Expert Music Career Advice For DIY Musicians
8 Reasons You Aren't Getting Publicity for Your Music
How to Command the Room's Attention at Your Next Gig
6 Ways to Challenge Yourself as a Musician You Probably Haven't Tried
3 Mistakes Musicians Have to Realize They're Making in Order to Become Better

Use This Handy Chart of Note Frequencies and Instruments to Eliminate Background Noise From Your Mixes

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This article originally appeared on CD Baby's DIY Musician blog, and was written by Alex Andrews of Ten Kettles Inc. Their new music theory app, Waay, is now available. Click here to learn about its video lessons, interactive exercises, progress-tracking tools, and more.

3 Kinds of Upgrades That Should Be on Every Gigging Musician's Horizon

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Because of how financially unpredictable the world of live music is, many musicians at some point have had to resort to cutting corners when investing in gear for gigs. While these decisions may be appealing financially, they often have a negative impact on the effectiveness of your live show, both in the quality of your sound and how smoothly you're able to navigate your set. If you've been noticing some room for improvement on stage, here are a few tips and suggestions for possible investments that could take your performances to the next level.

Marketing Your Music on Facebook: 4 Reasons Why the Numbers Can Be Misleading and Overrated

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When it comes to social media networks, Facebook set the standard for success when it rose to worldwide prominence in the mid-2000s. And once Facebook became the go-to spot for the youth and evolved as a potential destination point for artists, fan pages for musicians began to pop up, and the rest is history. From indie to mainstream, artists of all scale have pages set up on Facebook – and for good reason. Despite the fact that the older generation has taken some of the "coolness" out of the network, the amount of overall activity on Facebook is undeniably substantial, and opportunities for engagement are almost always worth pursuing.

However, there are some indie artists who choose to hone in solely on Facebook when putting together their music marketing plans. Regardless of the success you may have seen thus far in marketing your music on Facebook, it has several limitations you should know about. Here are four reasons why Facebook stats can be misleading and, ultimately, overrated.

Yes, There ARE Rules for Songwriting

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For the last two years, I was a professor of songwriting at Berklee College of Music. I did this part-time next to my full-time gig of being a songwriter and vocal producer in the pop and EDM world. In those two years, I sold a whole bunch of songs to famous DJs and worked on many projects with up-and-coming artists in Brooklyn.

In 2013, one year after graduating from Berklee, they asked me to join the faculty. This seems pretty unorthodox, but my boss believes that if you want to teach current pop music to college kids, you need someone who is closer to their age and who's living the pop music gig right now. I wasn't gonna argue with her, so I took the job, and quickly realized that teaching songwriting made my own writing a lot better. Sweet deal.

As a professor at Berklee, though, I ended up spending more time trying to convince my students that the rules of songwriting are a huge deal than I actually did teaching them. The general consensus was, "Rules are lame! My favorite indie artist follows no rules! Deez Nuts for president!" And my answer was, and has always will be, "Wrong, bro!"

The Truth About How Radio Stations Decide Which Songs Get Played

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Spend any time listening to the radio, and you'll both enjoy the mix of music and ask also yourself, "How did this song get on the air?"

Everyone who makes the decision on what songs get played on the radio has their own individual perspectives and motives for what they initally choose to play and what they don't. The same is true for how often some songs get rotation versus others. The truth on how radio stations and programs decide which songs get played actually has to do with a few factors that you might not realize.