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How to Beat Writer’s Block

Anyone can run into a little writer’s block from time to time. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, the waxing and waning of creative energy is an important part of the process, and everyone experiences a lull in creative flow at least once in their career – and usually it comes at regular intervals.

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13 Books Every Musician Should Read Yesterday

As a musician or any other independent creative, not only are you an artist, you’re also a marketer, content creator, and business owner. As such, education should be one of the main ongoing investments you make. That’s what going to help you avoid the pitfalls most of us fall into when building our business.

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5 Creative Ways to Use Delay in a Mix

Delay is one of those staple effects. No DAW is without at least one delay plugin, and most mixes utilize this bread-and-butter effect in some way. Not to mention, hardware delays are a lot of fun too. There’s a good chance you’re using it regularly, perhaps to create a repeating effect, make a ping-pong happen, or any number of creative things. There are, in fact, a whole host of useful things you can do with a delay, so we thought we’d go over five creative ways you can use delay in a mix.

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Sharing Backend Royalties (or not!)

Imagine this scene.  You’ve laid down an incredible piano part, a great vocal, and a passable drum line.  You’re thinking this song would really be better with a real drummer, and you know just the person.  You call them up, send them the track and they love it.  You know how to integrate their performance, you know how to be flexible and collaborative, and you’re confident the track will soar because of your friend’s influence.

But when you think about paying for that work, things get a little iffy.  Maybe your budget is tight and you’d rather not spend anything, but your friend normally costs $200 a session.  What can you offer?

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8 Pitfalls to Avoid While Building Your Music Business

This article about building your music business first appeared on SonicScoop.com. I reprint it here and encourage you to check out their super informative site! It’s a jungle out there.  Or a forest.  Or maybe a desert.  It could be an ocean teeming with sharks.  Whatever it is, we can probably all agree the music

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The Rhythmic Turnaround: How to make your beats interesting

Why boom bap boom boom bap is not enough for your beats This article first appeared on SupremeTracks.com. I reprint it here with permission and I encourage you to check out their services. There’s a fine line in rhythm-based music between repetition and variance. It’s certainly necessary to introduce new things to keep listeners interested,

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Everything You Need to Know About Picking Audio Cables

This article first appeared in FlyPaper by Soundfly. I reprint it here with permission (and I also stole their pictures of connectors – I hope they can forgive me!), and I encourage you to check out their courses. You can get a 15% discount code on a subscription using the promo code AJTRUMM15. Unfortunately, you

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