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30 Sep Posted by in Links, Music Biz | Comments

Music Biz – What To Do Next? Part 1: The CD

Music Biz – What To Do Next? Part 1: The CD

(Editor’s Note: Jennifer runs a monthly Music Biz Workshop event for SiS and has agreed to share some of her notes and recommendations in a 3-part series) You have passion and music and want to do something with them. Here’s the best order in which to proceed: 1. Record your songs. Suck it up and ...

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23 Sep Posted by in Blog, Music Biz | Comments

What Genre Am I?

What Genre Am I?

We had a great monthly meeting this week at Cafe Allegro. As always, the meeting inspired me in many ways and gave me things to think about. One area that I heard from many fellow musicians there was the difficulty everyone felt when they tried to classify their music into a “genre”. There are many ...

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16 Sep Posted by in Blog, Music Biz, Review | 1 comment

Review: Bandcamp.com

Review: Bandcamp.com

In this day and age, distribution of your music has become accessible to every musician, whether they are signed or not. You can get your music up on the net and make it available for free or for sale. Various sites can produce several hundreds of your CD’s relatively cheaply for you to sell them ...

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14 Sep Posted by in Blog, Links, Music Biz | 5 comments

“Mooncakes” on NPR’s Marketplace

“Mooncakes” on NPR’s Marketplace

Songwriters in Seattle had a really cool and unexpected bit of national media attention Monday with our song, “A Black Market For Mooncakes” being part of a segment on NPR’s Marketplace. I’ve been asked a lot about how it happened, all the way back to the origin story of the song, so I thought I’d ...

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09 Sep Posted by in Tips | 2 comments

Set Your Voice Free

Set Your Voice Free

Sound catchy? That’s the title of a book by “America’s #1 Vocal Coach” Roger Love that I bought some dozen years ago. At the time, I was living in cramped quarters, and when I would try to practice the funny sounds that he has his students pronounce, I would hear snickers from the people walking ...

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06 Sep Posted by in Announcements | Comments

Subscribe to The SiS Podcast on iTunes

Subscribe to The SiS Podcast on iTunes

There’s been a lot of podcast activity on the website recently, and to top it off the SiS podcast is now available on iTunes! This is the easiest and fastest way to get the podcast straight to your mobile device. When you subscribe, iTunes will automatically check and download the latest monthly podcast automatically! Click ...

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26 Aug Posted by in Tips | 2 comments

DIY Blues, Pt. 3: Touched For The Very First Time

DIY Blues, Pt. 3: Touched For The Very First Time

There is plenty of information about guitar repair on the internet, not all of it great (the article you are currently reading comes to mind). However, there are at least a few useful resources that will help you troubleshoot and provide a good overview of basic repairs. The following “Instructable”, written by an enterprising 15-year-old, ...

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20 Aug Posted by in Tips | Comments

DIY Blues, Pt. 2: Something Busted, Something Used

DIY Blues, Pt. 2: Something Busted, Something Used

So here’s my situation: I’ve got a beat up Epiphone Les Paul (muddy pickups that cut out, a missing tuning peg and buzzing strings) and don’t want to spend a fortune on repairs, let alone a new guitar. Inspired by the do it yourself (DIY) punk rock ethos detailed in the pages of Michael Azerrad’s ...

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15 Aug Posted by in Blog, Links | 5 comments

Home Recording: Choosing a DAW

Home Recording: Choosing a DAW

One of the toughest first steps that anyone wanting to get into home recording has to go through is picking which Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) to use. As the DAW is the heart of any home studio, it’s also one of the most important steps. The good news is that all modern DAWs are going ...

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12 Aug Posted by in Tips | 2 comments

DIY Blues, Pt. 1: Reviving a Dead Guitar

DIY Blues, Pt. 1: Reviving a Dead Guitar

Disclaimer: The author claims no authority or expertise in the matters discussed here within. Quite the opposite. He welcomes corrections, advice and scathingly negative commentary where appropriate. Hopefully, this odyssey will inspire other timid souls to delve into the realm of guitar repair. As the stock market sinks further and further, it’s hard to justify ...

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