In late May 2012, Phillip Phillips of Leesburg, Georgia became the 5th consecutive "white guy with guitar" to win American Idol, a TV program whose dominance and influence have both been losing ground in the last few years. Earlier in...
Teens Taking Over ‘The Voice’ & ‘X-Factor’ 20-year-old Top 40s Singer Sydney Rose Offers Tips for Kids with Big Dreams If Sydney Rose, 20, could talk to the young contestants wowing audiences on “The Voice” and “The X-Factor,” she’d tell them: Even...
A 2011 survey of nearly 1900 independent musicians by ReverbNation and Digital Music News found that over three-fourths of those musicians want to get signed to a record label, particularly a major.  The Recording Industry Association of America...
As seen in Guitar Girl Magazine Issue 7 Americana music is a broad genre that is historical as well as contemporary, growing and changing. According to AmericanaMusic.org, influences in Americana range from “country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B, and blues, resulting...
Whether you write your own songs or just enjoy playing improvised stuff, being inspired can make a huge difference! Inspiration can come from all kinds of things including, of course – other people’s music, art, experiences, or even just...
Way back in the late 20th century, if one didn't have a guitar, that person could have at least pretended to play one. You know..."air guitar."  But as the 21st century kicked in, and with it, technological breakthroughs like...
Every night thousands of bands get on stage and play in front of fans in venues across the country. Every day bands are booking gigs trying to get their name out there with everyone else. Well, how do you...
For guitarists who don’t want to lose a second of inspiration, the SixString app is available for download. A big feature of the iPhone app is the ability for guitarists to record audio and video on-the-fly and post it. Axe...
As a musician, I’m sure you have been selling merchandise at one of your shows and one of your fans was short on cash. There are various issues such as: the venue does not have an ATM or it...
Singing is rough. It involves millions of micro-collisions inside the throat. Vocal cords are a pair of thin strips, which are located inside the voice box, or larynx, inside the throat. Your vocal cords have the highest concentration of...