how old you are or what kind of music you play, there are ways to find people to play with and an audience for you. You just have to get out there and find them. If you’re having trouble figuring out how to play shows or have never done it before, let this serve as a guide to booking your first show.
Most of us don’t need to be convinced of the perks of travel. But have you ever thought about the lasting impact it can have on your music career? Think about it—new places, new faces, new opportunities, new connections—it’s ripe with prospects.
While traveling to far away places might be a bucket list item, you can get just as much inspiration from simply going a few cities or states over as you will going internationally. So if you’re looking for an excuse to pack your bags once more, check out these 3 ways that travel can transform your career.
Lots of potentially phenomenal songwriters often fantasize about writing music but can’t bring themselves to write a song. For some, the problem is rooted in a lack of confidence and the paralyzing fear of being made vulnerable through music. But for other musicians, a complete lack of knowing what to write about is the culprit.
Knowing what to write songs about can be a challenge even for experienced songwriters, so this is a problem that plagues most writers eventually. Here’s five tips designed to help get you thinking about what to write about in your music:
If you’re young and single, touring with a band can be one of the greatest experiences of your life. In addition to getting to play music all across the country and possibly the world, touring can be an experience filled with late night partying and endless possibilities for meeting new people. But if you’re a bit older and are married or in a committed relationship, weeks or months at a time spent away from home trying to promote new music on tour can be massively challenging for even the strongest couples.
If you’re in a serious relationship and plan on touring for long stretches at a time, you’ll have to go through a difficult balancing act between the needs of your music career and your obligations at home. Couples can still manage to thrive if one of its members tours regularly, but not without a lot of hard work and planning. Here’s a few tips to help.
This is the second half of a special Reverb Nation Guide To Music Theory. In Part 1, I taught you how to build and understand intervals and basic chords. If you haven’t gone through Part 1 one of this guide, stop reading this and check that out first. To understand everything in this article, you’ll need to have a basic knowledge of everything I talked about in that first guide.
In this article, I’ll introduce you to scales, Roman numeral analysis, and the circle of 5ths. Having a solid grasp on music theory’s basic concepts can be a huge help to you no matter what your unique experience and background in music is, and by the end of this guide you should have more than enough information to be able to wrap your head around the ideas that govern music. Let’s jump back in.
If you’ve been playing in a serious band for a few years it can feel discouraging to see other musicians in your scene getting opportunities that you feel you’re ready for but just don’t have access to. Seeing friends in other bands opening sold out shows or supporting popular bands on the road can leave musicians who’ve been working hard for years wondering why they’re not being considered for the same important opportunities. Opening for the right show has the potential to bring a band notoriety, a larger fan base and resources they wouldn’t have had otherwise. But younger bands sometimes fail to do simple and effective things that could drastically improve their chances of getting on important shows. I’m going to give you a few simple tips on how your band can land coveted support slots in your local music scene.
“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.