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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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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 Ways to Set Yourself Apart From Other Bands

10 Ways to Set Yourself Apart From Other Bands

Don't settle for a cookie-cutter sound, check out 10 ways you can set yourself apart from other bands and get ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Legal Tips:
By: Michelle Wahl

Inspiration v. Infringement – Blurring the Lines

Inspiration v. Infringement – Blurring the Lines

Unless you have been living under a rock, you are familiar with Williams v. Gaye, the high profile copyright infringement ...
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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

CHICAGO MUSIC GUIDE – LEGAL TIPS (By: Michelle M. Wahl, Partner) Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP (330 N. Wabash, Ste ...
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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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The Music Business – What’s “Trending” Now?

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

I. A Needle in a Haystack – Getting Noticed: In the digital millennium, artists have better and greater access to ...
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That’s Mine! – Why Intraband Agreements are a MUST!

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

“I started the band, I should own the name”… “He acts like a drunken idiot on stage”… “I wrote those ...
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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

By: Michelle M. Wahl, Esq. “What does it take”, they ask me. “How do we make it in this business”, ...
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It’s all in the delivery

It’s all in the delivery

I suppose you are wondering exactly what I am referring to when I say “it’s all in the delivery.”  Well ...
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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

Although I’m still a quasi-rookie in the realm of artist management, I am fairly certain that nearly all musicians contemplate whether  they ...
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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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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

A huge factor contributing to the success or failure of an artist lies in selecting the members of the artist’s team ...
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Drum & Percussion Tips
By: Meg Thomas

Opening the Hi-Hat

Opening the Hi-Hat

Opening the hi-hat within a groove can create a different feel. The hi-hat can also be used to accentuate punches ...
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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 time IS ...
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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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School of Rock Tips:

School of Rock Presents: Top 10 Tips for Vocalists

School of Rock Presents: Top 10 Tips for Vocalists

Top 10 Tips For Vocalists By: School of Rock's Michelle Hallman 1. Warm up before your gig (try to warm ...
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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 1. Have fun all the time. Music is something ...
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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 1. Learn to love the metronome. If you aren't ...
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