New product “Chord Dice” gives songwriters the gift of chance – Check this out!

This clever songwriting and teaching tool dispenses with chord charts and books and hangs musical theory on the roll of the dice.

What a great idea… Give yourself the gift of chance in your songwriting process 🙂

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How the music industry managed to screw itself so spectacularly – Simply Zesty

Okay, so the archaic nature of the music industry and the steadfast refusal to adapt to the changes brought about the internet may hardly be a new topic for discussion, but given recent events (namely MegaUpload being taken down), it is worth looking at how the music industry and record labels have reacted since the introduction of the internet.

Dear Record Companies… It didn’t have to end up like this!

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The Music Business Is Not Dying – MTT – Music Think Tank

We read so much doom and gloom about the music business every day that it’s easy to think that pretty soon the whole thing will come crashing down. Cheer up. It’s not as bad as you think.

Some statistics showing that there’s a bit of life left in the ol’ Music Business 🙂

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Songwriting and Writer’s Block: 11 tips to help the songwriter get unstuck | Echoes – Insight for Independent Artists

Creating a memorable song is rarely as easy as just humming a pretty melody and writing down some lyrics, though. And just like writers of prose or non-fiction, even the most successful songwriters hit creative walls.

So where do you turn when you can’t seem to remember how to write a song? What do you do if you’ve got an explosive first verse but can’t come up with a chorus? What if you’re stuck with a blank page in front of you and don’t know where to start? Here are some tips from a range of experienced songwriters to help you overcome your own writer’s block.

Brilliant article!

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A Musician’s Guide To Setting And Achieving Goals For 2012 | Ariel Publicity

It’s a new year and a clear slate is in front of all of us. The turning of the calendar from 2011 to 2012 is an ideal time to set your goals. I see a marked difference between artists who set finite goals and those who do not regardless of what is happening in the world and in the news.

Ask yourself: Is this the year I want to make a difference for my music career?  And if so – what difference and how?

I’m very much into the concept of goal setting. This is a great article 🙂

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The Dos and Dont’s of Co-Writing

Ultimately, I simply wanted to create more and better songs and co-writing became a big part of the process. Over the years, I’ve experienced (sometimes the hard way) a few of the big “dos” and “don’ts” of co-writing and thought I’d cover a few.

Co-writing songs with someone else is one of the greatest ways to get your own songwriting mojo back. This article really outlines the things you need to do to keep the collaborations flowing. 🙂

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Artistic Efficiency: How to Create More and Get Out of Your Own Way – MTT – Music Think Tank

How did I do it? I want to show you and show that you can too with 5 simple rules.

I love these 5 rules. I’ll be applying them to my business today 🙂

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