5 Things To Say No To As A Musician

Openness and curiosity are important positive traits for serious musicians to have. However, saying yes to every opportunity that comes your way is a bad idea. Whether you make music full-time for your job or during every spare moment you can, you have a limited amount of resources and time as a musician. Committing your time and attention to the wrong things in music means missing out on the things that will actually make a difference in your career. Here are five examples of things you should probably say no to in music:

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3 Strategies To Try When Faced With A Musical Dead-End

You’re working on a song idea that you love and then, wham. A brick wall comes from out of nowhere and you have no idea how to move forward. It’s an amazing thing when a great song reveals itself to you all at once, fully formed, but this isn’t how it usually works. Most of the time, songwriters create songs piece-by-piece over multiple writing sessions. In other words, dead-ends are inevitable, so it’s best to get comfortable with them. The next time you don’t know how to develop a musical idea, try one of these strategies:

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How To Tour Smarter

We’re all making music in a digitally driven industry, but touring is still one of the most reliable ways to form meaningful connections with existing fans and earn new ones. Unfortunately, the act of unestablished artists bringing their shows on the road comes packed with challenges, risks, and costs. Plan, do your research, and tour in a smart, measured way, and you’ll be able to weather whatever troubles that come your way. But venture out without realistic goals and a plan, and you’ll likely experience disaster sooner than you think. 

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4 Life-Saving Tips For The Introvert Musician

Sometimes (okay, a lot of times) being an introvert is exhausting. Everything going on in the world around us drains us, and when we can’t get that alone time to regroup and recharge, it can cause us to shut down, making it impossible to be productive. And that’s kind of the last thing you want when you’re trying to create your next masterpiece, am I right?

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5 Habits Of Successful Musicians

When it comes to making it in the music biz, it’s a little bit of luck, a bit of hard work, and a whole lot of strategy. This, I’ve found, is where a lot of us get it wrong. We think the music will carry us into the arms of adoring fans and eager labels, and when that doesn’t happen on the merit of the music alone, it’s easy to feel like we’ve failed, or throw up our hands in defeat.

If I’ve learned anything over the last decade that I’ve been doing this, it’s that there are a few habits that successful musicians have, and they’re not as complicated or complex as you might think.

Ready to find out what they are?

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3 Tips For Writing Lots Of Music

Writing music is hard. Writing lots of music is much harder. But between how insatiable audiences are for new music and the fact that the more often we write the better chance we have at creating great songs, it pays to be prolific as a songwriter. Making music takes hard and often thankless work, but it takes even more sacrifice, planning, and energy to commit to writing as often as possible. Here are three helpful tips for being prolific and productive as a songwriter: 

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How To Tell When You’re Not Creating Authentically

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?

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