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Structure Of A Successful Music Website
Ideally each page of your website should serve a specific purpose.The main purpose of the sales page for your cd is to sell the cd.If have a page with Google Adsense, the main purpose is to generatemoney by to get people to click on the advertisement. If its notan important part of the process, don't load up the page withunnecessary things like animations or sounds. This will onlydistract visitors from achieving the task laid out for them, ie. buying your product.
Below are some ideas to include in your website and the mainpurpose of each.
1) Main Page
2) Order Page(s)
Create a sales letter for each item that your are selling.Tomorrow we'll go over some copywriting tips to build asuccessful order page.
3) Press Releases
This section is where visitors can read 3rd party articlespublished about you, increasing your credibility and exposure.
4) Contact Information
This is so people can get a hold of you to book shows, askquestions about products, collaborations, interviews or otheropportunities (you never know). Include as much contactinformation as possible, like your phone, cell, mailing address, email etc.
6) Electronic Press Kit
This is where you refer the media to easily download aninformation package about you.
Here's some ideas on what you can include:
Create a biography with pictures in .pdf format and make itavailable for download. You can use the Writer program contained in the free Open Office Suite http://www.openoffice.org to dothis. Open then program type (or paste) in your biography and insert pictures. When your done go to File > Export As PDF.
Allows fans to get more familiar with your music. Also addscontent to your site which will get picked up by the searchengines if it has an incoming link form your main page or somewhere else.
On your bio page sections fans read about you and see yourpictures. A sideshow of your photos sometimes adds a nice touch.
9) Concert Listings/News
Keep your fans and site visitors updated with the latest newsabout your concerts/shows, interviews, appearances ond other topics of interest.
A discussion forum is a great place for you to interact with yourfans and street teams. An excellent free script to set up a forumis phpBB http://www.phpbb.com.
Blogging is a good way to syndicate your artist/band news andgenerate traffic for your site. Search engines love this kind ofstuff. Later on in the course I'll go a bit more in dept onsetting up a blog. A nice fully featured blogging script is Word Press http://www.wordpress.org
Make sure your each page of your site is cross browser functional,meaning it can be viewed properly by different web browser programs. Two of most popular ones are Internet Explorer and Firefoxhttp://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox. Sometimes a site willshow up perfectly in IE but will be all out of whack when viewed inFirefox, or vise versa. Have both browsers installed and check outevery page.
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Copyright Basics for Songwriters
Should you copyright your song? If you're a songwriter, sooner or later you will probably have some questions about getting your material copyrighted. Since I've already been down this road before, you might be able to benefit from my experience. Though I am not an expert in the field, I do believe that I have some valuable information to share with you.
Win Friends & Influence People Through Music -- Is It Possible?
The idea that studying music improves the social development of a child is not a new one, but at last there is incontrovertible evidence from a study conducted out of the University of Toronto.
Celtic Music: The Japanese Connection
My friend, guitarist Brian Hughes, toured with the Chieftain's in Japan as an opening act with Loreena McKennitt. He then went on to perform with the Chieftains in North America and Europe when they were promoting their album Santiago. In Japan they played about ten shows between Tokyo and Osaka, mainly at soft seat classical concert halls. The seating ranged from 1500 to 4000 capacity. They were booked through the agent Plankton who specializes in Celtic music. Although the audiences were enthusiastic Brian felt that Celtic music was still a niche market in Japan.
How to Be in the Moment when Playing Piano
Your best music will always come when you are in the moment and just playing the piano. Why is this? Because you have forgotten about trying to make music. Instead, you are now "making" music. A subtle but crucial difference that can be detected by most careful listeners.
Shut Up And Sing
What is it with these performers and their politics? Do they really think that people who pay $100 or more to hear them sing want to hear them utter political opinions? The audience pays hundreds of thousands of dollars to see and hear a performer PERFORM. You want to spout politics, run for freakin office, you moron! When performers use a paid venue to play politics they are abusing the paying audience, the venue, the sponsors and everyone connected to their artistic performance. It's an inappropriate venue and inapproprite behavior to voice your political viewpoint, you jerk! And they wonder why people boo.
