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Songwriting - Part 5
By Tom Hess - 01/29/2010 - 07:05 PM EST

In this article you will learn about using principles of orchestration to your advantage when writing music. 



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Transitions, a Blue Collar look......
By Mick Polich - 01/29/2010 - 09:13 AM EST

Life transitions - you know you're going to have one, you just don't know when. Mick looks at when they happen, and what you might consider doing FIRST....

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CD REVIEW: Robin Kelly - Something Magical
By Cyrus Rhodes - 01/26/2010 - 02:22 PM EST

Acoustic Folk/Rock

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SXSW Music Festivals
By Cyrus Rhodes - 01/26/2010 - 02:05 PM EST

Music Festivals and Conferences are a great place for artists to come together, share their ideas, their music, their performances, and have fun doing it. Not only will you have fun, but you will have an opportunity to showcase your music, while meeting other artists and other prominent people within your local music scene.

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Free Songwriting Tips that Point You to Simplicity
By Paul Babelay - 01/25/2010 - 03:47 PM EST

You have probably heard before "keep it simple." But how do we do that? It's easier said than done sometimes. Let us point you to some keys of simplicity that will help you keep the main thing the main thing.

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CD REVIEW: Doug Spears - Welcome Home
By Don Sechelski - 01/24/2010 - 08:32 PM EST

Acoustic folk/pop

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CD REVIEW: Desolate Sky - Between The Devil And The Darkness
By Don Sechelski - 01/23/2010 - 09:39 PM EST

Alternative Metal and Rock

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The Basics of Legal Contracts
By Cyrus Rhodes - 01/18/2010 - 01:48 AM EST

In the Music Business a "handshake" or verbal agreement is quite acceptable, not to mention it can even be used in the court of law. However when things donít go according to plan, Iíve seen the golden handshake turn into bad situations in a hurry, especially when the things that don't go as planned involve money.

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CD REVIEW: Evan Hammer - Bright Day for a Frog Rebellion
By Cyrus Rhodes - 01/18/2010 - 01:40 AM EST

Progressive Rock/Jam band

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CD REVIEW: Gioia - Flawless EP
By Cyrus Rhodes - 01/11/2010 - 03:49 PM EST

Electronc Rock and Dance Rock

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Establishing a realistic set of Expectations
By Cyrus Rhodes - 01/11/2010 - 03:43 PM EST

O.K. how about for now we put aside the Limousine, the Hot tub parties & Playboy Mansion Invitations, and set a much more realistic goal for yourself. Letís start by making a career for yourself an Independent Artists first like we previously discussed.

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All Things Bob - Dylan And Songwriting
By Mick Polich - 01/11/2010 - 10:06 AM EST

What can you say about Bob Dylan that hasn't been said before? Nothing - but Mick throws in his three cents with this brief article on the Bobster.....

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Songwriting Techniques -- WMD'S: Weapons of Musical Destruction
By Paul Babelay - 01/09/2010 - 10:51 PM EST

Most songwriting tips let us know all the things we should be doing for success. But there are some things that we also should not be doing if we want success. This is written "tongue-in-cheek", all in fun. It will help you identify some of the major song killers.  Enjoy!

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Take the 5M's Pop Quiz
By Cyrus Rhodes - 01/04/2010 - 03:56 PM EST

Typically if you possess the 5 M's as a band or artist you definitely have what it takes to become a signed professional. Read on to find out what those M's are.


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Musicianaries: Songwriters with a Message and a Mission
By Mary Dawson - 01/02/2010 - 01:26 AM EST

Throughout history great songs and songwriters have sparked the conscience of their nations. But to effectively write songs about sensitive social issues requires great skill and sensitivity. In this article, Mary Dawson gives some thought-provoking suggestions for writers who feel moved to craft songs to touch the issues of our day.

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Blue Collar's Guest Blog: Dave Powell!!
By Mick Polich - 01/01/2010 - 11:35 AM EST

I'm letting my good buddy Dave Powell take over this segment - he came up with the interview on the topic of the quality of teaching jazz improvisation in high school jazz band programs. So....take it away, Powelly!

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