How To Sell Your Music Online

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Digital MP3′s have been selling like  crazy, iTunes alone averages 15,000 downloads per minute! To tap into this selling craze you need to upload your single, EP or Album with an online distributor.

Online distributors are the simplest and easiest way to sell your music online. These retailers will distribute your music worldwide.

You first upload your music to their site, then they can distribute it around the world to online stores such as iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play, Spotify, xbox music, rdio, Rhapsody, Emusic, iHeart Radio, YouTube and many more.

When your songs are played (streamed) or purchased on one of these retailers sites, you get paid. How much you get paid is determined by the online distributor you choose.

Many of these online distributors also offer publishing (if you wish to be paid when your song is used on places like TV, commercials and YouTube), mastering, cover art creation, and website design.

There are many online distributors to choose from. To help you select the distributor that is right for you, below is a list of the most popular online retailers and their fees. There are definitions below the chart.

Distributor AlbumDistribution Single SongDistribution What you keep from Music Sales OtherServices Sync LiscensingPaid to you
CdBaby $49/ Album $9/ Single 91% PublishingUPC $20CD Profile Page %50
TuneCore $29.99/ 1st Yr.$49.99/ ea. following yr. $9.99/ Yr. 100% Publishing %80-%90
ReverbNation Pro $19/ Month (2 Ablums/ Yr)Max $41/ Mo.(4 Albums/ Yr.) 100% WidgetsFaceBook AppProfile Page/ WebsiteGig Finder

 

Song Cast $5.99/ Month +$19.99/ Album 9.99/ Single 100% UPC & ISRC codes Free
Ditto Music $20 for 2-6 Tracks$35/ Album $9 for 1-2 Tracks 100% UPC & ISRC codes Free
Catapult Distribution $25/ Album $9/ Single 91% UPC $20SoundScan Registration

Definitions:

Distributor: The online company sending your music to places such as iTunes & Spotify

What you keep from music sales: The distributor may charge a commission fee on all music sales. %0-%9 fee.

UPC: The Universal Product Code. A barcode for your Album or Single

ISRC: The International Standard Recording Code is an international standard code for uniquely identifying sound recordings and music video recordings.

Sync Licensing: A music Synchronization license, or “sync” for short, is a license granted by the holder of the copyright of a particular composition allowing the licensee to “sync” music with some kind of visual media output (film, TV Shows, ads, Video Games, accompanying website music, movie trailers, etc.).

Which distributor did you choose? Why? Thanks!

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How to Change Acoustic Guitar Strings

Tools you will need:

1. New Acoustic Strings

2. Wire Cutter

3. String Winder

4. Fretboard cleaner & Rag

How to do it:

Use your fingers or a string winder to loosen the largest string (Low E).

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Strike the low E string while turning the tuning peg, the string should loosen.

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When you can pull the string about 2 inches from the sound whole remove the pin (in the bridge) that holds the string.

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Unwind the string from the tuning peg. Coil the old string and throw into trash. Keep out of reach of children and be careful, then end of the string is sharp!

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Use the fretboard cleaner and rag to wipe off dirt and grime from the exposed fretboard.

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Take the NEW low “E” string out of the bag or box and insert the circle end into the empty bridge hole.

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Now push in the pin. Make sure that the string follows the grove of pin.

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Hold the top of the pin and pull the string tight. This will make the string and pin secure.

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Take the other end of the New E string and put it through the tuning peg whole. Pull the string straight. Make sure that the new sting is in the correct groves of both the bridge and nut.

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Hold the end of the string with one hand and use the other to turn the tuning peg (counterclockwise).

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Tune the new string up to a standard low E.

Pull the new string and retune. Do this several times to help “break in” the new string.

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Repeat these steps for each string E  A  D  G  B  E, changing one at a time.

This method for changing strings will prevent your guitar neck from warping or moving to incorrect position.

In the past I have taken all the strings off, cleaned it and put all new ones on. This was a faster method and made it easy to clean the neck but messed up the action and intonation. I then had to spend extra time to adjust, tune and re-adjust the neck.

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Six Ways to Improve Vocal Stamina

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Vocal stamina is the ability to sustain prolonged physical or mental effort while singing and speaking. Below are six ways you can improve your vocal stamina.

1. Vocal Warm Ups

Warming up your vocal chords before singing and performing will boost your vocal endurance. Just like an athlete stretching before a marathon is important to their stamina, using vocal warm ups for 10-30 minutes before singing or performing will make your vocal chords loose, warm, limber and ready for action!

