Sunday, April 6, 2014

EQ for an acoustic guitar


An acoustic guitar can really spice up a song in any genre. You of course want it to sound nice when mixed. Here are some basic EQ ideas to help you along.

  • 150 – 300 Hz range: Use to beef-up the tone of the guitar. Do keep in mind, to much low end on an acoustic guitar can muddy up your song. So only boost this range if needed.
  • 300 – 600 Hz range: Can be boosted if you have a thin sounding guitar. This range can do wonders and will help the guitar stand out in the mix.
  • 600 – 800 Hz range: This is the guitar's mid-range sound.  Decrease this range to give better tone and to give the guitar presence among other instruments.
  • 1,000 – 3,500 Hz range: This range when boosted will make the guitar stand out in your mix. Raise these frequencies when working with a pluck-style guitar.
  • 3,500 – 12,000 Hz range: This is the best frequency range for guitar. It will really make it stand out. A guitar will really sound crisp and beautiful when these frequencies are boosted.
Of course this is just a basic starting point. It is up to you to decide what sounds good in your final mix. Remember less is more. Use your ears!!!


Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks as well. www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more)
Submit music on either site.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Music quotes to live by

Here are some wonderful music quotes to live by!


-There are 10 cool methods out there bands use all the time to contact A&R Representatives, unfortunately none of them work.

-There are no grey areas in the music business, just green ones. 

-Producer is businessman more than musician or glorified arranger.  

-Writer escalates to publisher. Arranger escalates to producer.  

-Who & what you are is not important. Perception of audience is important.  

-The only way to get ahead in the music business these days is to call up all your friends. To pool your resources.

-Never get cocky with the music business...it will turn around and bite you.

-Swimming upstream in the music business is a hard thing to do.

-I have known from the beginning one thing you need to know. That is, the music business is a business.


Taken from indie music digest, and search quotes.

Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks as well. www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more)
Submit music on either site.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Writers block sucks big time for a songwriter


We all have gone through writers block. You are trying to write a song and nothing seems to flow.
All the lyrics seem to sound bad. There are many things you can do to avoid this situation.

Put down the pen and paper
Sometimes you just need to drop the pen and come back to the song later with a fresh head.
This helps many times. Your brain can only take so much.

Listen to other music
Sometimes listening to other music with the type of subject you are working on can give you ideas.
I am not saying to plagiarize, just get ideas that you can add your own little twist on.

Call a trusted friend to help
Sometimes two heads are better than one. Call a friend to give you some ideas.

Go for a walk or a drive
Getting out and enjoying some fresh air can help. Do some people watching. Ideas can come from anywhere. You would be surprised what viewing the world can do for songs.

Try some of these ideas. I have even heard of people using rhyming dictionaries to help making words connect. It is all up to you. Once an idea hits, the words will flow like water.
Sometimes hits songs only take 20 minutes to write.

Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks as well. www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more)
 Submit music on either site.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Remember the time.................

I can remember a time when being a musicians was special. It is still special these days, but more so back 20 years ago. Let me explain why. Recording was expensive back then.You actually had to go to a real studio and record on 24 track tape. Of course these days everyone on earth has some type of recording software on their computer. Recording is fairly cheap now. Back then if you had a professionally record album, it was special because not everyone could afford to record, so either you were signed to some hot shot label, or you had money to record yourself. Recording was like $50/hr.

 Also, to have retail ready CD's printed up was an amazing thing as well. When you finally finished your album and you get it mastered, then to ship it off to get manufactured, it was so exciting to open the box and grab your very own CD. Shinkwrap, barcode and all. These days everyone has a CD. Plus, they cheap it out by releasing music on CD-R's with slim lined jewel cases.
Back then you had something to hold on to, something to be proud of. I swear the market is flooded today with an overflow of artists, bands, and producers. Producers who do not even know what the role of a real producer is. Now there is almost no need to have an album manufactured. All you need is to sell it digitally. Which is great for your profit margin, but you do not get that fuzzy feeling.




Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks as well. www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more)
Submit music on either site.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Accept credit cards at your live shows


If you sell your CD's and merchandise at your shows,  it is a must that you accept credit cards.
Many people just do not carry cash anymore. The "Square", is a wonderful device that works with your iPhone or Android device. It plugs into your phone, and allows you to accept credit cards.
The awesome part is that it only takes 2.75% per swipe. That is not bad. There are no other fees.
As you know, it is a must that you sell your album, t-shirts, posters, key-chains, and more at your shows.No more will you have to rely on cash sales. This is a must for the independent artist.
Learn more at https://squareup.com

Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks as well. www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more)
Submit music on either site.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Social Media do's/don'ts when promoting your music



This is a tricky subject. When you are promoting on social networking sites, it is important not to come off as a crazy spammer. You should try and avoid posting links to your music on a person's wall. It can really be irritating if you post it on someone's post as a comment that has nothing to do with what the post says. This really makes people mad, and they will most likely not even want to check you out. If you really want to do it right, try introducing yourself to people. Let them know what you do. Then tell them they can check out  your music when they feel it is the right time.
Or, spend money and take out an ad on Facebook or Twitter. They have fairly affordable ad programs these days that can help. Be courteous and do not piss people off. It hurts you more than you think.

Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks as well. www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B) www.hardcoremix.com (Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more) Submit music on either site.

Friday, August 9, 2013

What have you done today to promote your music?

As an independent artist it is important that you try and get your music and brand out there at least 6 days a week. The 7th day is for resting of course. We all need a break at some point. The other days, you should try and do the following:

Get your music on radio
Try and get your music out to any radio outlet whether it be terrestrial radio, internet radio, college radio, and more. You can make calls to program directors, send emails out, and follow up.

Book Shows
It is very important that you try and book shows for you to perform. It is key for you to build your fan base this way. If you are not a headlining act yet, open for as many artists that you can handle. Even if you have to sell tickets.

Work social media
You should consistently update and monitor your social media pages, and your own website.
Think up contests you can do with your fans where they will win free music or a t-shirt.

Go to local industry events
Try and show up to as many music industry related events  in your area that you can. It is important to get your face out there and shake hands. You never know who may help you in the future.

Work on fresh music
Try to stay fresh with new music and ideas.

Read
Read as many books as you can about music business. You will thank yourself later.

Of course there are many other ways to promote your music career. The key is to keep trying and to think on a global scale. Make lists of goals you want to accomplish for the week.

Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks as well. www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more)
Submit music on either site.