Internet Jams

Today's technology for the recording musician has been getting better and better with each passing month it seems. Software and computer interfaces are getting much less sophisticated and more user friendly for the average Joe. And,let's not forget, less expensive.

Software like Acid Pro 4.0 is what I use to create and upload music to the web. I've been using products from Sonic Foundry Sony) for 4 years now. Their software products are superb to say the least. I highly recommend this software to build your music creations.

Acidplanet is where I upload my music and Video for the whole world to see and hear. As a member, you can upload music and video files for free.

Software like Vegas Video (also made by Sonic Foundry-Sony), it is what I use to create music videos.

Now, don't get me wrong? this is the software I use and recommend. There are many reliable programs out there to choose from.

I've been doing some online music collaborations as of late myself. This has been a great experience for me. However, as with anything else, there is a learning curve.

So... I thought I'd pass some simple tips that will help anchor you to a basic format you can start with.

These are common sense tips that I'm giving here and they work well if you follow this basic format everytime.

First, you need you find a website that has musicians who have the same interest you do. Yes, "online music collaborations."

"Musician Forum Boards are a great place to start. Here are just a few that will help get you started."

Guitar Noise Forums has recently created a page called, appropriately enough, Online Jams and Collaborations. It's pretty much a bulletin board where you can hook up with others who are interested in putting together an online jam, hosted by another site. You can join in on a jam or announce one of your own.

"GuitarDuel.com is a site for guitarists of all ability levels to display their work. The best part is that it's free to join, but we'll have weekly contests with real prize money," says site creator, Don Harrold.

The appeal of GarageBand.com is the unique way in which it uses the Internet to find talented new groups.

Artistopia is committed to building the ultimate end-all solution for music artists, musicians, songwriters, and industry professionals to develop and do business in one spot. Armed with comprehensive membership plans, industry experts, expert technologist, business management, and solid online presence, Artistopia is leading the frontier in online artist development.

Whenever a site such as these have a Forum Board, use them to find other artist that have the same taste as you. I usually introduce myself right away after signing up. It doesn't take long until you find some really cool musicians that are more than willing for an online collaboration. Acidplanet.com is where I upload my tunes.

Once I get on the Forum Board, I'll look for topics of discussions. Songwriting Topics, Recording Topics etc. This is where you'll find folks to collaborate with.

A great why to start is by taking a consensus. Throw the idea out there with some guidelines established. Remember, it's all in the approach. Then, folks need to hear what you are working on first, just to find out if it's something they can get into...

My first "collabs" were done by posting backing tracks for others to download and do their own thing with..

Some of the top players on AP really had a good time with that, and it grew into something way beyond what I intended. Very cool?

You can do the same thing by building the backing track, and listing the lyrics you want in the song description.

You'll probably get a lot more folks involved if you let them post the songs on their own pages too...

To collaborate with others takes time. Just being vague and asking for a collaboration will probably not get very many responses. Having your ideas laid out before hand would probably get more responses. Most good musicians I know are looking to be challenged a little when it comes to making music. Remember, it's got be worth while I'm sure.

Any "collaboration" is a community effort between people, with equal input and participation throughout the project.

A great approach would be to post a subject idea for a group project, discuss ideas posted by participating members on that subject, and come to a consensus on:

1. What the outline of the song should be (genre, instrumentation, time signature, tempo, key, section layout of verses/choruses/bridges/solos).

2. Which people will contribute what parts and instruments

3. Where the finished parts of each collaborator will be uploaded to

4. Who is responsible for collecting/mixing/mastering the parts

5. A timeline for when parts need to be done to keep the project moving smoothly

6. What profile the song will be uploaded to

7. A "project head" to oversee the entire process and make sure things are running smoothly, communication is consistent and informative, and every participant is included equally in the project.

"Hope these tips and guidelines help you get you on the right track."

Internet Jams By Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas
Managing Editor
Guitarz Forever.com

In The News:


NPR

Feeling The Music With Deaf 'America's Got Talent' Finalist Mandy Harvey
NPR
When you see and hear a performance by Mandy Harvey, one of the final ten contestants in the latest round of America's Got Talent, the first thing you notice is her voice. Look down at her feet, though, and you might also notice she's not wearing shoes.

and more »

The Guardian

Music's 'million sellers club' updated to include streaming
The Guardian
The rise in popularity of streaming as the favoured way to access music has meant a decline in sales, even though more people than ever are consuming music, where in the last year 98m singles have been sold in the UK and music fans have generated ...


