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Performing, Honing Your Craft

Apr 27, 2015 09:00 AM

Dylan Welsh

8 Easy Tweaks to Make Your Practice Time Way More Productive

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As we get older, there are more and more responsibilities that get in the way of practicing. For most adults, the 10-hour days spent glued to your instrument are long gone. I've encountered the same issue and have thus tried to really streamline my practice. In doing so, I've found (or have been shown) some really great methods to maximize efficiency in the practice room.

3 Things All Artists Should Know About Their Fans

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Your fans are (obviously) the lifeblood of your music career. You need to know who they are, what they want, and how you can best cater to their needs to effectively to communicate with them. Just as any brand or business should be aware of their customer demographics to better advertise, you need to find out a few important things about your fans to better push your music and your message. Here are top three things you need to know.

EP or LP: Which Album Format Is Right for You?

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This article originally appeared on the CreativeLive blog.

 

You're in a band. You've played some shows. The material feels strong and you want to start working on a record. But should you start out slow with an EP or go full steam ahead with an LP?

First of all, we'll skip all the talk of what constitutes an EP vs. a full-length. This is your project, and you'll know the difference between just a sample of your music or most everything. So which one should you do? Here are the best reasons for both.

The Most Important Thing You Need to Understand About Booking Shows

Don't get shut out by a talent buyer before they can even hear your music by failing to send a proper booking inquiry. (Image via twitter.com)

When sending a booking inquiry to a venue or booking agent who's never heard of your band, that first impression might be your last. A truly terrible email has the potential to permanently turn off the attention of those in charge straight away, rendering the awesomeness of your music pretty useless.

Do Your Live Shows Get Rowdy? How to Protect Yourself, Your Fans, and Avoid a Lawsuit

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A version of this article originally appeared on Performer Magazine.

 

Disclaimer: The information contained in this column is general legal information only and should not be taken as a comprehensive guide to copyright law. Consult your attorney for all specific considerations.

The same elements that make for a great show can sometimes turn against you. The combination of large crowds, loud music, dancing, booze, and a host of other elements are often a breeding ground for injury and personal liability. Whether it's a fight, a fall, a stumble, or a combination of all three, you'll want to make sure you're protected when accidents happen. If a problem arises, how do you know whether it's your "fault," and what you can do to protect yourself against a lawsuit? Let's dive into negligence, insurance, and playing live.