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Smart Music Business: 14 Ways to Make Money From One Song

December 17, 2014

Musician, author & MI Instructor Bobby Borg has collected some of the wisdom he's shared with MI's Music Business students in a new book, "Music Marketing For The DIY Musician: Creating and Executing a Plan of Attack On A Limited Budget," which is available at Amazon. Next Level Noise invited Bobby to share an excerpt he published at Sonicbids, "14 Ways to Make Money from One Song." Check it out!

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7 Types of Awesome Guitar & Bass Apps That Will Rock You

December 10, 2014

There's a whole wide world of guitar apps and bass apps out there. They can improve your tone, take your technique to the next level, or help you learn all kinds of theory. Next Level Noise has done some digging and come up with these 7 awesome app categories you should check out:

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"Everything Is Awesome" for Independent Artist Lisa Harriton

December 08, 2014

A big congratulations goes out to the Program Chair of MI's Independent Artist Program, Lisa Harriton! The talented singer-songwriter, keyboardist and MI faculty member was just nominated for a Grammy Award for the tune she co-wrote, "Everything Is Awesome!!!"  The memorably catchy track is the theme song to 2014's star-studded animated hit The Lego Movie, and is named in the Grammy category of Best Song Written for Visual Media. The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 8, 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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10 Quotes from Your Favorite Rock Stars on Musical Inspiration

December 05, 2014

Making it through the daily tasks of a career in music can sometimes be frustrating, so it helps to get a little inspiration from the experiences of those who have found some success. Next Level Noise has collected words of wisdom in the following 10 quotes on musical inspiration from your favorite rock stars.

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The Top 20 Albums of 2014 for Hard Rock & Heavy Metal

December 04, 2014

It’s that time of the year: our friends over at Revolver magazine have published their list of the 20 Best Albums of 2014. Of course, their specialties are hard rock and heavy metal--so don't expect any country stars, pop princesses, EDM DJs or hip-hop heavyweights on this list.

Check it out below, and head over to the Revolver site for individual reviews of each record.

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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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About Next Level Noise

Next Level Noise is the official blog of Musicians Institute, focusing on bringing you resources for modern music performance, technology, business, education and creativity. NLN covers everything from academic degrees and practical musicianship to the latest gear, on-campus events, and interesting news from today’s global music scene.

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