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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