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Why Every Artist Should Play at Least One Instrument

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If you're an artist and don't play an instrument at least passably well, you're putting yourself at a huge disadvantage. There are exceptions, of course — if you're the lead singer in a band or have your own backing band, you may find it entirely unnecessary to learn an instrument. 

This has it's own pitfalls, however. Keeping a band together is often hard work. Egos, conflicting musical tastes, and personalities are often more than a match for the most talented of bands. This is not to mention the added expense of paying band members.

Outside of the perfect scenario where you have endless money to pay a backing band and have a ready-made band of great musicians who are drug and problem free, you'll need to consider picking up a guitar at the very least. Here are just a few reasons why it's smart to learn an instrument if you're an artist.

Performing, Honing Your Craft

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 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!

A Complete List of Holiday Songs You Can Cover for Free

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This article originally appeared on Haulix.

 

If the calendar wasn’t enough a reminder, then the falling temperatures have surely alerted you that the holiday season is officially upon us. Some of you have probably witnessed advertisements featuring Santa Claus already, and if you haven’t, I can guarantee that you will soon enough.

Every year, we see artists of all sizes from every genre imaginable try to leverage love of the holidays with cover songs intended to boost interest in an otherwise slow time for the industry. Some of those efforts works better than others, but we encourage them all the same.

Performing, Honing Your Craft

Aug 14, 2017 06:00 AM

Sam Friedman

8 Ways to Perform With a Backing Track (and Still Engage Your Audience)

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This article originally appeared on Soundfly.

 

From pop to hip-hop to jazz, musicians in every genre rely heavily on electronic production today. If you turn on any commercial radio station around the country, you’re pretty much guaranteed to hear more electronic drums than physical acoustic drums. Guitar-driven music has begun to shed its 20th-century popularity, and, subsequently, electronic music is taking over everything.