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What To Do If No One Shows Up

What To Do If No One Shows Up

It's happened to the best of us, but better to be prepared! Martin Atkins shares 5 tips to help a ...
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Time Has Come Today

Time Has Come Today

TIME HAS COME TODAY!! By: Mike O'Cull There is no more basic element of music than time. Time is what ...
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Inspiration v. Infringement – Blurring the Lines

Inspiration v. Infringement – Blurring the Lines

Michelle Wahl warns that musicians and other music industry personnel must tread lightly when acknowledging inspiration and influence, find out ...
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Hurry Up & Wait….Is the Music Modernization Act in Trouble?

Hurry Up & Wait….Is the Music Modernization Act in Trouble?

With a 415-0 vote of approval in the House of Representatives, many anticipated the Music Modernization Act (“MMA”) would achieve ...
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The Music Modernization Act – A Long Overdue Overhaul to the Music Copyright Licensing Infrastructure

The Music Modernization Act – A Long Overdue Overhaul to the Music Copyright Licensing Infrastructure

Michelle Wahl discusses The Music Modernization Act and what it will mean for you. Read the article right here on ...
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Making Your Mark in the Music Business

Making Your Mark in the Music Business

Artists often wonder whether they can seek federal trademark protection on their band name and if so, the costs associated ...
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Seemingly Simple Ways to Make Money on Your Musical Works

Seemingly Simple Ways to Make Money on Your Musical Works

Photo by Lukas from Pexels The DIY era has its pros and cons. Musicians are able to take initiative, protect ...
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How to Take Care of Your Voice by Sheila Chandra

How to Take Care of Your Voice by Sheila Chandra

Here are the top five tips on how to take care of your voice by World Music pioneer and best ...
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10 Tips to Help You Record Like a Boss

10 Tips to Help You Record Like a Boss

Mike O'Cull shares 10 tips to help you record like a boss. Read them right here on Chicago Music Guide! ...
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The Music Business – What’s “Trending” Now?

The Music Business – What’s “Trending” Now?

In the digital millennium, artists have better and greater access to fans, but unfortunately, so do millions of other “competing” ...
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That’s Mine! – Why Intraband Agreements are a MUST!

That’s Mine! – Why Intraband Agreements are a MUST!

Ms. Wahl discusses the importance of creating an intraband agreement and how it can be a lifesaver for you and ...
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The Road to Getting Signed

The Road to Getting Signed

For the most part, today’s local bands share at least one thing in common…..the desire to get signed to a ...
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Songwriting – Turning a Hobby into a Livelihood

Songwriting – Turning a Hobby into a Livelihood

Recently a few individuals have contacted me about the art of songwriting and how one can turn a songwriting hobby ...
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The Do’s and Don'ts of the Music Business

The Do’s and Don’ts of the Music Business

Learn what it takes to make it in todays music industry ...
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Drum Lessons Girl - "Rosanna" Half Time Shuffle Groove

Drum Lessons Girl – “Rosanna” Half Time Shuffle Groove

Hey! If you want to learn how to become an awesome drummer, you are in the right place! Drum Lessons ...
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Kina Grannis Valentine Tutorial

Kina Grannis Valentine Tutorial

Kina Grannis teaches you how to play her song entitled Valentine. Watch the video here ...
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Drum Lessons Girl - 4 Basic Strokes

Drum Lessons Girl – 4 Basic Strokes

If you want to learn how to become an awesome drummer, you are in the right place! Drum Lessons Girl ...
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The Pyramid Concept

The Pyramid Concept

By Mike O’Cull THE PYRAMID CONCEPT Song learning is one of the most challenging topics for many new and intermediate ...
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Street Level Guitar - The Real Basics

Street Level Guitar – The Real Basics

STREET LEVEL GUITAR PART 2 By Mike O’Cull THE REAL BASICS One of the big questions that new guitar students ...
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It’s all in the delivery

It’s all in the delivery

Ms. Wahl discusses the importance of how you present yourself in the music industry ...
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Trademarks

Trademarks

Before a band can seek registration and protection of either a trademark or servicemark, the band members need to first understand what each ...
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The Art of Artist Management

The Art of Artist Management

Searching for management? Read this first! ...
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Copyright

Copyright

Amidst the tedious writing, relentless performing, and unyielding self-promotion, local performers tend to overlook an element of the entertainment industry that can later ...
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Opening the Hi-Hat

Opening the Hi-Hat

Opening the hi-hat within a groove can create a different feel. Read more about it here ...
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Breaking Songwriting Barriers

Breaking Songwriting Barriers

You have the lyrics, you have developed the hook, and now you need a vehicle to deliver your work to ...
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Assembling Your Team

Assembling Your Team

Michelle Wahl describes the importance of finding the right people for your team in the music industry to achieve success ...
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Saving Performance Settings in Logic

Saving Performance Settings in Logic

This month, you will learn how to save a performance setting in one project so that you can use it ...
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Beginners Logic Tips

Beginners Logic Tips

This month, you will learn how to create that 'wall of guitars' sound with Beginners Logic ...
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Got one? Bring two!!

