10 Quotes That Help a Musician Realize the Value of Time

Probably not many of us have the time to search through all the places on the web to find few smart and useful quotes among thousands of boring and useless ones. Since we know that most of us are struggling with time management, here are some quotes that help you to remember and appreciate the value of your time:

 

1. “The ultimate inspiration is the deadline.”
(Nolan Bushnell)

 

2. “Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.”
(Charles Richards)

 

3. “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
(Andy Warhol)

 

4. “The surest way to be late is to have plenty of time.”
(Leo Kennedy)

 

5. “Being rich is having money. Being wealthy is having time.”
(Margaret Bonnano)

 

6. “You may as well borrow a person’s money as his time.”
(Horace Mann)

 

7. “What may be done at any time will be done at no time.”
(Scottish Proverb)

 

8. “Time is more valuable than money, you can get more money, but you can not get more time.”
(Jim Rohn)

 

9. “Those who make the worst of their time most complain about its shortness.”
(La Bruyere)

 

10. “If it weren’t for the last minute, a lot of things wouldn’t get done.”
(Michael S. Traylor)

 

After you are finished reading those quotes, and thinking:

“I am definitely going to take a course on time management… just as soon as I can work it into my schedule.” (Louis E. Boone)

-start working on it n o w !

 

If you have other reasonable and smart quotes about time management, time value or definition of time, please share them in our comment section.

How to Make a Low-Budget Music Video

You as a musician have surely thought about making a video that is successful in every way – it has the fame, the flash, the coolness and of course people will remember it and experience your vision as well as your music. All of this is achievable, but let’s be honest, all of us do not have the money to produce a real famous and effective music video. That is why we have collected together 10 most important instructions how to make a low-budget music video.

 

Choose the Right Crew

 

 

Choose the Right Equipment

 

 

Choose the Right Place

 

 

Star(s) Of the Video

 

 

Post and Editing

 

  

Promotion

 

 

Use Your Creativity

 

 

Other Useful Tips

 

 

And finally, Charles Mingus once said: “Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that´s easy. What’s hard is to be simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”

 

If you have other important tips to add, please leave a response in the comment section below.

10 Ideas For Your Next Album cover

“Dude, what the hell are we going to put on our album cover?” This is a question every decent band must answer when coming out with a new album. Obviously this is a hard task, because there are about 200 000 different options of what you can do with your album cover: starting from design, typography, color, pictures, retouching, to the shape and material of your album.

Your album cover reflects you as a band, so it would be logical to take it from there. Let’s try this: I’ll show you an album cover of an Estonian band called Ewert And The Two Dragons. Maybe you’ve heard of them, but probably you haven’t. Look at their album Good Man Down and guess what kind of music do they play:

Ewert And The Two Dragons

So, what do you think? Dubstep – no. Hard Rock – no. Indie/Folk – yes. You probably guessed that they play some sort of Indie Rock, which is what they were aiming for.

Sometimes you can get away with going the opposite way and putting something completely irrelevant on your album. If you’re going to take that route, please make sure your fans get it – or else you’re just going to alienate your fan base.

But now let me give you 10 ideas for your next album cover.

 

1. The Your Face Album Cover

You guessed it. This involves a photo of you in any decent position. This method is the most common among solo artists, so if you like vanity make sure you stand out and do something a bit different with your photos.

 

Ozzy Bob Marley

 

2. The Your Band Album Cover

Again, the same approach. Tested many times. Works! Especially if you are a good looking boyband or iconic glam artist.

U2Backstreet BoysKiss

 

3. The Less is more Album Cover

I know it’s a cliché. And saying it’s a cliché, sounds cliché. And maybe I’m being cliché, but anyway, you can try taking a minimalist approach with your album cover. What’s that? Is it a ghost, is it a bird? No – it’s the album cover of Linkin Park’s A Thousand Suns.

Linkin ParkThe BeatlesColdplay

 

4. The Literal Album Cover

“I have a great idea! Our album is called The Blue Album, so let’s make it blue!” And that’s what Weezer did. Can you guess what’s on Maroon 5’s album titled Hands All Over? I’ll give you a hint – it’s got something to do with hands.

If your album has a cool title, maybe this is the approach you want to take.

WeezerMaroon 5Pink Floyd

 

5. The Abstract Album Cover

This is the opposite of a literal album cover. An abstract album cover should grab your attention just by looking at it. Typically this type of album is very colorful and artsy. You can come up with awesome abstract album ideas when you’re drunk and when you have smoked something a bit too much.

