►Get Attention For Your Band With Instagram

Get Attention For Your Band With Instagram

Instagram has become increasingly popular over the past few years. If you are in a band, you’d be missing a great opportunity if you chose not to set up an account. The following tips will help you get more attention for your band through Instagram.

Captions

Captions can help viewers figure out what is happening in your picture. You don’t have to worry that much about being clever or writing a full paragraph. You simply have to jot down something about your picture that helps others to understand it a little more. It’s fine if you are funny in your text, but make sure that people understand the humor and it is not some inside joke. Basically, you want to write something that is interesting and informative.

Hashtags

If you have an Instagram account, you need to use hashtags. Hashtags are a short and simple way of letting others know what is going on in your picture. You can put a series of words together (no spaces) that describe the picture or make a statement about what is happening. When you use a hashtag, you want people to understand what your words mean even if they were not looking at your picture.

That said, you need to make sure that you don’t have too many hashtags going on. They all need to make sense for your picture and/or your band. If you put up a bunch of unrelated hashtags, you are likely going to turn people off. Try and be a little funny or witty with your words, but ultimately, as long as the hashtag has to do with your band or your picture, you are fine.

Finally, keep in mind that recurring hashtags are currently a huge trend. That could end one day, but for now, you need to get in on the action. For example, “#tbt” means “throwback Thursday.” Pick the day of the week that you want to focus on, and make sure you put up a picture on that day with the corresponding hashtag. Your followers will start to look forward to your posts and will search for your images at least once a week.

Another good way to get followers is to make posts look popular by buying Instagram likes for your account or a specific pic. It will have a positive psychological impact on people and is very beneficial.

Mix It Up

Don’t put up the same type of pictures all the time. Get creative and be unique! You don’t just have to put up images of the band posing. You can do some action shots of you in concert or post a picture of the group brainstorming. You’ll keep interest going if you mix it up.

Clarity

The images that you put up on your account should be clear and bright. Dark images that are hard to decipher won’t get you very far. Your followers probably will not take the time to figure out what is happening in them. Not only that, but dark pictures aren’t very uplifting. Make sure you also take advantage of some of Instagram’s filters!

►Back For Good – Hello Again EP (Mancha Recordings 8)

Back For Good – Hello Again EP (Mancha Recordings 8)

Earlier this year the Berlin based music label Mancha Recordings brought up its first release after 6 years. From the past we were already used to hear very solid house gems from artists like Luvless, M.ono, Rik Elmont and Martin Hayes on Mancha. With their actual release named „hello again“ the Mancha guys have released great music again that is a bit more oldschool Electro and New Wave focused. In our opinion this is a good development as the music sounds very individual and unusual but you can still hear Mancha´s house music roots, especially in the tracks „Back for Good – 727“ and in the one with the nice long name „Wer hat sich denn da wieder schmutzig gemacht?“ which means something like „Who has made themselves dirty again?“. This is a warm, individual and unique sounding oldschool house track with dirty, bit crushed drum elements. In my opinion it is the best one on the EP. „Back For Good“ is by the way a side project of Matthias Speck from Berlin who has released his first Album „Zehn“ two years ago. His album got very good international feedback from Stacey Pullen from Transmat Records and GROOVE magazine founder Thomas Koch. So it’s very desirable and also expectable that we will hear more from Back For Good and the Mancha Recordings guys in the near future.

Back For Good – Hello Again EP on soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/mancha-recordings/sets/back-for-good-hello-again-ep-mancha8

Back For Good Website: http://backforgood.eu/

Back For Good on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/back-for-good-1

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►The Online Music Library with a Difference

Dubbed ‘a website built by musicians for musicians’, the team at Firstdub are excited with the initial reactions to their new music platform.

Firstdub is an online music library for buying and selling instrumental music.
Using the latest technology, Firstdub provides musicians and producers with a personalised music store to sell their music almost anywhere online.

Johnny Walker, one of the founders of the company says; “Firstdub was launched in early 2016 out of a passion to develop a platform for musicians to control and earn an income from their music, whilst at the same time, creating a large and diverse library of instrumental music for film projects, video games, vocalists and songwriters”.

Subscribers are able to share their music across the internet via their own music store, which is compatible with smart phones, iPads and Tablets.

The Firstdub platform also maintains high-encryption security, providing musicians with detailed sales statistics, a profile page and instant payments on every sale.

Subscription is free and musicians retain all their creative rights, making this a great opportunity to expand their audience, interact with music buyers and generate an income from their musical endeavours.