Got one? Bring two!!

One of the easiest ways for any gigging guitarist to help prevent any gig from an un-necessary crash and burn is ...
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Tips for Conga Tones

Tips for Conga Tones

Getting consistent tones on the congas can be a challenge. Making your open and slap tones sound the same every ...
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Songo - The Introduction of the Drum Set

Songo – The Introduction of the Drum Set

Last month we discussed a little about the Cha-cha drum set pattern and the fact that the drum set part comes from ...
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Repinique

Repinique

Last month we had a brief introduction to Brazilian Percussion. This month we are going to touch on the basics of ...
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Looking at New Heads for Your Kit

Looking at New Heads for Your Kit

New heads for your kit can drastically change the sound you are getting from your drums. Let us examine a few ...
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Latin Drum Set Patterns

Latin Drum Set Patterns

Meg Thomas explores Latin drum set patterns ...
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Intro to Timbales

Intro to Timbales

Last month we discussed Afro-Cuban clave patterns. This month you will see how the clave is incorporated in patterns for the timbales ...
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Intro to Brazilian Percussion

Intro to Brazilian Percussion

Brazilian music is often classified under Latin music, however they really are different in instrumentation and feel. They may share some of the ...
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Conga Basics

Conga Basics

Meg Thomas discusses Conga basics in this article. Learn all about them here! ...
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Drum Set Basics

Drum Set Basics

Meg Thomas takes you through the basics on a drum set. Read more about it here! ...
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Berimbau

Berimbau

On our tour of percussion instruments of Brazil, our next stop is at the Berimbau. We will discuss the Berimbau's origins, descriptions, and ...
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Cuíca

Cuíca

Continuing on our journey through the world of Brazilian percussion, we are stopping at the Cuíca this month. We'll touch ...
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Bongos?

Bongos?

Many people have problems identifying the bongos and congas. While both being hand drums, they are very different and are approached differently ...
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Afro-Cuban Clave

Afro-Cuban Clave

We have been discussing some Latin styles of music in the past couple months. Lets take a minute to talk about something that ...
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Drum Set Hi-Hat Variations - Part 2

Drum Set Hi-Hat Variations – Part 2

Let's continue on from the last article, "Drum Set Hi-Hat Variations," and expand on our palette of cymbal variations. The ...
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Drum Set Hi-Hat Variations - Part 1

Drum Set Hi-Hat Variations – Part 1

Drum Set Hi-Hat Variations by Meg Thomas ...
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Accent Exercises

Accent Exercises

Drumming accent exercises with Meg Thomas ...
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School of Rock Presents: Top 10 Tips for Vocalists

School of Rock Presents: Top 10 Tips for Vocalists

Michelle Hallman, School of Rock vocal instructor gives you the top 10 vocal tips ...
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School of Rock Presents: Top 10 Tips For Guitarists

School of Rock Presents: Top 10 Tips For Guitarists

Top 10 Tips For Guitarists By: School of Rock's Tom Hoban ...
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School of Rock Presents: Top 10 Tips For Bassists

School of Rock Presents: Top 10 Tips For Bassists

Top 10 Tips For Bassists By: School of Rock's Gordon Patrairca 1. Listen to the kick drum------it's your best friend ...
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School of Rock Presents: Top 10 Tips for Drummers

School of Rock Presents: Top 10 Tips for Drummers

Top 10 Tips For Drummers By: School of Rock's Bryan Resendiz ...
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School of Rock Presents: Top 10 Tips for Keyboardists

School of Rock Presents: Top 10 Tips for Keyboardists

Top 10 Tips for Keyboardists By: School of Rock's Josh Therriault 1. Listen to music: You’d think this would be ...
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Singer/Songwriter Tips & Techniques

Singer/Songwriter Tips & Techniques

Written by: Kelli Ali Photo by: Lara Jade There are so many ways to write a song, that it’s impossible ...
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