MGMTMuseAlabama Shakes

 

6. The Fantasy Album cover

Fantasy album covers make me think of fairy tales and monsters. Typically that’s also what they’re about. Meatloaf’s album Bat out of Hell II features a prone rider on a flying motorcycle next to a giant bat in a graveyard. If you’re music goes along with a fantasy world why not try this method as your next album cover.

Meat LoafMichael JacksonChristina Aguilera

 

7. The Sexy Album Cover

Sex sells and I’m not going to talk about why it works. I’m just going to show you examples of  sexy album covers. You’re welcome.

Roxy MusicDiana KrallThe Darkness

 

8. The Funny/Clever Album Cover

You like fun, I like fun, everybody likes fun. So sometimes it’s justified to use humour on your album cover. Some artists are even funny without trying to be so.

The Black KeysWayne Newton

 

9. The Go Wild Album Cover

Some album covers are just too wild to categorize them. Or what do you think?

WeezerBeastie BoysMarilyn Manson

 

10. The Epic Album Cover

There are a couple of album covers that are exactly that – epic. There isn’t exactly a formula for creating an epic album cover, but don’t let that get you down.

Pink FloydNirvanaThe Beatles

 

Conclusion

Try to be original with your album cover and do something a bit different. Start by thinking what reflects you as a band and take it from there. I hope this post gave you at least couple of ideas for your next album cover.

What are your favorite album covers? Leave a response in the comment section below.

10 comics only musicians understand

What’s the difference between a fiddle and a violin? Who cares – neither one’s a guitar.

Musicians are people who always enjoy a good laugh. That’s why we’ve collected 10 comics only musicians will understand to lighten up your day. Check out these comics and let us know what you think! Here we go:

 

Priorities

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Self-Published

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Bonnaroo 2009 Poster

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Teaching a Rock Star to Twitter

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Downloader

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The Honest DJ

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No Support In The Community

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Describing Your Sound

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We Need More Gigs

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Contract Fine Print

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Most of the comics are taken from http://bassistwanted.com by Porter Mason. Other comics were lying around in the web and their copyright belongs to their rightful owners.

If you know any other good musician comics or jokes, let us know!

10 Books every musician should read

 

As a musician it’s not enough that you know how to play an instrument. You need to have at least some idea of the music industry in general, know how to get over creative blocks and how to manage your career and band. Few musicians can be successful without knowing at least the basics of these areas and that’s why we’ve compiled this list of 10 books every musician should read.

 

We’ve broken it down into 3 parts:

 

Keep an open mind and don’t be a person who thinks that he knows everything and doesn’t need to read books in order to be successful. I guarantee that these books will make you more productive, make you more money, help you sell your music, and become a better person in general. So let’s begin.

 

Music Industry

All You Need to Know About the Music BusinessAll You Need to Know About the Music Business

Donald S. Passman’s book will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the music industry. There are a lot of easy to understand examples presented in a humorous way, so it will keep you interested throughout the book.

“Should be required reading for anyone planning or enduring a career in the biz.” — Rolling Stone

“Any creative person who’s considering working in the music business should read this book.” — Jimmy Lovine, chairman, Interscope Geffen A&M Records

“I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the music business.” — David Geffen

Read more and buy it on Amazon.com

 

 

What They’ll Never Tell You About the Music Business: The Myths, the Secrets, the Lies (& A Few Truths)What They Never Tell You About The Music Business

This book is a must-read if you’re 100% serious about working in the music industry and making a living with your music. It’s thoroughly educational and gives you plenty of insight you didn’t have before. Read this book so you won’t be caught in the jaws of the music industry.

Read more and buy it on Amazon.com

 

 

The Plain and Simple Guide to Music PublishingThe Plain And Simple Guide To Music Publishing

Randall D. Wixen’s book gives you valuable information about music publishing industry. From songwriters to music executives this book will teach you the basics about protecting and profiting from music copyrights.

Read more and buy it on Amazon.com

 

 

The Indie Band Survival Guide: The Complete Manual for the Do-It-Yourself MusicianThe Indie Band Survival Guide

The Indie Band Survival Guide: The Complete Manual for the Do-It-Yourself Musician If you looking for a real way to get your music in front of people and profiting from it – this bobooksok is for you. It will teach you how to record, distribute, market and sell your music in the cheapest and most efficient way possible.

