Getting ready to release an album? Here’s what you need to know.

Getting ready to release a new album is a time filled with excitement. You’ve poured your heart, soul, and probably a significant portion of your wallet into this new project and you can’t wait to share it with the world. Congratulations!

While it might be tempting to simply drop the album on a random Friday and wait for the masses to swarm to it, there might be a slightly better strategy—and it involves making a plan.

Below, we go over a few things you need to know in order to make your album release the most successful it can be. You’ve worked hard to get here—don’t shortchange yourself now.

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5 Things To Do Before Going On Tour

Unless you’ve got a dedicated team helping you get ready for a big tour, you’ve got an insane amount of work on your hands. In addition to the musical aspects of getting ready for a tour, the promotion and planning it takes time and lots of prep. But where do you start? Here are five ways to prepare before going on tour:

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The 3 Biggest Reasons Why Bands Break Up

For how much music has changed over the past couple of years, the reasons bands split up seem to stubbornly be the same. The complex interpersonal dynamics in bands can be extremely difficult to navigate whether you’re fresh out of high school and touring for the first time or have been in a successful band for decades. And even though we’re living in an unprecedented time in music where things work and look nothing like they did even a decade ago, there’s nothing new under the sun when it comes to why bands decide to throw in the towel. In no particular order, here are the top three reasons bands break up:

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Cheat Codes For Reading Music

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Back in the day, the ability to read sheet music was essential for composing, performing, and analyzing Western music.

The rise in popularity of alternative notations such as MIDI and tablature has changed this notion, expanding notation to be more idiomatic for musicians across different walks. That said, staff notation still remains as a universal standard, a common language that can be shared between any two musicians.

For this reason, even if you produce great music using solely MIDI scrolls, it never hurts to be able to read sheet music – one day you might have to transcribe a piano part to have it recorded by a pianist, and you wouldn’t want to have to learn for the first time then! This article will provide you a series of tips, tricks, and mnemonic devices to kickstart your ability to quickly identify some key aspects of a piece of music written in sheet notation. We’ll go through three cheat codes at three difficulty levels, spanning tricks helpful for absolute beginners as well as seasoned sheet music readers.

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How Holding A Grudge Can Hurt Your Music Career

Playing music is emotional whether you’re a serious career musician or a couple of suburban step-dads who get together and jam on covers on the weekends. Emotion in music isn’t just an asset, it’s essential for forming connections between musicians and listeners. The problem comes when musicians let this heightened emotional state follow them off the studio or stage and into other aspects of their career. Arguments, jealousies, anger, rash decisions—these are all major problems brought on when a musician lets their emotions get the best of them. But while emotional flare-ups can be harmful, holding grudges can seriously damage a musician’s music career.

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Ableton Live Tips And Tricks: Part 3

Ableton Live has become one of the most powerful Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) on the market today. Although it was designed primarily for live performance, it’s become a studio favorite. Originally built for DJs and electronic musicians, it still has enough audio capabilities to compete with other big-name DAWs. We’ve launched a new video series teaching basic Ableton Live tips and tricks so you can get started in Ableton Live today.

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5 Reasons Not To Play A Show

When a new band starts getting asked to play shows, it can be really exciting. But as established artists know, not every show is worth playing. If you’re on the fence about committing to a show or not, here are five reasons to say no:

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3 Tips To Add Punch To Your Drums

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Adding punch to your drums is a great way to add excitement, energy, and that special oomph to your track. In this article, we will look at three tips for getting more attack and body out of your drums.

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