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2. Exercise

Exercise will increase your lung capacity and heart strength. A Cardio workout; running, riding bike, etc. for 30 minutes several times a week will do. Exertion now = more energy later! This will give you the energy you will need for your performance.

3. Technique

Practicing proper breathing, posture and muscle control will increase your vocal stamina. Learn how to sing from the diaphragm, keep your larynx relaxed when singing, and learn how to hit high notes with ease to prevent vocal strain.

4. Practice

Always practice longer than what your performance will be. For example, if you plan to do a 30-minute performance, rehearse for 1-1.5 hours. Practice as if you were on stage. If possible, do not take any breaks or give in to distractions during the set. Repeat 2 or 3 times, in a row, with short 5-10 minute intermissions between sets.

5. Hydrate

Drink plenty of fluids while singing and performing. Keep a glass of water or tea available so that your mouth and throat do not dry out or become raspy (unless you want your voice raspy).  Tea with honey, coffee with creamer (my personal favorite), and warm water are all great options.

The warm fluids will keep your vocal chords limber and prevent tightening. Stay away from cold or carbonated drinks that contain sweeteners, this will tend to create mucus or phlegm in your throat making it difficult to sing or speak.

6. Relax

After any performance give your voice a break for a day or two. Pro athletes many times will rest the day following a big match or game to allow their muscles to heal. This will give your voice and body the chance to recover from all the stress and strain that come with performing.

Use relaxation techniques to rid yourself of stress such as deep, slow breathing and stretching. Clearing your head of any negative thoughts will help relive anxiety so you can think about ways to make improvements to your performance.

To recap, 6 ways to improve your vocal stamina are:

  1. Vocal Warm Up’s
  2. Exercise
  3. Technique
  4. Practice
  5. Hydrate
  6. Relax

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Please leave a comment below. What has worked for you as a performer or singer to help increase your vocal stamina? Try a few or all 6 of these techniques and let me know what does or does not work for you!

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Why do vocal warm ups & cool downs?

 

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Many professional & amateur athletes around the globe will warm up before a workout and cool down after.

Studies show that warm ups & cool downs, such as stretching or gradually entering/ leaving your workout, for 10-15 minutes each, can dramatically help to prevent injury and reduce soreness of the muscles used.

Vocal performance such as: singing, acting or speaking is also a form of muscular workout and needs the same careful attention.

The Vocal Warm Up

Vocal warm ups can help prevent injury of your voice, give you other benefits such as vocal power, range and stamina. Just like an athletes warm up, vocal warm ups should begin gradually starting with a falling Ah, humming, lip bubbles and single note exercises.

As your voice “warms up” the vocal chords receive more blood and become more pliable, allowing you to vocalize more complex rhythms and melodies. After 10-15 minutes you should be able to reach your highest and lowest notes with greater ease and your voice should feel stronger.

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The Vocal Cool Down

After an emotional and powerful vocal performance your voice may be tired or even exhausted.  Just like an athlete’s cool down, the vocal cool down will help reduced stress and soreness that may occur due to heavy vocal use.

Some key cool downs are; the falling Ah, humming, lip bubbles, short scales and single note exercises. Cool downs are especially important if you perform vocally regularly, this will help relax and restore your voice for the next performance.

Vocal warm ups and cool downs are an important tool that many professional and amateur singers use. They will improve your vocal performance in the following 7 ways:

  1. Proper breathing
  2. Proper pronunciation of sounds or vowels
  3. Vocal Technique
  4. Range
  5. Clarity
  6. Power
  7. Stamina

Warming up in your car on the way to a gig and doing a cool down on the drive home is a great way to work them into your busy schedule!

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If you have used vocal warm ups/ cool downs in the past:

Please share how they have helped your vocal performance.

Which vocal warm ups/ cool downs have worked best for you?

I would love to hear your feedback!

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How to find your vocal range and vocal type?

Vocal Range

To find your vocal range, play the video below.

 

Vocal Type

Now that you found your vocal range, use the charts below to find the voice type which best describes your range.

Female Voice Type

 Level

Typical Range

Soprano

High

C4 – C6

Mezzo- Suprano

Middle

A3 – A5

Alto

Middle/ Low

G3 – F5

Contralto

Low

F3 – F5

Male Voice Type

 Level

Typical Range

Countertenor

High

G3 – E5

Tenor

Middle/ High

C3 – C5

Baritone (Most Common)

Middle

F2 – F4

Bass

Low

E2 – E4

I’d love to hear what your vocal range and vocal type are! Leave a comment below. My range is F2 – G4 and so my vocal type is Baritone! ~ Jason Frey

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