Sheet Music ? Violin and Other String Instruments
The violin is a bowed stringed instrument and is the highest pitched member of the violin family. It sits along side its cousins ? the other members of the violin family - the viola, cello, and double bass. The bow of the violin is a narrow, slightly incurved stick of Pernambuco about 75 cm long, with a band of horsehair stretched from end to end of the bowstick. The violin has four strings tuned a fifth apart, to the notes g, d', a', e'': On early violins the strings were of pure gut. Today they may be of gut, gut wound with aluminum or silver, steel, or perlon.
Dont Censor the Music and Artistic Expression
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Breathing Space in Music
While most students want to know when to play certain notes and chords, it's equally important to know when not to play. For example, I had a student who knew how to improvise and play in the New Age style. What he didn't know how to do was to allow for breathing space. I tried to teach him that you don't have to play note upon note but allow for some pauses.
How to Make $30,000 with Your Music Before Years End
As an independent musician and/or recording artist, if you did *NOT* earn $30,000 (or more) with your music alone last year, let's jump right in and get you started with doing so this year.
Piano Music, Perfectionism, and Self-Expression
Is your heart in the music? If so, it won't matter what you play so much as what is received through your playing. Do you still think you need to learn 43 chords to sound good or are you concerned with the joy of expressing yourself through this wonderful instrument called the piano? People who sound like they know what they are doing may indeed know what they are doing but does that mean you want to listen to the music?
How I Compose a Piece of Music
A number of people have asked about my own methodology for creating a complete piece of music at the piano. At the risk of oversimplification, the steps are as follows:
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Does Your Band Need a Manager?
New bands looking to book gigs and establish contacts often start looking for a manager to handle the business aspects of their music. This is especially the case in cities with big music scenes, like New York, Los Angeles and Austin.
Music & Intelligence: Will Listening to Music Make You Smarter?
Will listening to music make you smarter? Will learning to play a musical instrument make your brain grow larger than normal?
Building Your Digital Music Collection
The previous two Tech Tips took a look at eight basic features of portable MP3 players worth considering before laying down some serious money on one of these devices. Once you have a nice new MP3 player with plenty of space for music, you need to fill it up! There are several ways to go about building your digital music collection, and we'll take a look at a few ways to do so.
The Dos and Donts of Getting Your Child to Love Learning an Instrument
We all know that music can be inspiring, entertaining, and exhilarating. There are few things more enjoyable than listening to good music. If you're lucky enough to be able to play a musical instrument, you know the joy that can come from strumming those strings, tapping those keys, or blowing those reeds. It's immeasurable. But, with all the amazing aspects of music, why is it such a struggle to get your child to enjoy learning how to play an instrument? Some children naturally enjoy the learning process, while others rally against it like it with all their will.
Trusting Your Inner Voice - Key to Success at the Piano
We all have so many critical voices in our heads.
More so than any other music since the blues, hip-hop is all about stories. And its stories are both criminal minded and grand, making them enthralling and unbelievable, but also making them only as interesting and convincing as the teller. That's why, despite being blackballed by the industry, without a major-label recording contract, heads still gravitated to Jamaica, Queens' realest son, 50 Cent, like the planets to the sun. 50 Cent, born Curtis Jackson 26 years ago, is the real deal, the genuine article. He's a man of the streets, intimately familiar with its codes and its violence, but still, 50, an incredibly intelligent and deliberate man, holds himself with a regal air as if above the pettiness which surrounds him. Born into a notorious Queens drug dynasty during the late '70s, 50 Cent lost those closest to him at an early age. Raised without a father, 50's mother, whose name carried weight in the street (hint, hint, dummies), was found dead under mysterious circumstances before he could hit his teens. The orphaned youth was taken in by his grandparents, who provided for 50. But his desire for things would drive him to the block.
The King of the Delta Blues Singers - Robert Johnson Still Stands at the Crossroads
Probably the most enigmatic Singer and Guitarist of the twentieth Century is now one of the most revered and respected of all Musicians who make up the Genre of the 'Blues'. I speak of course about the wonderful Robert Leroy Johnson. Born in 1911 in Hazelhurst, Mississippi, in a Deep South plantation, he, in his pitifully short life, has become one of the founding Fathers of the Blues.
Top Rap Song
After months of email and posts, we've finally compiled and rated what you submitted as the top rap songs of all time. At first we tried to rank these, but we realized that due to the diverse nature of these songs it seemed unfair to do so. Depends on personal opinion, right? Wrong!
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