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Tuesday January 18, 2022. 07:00 PM
There were many resounding album releases in 2021, but few dominated the media headlines more than those of three Pop heavyweights: Adele’s “30”, Taylor Swift’s “Red (Taylor’s Version)” and Olivia Rodrigo’s “SOUR”. But which release brought its author the most attention in...
Have you ever tried singing through a straw?  Today I introduce you to Voice Therapist extraordinaire, Mary Hanson, who will share why straw exercises are so effective, and how to do them properly. 1.     Let’s start super basic - what does phonation mean?  What is a straw...
Friday December 17, 2021. 06:00 AM
The rise of social media has revolutionized the way artists get discovered. Justin Bieber made it thanks to YouTube, Shawn Mendes broke through on Vine, and, more recently, Lil Nas X went from Tik Tok jokester to one of the world’s most streamed artists on Spotify. Instead...
Thursday December 9, 2021. 06:00 PM
This article originally appeared on Write the Next Song. Collaborating is a great way to write new songs. While co-writing is fantastic, toplining is becoming one of the most popular ways of writing songs together. Writing songs with a producer is definitely different than...
Tuesday November 16, 2021. 11:40 PM
Image Source: Unsplash James Brown = good. A funky riff on a bass guitar = good.  Being in a musical funk? Not so good.  No matter how passionate you are about your art, and no matter how talented of a musician you might be, no one is immune to falling into “funks” from time...
Friday November 5, 2021. 05:55 PM
How much money can you make as an influencer? If they have a significant following and an engaged audience, some influencers can charge a lot of money. Influencers on Instagram can charge up to $2500 for each post. Even if you’re on the low end of the scale, it’s still a sign...
Guest post by Sayana. This article originally appeared on Soundfly’s Flypaper If you’ve dedicated yourself to learning music, you may be taking courses, watching tutorials, or working with a mentor to practice every day. Every one of those things can be an essential turning...
Wednesday November 3, 2021. 10:35 PM
The 90s were a decade of rebirth. After the booming economy of the 80s went south, the materialism and capitalism of that decade quickly went in the rearview. The conservatism of the Raegan era ushered a sea change to the liberal Clinton years. In music, the glamour and...
Saturday October 30, 2021. 10:00 AM
Yael Penn | | DRIVERS LICENSE: A case study on hit song narrative structure Juri Kobayashi | Music copyright in China then and now Caleb J. Murphy | 6 Work-at-home music jobs that actually pay well Mark Knight  | Grassroots music is reaching crisis point, can media be the...
Friday October 29, 2021. 02:14 AM
In any hit, a strategically structured narrative is paramount to leading the listener through the song in a highly engaging, satisfying, and ultimately memorable manner. This video case study uses the Hit Songs Deconstructed methodology to take a deep dive into Drivers...
Thursday October 28, 2021. 03:43 PM
Music Copyright in China Then and Now Opening At the time of writing this blog (October 2021), copyright protection for online music in China is one of the highest in the world today, despite outdated information about this topic on Wikipedia from 2008 stating the...
Tuesday October 26, 2021. 04:15 AM
Covid19, Brexit and Apple Privacy changes have collectively caused the perfect storm battering musicians like never before. The combined effect has left the grassroots music scene teetering on the brink of crisis. In case you’ve been under a duvet, here is a quick recap of...
Monday October 25, 2021. 03:54 PM
I’m an introvert. I have to be excited about doing something in order to leave my house. So work-at-home music jobs are a godsend.  I sit on my butt, make music, and earn a consistent income doing it.  This post will introduce you to six ways to make money from music without...
Friday October 22, 2021. 03:57 PM
Thank you for your committed readership and the insightful content that many of you have shared! Without your contributions, Music Think Tank would not exist. If you have something to say about the music industry, please consider contributing a post to MTT. Remember to...
Wednesday October 20, 2021. 12:34 AM
One of the more bizarre arguments we keep hearing from people in the music business is that self-promotion is pathetic, because “real, creative work” will speak for itself. Sure, making great music is essential. But it also needs to get heard somehow. And if anyone knows the...
Saturday October 16, 2021. 10:00 AM
Ben Morss | The birth of unjazz Dale McGowan | The secret grammar of music  Mel Coreen | Music is always in the blood
Friday October 15, 2021. 04:49 AM
One does not get up in the morning at the age of fifty saying I am going to become a songwriter or musician. Many are born with music in their blood and as a matter fact, it is safe to say that chances are good they hear it in the womb. My interest in music peaked at the age ...
Guest post by Dale McGowan. This article originally appeared on Soundfly’s Flypaper. I was 13 when I saw my brother’s college music theory textbook sitting on a table — Walter Piston’s Harmony. I had played clarinet and sax for a while, even did some arranging for jazz band....
Guest post by Ben Morss of Soundfly’s Flypaper. This article originally appeared on his Rock Theory Blog This winter, walking my dog in the snow, listening to Spotify’s Top 50 playlist, I heard something striking: a lovely jazzy instrumental touched with pretty jazz guitars,...
Saturday October 9, 2021. 10:00 AM
M Banks | How to strengthen your stage presence: 7 tips Mark Knight | Musicians: What if Facebook went down and never came back? Yael Penn | The S.A.M. Principle Eric Hitchens | How music theory can get you more listeners
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