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Using Instagram As A Music Promotion Tool

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For musicians and bands, Instagram can be an amazingly powerful tool and can really help you spread the word. So, here are some tips to use it to its upmost.

1 – Establish A Separate Professional Account

Instagram works just like Twitter: It’s easier and more effective to keep your band or professional account separate from your personal account. You’re not going to get a lot of music-loving followers with pictures of your last dinner. If you find that there’s already an account using your band’s name, try including your geographic location. (e.g. DittoMusicUK) Establish a separate email account exclusively for handling your Instagram account.

Note that if you’ve already made a significant investment in branding yourself musically, Instagram does have a Trademark Policy. Get in touch with the company directly if you’d like to claim a specific name that you feel should clearly be yours.

2 – Create The Right Profile

Your Instagram account includes a profile image. For promotional consistency, consider using the same picture here and on your Facebook and Twitter accounts. The other components of your Instagram profile are a bio and a link pointing to your website. Instagram profiles are intended to be simple; don’t waste your time trying to reinvent the wheel.

Note that although it’s not easy to post photos through the Instagram website, the web setup does allow you to view, edit, and manage your account from a desktop computer. This may be the most efficient way for you to set up your account and then review it. Buy some Insta views to make your post look nice and busy and viola, you’ll see a lot more people come on board and follow and like your work.

3 – Link Up Your Social Media

Instagram is the preeminent social platform for sharing images, and it can be integrated seamlessly with your other accounts. Facebook integration is especially strong. Your Instagram photos can be sent directly to your Band page, and content shared in this way shows up prominently on your timeline.

You can find the necessary options for linking your Instagram account to your other social media accounts under Profile > Edit Settings.

4 – Telling Stories

Like other social platforms, Instagram is primarily designed to let individuals connect with each other and share their stories. In order to get off to a good start, schedule a little Instagram research time before you start posting. Look at other bands that are using Instagram as an effective promotional platform and see which sorts of content are particularly liked by their followers. Generally speaking, you’re going to want to give people a distinctive reason to follow your band.

5 – Play With Your Schedule

Instagram is notable for having highly variable audience response depending on when you post. A daily picture shared at 9 AM might not generate any buzz with your intended audience, but posting the same image at lunchtime could create a huge response.

Don’t be afraid to play around with your posting times to find out what works best with your followers. It’s useful to put yourself onto a general schedule, making your posts at a similar time every day. This doesn’t have to be ironclad, though, and sometimes sharing a spontaneous image is the best way to deliver great content.

instagram music6 – Use The Right Lingo

As noted above, Instagram works very well with other social media platforms. If you have an aggressive promotional strategy, you’re probably distributing content across multiple platforms at the same time. Just make sure you tweak your posts to work with the particular service you’re using! You don’t want to slap pictures onto Instagram with a caption urging your followers to retweet them.

7 – Make Your Band Instagram Collaborative

You might find yourself running low on creative pictures to launch on your Instagram feed. That doesn’t mean the whole band is running out of content to share! It’s relatively easy to set up an Instagram account so that multiple people can post to it. Doing this allows followers to connect with you as a group rather than as just one individual. Exercise a little common sense and organization to keep things from getting confusing for your followers. You don’t want to have two band members posting at the same time or sharing the same photos!

8 – Look To Fans For More Content

Social media is all about reciprocity. If you want your fans to follow you, you should be prepared to follow them in turn. Take the time to scour the service for mentions of your band, and be generous with your likes and comments. Do your best to find and appreciate fan photos of your gigs and events. Reply to comments your followers leave on your photos whenever possible.

9 – Tagging And Geo-Tagging

Use relevant hashtags to describe your Instagram posts and make them easier for people to find. Opinions differ as to how many hashtags are too many, but you definitely want to avoid adding irrelevant tags in an effort to attract more people.

Instagram is also an excellent platform for publishing geo-tagged pictures. This enables potential fans to find you based on proximity as well as your hashtags.

Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.

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How To Master Any Tough Guitar Chord (Including The F Barre)

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Playing the guitar is challenging – regardless of your experience level. Even veterans struggle with new concepts.

But for the average beginner, few hurdles are larger or more daunting than F major. Playing this barre chord is awkward at first. It’s also painful. And it usually doesn’t sound very good – with all the buzzing and muted strings.

Little wonder that so many beginners quit the guitar specifically at the F chord. And maybe you’re also looking for the exit ramp as well.

Before you give up, however, there’s one more practice strategy worth exploring. This is the technique I used to learn the F chord on guitar. It absolutely works. You can apply this hack to any challenging chord. And best of all, this method is free. Let’s dive in.

Step 1: Gather up All the Chords You Know

You may be a beginner – but surely you know some chords. Almost no one starts with the F barre.

So write down the chords you already know. For demo purposes, we’ll use G, C, D, Em, and Am.

We also need to add our target chord to the list – F major.

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Step 2: Collect Songs That Use Our Chords

The next step is to gather up as many songs as possible that use our 6 chords. And you can do that quickly and easily with this free Search Song by Chord tool. If we add G, C, D, Em, Am, and F, we’ll get a list of songs that use those chords exclusively.

Here’s a demo search to show you what I mean.

Any song from this list that uses F major is worth practicing. It’s just a matter of picking 5 or 10 tunes that you really like. So if you’re partial to classic country, for example, you might choose:

Carry Me Over by Arlo Guthrie

Streets of London by Ralph McTell

I Knew Jesus by Glen Campbell

Arkansas by Emily White

Bluenose by Stan Rogers

These songs all use chords we already know – plus F major. As such, we can treat them as “etudes” to help us improve at our target chord. This is the same practice technique guitar teachers use in their studios all the time. They choose a “batch” of songs to help their students tackle difficult concepts from multiple angles.

Step 3: Start Practicing the Songs from Your List

Instead of focusing on a single tune (like most beginners do), the next step is to cycle through every song on your list. The order is irrelevant. And you can spend as little or as much time as you want on any given tune before moving to another.

And here’s why.

No matter what song you’re working on, you’re still practicing F major. Some tunes will be slow, and others will be fast. And the melody is always different. But the underlying chords are the same. And as you work through your practice list over the next week or so, the F barre chord will become easier and easier.

It takes time.

But you’ll definitely get there.

And because you’re working on a batch of songs, you won’t ever have to deal with boredom. After all, you have so much variety to choose from. And remember that we only started with 5 or 6 tunes. You could easily create an even larger batch of 15 or 30 songs – all of which use the exact same chords (including F major).

How To Master Any Tough Guitar Chord (Including The F Barre)

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Another great feature of this technique is that you can quickly grow your repertoire by learning just one new chord. That’s a much better return on investment than what you’d get by practicing a single song.

Don’t Let the F Chord Hold You Back

The above technique isn’t a timesaver. If anything, it takes longer. But it can help you attack the F barre from multiple angles within the context of many different songs.

Better still, learning your first barre chord opens up a ton of new real estate on the fretboard. In fact, you can technically play every single major chord using the “F barre” shape.

So if you’re still having a tough time with the F chord, give this strategy a try. Just head over to the Search Songs by Chord tool and start finding music to practice.

Good luck. And happy strumming.


About the Chord Genome Project

The Chord Genome Project is a music search engine that lets you find songs based on the chords they use. Do a search of G, C, and D, for example, and discover hundreds of easy tunes that use those chords (and only those chords).

