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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.

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.

4 Phrases Music Journalists Are Tired of Hearing

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Most music journalists who have been writing and reviewing tunes for any real length of time see their email inboxes flooded with hundreds of requests every day. Publicists, managers, and more than a few artists themselves all send pitches that will hopefully turn into stories on blogs and in magazines.

Many writers don’t mind receiving these messages — it’s the nature of the business, after all — but there are a handful of turns of phrase that have been overused and beaten to death by this point, and it’s about time to retire them. Before you hit send on your next pitch, make sure none of these four words/phrases are included.

6 Tricks to Help You Possibly Place Your New Album on a Billboard Chart

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Having your name appear on a Billboard chart is something that many artists aspire to, but despite efforts made by the media company to include new names and listings that only focus on those who haven’t yet broken into the mainstream, it remains incredibly difficult to make it to that point.

If becoming a Billboard-charting artist is something you aspire to (it’s not for everyone, and not everybody who makes music actually cares about that sort of thing), here are some tricks that might help you game the system a little bit... though let me make it clear that even if you follow my advice outlined below, you’re still going to need a lot of help and a lot of luck to make this work.

6 Tricks To Possibly Place Your Song On A Billboard Chart

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Many musicians dream of not only being able to make a living from their art but also seeing their name on the Billboard charts. It’s extremely tough to make happen, but even just one appearance on one tally is enough for some artists. While it may seem impossible, things are changing in music, and thanks to some recent alterations of how a number of charts are constructed, it’s become easier for up-and-coming acts to nudge their way in.