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The Pitfalls of Praise: How good accountability can save your music career.

It’s not easy being an artist and seeking to make a living from music these days.  You will sometimes feel like a doormat stepped on by so many people in the industry, sometimes even by those closest to you.  At the same time, You also run the risk of being praised, celebrated, richly rewarded, and…

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My Drum Programming Techniques in Ableton Live [Video]

I walk you through some practical ways to add creative life to your drum programming when using Ableton live.  I use the gate plugin to trigger loops and have them open and close in specific times to add a good vibe to my drums. Download Your FREE Ableton Live Template Set with Loops, Instruments, &…

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Simple Step To Great Drum Layering in Ableton Live

When I first began to produce my own music getting my drums to sound decent was quite the task.  I would program a beat then begin jumping up and down with joy until I turned on the radio and hear one of Timbaland’s beats, I felt like starting from square one.  Of course I kept…

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How Much Do You Charge For Your Time?

When I started out making beats on my drum machine in between classes in high school, I never thought about the possibility of making money from the music I was creating.  I was more focused on just making my music sound good, let alone calculate how much to charge for my creative time and content.…

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How Much Time are You Wasting On Your Drums?

How much time are you spending tweaking your drums? When it comes to creating a great track drums are at the forefront of attention.  When I first got into making music,  I used to spend hours and hours on end trying to get my drums to sound just like the ones on some of my…

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3 Ways To Bring Old Ideas To Life: Dust the cobwebs from those Hard Drives

If you are in the creative process of making music, then you will sometimes find yourself storing and tucking away a vast amount of ruff ideas hoping one day you will return to them and rehash that hit record or song you were trying to create in the first place.  I have been in that…

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Adding Life to your Stiff sounding Drum patterns

I share some great tips on how you can add life to your drum programming.  Because nothing says Bad drums like stiff ones!

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