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From Art To Author: The Evolution Of The Pearl

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Black Pearl
evolution from body art to music has taken another step into the creative industry. The St. Louis based company has published its first novel titled “Eating the Forbidden Fruit” written by Roland Sato Page. Those in the Midwest may recognize the brand from it’s CEO/Rapper Yung Ro. Well, Roland Sato Page is Yung Ro’s father and manager. Now the tables have turned. Yung Ro is managing his father as a newcomer author. The forthcoming book is a gritty fiction novel based on true events that happen to Roland as a former police officer indicted on federal drug trafficking charges. The story will take you on a roller coaster ride of good ole memories from his past marching on to the rise and fall of his career. Experience the conflict between his loyalty to his childhood affiliations or his oath to the badge. Roland wrote the memoirs during his detainment. Eating the Forbidden Fruit is a man’s testimony you can’t run from sin cause it will definitely catch up to you. Yung Ro encouraged his father to write his story for the world to know the truth. Black Pearl street credibility has been fueled by two generations of business hustling that was spawned by Roland’s reputation. The media portrayed Roland as a ruthless individual fueled by greed. Read the truth of one man’s loyalty to his family. The book will be available on Jan 2020 all over book outlets and stores.

Roland Sato Page
Eating the Forbidden Fruit is a gritty fiction novel loosely based on true events in author Roland Sato Page’s life. The newcomer author delivers a personal journey into his rise and demise as a St. Louis City Police Officer. He takes the readers on a roller coaster ride of good ole family memories to the nightmarish reality of being a police officer indicted on federal drug charges. During his trial, he wrote memoirs as a testimonial of redemption. Roland’s case stems from conflict of his childhood affiliation and his oath to uphold the law. What is certain one can’t run from sin for karma is much faster. Falling from grace can be like hell on earth.

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A Party Animal’s Guide To The Best Clubs In London

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Your life is a party that never stops. Ready to take the party overseas? Hop across the pond and discover the best clubs in London!

It’s no secret that London is one of the greatest cities in the world. This is a city overflowing with history, filled with amazing art and architecture, and boasts some of the finest restaurants found anywhere on the planet. During a visit to London, you’ll definitely want to enjoy the nightlife. Fortunately, there are many fabulous clubs where you can dance the night away or simply hang out and soak up the atmosphere.

When it comes to picking the best clubs in London for a night on the town, this article can help. Below you’ll find details about nightclubbing in London that will help you have the most fun experience possible. Keep reading to get the inside scoop.

Tramp

Tramp is a chic club with plenty to offer. Enjoy dinner in the Zodiac Room, where you’ll be tended to by charming waitresses who are skilled at creating a totally chill experience. Then once dinner is over, slide over to the Disco Room and showcase your latest moves. From amazing food to hip tracks, Tramp provides swanky surroundings and an atmosphere that will make you want to keep the party going long after closing time.

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Egg London

The atmosphere at Egg London is casual yet cool. Known for playing the ultimate techno beats that don’t stop until sunrise, you’d be hard-pressed to find a club that provides more fun than this classic hot spot.

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Luxx Club London

On the lookout for the latest and greatest? Welcome to Luxx Club London. Here you’ll be treated to one the best light shows anywhere in the city. This venue was made for dancing and has quickly become the cream of the crop when it comes to amazing London nightclubs. Located on Berkeley Street in Mayfair, Luxx Club is large and features the ultimate dance floor, bar, and a great DJ for keeping the beats pumping.

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Ministry of Sound

Ministry of Sound has been keeping clubbers happy for over 25 years and remains one of the most popular dance spots in London. Just keep in mind that with four bars and four dance floors, you’d better get in line early if you hope to make it inside.

Tonteria

This iconic dance spot never disappoints. You’ll be able to enjoy your favorite cocktails or shots of tequila, all while sharing the dance floor with some of the most eccentric characters found anywhere in town.

Fabric

Easily the most historic and famous club in London, Fabric has seen it all. Known as a raver hot spot, the dress code is extremely flexible. The key is to show up ready to have fun and be prepared to stay up late.

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There’s nothing better than a night out with friends in England. The key is to know where to go for the ultimate dance scene and the hottest drinks around. This list of the best clubs in London will help make of the most of your next adventure after dark. Keep scrolling to see more great lifestyle tips and advice.

