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These are the benefits of being an independent artist

Many musicians are usually faced with a major decision about whether to pursue their careers as independent artists or whether to get signed by a recording label. Whereas each of these options has its own pros and cons, it’s always down to the individual artiste and how they want to run their musiccareers. Let’s take […]

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The top 5 musical instrument companies in the world

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6 musical instruments you can easily learn to play

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The top 5 music genres in the world

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The 4 essential skills you need as a musician

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These are the benefits of being an independent artist

Many musicians are usually faced with a major decision about whether to pursue their careers as independent artists or whether to get signed by a recording label. Whereas each of these options has its own pros and cons, it’s always down to the individual artiste and how they want to run their musiccareers.

Let’s take a look at 4 benefits of being an independent artiste.

You own all the copyrights to your music

As an independent artiste you essentially own all the copyrights to your music because you are solely responsible for its production. This means that any revenue you generate from music sales all belongs to you. The same is not applicable when you’re signed to a label because in majority of the cases they own all the copyrights to any work they produce therefore as an artiste you actually don’t own any of the music. It’s the label that gets to decide how much they will pay you once the music has been sold.

You get to earn more

Being an independent artist, you’re basically your own record label meaning that you will get to keep 100 per cent of the profits you will make from your music sales. The same can’t be said of artistes signed to a label because they will only earn a percentage of the total profits and it’s mostly the label that will get to decide what percentage of these profits to pay the artist. Majority of the times, the labels actually earn more than the artists.

You have greater career control

One of the biggest benefits of being an independent artist is that you have greater control over your music career. You get to decide what music genre to focus on, the content of your music and when to produce it, as well as explore with musical styles that have not been covered in the mainstream. You essentially have the freedom to express your own individuality through the music that you chose to produce. The same can’t be said for signed artistes because all these decisions are made for them by the record label therefore the artiste doesn’t have any control over their career direction.

You get to enjoy long term success

As an independent artiste, because you have more control over your music in terms of what to produce and when to produce, you are more likely to structure it in a way that works best for you long term to ensure continuous revenue. When signed to a label you don’t have such freedom. Because record labels sign many artists, they have to create a time table for production and prioritize the artists they feel have greater potential to succeed. This means that you may end up being disadvantaged by having your projects shelved for months if the label doesn’t feel as though you’re among their top tier artists and this will affect your revenue generation.

As an artiste, it’s therefore important to do your due diligence and weigh the pros and cons of each of these options before you decide on which will work best for you.

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The top 5 musical instrument companies in the world

We encounter musical instruments being played on an almost daily basis. Some of us are even players of some of these musical instruments. Have you ever thought about where these instruments are made? This article is dedicated at giving abroad overview on the companies that make these musical instruments that we enjoy listening or playing.

Below are the top 5 musical instrument companies in the world.

Yamaha Corporation

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Yamaha Corporation named after its founder Torakusu Yamaha is a Japanese multinational corporation that focuses in the manufacture of a wide variety of products ranging from musical instruments, to electronics, to power sports equipment. It’s currently the largest manufacturer of musical instruments in the world with products such as pianos, guitars, drums, brass instruments, violins, woodwinds, vibraphones and violas.

Gibson

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Gibson named after its founder Orville Gibsonis an American company headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee which majors in the manufacturer of guitars, among a host of other musical instruments. Since its founding in 1902, this company has sold millions of guitars under various brand names such as Kramer,Epiphone, Maestro, Tobias and Steinberger. The company focuses on the building of hollow and semi-hollowbody guitars.

Fender

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Fender named after its founder Clarence Leonidas Fender is and American company headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona which majors in the manufacture of stringed instruments such as guitars, violins, mandolins, and many more, as well as amplifiers and public address systems. Fender is undoubtedly among the leading manufacturers of popular and quality music equipment that has been sold globally.

Harman International Industries

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Harman International Industries is an American company headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut and is one of the subsidiaries of Samsung Group. Harman which also has major operations in Europe and Asia manages over 20 brands which include JBL, Crown Audio, AKG Acoustics, Infinity, AMX, Mark Levinson, Lexicon, DigiTech, dbx, Soundcraft, Martin, BSS Audio and Revel.

