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05 Sep

How do I buy an electric guitar?

I often get asked for advice on how to buy an electric guitar.  Which one is the best one? How much will it cost?  Any particular brands? Well I was going to write an article on that and out of interest I googled 'How do I buy an electric guitar?' and about one million links appeared, all with good info (I'll put some of the links at...

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23 Aug

It’s all in the….timing

Timing has an enormous affect on how good you sound as a guitarist. Just like other aspects of musicality, timing is a skill that can be learned and improved with practice! In order to improve your timing, it is important to understand that every beat can be played in three different ways: - before the beat, - right on the beat, - after the beat....

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20 Aug

#14 – How to get your stuff on the Radio

Hi, Just thought I'd pass along some excellent ideas from Amanda Easton on how to get on the radio. It's a great blog you should definitely check it out....this is part one of a three part blog - visit the blog at http://amandaeaston.blogspot.com.au and Amanda's website at www.AmandaEaston.com How to Get on the Radio, Part 1 Hi there, Having worked with 100s of indie artists through...

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20 Aug

Practice, Practice, Practice

The first post hey?  I thought we'd start with what'll be an irregular theme in the blog, practice tips.  It is the most fundamental thing about learning the guitar.  Regular, focussed, efficient, methodical, fun, rewarding practice. I remember how much my fingers hurt after getting my first steel stringed guitar, but loving the sound of it.  I remember sitting downstairs at home when I was...

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23 Jan

#13 – Gigs and Clubs….

This is a great blog from Dave Goldberg, an LA based Jazz muso on the difficulties of gigs, bookings and dealing with venue management. It's very timely and sadly applies everywhere..... http://www.scribd.com/doc/78468650/La-Club-Owners

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21 Nov

#12 – The artist 1-pager

Hi there, I saw this today at CDBaby and thought it was definitely worth a repost.... Subscribe to their newsletter - heaps and heaps of great info on writing an effective artist 1-pager and much more... Check this out http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/2011/07/how-to-make-an-effective-bandartist-one-sheet/?utm_source=DIYNews&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=072111 Cheers, Simon

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24 Apr

#11 – So you want to be a pop star?

Hi there and welcome to The Record Factory Blog, Recently I received an email from an artist in Perth, WA who like a lot of us always seems to be one step short of making it big. She's experienced writing sessions with big stars and been promised a lot of opportunities which never quite eventuate. I completely understand that this happens. If we all made...

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15 Apr

#10 – Finished recording? Think about your release date!

Hi there, Not quite sure how it's April already, but there you go.... If you haven't checked out the great info at diymusician.cdbaby.com you really should.... Here's a great example of the type of stuff to be found.... I'll be back soon, in the meantime if The Record Factory can help out with any of your 'I want to make a CD' needs, email me....

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25 Nov

#9 – So I’ve recorded my music what now?

Hi there and welcome to The Record Factory Blog, This blog is all about tips and tricks to help you get what you want out of your music career. I hope you find the info useful... If you have any questions, or are looking to make a cd and would like some free help, advice and contacts, please email me. Anyway, onto the task at...

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22 Jul

#8 – You’ve just got to check out this blog…Derek Sivers

Hi there and welcome to The Record Factory Blog, It's simple this week... There's this guy called Derek Sivers. Amongst other things, Derek founded a internet music retailer called CD Baby, which sells independently released music. It is a great concept and I'd highly recommend it as a great distribution channel for all indie artists... Oh and (shameless plug alert) you can visit my artist...

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13 Jul

#7 – I want to make a CD. How much is it going to cost?

Hi there and welcome to The Record Factory Blog, Every couple of weeks, I'll be publishing some tips and tricks to help you get what you want out of your music career. I hope you find the info useful... If you have any questions, or are looking to make a cd and would like some free help, advice and contacts, please email me. This week we're...

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10 Jun

#6 – Building a Music Career online with David Nevue

Hi there and welcome to The Record Factory Blog. At The Record Factory, we help you the artist with free, honest and straightforward advice and contacts to help you make a CD. That includes all the contacts you need from graphic artists to recording studios to CD manufacturers. For free. I've just read this article on CD Baby and couldn't wait until next week to...

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08 Jun

#5 – 11 Things a successful website needs!

Hi, Welcome to the fifth instalment of The Record Factory blog. So far we've had a chat about building relationships and maintaining professional standards, promotion of your music over the internet and last time out 'How do a find a Record Producer' was the topic. This time, courtesy of merlesworld.blogspot.com/ via www.addme.com, the topic is '11 Things a Successful Website needs'. It's a really good...

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01 Jun

#4 – How to find the right producer for you

Hi, Welcome to the fourth instalment of The Record Factory blog. In the past few articles, we've dealt with building relationships and maintaining professional standards. Last time courtesy of Nashville Songwriters Association International, promotion of your music over the internet was the topic. This time, we're going to take a step back and look at the key things you need to consider when looking for...

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26 May

#3 – Strategies for promoting your music on the internet

Hi there and welcome to The Record Factory Blog Every couple of weeks, I'll be publishing some tips and tricks to help you get what you want out of your music career. I hope you find the info useful... If you have any questions, or are looking to make a cd and would like some free help, advice and contacts, please email me. In the...

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16 May

#2 – Professionalism

Hi there and welcome to The Record Factory Blog Every couple of weeks, I'll be publishing some tips and tricks to help you get what you want out of your music career. I hope you find the info useful... If you have any questions, or are looking to make a cd and would like some free help, advice and contacts, please email me Last time...