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Saxophonist Mindi Abair has released her first book, How To Play Madison Square Garden, and it’s available at Mindi co-wrote the book with her father and friend Ross Cooper.

Mindi says, “It’s the culmination of a lot of years of experience being on stage and learning what works and what doesn’t. I’ve make every mistake ‘in the book’, and I thought I’d condense what I know and have learned from these experiences in written form.”

Don’t Be A Copycat

Posted: November 1, 2010 in Advices

The Original Is Better

Posted: October 29, 2010 in Advices

The orginal is always better. Not everyone is a Spitzweg.
Don’t copy these posts!

“The Big Book Of Pentatonics & Fourths” A Method of Practice for the Ambitious Musician. This is a unique technique book for all instruments and levels. You don’t have to be a jazz improviser to benefit from the concepts and exercises presented in this new book. And for the jazzer, it will open you up to whole new vocabulary.

Over 80 pages of four and six note groups all transposed and presented in a creative new method that’s easy to follow and fun to play. Not just another pattern book! No transposing! Visit to watch the free video and download sample pages to play along!

According to his facebook site Peter White got into a little car accident last night on his way to the studio. The young woman traveling the opposite way apparently didn’t see him because of the setting sun. Peter is okay, just some minor cuts on his hand. Different story for his car though! Peter’s advice: “Please make sure to wear your seatbelt everyone!”

Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) became the first music industry organization to embrace the internet as a new venue for the uses of BMI affiliated music when they signed their first internet license in 1995. Since that time BMI demands royalty fees from music pages. Music page means a web page which presents one or more icons or hyperlinks that may be clicked on to access performances of music or at which music is played on by loading the web page.

Musical compositions, like other intellectual property, belong to their creators. U.S. Copyright Law grants certain exclusive rights to copyright owners, including the right to publicly perform and the right to authorize others to publicly perform the work. Web sites that publicly perform music must obtain a license from the copyright owner or their representative.

Even non commercial bona fide websites which present these links or play music by loading the web pages have to pay these fees. According to BMI’s non-commercial web site music performance agreement the annual minimum license fee for 2010 is $ 320! Besides BMI there are The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Society of European Stage Authors and Composers (Sesac) which are working with the same principle.

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Canadian music collective Independent Music Promotions recently celebrated the release of their new e-book “Your Band Is A Virus“, which outlines marketing techniques effectively used by today’s independent musicians. With many industry-related books being released by CEO’s and record label owners, this release shows a definite change of attitude in the way independent music is promoted to the mainstream.

Founder James Moore commented “We found that most of the music marketing books written by the industry moguls were gimmicky and out of touch with the modern band’s needs. There’s only so many times you need to read about starting a website or writing a bio. We included those basics but focused the book mainly on how to build your press section, get on the media’s good side and generate those reviews. That’s what band’s care about.”

“We’re trying to bring power back to the musicians and out of the hands of the pay-to-wait-in-line Sonicbids types. Some of the techniques in the book are tried and true, and some you probably haven’t seen before.”

The book explores the ideas behind viral marketing, guerilla marketing, and “behind-the-scenes” marketing, which suggests breaking the traditional submission rules and contacting the industry professionals, bloggers, dj’s and music media individually in order to build relationships and garner high amounts of press.

More information on “Your Band Is A Virus” is at

Next Level Jazz is for the artist desiring a new sound, a new look, and a new level of success.

The song, the players, the feel, the mood, the groove, and the pocket. When all of those come together, then you have something special. But what if you don’t live near a music center, and for years have been struggling to get a good clean jazz sound. Your jazz sound, but played and mixed by people who know what they are doing.

Musicians and engineers of Next Level Jazz have been winning Grammys in every music format for years working with names such as Vanessa Williams, Michael McDonald, Chaka Kahn, Take Six, Yolanda Adams, Brian McKnight, Luther Vandross, Kenny Loggins, Gladys Knight, Jonathan Butler, Jim Brickman, and many more.

Darkhorse recording is a retreat for the creative soul. The artists love the fact that it’s remote and minutes away from Nashville. Darkhorse has been the studio home for names such as Larry Carlton, Victor Wooten, Michael McDonald, Kirk Whalum, Bela Fleck, and of course many more in all genres including country, pop, and rock. It’s long on vibe, and short on distraction with plenty of windows so your jazz can breathe and not be stifled by four concrete walls.

It’s kind of a lost art anymore. But they specialize in meeting with and helping artists develop a career, making the right steps from the ground up. Their goal is to completely change the way people think of your music, from the casual listener, to the hardened gatekeeper. Next Level Jazz specializes in a radical turnaround in every phase of your artistry, leading to a new level of success, and more opportunities.

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The egg of Columbus refers to a brilliant idea or discovery that seems simple or easy after the fact. Christopher Columbus, having been told that discovering the Americas was no great accomplishment, challenged his critics to make an egg stand on its tip; and, after they gave up, he did it himself by tapping the egg on the table so as to flatten its tip.

You did everything to build your musical career. You studied music at a well-respected university. You gained degrees in recording and music composition with summa cum laude. You even made an MBA in music industry. You spend much money for your own music studio, which is state of the art. But something is going wrong. The old receipts don’t work anymore. Since the new area of Internet music sales, revenue, and profits are down.

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Artwork4Music and U-Nam Productions are glad to announce you the creation and launch of a new amazing music services company mostly dedicated and oriented to Indie Artists and Labels, offering top quality industry standard services within your reach and to help you compete, succeed and achieve your goals in those times of economy crisis and drastic changes in the music industry with your indie budget.

Please take time to visit their website, and feel free to contact them for more info and/or any questions. A lot of other services will be added on the website really soon like mastering, studio sessions, mixing, marketing campaign, consulting and much much more.