The website houses a detailed FAQ which is helpful in answering common questions.

To learn more about Firstdub, visit Firstdub.com

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►Welcome back to the new (old) website!

Just a quick notice to inform that this website is back and that the project isn’t dead (actually nobody ever said it was, but it’s just in case…). Due to my work, I presently have little time to work on the blog/site, though, so don’t expect much to happen here, at least for now. See ya’ around! =)

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(credit for image to quichauelromero on http://www.imagui.com)

 

►In case you need a rescue – TestDisk

Just a quick post to help anyone who might be in this situation and doesn’t know what to do and also doesn’t have the 500+ Euro to spend hiring professional data recovery services. My wife recently had that SD-card which died directly while being used in her Android-phone and had photos and videos on it of our baby which obviously she had no backup and they would be lost forever, so she asked me for help. After some research I found the free (GNU) software called Testdisk, which allows lots of different kind of data recovery. I tried it out and was astonished: it not only detected the completely lost partition table (normal partitioning tools and harddisk-repair tools I tried had all failed), but it also restored it and almost all data was recovered without any problems! I highly recommend it to anyone who has a memory card, harddisk or any other storage medium which is not readable or recoverable with normal tools. The program also works in a very careful way, in case it is not able to restore, you still can take the medium to the professional, it won’t mess up anything more than it just is.

Good luck! You might need a little patience until understanding exactly how to work with it – at least the selection and recovery process of the files it finds is a little confusing, but there’s a high chance it will succeed.

On another note: this blog isn’t dead, ok?! You might think that because of no new posts for the last months, but it’s just been complicated to find time to write anything on here, between being a father, a husband, my full-time job, my music and everything else…. I promise I will try to post a bit more often from now on…

►A very strategical method for practicing new music

Today, I’d like to share with my readers a text written by american classical guitarist and music teacher Louis Gehring in which he describes very precisely an interesting alternative approach to learning new repertoire on your instrument (a method focused on a phrase-to-phrase-approach as opposed to the more common “step-by-step-improvement on the whole piece”). Don’t get me wrong: all good musicians will learn a new piece dividing it into as small and as much phrases as necessary to musically understand and technically master all of them so to eventually be able to play the whole piece without sectioning. But what normally happens is, that you get to learn all of these phrases more or less at the same pace, some difficult ones might take longer, but anyway, when you’re at the point starting to practice performance, for example, you normally have all phrases more or less perfect. And here is where this method is different, come and read on (in the beginning of the text you probably won’t see anything new, but still is very well written. Step 3 is where it gets interesting.):

Step 1: ANALYSIS
Divide the piece first into main sections, and then subdivide these sections into phrases. The phrase is the basic musical and expressive unit of any piece, and therefore should also be used as the basic learning unit.
Step 2: FINGERING
Mark all of the fingerings for both hands. Since left hand fingering is included in most editions (but should, nonetheless, be carefully examined for possible improvements), this will entail more work on right hand fingering. Careful consideration should be given to finding the easiest possible fingering with the best musical effect. It is important to practice a given passage with the same fingering each time in order to learn more quickly and to produce an accurate, consistent performance.
Step 3: PRACTICE
Begin practice, starting with the first phrase only, carefully avoiding any mistakes. Study should begin by using the metronome set at approximately one half the future performance tempo (this initial speed will depend greatly on the difficulty of the composition). When playing at this speed is mastered with appropriate dynamics, articulations, and timbre, the metronome should be moved up one notch. After this speed is mastered, then one more notch, etc.
When the player has achieved three fourths of the performance tempo, he should go on to the next phrase in the same manner, and so on. After a section has been learned with this method, the whole section should be practiced with three metronome speeds: slow, medium, and fast (the performance tempo). This is the way the section will be studied from now on in order to maintain and perfect it.
Step 4: MEMORIZATION
Using the above method, memorization can quickly take place, again using this phrase by phrase approach.
Step 5: PRACTICE PHRASES OUT OF CONTEXT
After the entire work has been learned thoroughly and memorized, phrases should be practised out of the context of the piece (this is especially useful for compositions that do not lend themselves to easy division into phrases, e.g., fugal writing). Practice the last phrase of the piece (or of a major section) by memory, then the next to the last, and so on, moving from the end forward. Practice similar phrases together so that there will be no confusion under the pressure of public performance.
Step 6: ADDITIONAL TECHNIQUES
Practice without looking at the fingerboard.
Study away from the instrument by mentally recalling all movements of the hands (left hand positions, bar chords, fingerings; and right hand strokes, fingerings, string changes).