Music apps are useful for musicians who are traveling, touring and recording. They can be used on portable devices such as laptops, iPhones or iPads. They can also be integrated into studio equipment through your computer system. They can be helpful in editing, tuning and creating backbeats.



For tuning stringed instruments and wind instruments, Cleartune is a chromatic digital tuner that has a good range to get the job done. It is easy to find a desired pitch because of the way that the note wheel is designed. You can tune your instrument with a precision of up to 1/100th semitone. The cost for the app is $4 and it is also available for Android devices.


Beatmaker 2

This updated version of Beatmaker has an easy to use interface and a large selection of back beats to choose from. This is a music production app with many different features. You could create a tempo of your own by including custom drum beats or keyboard notes. Once the beat has been created you can edit the volume, pitch and groove to customize your sound for your song writing and recording needs. This app costs $20 and is only available for iOS.


Real Time Analyzers

This music app has the capability of listening to music and displaying its frequency ranges in audio samples. When you are in the process of fine tuning your tracks, this app will certainly help you out. It will also help with recording live performances. The cost of this music app is $11. 



FourTrack is an app which you will find very useful during the editing stage of your music production. You can record and layer audio sounds to make songs and perfect them for 16-bit or 44.1kHz quality. This app has an export feature so you can record with software on your desktop computer. It costs $5 and you can also get it for Android. 

Online music streaming and can be a quick and efficient method for getting your music out there for listeners to enjoy.  Many speculate that streaming is the future of music consumption.  Statistics already show a rising number of streaming site subscribers while digital downloads, album and single alike, are declining fast.  There are a growing number of great streaming sites out there to choose from on the web.  Lets take a look at a few!



Grooveshark is an overall great music streaming site.  You can search for almost any song and create a playlist, just as on an iPod, with the same playback options.  Its only fault is that sometimes the site will freeze and your playlist is lost.




spotify music streamingSpotify

Spotify is one of the best known music streaming sites out there. It has a catalog of over 20 million songs available for listening. Besides creating a playlist or listening to one album, you can also use Spotify’s radio option. This feature will choose music related to the original artists you were listening to and create a unique playlist for you. You can subscribe to their premium plan to get an ad-free version as well as higher quality tracks.



PandoraPandora Music Streaming

This music streaming site takes the personal playlist to a whole new level. You can choose a song and then Pandora will create a custom radio station of similar music. It works really well the recommendations for music selections are usually good choices based on the song you picked. With their premium service you can get rid of the ads and download a desktop app.



Google Play Music StreamingGoogle Play

Google Play is another great option for music streaming. You can choose from over 20 million songs to listen to. This streaming service is great when it comes to mobile listening options so you are not restricted to listening to music from your desktop.



MixcloudMixCloud Music Streaming


Mixcloud has a bit of different collection of music than the other music streaming services mentioned. They have a large collection of DJ mixes, podcasts and longer audio format recordings. It is great for listening to background music for long periods of time. 







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Summer is the best time to take in outdoor music performances and Nashville hosts some of the best summer music festivals around. Be sure to check out your favorite bands throughout the summer!



In mid-June there is the American Artisan Festival which is held at the Centennial Park. This festival mainly focuses on various handmade crafts, but also features local music performances. The TNN Country Awards are also in mid-June. This is a country music lover’s haven and the awards show features country stars from across the States. The Celtic Music and Summer Solstice Celebration is also happening in June. Here you will find the best of all things Scottish and Irish including Celtic dancing, music and of course, the bagpipes. The International Country Music Fan Fair happens in June too. This festival hosts over 24,000 country music fans and over 100 different country artists. It takes place at the Opryland and the fairgrounds.



The main event that takes place in July is the July 4th Independence Day celebration. These take place at Riverfront Park and there will be lots of food as well as an awesome fireworks show. This event is fun for the whole family.



In August be sure to check out the Music City Pig Fest. It takes place in mid-August at the National Guard Armory. It includes a huge array of barbeque vendors as well as entertaining activities for kids such as pony rides.



The Tennessee State Fair takes place in mid-September and it is one of the largest events in Nashville. There will be amusement rides, livestock shows, games, a petting zoo as well as acrobatics and karaoke. The Nashville Shakespeare Festival will be in early September. At this festival you can enjoy live theatre outside at Centennial Park. At the end of September is the African Street Festival which features a celebration of African culture through music, food and poetry.




Having reliable apps available to you on your portable devices can help to make the music recording process more mobile and flexible.  Music apps out there can assist you with tuning, editing and songwriting.  Here are a few of the best apps for Android.


ChordBot ProChordBot App

ChordBot is an app that will help with the songwriting process on the guitar immensely.  The chord sequencer is very user friendly. You can complete entire songs within the app and then export the songs as MIDI or WV file formats.  This app costs $5.


PocketBand ProPocket Band App

PocketBand is a great app that is useful for both DJs and recording artists. It contains polyphonic synthesizers for 125 instruments, 35 drum beats as well as a synthetic modulator.  You can also add recordings done on a microphone and edit them until they are a completed track using the app.  An advantage of PocketBand is that there is a large online community who uses this app and participate in publishing songs, voting on others’ tracks and collaboration online.  It can be bought for $10.