“Finally! A comprehensive and practical guide for musicians that explains how to navigate today’s music world without a label. A must-read!”—Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby and HostBaby

“If they gave out Grammys for music career books, Randy and Jason should surely win one. Their Indie Band Survival Guide is a must-read resource for any musician wanting to take the independent path to success—which, these days, is the only way to go. Networking, branding, Internet promotion, live gigs, distribution, publicity … they cover it all. Highly recommended!”—Bob Baker, author of Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook and founder of TheBuzzFactor.com

Read more and buy it on Amazon.com

 

 

Songwriting and Creativity

Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting: 126 Proven Techniques for Writing Songs That SellShortcuts to Hit Songwriting 126 Proven Techniques for Writing Songs That Sell

This may well be the bible of hit songwriting. It will give you techniques and tricks to put your songwriting on steroids. These include:

38 proven strategies for creating powerful, unforgettable lyrics
30 simple ways to make your melody fresh, exciting and memorable

“For people serious about writing great songs, it’s got it all!” —Kara DioGuardi, BMI “Songwriter of the Year,” American Idol judge
“Should be in every songwriter’s arsenal.” —Jason Blume, author, hit songwriter with more than 50 million album sales

Read more and buy it on Amazon.com

 

 

Writing Better LyricsWriting Better Lyrics

From basics to more advanced techniques, Writing Better Lyrics has been a go-to book for many musicians for over two decades. No matter what’s missing from your lyric writing arsenal – this book has it all.

Read more and buy it on Amazon.com

 

 

The Musician’s Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance, and WellnessThe Musician’s Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance, and Wellness

This book combines research with Gerald Klickstein’s 30 years of professional experience on how musicians can achieve artistic excellence. The Musician’s Way covers everything from the basics to advanced and very practical instrument-specific advice you wouldn’t find anywhere else.

“Engaging and well-written and a valuable resource for every performer seeking to develop their craft and maintain career longevity.” –Psychology of Music

“Provides a wealth of information that would otherwise take years to accrue.” –British Journal of Music Education

Read more and buy it on Amazon.com

 

 

Business and Career

Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of BusinessCrowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business

This book is all about consumer-led product creation and content selection. It gives you examples how Netflix, Google, American Idol, Wikipedia and others are using this method for their benefit and how you can do the same.

“An informed and enthusiastic guide to the new collaborative creativity.” —Times (London)

“A welcome and well-written corporate playbook for confusing times.” —BusinessWeek

Read more and buy it on Amazon.com

 

 

The 4-Hour WorkweekThe 4-Hour Workweek

This book will change your life. It teaches you how to free yourself from 9 to 5 work environment and how to start thinking like someone from the digital age.

“It’s about time this book was written. It is a long-overdue manifesto for the mobile lifestyle, and Tim Ferriss is the ideal ambassador. This will be huge.” —Jack Canfield, Co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul®, 100+ million copies sold

“This is a whole new ball game. Highly recommended.” —Dr. Stewart D. Friedman, Director of the Work/Life Integration Project, The Wharton School

Read more and buy it on Amazon.com

 

 

The New Rules of Marketing & PRThe New Rules of Marketing & PR

This book will open your eyes to the potential of internet marketing. It will give you clear and concise techniques on how you can market your band online. It’s written in a fun and conversational way to make it an easy-read.

“You’re not supposed to be able to do what David Meerman Scott is about to tell you in this book!”—Robert Scoble, coauthor of Naked Conversations, Scobleizer.com

“This excellent look at the basics of new-millennial marketing should find use in the hands of any serious PR professional making the transition.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Read more and buy it on Amazon.com

 

 

These are our favorite books all musicians should read. What books do you recommend to your fellow musicians? Leave a response in the comment section below.

Gig Checklist Blueprint

Checklists are awesome. Checklists help you to be on top of things. You can see exactly what you need and what you already have done. By using checklists you won’t forget any equipment for gigs ever again.

We’ve compiled a list of equipment and other stuff you should have with you on any major gig.

This is a pretty advanced checklist, meaning that for smaller gigs you don’t need all these things, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.

If you notice that something is missing from this list, shout it out in the comment section!

Advanced Gig Checklist

Guitar/Bass

 

Drums

 

Sound system

 

Merchandise

 

Show and Stage

 

Maintenance

 

Misc.



That’s one big list! But we guarantee it will save your life someday. So start using it.