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Getting Ahead in the Music Business…The Right Way.
Getting Ahead in the Music Business…The Right Way.

Getting Ahead in the Music Business…The Right Way.

In today's competitive music business, it's important for musicians and artists to focus their energy in the right places. While some online services can help your career, many are misleading. Read More »

40 Funny Quotes By Musicians
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40 Funny Quotes By Musicians

As many of you know, I frequently post inspiring or funny musician quotes on our Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Google+ pages. Since there aren't many good sources to find all of these gems in one convenient place, I've decided to compile 40 of my favorites in this post.... Read More »

The Mental Game Of The Music Business

The Mental Game Of The Music Business

The so-called “mental game” has become widely discussed in sports as many athletes have admitted to receiving help from sports psychologists, therapists, etc. Most professional athletes realize that at a certain level the playing field is so competitive that the dif... Read More »

Saying “No” Will Help Your Music Career. No, Seriously!

Saying “No” Will Help Your Music Career. No, Seriously!

I know that this sounds counterintuitive, but being able to say "no" is a very important part of your music career and it will ultimately allow you to "get to the next level". When you first start pursuing music on a professional level, you will most likely be saying y... Read More »

30 Awesome Music Quotes From Famous Non-Musicians

30 Awesome Music Quotes From Famous Non-Musicians

The Internet is filled with tons of great quotes from musicians, both past and present. While I personally love to check out cool quotes from my musical heroes, I find it extremely gratifying to read the words of non-musicians regarding the impact that music has had on ... Read More »

Don’t Fall For Music Industry Scams!

Don’t Fall For Music Industry Scams!

Scammers and con men are a part of every industry and the music business is no exception. As a matter of fact, there seem to be scores of unscrupulous individuals trying to take advantage of musicians’ lofty dreams. That being said, you have to approach all potential ... Read More »

13 Free Apps and Tools That Can Help Your Music Career

13 Free Apps and Tools That Can Help Your Music Career

There are a ton of great apps popping up everyday and it’s hard to keep up with the latest and greatest trends. Being a professional musician, I’ve found myself using many of these apps in relation to daily music industry tasks and they have become invaluable to me.... Read More »

Famous Musicians Who Came Back From Failure or Adversity

Famous Musicians Who Came Back From Failure or Adversity

In 1962 an obscure band from England made a demo tape for Decca Records in hopes of being signed. The label's senior A&R person said, "guitar groups are on their way out" and the band was rejected. This band was named The Beatles. In 1954, a young singer was kicked out... Read More »

How to Get Your Musical Passion and Drive Back: A Guide for the Uninspired Musician

How to Get Your Musical Passion and Drive Back: A Guide for the Uninspired Musician

Lost drive or passion can be attributed to many things and it can affect both full-time and part-time musicians. Since both of these musician types have different reasons for being “burnt”, I’ll address each separately. Part-Time Musicians: The majority of musici... Read More »

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How to Choose the Right Music Attorney for You

Like dating, choosing a music attorney is all about the right fit between the attorney and the client. There are several aspects to consider in deciding what kind of attorney is right for you. Here is a brief list of qualities to look for when choosing an attorney. Her... Read More »

Overcoming Rejection in the Music Business (and making it positive)
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Overcoming Rejection in the Music Business (and making it positive)

You have to have "thick skin" in the music business and you must be able to handle rejection. As a musician, you will typically be rejected between 50%-80% of the time. This applies to auditions, demo tracks, commercial music, record deals, licensing deals, composition,... Read More »

Don’t Sign That Contract! Music Licensing, Music Business and The Uninformed

Don’t Sign That Contract! Music Licensing, Music Business and The Uninformed

Recently a friend of mine sent a music licensing agreement for me to look over. A woman had contacted him asking for permission to use a few of his songs in a film and he wanted a second opinion on the contract she attached. Since I have a bit of licensing experience I ... Read More »

How to Communicate in the Music Business

How to Communicate in the Music Business

Recently I overheard a 16-year-old girl say that she refused to talk on the phone and that email was “so 10 years ago”. When asked how she communicated, she replied, “with text and twitter”. This interaction spawned the idea for this blog post because it directl... Read More »

Facebook Can Ruin Your Music Career!

Facebook Can Ruin Your Music Career!

Recently I became aware of an incident on Facebook involving a young NYC saxophonist who posted “F$%& Wayne Shorter” on his timeline (he spelled it out of course). This person was one of twelve semi-finalists for the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone ... Read More »

Music Theory: Harmony Part One (basics)
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Music Theory: Harmony Part One (basics)

Welcome to the My Music Masterclass blog.  My name is Nathan Towns and I am one of the administrators on this site.  I am also a film composer and bona fide music theory nerd.  I thought I might utilize this platform to share my theory knowledge with you.  I like to... Read More »

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Recording & Production Basics – PART 2

Another question I get asked frequently is, “What hardware do I need to get started?” Again this is totally based on what your end game is.  Is this a raw demo or is it meant for the radio?  If you just want to make quick demos there are a couple options here.  ... Read More »

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Recording & Production Basics – PART 1

Something that people often ask me is how to get started in recording & production.  If you’re a songwriter, instrumentalist or a budding producer you’re going to need to know the basics…so here ya go: Which DAW do I use?  A digital audio workstation (DAW) ... Read More »

Schoeps Stereo mic clone for under $200…I Love it!
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Schoeps Stereo mic clone for under $200…I Love it!

Before one of my recent filming trips to New York City, I decided that I wanted to bring along another stereo mic to compliment my Rode NT4.  Stereo microphones are crucial for my purposes when I'm filming Masterclasses, Clinics, Seminars, etc. They're essential becaus... Read More »