Guitar Building with Hi-Tech 3D Printing

February 27, 2015

A micro-manufacturing revolution is in the works that could eventually affect the way all things—including musical instruments—are made: by printing out meticulously designed products from extremely strong powdered composites. 3D-printed parts are already used in racecars, satellites and other mission-critical cases. Now they're also moving in on your mission: music. With 3D printing, people can make drum shells, guitars and other instrument designs that would be impossible or at least very difficult without it.

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How to Deal With Negative Feedback on Your Songwriting

February 19, 2015

Musician, author & MI Instructor Bobby Borg previously dropped by Next Level Noise to share "14 Ways to Make Money from One Song."  Today, he's got some more wisdom in the form of his recent Sonicbids post, "How to Deal with Negative Feedback on Your Songs." 

Getting feedback on your songwriting skills from fans or seasoned professionals is a great way to measure the progress you're making. Everyone loves that extra boost of confidence, especially when it applies to something you created yourself. But what happens when you get feedback that's the opposite of what you want to hear? Here are five tips that will help minimize the sting and turn it around into something productive.

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5 Drum Performance Tips from the Pros

February 18, 2015

No matter how talented or experienced, the best drummers in the world still need to utilize simple tricks, tips & exercises to stay fresh. Next Level Noise has collected a few important reminders about drum performance from the pros.

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14 World-Class Contemporary Guitar Builders

February 13, 2015

There are so many fine artisans working today in the art of guitar building—aka luthiery—that it’s useless to try to rank them or create a definitive list. But these dedicated creators, some well-known and some less so, and their beautiful instruments may inspire your own guitar craftwork.  

Jack Briggs

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The 20 Most Anticipated Albums of 2015

February 06, 2015

Tons of new releases drop every week in the music industry, but there are some that start building a buzz well before they're ready.  Looking ahead, here's what we think are the most highly anticipated albums of 2015.

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12 Songs About Songwriting

February 04, 2015

The craft of songwriting is an obsession for many artists, from Cole Porter to Taylor Swift. Sometimes, that obsession is channeled directly into the songs themselves. Check out these 12 songs in which songwriters take a step back to examine what they're doing and sing about the process itself.

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