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If you want to take marketing your music to another level, then I can't recommend enough John Oszajca's music marketing manifesto. My favorite aspect of his complete program was his stance on email marketing, where he really leverages the that "1000 true fans" philosophy.

His website is a bit hokey (Flaming guitars? Seriously?), but his program really shows independant artists how to get a leg-up on signed artists.

Breaking Through Creative Blocks (And Even Redefining Them)

I've spoken about writer's block many times on this site, but I don't think I've been able to fully explore it in the same way that this Brain Pickings piece has.

This particular quote from the article caught me off guard:

I don’t believe in writer’s block.

Yes, there may have been days or even weeks at a time when I have not written — even when I may have wanted to — but that doesn’t mean I was blocked. It simply means I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or, as I’d like to argue, exactly the right place at the right time.

The creative process has more than one kind of expression. There’s the part you could show in a movie montage — the furious typing or painting or equation solving where the writer, artist, or mathematician accomplishes the output of the creative task. But then there’s also the part that happens invisibly, under the surface. That’s when the senses are perceiving the world, the mind and heart are thrown into some sort of dissonance, and the soul chooses to respond.

That response doesn’t just come out like vomit after a bad meal. There’s not such thing as pure expression. Rather, because we live in a social world with other people whose perceptual apparatus needs to be penetrated with our ideas, we must formulate, strategize, order, and then articulate. It is that last part that is visible as output or progress, but it only represents, at best, 25 percent of the process.

Real creativity transcends time. If you are not producing work, then chances are you have fallen into the infinite space between the ticks of the clock where reality is created. Don’t let some capitalist taskmaster tell you otherwise — even if he happens to be in your own head.

One thing I had never considered before was the guilt associated with not being creative. Especially the implication that this guilt is a result of capitalism or the need for productivity, meaning that if you're not actively creating, then something is wrong with you.

We commonly refer to this guilt as "writer's block".

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Creativity Exercise #7: Stop Writing Alone - Invite A Friend(s) To Join You

This exercise will be fairly redundant if you’re already in a band. Even if that’s you, this is a good starter guide to working with partners in music, so it’s still relevant anyways.

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Creativity Exercise #6: Write Solos With Rhythm

tap the rhythms out using your fingers, input them on sheet paper/MIDI/music writing program, and add the pitches later.

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Creativity Exercise #5: Replace A Melody From A Song You Love (And Then Some)

Find a song that you already know well. It can be popular if you want, but it doesn’t have to be. Remove the vocal track from the chorus.

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Creativity Exercise #4 - Repurpose Rhythms In A Different Context

By reusing the rhythm with different instruments, or just in this new context, you can start to spur on more creativity (and I promise it’s not stealing!).

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Creativity Exercise #3: Play A Different/New Instrument

By using a different instrument, preferably one that you’re less familiar with, you’re inherently encouraged to go outside of your typical “muscle memory” and

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Four Essential Instagram Tips for Musicians

Your Instagram works as an essential cog in one giant promotional machine (of which your website is the usually the nerve centre) - so wire it into the system.

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Musical Creativity #2: Screw Serious - Set A Timer And Fiddle

Getting away from that seriousness is important to coming up with really creative ideas; you need to give yourself the permission to do something completely stupid.

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Musical Creativity Exercise 1: Encapsulate Yourself With Imagery

Do you want to write inspired music? There are certain limitations that you can impose on yourself to get the best music out of that brilliant mind of yours

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Bass Guitar Lessons

I’ve gone through all my best resources and curated a lesson plan from start to finish below. Some of these are video lessons, and some are written

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Online Video Guitar Lessons

I’ve curated some essential video guitar lessons so that you’ll know where to go. Click on your experience level: Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced

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Setting Up A Mailing List For Your Band

A mailing list should be your main strategy for making album, merch, or ticket sales. Why? Because when you have a mailing list, you OWN that list.

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The Musician's Mailing List Conversion Funnel

Now as a band with a mailing list, your conversion funnel will look a little bit different. Most fans don’t just see an ad and then buy your music

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Which Emailing Service Should Your Band Use

How did I know I found the right one? It had to be: reasonably priced very user friendly and easy-to-use, as email marketing is already quite confusing with the extra technical hurdle

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Getting Stuck Writing Music - Am I Creating Or Am I Editing?

