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Jan 22, 2018 06:00 AM

Hugh McIntyre

6 Free (and Cheap) Apps for Painlessly Tuning Your Guitar

shutterstock_795364369.jpgThe early stages of being a musician involve a lot of work and learning in many different fields, and sometimes it can be hard to keep track of all the different things you need to focus on in order to be not only a good artist, but one who can consistently find work.

One topic that is often overlooked tuning, which young people and those just getting started don’t spend nearly enough time on, and sadly, that can sometimes be heard in their performances.

5 Stellar Album Covers to Inspire Your 2018 Release

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Visuals can draw in a new listener, but your album artwork can be than a tool for catching eyes. Consider it also a supplement to the music that can strengthens fan engagement: It can be an overarching representation of the work, a means of offering clues for deeper understanding, or a jump-off point for exploring personal interpretations.

The five albums below are some of 2017's best, and each employs album artwork as an extension of the music. In attempting to decipher the meaning behind the visuals, we learn more about the work — and vice versa.

3 Important Takeaways From Nielsen’s 2017 End-Of-Year Music Report

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With 2017 in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to look at how the music industry did last year and learn from what worked and what failed. Nielsen’s year-end music report states which titles performed the best, which styles led the way, and uses pure data to highlight that while the music industry is growing again, there are certain sectors that look like they might not be around much longer.

3 Guitar-Shopping Tips to Find Your Perfect Instrument

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After I began to outgrow my first guitar and develop musical tastes of my own, I started asking for a new guitar. The problem was, I didn't know exactly what I wanted. Walking into a guitar store was mind boggling. The brands and prices became a blur; was there a “best” brand? Was there an ideal model? And, of course, money is always a factor. Few can afford to walk into a store and buy a several-thousand-dollar-dream guitar.

While everything is subjective, here are my own opinions and experiences I've developed while guitar shopping. Hopefully they will help guide you through the process!

Why Moving to LA Isn't Guaranteed to Make Your Dreams Come True

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There’s this myth in the music industry that packing up and moving to Los Angeles to chase your dreams is bound to result in massive success. The only problem? It’s not necessarily true.

Sure, there are plenty of artists who make the move to California each year and find themselves in the right circles, talking to the right people, and making the right moves — but that isn’t because LA is some magical place that does all the work for you. It’s because they had a plan in place, they did the work, and they made the right moves. LA on its own isn’t a miracle worker, but it can work for you if you put in your share of the effort.