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Why Independent Artists Need To Understand Perception
By James Moore - 06/23/2013 - 02:53 PM EDT

Perception is critical to any independent artist, because artists typically get a 30 second window to impress any festival organizer, promoter, industry person, or new fan. If there is no perceived momentum there, they lose opportunity after opportunity.

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Designing With Rhyme as Done by Sting and John Mayer
By Anthony Ceseri - 06/21/2013 - 10:20 PM EDT

There are many different ways to use rhyme as a strategy to enhance what your lyrics mean. In this article, I want to show you how you can use rhyme to group similar ideas within your lyrics.

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Rhyming Is More Than Just Per-Verse
By Bill Pere - 06/18/2013 - 11:20 PM EDT

Tight song construction is like building a house--you need to provide reinforcement in each of the three dimensions -- height, width , and depth,  to achieve something solid and long lasting.   In a song,  we usually think of rhymes as being points at the ends of lines that help us remember and anticipate lyrics.  But it's much more than that....


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Why You Should Forget About Most Common Guitar Teacher Advice
By Tom Hess - 06/17/2013 - 11:57 AM EDT

Are you tired of earning only a small amount of income from guitar teaching? Wish you had a schedule full of motivated students? Unsure about what you need to do to grow your guitar instruction business? Truth is, most guitar teachers never become successful, nor do they earn a lot of money. However, ALL teachers have the potential to do so...

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CD REVIEW: Peadboy - Brand New Leaf
By Don Sechelski - 06/16/2013 - 08:17 PM EDT

Blues, Country, Americana

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A FOND FAREWELL (for now, anyway)
By Cheryl Mullen - 06/11/2013 - 10:48 PM EDT

Cheryl was here, now she's gone, gone to live Life On a Song...

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EP REVIEW: The Diemakers - Detroit Recordings
By Cyrus Rhodes - 06/10/2013 - 05:24 PM EDT

Punk-Rock

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EP REVIEW: Gatsby’s Green Light - Gatsby's Green Light
By Cyrus Rhodes - 06/10/2013 - 04:44 PM EDT

Acoustic folk/pop

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CD REVIEW: Rick Devin - Old School 2
By Cyrus Rhodes - 06/10/2013 - 03:34 PM EDT

Blues/Rock

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CD REVIEW: Steve Ryan - Boundless Moments
By Cyrus Rhodes - 06/10/2013 - 02:42 PM EDT

Pop/Rock

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CD REVIEW: Tortoise and Hair - The Sunny Side
By Don Sechelski - 06/04/2013 - 09:29 PM EDT

Americana, Folk, Acoustic

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Taking Lessons For Guitar? Here’s 7 Unfortunate Truths About Your Guitar Teacher
By Tom Hess - 06/03/2013 - 01:07 PM EDT

REALITY: Most guitar instructors have never taken the time to develop their teaching skills. Unfortunately, this means you must become their student ‘experiment’ as they learn through trial and error. Before you take another lesson, here are the seven things that your guitar teacher has never told you (that you need to know!)...

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