Shure

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Shure named after its founder Sidney Shure is an American company headquartered inChicago, Illinois and majors in the manufacture of audio-electronics such as microphones,mixers, phonograph cartridges, digital signal processing  and discussion systems. Other equipment produced include, high-end earphones, headphones and personal monitor systems.

There are of course many other manufacturers of musical instruments but these are the ones we consider as the top 5 because they produce the instruments that will most likely come across in any musical event that you attend in many parts of the world.

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6 musical instruments you can easily learn to play

As a musician it’s highly advisable that you learn how to play at least one musical instrument. This is because you can’t just rely on your voice to produce music, you need instruments as well as they will help you come up with original tunes for your music.

Here are 6 musical instruments you can easily learn how to play.

The Keyboard

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The keyboard which is essentially an electronic piano is very versatile yet a low maintenance equipment that you can easily learn how to operate. Using a keyboard you can be able to recreate a wide array of musical instrument sounds and other synthesized tones. It’s a very good tool to start with before you can graduate to a piano especially because it’s portable.

The Piano

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The piano is a very popular music instrument especially for musicians looking for creative expression. A piano will typically have 88 keys which you can use in any combination to produce a melody of your choice. Many musicians consider the piano the best musical instrument as it can help stretch the versatility of a musician.

The Recorder

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The recorder is a good blowing instrument to start with as a musician looking to learn a new instrument. It works just as a flute and is considered to be a cheaper alternative, and its main benefits is that it help musicians learn how to coordinate their breath, tongue and fingers all at the same time which is a very handy skill for a musician.

The Classical Guitar

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The classical guitar typically has six stringswhich are strummed in order to produce a melodic sound.It’s an instrument that comes in handy especially during song composition because you not only come up with the melody for your music but you also come up with the musical notes.

The Electric Guitar

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Once you have mastered the classical guitar you can switch to the electric guitar. It operates in the same principle as a classic guitar with the one main difference being that it’s designed to convert the vibration from its strings to produce electrical impulses using a pick-up. These electronic impulses are what are converted into sound. If you are still on the fence on which type of guitar you want, it’s advisable to use an electric guitar because it will give you more freedom for exploration.

The Drum set

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Drums are believed to be the oldest instruments. They are usually played through being struck using different tools from wooden sticks,bare hands, to wire brushes. There are drums that can be tuned whereas there are others that can’t. Learning how to play the drum set teaches a musician about coordination because it will mostly involve the use of both your arms and leg, as well as concentration as you follow the other instruments being played.

There are of course many other instruments out there that you can learn how to play and it’s all down to your individual preference.

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The top 5 music genres in the world

As a musician looking to get into a successful music career, it’s important to know your market especially if you intend on getting your music to be appreciated internationally. At the end of the day, just like any other product, it’s the market that determines demand and the smart choice is to produce what the industry demands.

We take a look at the top 5 music genres in the world. These are essentially the world’s most popular music genres among the fans.

#5 Blues

Blues have been around from the early 19th century and have managed to maintain their popularity among fans globally. These are songs that usually have plenty of melodyand will mainly target the listener’s emotions such as happiness or sadness. Many other genres of music have actually been influenced by blues.

#4 Classical music

Classical music is undoubtedly a genre that can be considered among the most complex owing to the fact that it’s mostly shaped by traditional and cultural forces in the environment it exists. Case in point, classical music is different in each country where it’s produced as it brings out the unique cultural heritage of that country. It’s through classical music that a country’s gloried past such as portraying heroic tales of kings and other heroes and heroines is told. It’s however important to note that this genre is on the verge of decline due to the influence of pop culture.

#3 Pop music

As the name suggests, pop which is short for popular is music genre that is predominant among young people. The pop craze started in the United States of America in the 1950’s and has been unstoppable since then. It has seen the production of songs that have gone on to become global hits. Pop usually focuses on portraying various aspects of life such as love, joys, pain and struggle, and the songs have catchy and danceable beats, with really good harmonies. It’s pop music that gave rise to Hip Hop and RnB.

