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4 Guitar Gimmicks to Avoid at All Costs
7 Practice Habits All Successful Musicians Have in Common
6 Stage Hacks to Engage a Crowd
4 Common PR Mistakes That Make Your Band Look Unprofessional

The 10 Most Influential Bassists of Our Time

The role of the bass player has taken twists and turns over the last half century or so, thanks largely to these bassists. While many more people than just these musicians have obviously helped shaped bass playing into its current state, these are my picks for the top 10 most influential bassists of our time.

5 Ways to Gain Fans That Don't Involve Releasing New Music

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From mainstream acts to the freshest of indie talent, it's the fans who facilitate the growth of the artists they support. However, marketing yourself is less clear-cut when you're not releasing new music or videos. Even though there's a natural period of downtime that every artist goes through in between releases, that doesn’t mean the growth of your fanbase needs to stagnate! Try these five methods of gaining new fans when you're not putting out new music.

Top 6 Toronto Venues Every Local Musician Wants to Play

Toronto is Canada’s largest metropolis, and as a result, many of the world’s biggest stars have traipsed across the city’s stages over the years. This has helped develop an incredible music scene and amazing talent. Some of the biggest musical artists in the world hail from Hogtown, so it shouldn’t be a surprise the city has the world-class music venues to help foster that kind of creativity. There are almost too many great venues to be able to do a list like this justice, but we’ve tried to boil it down to a handful of places that are on the bucket lists of most Toronto musicians.

How to Overcome the Awkwardness of Selling Your Own Band Merch

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Let’s face it: for most musicians, selling merch is awkward, and as a result, most avoid their merch table like the plague. It's much easier to just pay a friend to take care of it while you focus on your awesome performance. But if you’re not at the merch table after the show, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity. Of course, you want to make sure you set up your booth correctly and let your fans know that you have merch available from the stage. But simply being present at your merch table is the most effective thing you can do to move the needle in terms of sales. And as an added bonus, it’s a great way to develop a relationship with your fans!

To help you get over the awkwardness, let’s go through four things to remember when manning the merch table.

7 Signs It's Time to Release Your Full-Length Album

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There’s an old saying in rock 'n' roll music: it’s a long way to the top if you want to rock 'n' roll. Success doesn’t come easy, and it takes a lot of hard work. But with some thoughtful planning and (obviously) great music, you can make certain moves that will expand your audience while gaining wider recognition for your music. One of these moves is essential to the success of any musical endeavor: releasing a full-length album.