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Musicians: 5 Tools That Will Transform Your Productivity and Keep You Organized

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I have a confession to make: I have a bit of app FOMO. I am constantly worrying that I’ve missed out on the app that's bound to make my life easier, my business run smoother, and my life become more organized. But there are so many options out there that the trouble is it can become almost paralyzing trying to figure out which ones make the most sense for you and your path.

There are hundreds of brilliant apps, but I’ve narrowed it down to five that I feel are universally beneficial whether you’re a musician, an entrepreneur, or just someone who really needs a kick in the butt with organization. Check them out below.

6 Surprising Things You Probably Didn't Know About SXSW

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The SXSW Music Festival is a week of musical breakthroughs in the heart of Austin, TX. SXSW has been grown in quality, scope, and reputation every year since its launch in 1987 – with no sign of losing momentum anytime soon. With over 2,220 musical acts ranging from up-and-coming to legendary musicians, SXSW has hosted household names including Iggy Pop, Lady Gaga, and Dave Grohl.

Test your knowledge with these six surprising facts that you may not know about SXSW.

How to Avoid the Most Common Musicians' Injuries

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Look up “most dangerous professions.” Music isn’t going to be in the top 10, and that’s a blessing. Those don’t-let-your-guard-down-for-one-second positions generally involve heights, open water, tall trees, and power tools. But music comes with its own hazards, from hecklers armed with glass beer steins to highway mishaps on the way home from a gig.

In warehouses and factories, the first thing new hires generally hear is a safety lecture. For musicians, we take the native hazards for granted all too often. But injuries can stop us from playing, and that’s the headline here. The following is a list of some of the most common ways for musicians to end up on injured reserve and how to avoid them.

5 Seattle Venues You Have to Check Out for Your Next Pacific Northwest Tour

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Seattle has been home to some serious music legends, so we wouldn't be surprised if your tour already included this Pacific Northwest metropolis. This city has a ton to offer in the way of kick-ass venues; there are venues for the up-and-comers to the megastars. But if you're unsure of where to start looking, we've got a lineup of venues all around the city for any taste.

How Your Mindset Impacts Your Music

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The brain is a complex organ – the most complex, in fact. As important and complex as it may be, though, most people go throughout their day without giving their brains a second thought. Instead, they sit and ponder, often in confusion.

Perhaps you as a musician are one of these people. You know that practicing every day is essential to developing new skills, but alas, you still let bad habits take control of you. Everyone is guilty of this one way or another, and the solution isn't a tricky one to find. It starts by looking deep inside your mind.