#2 Rock music

Rock music is a genre that is believed to have originated in the United States of America in the 1950s from what was popularly referred to as rock and roll and it gained popularity among teenagers and young adults. Rock music is typically produced using electric guitars accompanied by drums.

#1 Jazz music

Jazz music is undoubtedly the most popular genre. This type of music originated in the United States of America among African Americans in the state of New Orleans. Jazz music is mainly a form of calm, smoothand melodic sound that is typically produced using instruments such as trumpets, flutes, violins, and drums, amongst others. Many other modern forms of music especially hip hop and RnB can trace their roots back to jazz.

As an aspiring musician, it’s important to learn all about these genres and how they influence the music industry before you decide on which music genre or genres you will focus on. You even have the freedom to come up with a whole new genre from mixing them up. All that matters is your ability to understand your audience and what they like to hear.

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The 4 essential skills you need as a musician

In order to be able to stand out in this highly competitive music industry, musicians need to invest in honing their musical talents by ensuring they have the right musical skills that complement their musical talents. It’s only through getting a good mastery of these skills that they will be able to take their musicality to a higher level.

Let’s look at the 4 essential skills you need as a musician.

A very good sense of pitch

Every musician must learn to master their pitch. This is especially keeping in mind that they will be doing numerous live performances and their fans will expect them to sound just  as good as they sound in the radio. Fans will definitely not appreciate a musician singing off-pitch considering that they have paid good money to come listen to you sing live.

A very strong sense of rhythm

This is also a very important skill to master especially during live performances. As a musician you will always need to be in sync with your band as well as with your background vocalists. Failure to be in rhythm will make the song sound off and fans will not appreciate this.

Being able to sing in tune

This goes hand in hand with rhythm. Musicians who are just beginning to do live performances will often be unable to sing in tune because they experience a hard time processing the different sounds from the different instruments. It takes a while to get used to this. It’s therefore very important for them to get a mastery of this skill for the benefit of the fans.

Good knowledge of your music genre

As a musician you must never stop learning, you must be a specialist of your music genre. You will attend many interviews and you will be asked many questions about the type of music you sing therefore you will need good answers in place. You don’t want to sound ignorant as a musician because it will damage your reputation and credibility.

The beauty about these skills is that they can be mastered with the right practice. All a musician needs to do is practice practice and more practice and they will be great at it.

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These are the 3 main qualities that make a successful musician

Everyone who enters the music industry pictures themselves being successful. After all, the only role models they look at are the musicians who succeeded and not those who failed. It’s however important to keep in mind that those who are successful are so because they put in the work. It’s therefore important for aspiring musicians to be ready to put in the work necessary to help them stand out in this very competitive industry.

Let’s therefore take a look at the 3 main qualities that make a successful musician.

You must be hard working

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When you are a new musician especially before you can afford a management team working for you, you will have to do everything on your own from writing your music, marketing it, promoting it and even hustling for gigs. You will essentially be an entrepreneur and the product you will be selling is you. It’s only musicians who are hardworking who usually succeed at this. Many talented musicians have ended up failing at this early stage of their career.

You must be patient

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Every successful musician that you see out there today got there after a long period of perseverance. If they hadn’t been patient, they would never have made it. As a budding musician you must understand that success doesn’t come overnight, it take years before you can finally get your big break regardless of how much talent you may have. It’s only patience that will help you survive through the struggles and disappointments that you will encounter on your way to success.

You must be a good money manager

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Many people get into the music industry picturing the good celebrity life. They mostly assume that being a musician will give them access to a life of luxuries. The reality of things is that there are so many broke musicians out there simply because they never learnt to manage their money. Successful musicians are those who learn to live within their means and never get distracted by the fame and the fortune.

At the end of the day, being successful in the music industry will require more than just your talent you have to have the right mix of talent plus the above qualities.

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