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Haters Gonna Hate! Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Won DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll

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It is no wonder, some people disagree with DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll as usual. Not everyone is happy on Twitter and Facebook with the conflicting results, which declare Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike as winners of this year’s edition. Haters think EDM is based on popularity and not on real talent. Others are questioning the whole poll and consider it a joke. Add to this, serious allegations which claim the highest-paid DJs can actually cheat the system.

However, the respected magazine has disproved all hoaxes on many occasions. Just take in mind, votes came in from 179 different nations. A total of 1.3 million voters were part of this process, and most of them live in America and Europe. In fact, over the last three years, DJ Mag is working together with UNICEF. Best of all, voters and DJs alike donated money to provide 150,000 life-saving vaccinations to children in danger. What’s more, they’ve raised the sum of €112,000 that will benefit the humanitarian project abovementioned.

So, let’s overcome negativity and make this world a better place for all of us! Check out the final results right here:

DJ MAG TOP 100 DJS POLL 2019

1. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
2. Martin Garrix
3. David Guetta
4. Armin van Buuren
5. Marshmello
6. Don Diablo
7. Oliver Heldens
8. Tiësto
9. Afrojack
10. Steve Aoki
11. Alok
12. Hardwell
13. Timmy Trumpet
14. R3HAB
15. KSHMR
16. DJ Snake
17. Eric Prydz
18. W&W
19. Calvin Harris
20. Lost Frequencies
21. Skrillex
22. Above & Beyond
23. DVBBS
24. Nervo
25. Quintino
26. The Chainsmokers
27. Alan Walker
28. Vinai
29. Headhunterz
30. Fedde Le Grand
31. Vini Vici
32. Ummet Ozcan
33. Angerfist
34. Bassjackers
35. Carl Cox Techno
36. Blasterjaxx
37. Nicky Romero
38. Wolfpack
39. ATB
40. KURA
41. Danny Avila
42. Swedish House Mafia
43. Tujamo
44. Alison Wonderland
45. Martin Jensen
46. Cat Dealers
47. Vintage Culture
48. Adam Beyer
49. Mariana BO
50. Zedd
51. MATTN
52. Kygo
53. Claptone
54. Mike Williams
55. Diego Miranda
56. Yves V
57. Will Sparks
58. Steve Angello
59. Ferry Corsten
60. Nina Kraviz
61. Alesso
62. Breathe Carolina
63. FISHER
64. Illenium
65. Deorro
66. Richie Hawtin
67. Diplo
68. Da Tweekaz
69. Miss K8
70. Are Legend
71. deadmau5
72. Carta
73. Carl Nunes
74. Charlotte de Witte
75. Warface
76. Cedric Gervais
77. Yellow Claw
78. Lucas & Steve
79. Andy C Drum & Bass
80. Peggy Gou
81. Deniz Koyu
82. Robin Schulz
83. Vicetone
84. Tom & Collins
85. Boris Brejcha
86. Marco Carola
87. Paul van Dyk
88. Solardo
89. Thomas Gold
90. Black Coffee
91. Paul Kalkbrenner
92. Daddy’s Groove
93. Julian Jordan
94. Rave Republic
95. Sub Zero Project
96. D.O.D
97. Henri PFR
98. Florian Picasso
99. Swanky Tunes
100. Solomun

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Download Royalty-Free Beats To Spark Your Productions — FreeBeats.io

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FreeBeats.io is a catalogue of royalty-free beats & instrumentals that anyone is able to use non-exclusively for their projects. The website was founded by a former professional music producer in April 2018 as a way of helping up-and-coming artists. Therefore, content creators who don’t have a budget to license instrumentals can benefit greatly from this website. Best of all, you can expect high-quality MP3 files that are uploaded regularly. This time there are no excuses for postponing your creative plans. Below you can preview chill-type Hip-Hop beats you can obtain without paying a penny. Yes, you read that right. FREE.

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