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Jun 5, 2019 06:00 AM

Cari Cole

The How-To Guide for Singing Through a Cold

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A version of this article appeared on Cari Cole's Standing in the Spotlight blog.

 

When you're sick, the last thing you want to do is take the stage. Not only must the show go on, inevitably someone will upload an iPhone video of it on social media so you want to be prepared to do the best you can under trying circumstances. But, using the list below, you’ll still be able to rock your show much better than you would have without it! Read on, take notes. You can do this!

5 Quick Ways to Solve Common Tour Disasters

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Here on the East Coast, it's finally starting to warm up and feel like we might actually be entering that blissful time of the year known as spring. The sun is shining, the birds are happily waking me up with their chirping at 5am, and every band is beginning to announce tours in the coming months. It’s a beautiful time of year.

Now, whether it’s your first time touring or your 50th, if there’s one thing you can probably attest to it’s that no band is immune to a little tour trouble now and then. Sometimes it’s minor, and other times it can feel like the entire tour is cursed — but the truth is, it’s just a fact of touring. Nothing ever goes as smoothly as you’d hoped, and there’s always a few bumps along the way to contend with.

That said, I’m a big believer in preparedness, which is why we’ve put together this list of common tour disasters and a couple quick fix ways to deal with them as soon as they arise.

Want to Jumpstart Your Music Career? Start a Blog

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In today’s music industry, it’s difficult to be an indie musician who just does one or two things. Because musicianship is more accessible than ever, it takes someone really special to stand out from the crowd. That’s why so many DIYers do more than just write, record, and perform their songs. Many of them start a blog — and many are very successful at it.

The Secret Behind "Old Town Road"? Toplining. Here's What It Is and How to Do It

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I had been writing for years the old fashioned way – with an instrument, voice, and maybe a co-writer or two. That's why I was perplexed when I heard about a supposed “new way to write.” Once I understood, it actually made perfect sense – it's a great time-saver and an interesting way to break new ground musically.

Toplining — the process of writing lyrics and melody to a pre-recorded music bed/track — has been around for years in the Rap and R&B genres, but has been gaining popularity in the mainstream. In this article, I'll dive into it and explain how you can utilize this new technique to up your writing game.

Using Video to Promote Your Music

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This article originally appeared on TuneCore.

 

There area lot of different ways to promote your music. You can post to social media, send out email newsletters to your fans, seek out press, do live streams, perform live, or even work with other bands to co-promote. 

There are SO many different approaches to promoting your music that, quite honestly, it can get a little overwhelming.

What’s the best approach? What is worth your limited time? And what will actually help you forge a better relationship with your fans and create awareness and excitement for your music?

So today, we’re going to focus in on just one thing – using videos to spread the word and get your fans excited. Most social media platforms will give you the option to share videos. Some, like YouTube are entirely focused on video, while others like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter include video among other posting options. Either way, videos are something you can use across any platform to promote your music.