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5 Things You Should Always Be Doing the Day Before a Gig

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While you already know that there's tons of work to be done between the day you get confirmed for a gig and showtime, the day right before the gig is an especially critical time; it's likely the last chance you'll get to do some real promotion and take care of any last-minute business. Here's a checklist of five things that should always be done the day before your gig. Make sure you've got 'em all taken care of!

Ariel Hyatt's Twitter Mini-Masterclass for Musicians: Watch This 15-Minute Video for Everything You Need to Know

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Still confused about how to most effectively reach fans on Twitter? You're not the only one. In this quick 15-minute masterclass from Cyber PR's Ariel Hyatt, you'll learn everything there is to know to get up and running, and start engaging with people in 140 characters!

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10 Qualities to Look for in a Voice Teacher

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Nicer tone, a wider range, more support, and more control over your voice are all improvements in your singing that will happen with private voice lessons. You can also learn a lot of background information about the styles and genres of music you want to sing, or even learn about new styles you haven't heard of yet. Learning how to sing in a healthy, open, and relaxed but controlled way will provide more longevity in your career or with your hobby. Sounds pretty great, right? A key factor in all of this, though, is choosing a voice teacher with the know-how, time, and energy to guide you there. When you find the right fit, you can do amazing things. Here are the most important qualities of a teacher and good teaching practices to look for.

5 More Music Documentaries You Should Watch on YouTube This Weekend

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If you've already plowed through our first batch of free music docs on YouTube – congratulations! You're officially a music nerd. (We mean that as a compliment, of course.) And, as if your newfound enlightenment weren't enough, we're offering you a prize in honor of your accomplishment: five more stellar films to check out, free of charge!

This second round is even more varied than the first; Bowie, hip-hop, blues, and country are all in the mix. We recommend adding them all to a playlist and binge-watching at your earliest convenience.

Darren Eedens: How Moving From Toronto to a Small City in Wales Catapulted My Music Career

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Musicians are always told to move to major cities like New York and Los Angeles to have a shot at making it big, but after folk singer-songwriter Darren Eedens performed at the popular Focus Wales Music Festival & Conference three years in a row with positive reception, he decided to try something unique: he left Toronto's eclectic, buzzing music scene to move across the ocean to a small city in Wales.

Technically, Toronto has a bigger population than the whole country of Wales, but that actually worked in Eedens' favor, as his music now makes a bigger splash in the scene. He's gone on to tour all over Europe, making a name for himself in bluegrass, Americana, and folk. And while there are certainly limitations of living in a smaller city, Eedens has had no trouble finding inspiration in his new environment – not to mention that hopping on a plane for a gig has never been easier or more affordable!

So, if you're wondering what goes into a big international move, or how living in a small city can actually be amazing for your music career, you'll want to hear Eedens' story.