5 Tips For Overcoming Writer's Block for Singer-Songwriters

November 26, 2014

When it comes to writing music, some days you may be on fire and can barely write and record fast enough to get out all of your ideas. However, most singer-songwriters occasionally—or frequently—feel writer's block. Don't psyche yourself out about it. Try one or more of these tips and we bet the songwriting fog will lift soon enough.


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Getting Your Music in Film and TV

November 24, 2014

Next Level Noise is happy to welcome producer, composer, songwriter and music industry insider Joe Solo to the blog for the first in his series of free "Music Success Video Nuggets." Joe has an impressive resume that includes working with and Fergie of Black Eyed Peas, Michael Jackson, Macy Gray and Quincy Jones Publishing, along with corporate clients such as Apple, Fox Sports, Electronic Arts and many more.

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Hot Tips for Recording Music with Propellerhead Reason 8

November 19, 2014

A big part of MI's Performance Program curriculum is the use of Propellerhead Reason 8.  With an intuitive visual workflow that accelerates the creative process, Reason makes it easy for recording music and mixing great-sounding tracks. An expandable rack of instruments, samplers, drum machines, effects modules, and guitar processors provides an endless array of inspiring sounds.

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Vintage Trouble Upstaged in MI's New Live Performance Contest

November 14, 2014

What happens when Musicians Institute students get on stage for some live performance experience with one of the hottest bands in the business? Find out with "Upstage The Band," a new series that kicked off during D'Addario Day 2014 this past October.

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Build Your Music Business Team - Part 3: Artist Manager

November 07, 2014

Parts 1 and 2 of this series covered finding a publicist and booking agent.

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Playing Guitar Beyond Boundaries: In Memory of Duane Allman

November 05, 2014

The Allman Brothers Band, one of the longest-running and most influential bands in rock n' roll, recently played their final show ever on October 28, 2014. The group's last live notes eerily coincided with the anniversary of the death of its leader and co-founder, guitarist Duane Allman.

Before an untimely motorcyle accident ended his life in 1971, Duane had an amazing career both in and out of the Allman Brothers Band, making his name as an ace session player with some of the greatest artists in R&B and classic soul: King Curtis, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and many others.

Guitar World magazine recently devoted a post to one particluarly incredible recorded performance: Allman's solo on Pickett's 1968 cover of The Beatles classic, "Hey Jude." Read on to hear about this legendary moment in music history--and learn how great artists like Allman were playing guitar in a way that went beyond genres.


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