I get stuck and end up just clicking around the program, unable to make an impact on the music because I’m not “feeling it”. How do I get out of it?

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Twitter For Dummies

When you’re not on stage, you want to be chatting with everyone who’s watching, and making new friends that you can take with you when you leave.

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Is The “I-Follow-You-You-Follow-Me” Twitter Strategy A Scam?

And finally at a high level promotion, you have TV coverage, TV interviews, top magazine coverage (such as Rolling Stone), being featured on a big name song

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How To Make Your Band's Twitter Page Look Great

Once you have created the above 3 items (background, header, profile image) then you’re done, and you’ll never have to visit it again

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How Often Should Bands Tweet (And What Should You Tweet About?)

How often should bands tweet? I’d like to say “how long is a piece of string?”, but I know that probably wouldn’t be the type of answer that’s practical.

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Should You Schedule Your Tweets?

If you’re doing just fine making 3 tweets a day without scheduling, then don’t worry about what I’m going to say. But if you’re the type of person who likes to get it all out of the way up front

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What's Your Favorite Album

The real question to ask here is: “What album makes me feel unworthy and small?” The answer to that question is a great way to show you what music you really like

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11 Wordpress Plugins Your Band's Website Is Incomplete Without

Sometimes the theme you purchased can be missing some essential features that you need, such as a concert listing manager or an audio/video player. Here are some ways to access those features

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9 Mistakes You Don't Want To Make On Your Band's Website

What is this article written in, 2008? Because that’s when you should have stopped putting these ridiculous flash loading screens on your website.

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23 Artsy Band Websites You Need To Pay Attention To

Made with the color scheme of 70’s video game console boxes, Com Truise’s website is effective and dreamy, starting with the multiple “EVERYTHING IS A DREAM” featured in the header.

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Why Bands Should Blog

When I read a blog post that I really like from a band, it makes me WANT to like their music, even if I haven’t heard it before. I find that to be a pretty weird idea.

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John Cleese Creativity

John Cleese's topic on creativity is very genuinely exciting, and very funny (he is a funny guy you know).

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John Cleese on Creativity

You may think that you don't have 30 minutes, especially as investing into yourself can seem so boring.

John Cleese's topic on creativity is very genuinely exciting, and very funny (he is a funny guy you know).

Things required for creativity according to John Cleese

1. space

2. time

3. time

4. confidence

5. a 22" waist

"Whoops, I was distracted"

5.* humor

If you're a writer in any capacity, musical or any other way, then this is a must-watch.

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Do You Want To Write Commercial Or Artistic Songs

Using less familiar and less immediately pleasing sounds and textures. Valuing rough edges, mistakes, and accidents. Valuing a song’ character and identity over its availability.

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The Musician's Guide To SEO

In order to understand SEO, you first need to understand a bit about the SE (search engine) industry. Don’t worry, I promise not to make it too boring for you. If it is though, feel free to

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My 10 Top Responsive Wordpress Themes For Bands & Musicians

Whenever I have a new client who wants to work from a pre-existing theme (it’s cheaper that way because it’s less work for me), I always make a list of about 5-15 themes that I think are

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Reason Tutorials - The Real Reason Beginners Course

Reason Tutorials. On a personal level, this is the best set of lessons I have ever written (including all the content on this website); it’s the height of my achievement as a teacher.

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Welcome To The Real Reason Beginners Course

Welcome to the Real Reason Beginners Course. You can view 20 HD lessons on this page, each with Quizzes and Exercises.

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Real Reason Beginners Course Final Exam

Reason is a fantastic music software program. It's main strength lies in recording and editing MIDI notes. I personally prefer to use Reason while writing MIDI powered music

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Real Reason Beginners Course 20

Reason is a fantastic music software program. It's main strength lies in recording and editing MIDI notes. I personally prefer to use Reason while writing MIDI powered music

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Real Reason Beginners Course 19

Reason is a fantastic music software program. It's main strength lies in recording and editing MIDI notes. I personally prefer to use Reason while writing MIDI powered music

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My name is Andrew Muller. I love creative art, music, television shows, movies, video games, and a good story.

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