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When, How, and Why to Break the Rules of Songwriting

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This article originally appeared on Educated Songwriter.

 

While there isn't an official songwriting rulebook, there are quite a few tried-and-true songwriting conventions that over time have essentially become rules. In almost all instances, these "rules" are there because they tend to make songs more commercial or catchy or both. That being said, breaking these rules can be a very effective tool, assuming it's done with the full understanding that you are doing so. In other words, breaking the rules by accident doesn't count and can often result in a song that isn't as effective as it could be. In this article, I'm going to walk you through the when, how, and why of breaking the rules of popular songwriting.

Performing, Honing Your Craft

May 28, 2015 10:00 AM

Ian Temple

7 Ways to Practice Music While on the Road

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This article originally appeared on Soundfly.

 

If you're like me, you love to travel, whether going on tour or just seeing the world. As a musician, though, traveling can get tricky, especially when you have to leave your instrument behind. How do you stay at the top of your game musically, even while out on the road?

4 Smart Ways to Save Money on Your Band Merch and Promo Costs

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Designing band merchandise and promotional materials is a creative exercise second only to writing songs. But what if ambition exceeds band funds? Here are a few simple ways to cut corners financially without watering down the final product too much. Each method will keep more money in the band's coffer, or at least redistribute funds into the local DIY community.

Recording, Honing Your Craft

May 28, 2015 08:00 AM

Reuben Raman

How to Record a Full Band at Home With Limited Space and Equipment

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Recording a full band at home can be a struggle for many due to limitations such as space, equipment, and environment. Unlike professional recording studios where different instruments can be isolated and recorded together, home recordings are often done in your bedroom, basement, or living room. While these spaces are hardly ideal for a simultaneous recording of your band, there are ways around it, and I'm here to give you some advice about how you can successfully record your band in the comfort of your own home.

How to Find the Perfect Band Name

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This article originally appeared on Soundfly.

 

Let’s face it: being a musician can be tough. You have to write music, find the right people to play with, get yourself heard, craft a professional sound, record some tracks, etc., etc., etc. And yet, the challenge that I hear cited most frequently by aspiring musicians is how hard it is to come up with a band name. The music side is easy. But coming up with a novel name that captures your unique take on '80s fringe crooner metal? For some reason, that seems to be impossible. But even though deciding between the Red Scare or Camouflage! may seem like a silly thing to get hung up on, the truth is that it's often the very first step you're taking in sharing your art with the world. And that can be a really scary thing. Being a musician takes a lot of courage – offering up your creative output for judgment and then standing by it – and it starts with choosing a single, simple, memorable moniker that people will know you by.