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5 Rules for Sharing a Practice Space With Another Band

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This article originally appeared on the CreativeLive blog.

Being in a band is not always the easiest thing in the world. But between trying to score good shows, write good music, and keep everyone in the band on the same page, there's also that necessary evil most of us must face: sharing a band practice space.

With rents rising everywhere, there's almost no choice but to have to split rent with one or two (or more) bands, and often, you have no idea who these people are. Hopefully, you've already made sure that they're dependable and won't pawn your stuff, so let's move on to the week-to-week kind of stuff.

The 7 Best Subreddits for Musicians

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This article originally appeared on the CreativeLive blog.

 

Reddit, aka "the front page of the internet," has a subreddit for pretty much every niche you can imagine (and if it doesn't, you're free to start one yourself). There are hundreds of subreddits for music, and while many of them are digital ghost towns, the following will scratch that itch if you're a musician looking for communities that aren't just memes and kitten gifs.

Performing, Honing Your Craft

Jul 13, 2015 11:00 AM

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3 Ways to Tighten Up Your Band's Live Show

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This article originally appeared on the CreativeLive blog.

 

It's one of the most baffling features of the music scene. Not bad sound, nor low energy, nor too much alcohol can ruin a good band's set more than overstaying their welcome onstage. And yet, this very night there will be plenty of audiences around the world checking their watches and trying to see how many more songs are written on that damn setlist.

If you think that your band isn't guilty of this, you may want to double-check. Even though you've been on the receiving end of a set that never seems to end, that doesn't make you immune from wrongly thinking that you need to add a couple more songs than what's required. Here are a few things to consider when putting your list together.

Is Listening to the Classics Ruining Your Music?

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This article originally appeared on the CreativeLive blog.

 

Whether it's the Beatles, Zeppelin, Sabbath, Dylan, or everything by the Stones before the '80s, there are many musicians who seem to think everything good has been done already, and there's no point in seeking inspiration in modern music. All the best stuff has already come out, they seem to think – the best punk, the best metal, the best hip-hop. Whatever is flooding the airwaves nowadays and glutting Spotify is just a bunch of slick nonsense with no heart.

It's not like the real music we grew up with, which helped shape our superior taste and sensibilities. But this belief smothers creativity.

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.