Washington Post

Equifax's security chief had some big problems. Being a music major wasn't one of them.
Washington Post
It turned out that Mauldin, the top executive handling cybersecurity at Equifax, didn't have much formal training in technology. She had studied music composition at the University of Georgia. This was the smoking gun that to some proved Mauldin's ...

and more »

The Verge

Apple Music for Android updated with user profiles and voice support
The Verge
Apple is updating its Apple Music app for Android with new features that are also debuting on iOS 11 today. Social profiles are perhaps the biggest addition across Android, iOS, and desktop; now you can make an Apple Music user profile and have it ...

and more »

Forbes

How Abbey Road Studios Is Mentoring The Next Generation Of Music Startups
Forbes
The mere mention of Abbey Road conjures up images of the most iconic music studio of all time —a studio that's arguably as synonymous with cutting-edge technology as it is the legendary artists who've created music within its walls. Yet Abbey Road ...

and more »

Mountain Lake PBS

Music ignites the soul of Montrealers this week !
Mountain Lake PBS
Scientists have been studying how music affects our brain, helping us to make sense of its real emotional and social power…. Whether attending an opera, a rock concert, listening to the radio, or singing with friends around a camp fire, music brings ...


Engadget

Apple Music's Android app adds voice search and social features
Engadget
Apple announced that it would bring your friends' listening habits to Apple Music at WWDC this past summer. iOS users who use the streaming music service will be able to start using the feature after updating to iOS 11. Now, Android-using Apple Music ...
Apple Music for Android Updated With Support for Voice Search, Adding FriendsMac Rumors
Apple Music app for Android updated with 'OK Google' support, moreAppleInsider (press release) (blog)

all 13 news articles »

Chicago Tribune

Music of Mali wafts into a Chicago public school
Chicago Tribune
Mitchell illuminated the origins of the music, in the late 19th century, and explained that jazz musicians “have the tradition of improvisation. Can you say improvisation? That means we kind of make it up as we go along. And they (the Malian musicians ...


E! Online

2017 Latin American Music Awards: Complete List of Nominations
E! Online
It's that time of year again, and the third annual Latin American Music Awards are almost here. Telemundo announced the nominees on Tuesday beginning with the announcement of two categories on Un Nuevo Día and then followed by another during their ...

and more »

W Magazine

Thomas Rhett Wants to Do For Country Music Merch What Justin Bieber Did For Pop
W Magazine
Bucking convention has made Rhett one of country music's top new stars over the course of three albums, and his latest further tiptoes into mainstream music, mixing pop hooks and guitar rock to create a modern country sound. “Country music is changing ...

and more »
Google News

Chords or Melody First... Which is Best?

There are basically two ways you can compose a piece... Read More

Music Industry Secrets Revealed - How To Become Succesful The Music Industry Without A Record Deal

Before the internet, unsigned music artists couldnt make a living,... Read More

ADIRONDACK versus SITKA SPRUCE

Both of these timbers make great soundboards on flat top... Read More

Music to Echo Your Mood

In what way do the kinds of music (rock, rap,... Read More

Discover The Perfect Place To Perform

Once you know what your Unique Selling Proposition is as... Read More

RAP Music and Brain Washing Issues

I am not sure if anyone has been watching out... Read More

Interview With Josh Epstein of Vision Music USA

Vision Music USA is a proactive and progressive music service... Read More

MP3 Music Subscription Services. A Good Deal?

There's a reason Apple Computer dominates the legal 99-cents-a-download digital... Read More

Creating Caverns - an Improvisation Exercise

In a recent post to my Yahoo group, I mentioned... Read More

Live Music!

"Live music." That common saying may contain some truth, but... Read More

Composing George Winston Style

If you're a fan of New Age piano, no doubt... Read More

How to Create Backing Tracks If You Dont Play All the Instruments... or Any

Congratulations! Your singing has become amazing, and it's time the... Read More

Music Mini Course: Learn The Basics Of Reading Music On A Keyboard Instrument

Welcome to the wonderful world of music. As you begin... Read More

The Piano Parent Trap!

"My 6 year old daughter really loves the piano and... Read More

The First The American Idol Kelly Clarkson

There is a lot more to the story that meets... Read More

The Revolution of Electric Guitars

Sometime during the 1930's electric guitars were introduced onto the... Read More

What Works Best in New Age Piano Improvisation

Many students want to know how to improvise. What they... Read More

Independent Music Promotion on the Web: 3 Steps to Success

Let's face it, the wildfire spread of web-based portals designed... Read More

Surf Waves With Jack Johnson

Lately I've been listening to some pretty cool music by... Read More

Songwriting - The Art of Writing a Good Song

Did you know that good songwriting is often the key... Read More

Motorhead Inferno

Motorhead-"Inferno"-Review by Les Lewellyn When David Grohl... Read More

Benatar and Geraldo - Still Rockin on a High Note

Most people look forward to the summer months because they... Read More

Open Position Piano Chords - Perfect for the New Age Style

The Open Position Chord (OPC) allows you to create a... Read More

The Didjeridu

In Northern Australia the Didjeridu is seen as a phallic... Read More

Mp3s ? The Future of Music?

Mp3 music is audio that has been digitally encoded and... Read More