                                                    (Pictured Below: Screen Shot from SoundStack Android App)

Sound LooperSound Stack Looper App

Sound Looper,and many other loop apps, can be used as part of the songwriting and music editing with great success. Sound Looper can be used to edit a variety of music from hip hop to dub-step or rock. Sound Looper has the capability of taking a recording that you have input, adjusting its volume and pitch and then producing an infinite loop that you are able to use for recordings. The user interface is very easy to use, which helps make Sound Looper one of the best apps of its type for Android users. It is a great value as well, at a price of $1.


Archetype Guitar TunerArchetype Tuner App

The Archetype Guitar Tuner app is very handy when you are traveling for gigs and are away from your studio.  It does well in recognizing pitch and costs $5.           






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As more of us begin to conduct the bulk of our everyday business online, ensuring potential fans have easy access to your music is a must. There are a number of ways in which bands can utilize the web to not only reach audiences, but build a dedicated, loyal and passionate fan base.


Twitter and Facebook

 A visible online presence is a must for every budding musician and band. Having a strong online presence allows people from all over the globe to not only listen to your music, but engage with you and other fans. It helps you directly market your music to your fan base as well as keep them up to date with future gigs, appearances and releases. Social media profiles are free to set up, and spending as little as twenty minutes a day and a few times a week posting and retweeting is all it takes to bolster your profile and the awareness of your music.


Streaming sites

 Another great way to push your music out there and heard by the masses is to sign up for music streaming site, such as Soundcloud, Grooveshark, Spotify and These sites all allow you to create a band/artist page and upload your music, which will, in turn, be available for people to stream and enjoy. Lately there has been much controversy surrounding some of the royalties paid from sites like Spotify. Spotify pays 0.06 to the artist each time the song is streamed, which some say is a pittance. On the other hand a lot of smaller artists would argue that the increased exposure has resulted in higher album sales and an increased number people attending their gigs. Websites such as Soundcloud do not pay any royalties, but are often used by artists to maximize exposure and market to new fans. Don’t forget to add a link back to your website so that those interested can go ahead and purchase your recordings. 

These are just two of the main ways a band or recording artist can use the internet to inexpensively promote not only their music but upcoming shows.


A charity event or concert can be a great way to land that first live gig as a new artist or band. Charities are usually happy to have artists give their time for live performances at their events as it enhances the overall value and excitement of an event.  As a musician there are many benefits in performing at charity events.  These can include expanding your fan base, providing you exposure to new industry professionals, getting performance experience, and having a fun and rewarding way to give back to the community.


Supporting Great Causes as a Musician

Hosting a charity concert or donating album sales to charity by using a program like Reverbnation’s Music for Good will often get you the attention and support of local press and media. Charities such as United Way, Habitat for Humanity and the American Cancer Society will often host events which draw large crowds.  A simple Google search can lead you to a whole directory of charities in your local area.  From there you are only a phone call or email away from getting booked at a charity event.  If you don’t get the gig don’t fret.  The organization now knows who you are and that you want to help them, which may lead to you being one of the first artists they call when they put on their next event!


Music for GoodMusic For Good Charity Event

Reverbnation is a great site to be a part of as a new artist because it allows your music to be easily accessible by fans and it allows you to be part of the massive online Reverbnation music community. Music for Good is a charity donation program offered by Reverbnation.  It allows artists to give a portion of money made from each song to a charity of the artist’s choice.  Artists have the opportunity to select the portion of money that is donated from each song purchased, as well as the specific songs they want to be part of the program.


FanDistro Project       FanDistro Charity Event

FanDistro is way to help charities and reward your fans at the same time.  By creating a project page and sending it to your fans they can then share your music or purchase your songs.  If they do then they are rewarded with free merchandise and 20% of the sales go a charity in the fan’s name. 

As a new artist, when you record music you want to put it out to the world as quickly as possible. New artists will often make the mistake of putting their music out there online or in the hands of record labels without realizing their rights to protect the art that they have created and to make sure that it stays in their hands. So before you find yourself in a scenario where your work has been copied or stolen, it is wise to learn how to copyright your music  right from the start.


Individual Copyrights for Your Songs

A lot of producers, artists and musicians will put together an album of about 12 songs and then copyright the entire album at once. This may not be the wisest way to go about copyrighting your music. It can be much safer to copyright each song on an album. This can avoid confusion in the case of someone taking your songs because you can be compensated for each individual track instead of just one copyright violation.


How to Copyright Your Music

The most important step to copyright your music as well as your intellectual copyrights will be to make sure that you registered your music with a copyright office. By registering your music you will gain a record of proof that you are the owner of the music as well as rights in the case of copyright infringement. In order to get the process rolling you must request an SR (Sound Recording) or PA (Performing Arts) application form from the Copyright Office in Washington D.C. You can also download the application from their website or contact them by phone at (202)707-9100.


What to Expect

 Once you have begun copyrighting your new music you can expect peace of mind in knowing that you are protected in the case of copyright infringement. The registration fee is $45 for each application or $35 if you file online. 

Are you looking to become a successful recording artist? In order to do that, you’ll need to begin recording music. When selecting a studio, a number of factors will help define your options. For instance, your budget will determine which studios you can afford and your location will help you locate studios that are reasonably close by. Anyone who lives near Nashville, Tennessee should strongly consider doing business with The Record Shop Nashville. This studio offers a full service, hands on experience and will work diligently to ensure they meet your standards. At the end of the day, you’ll go home with a high quality album recorded in good old Nashville, Tennessee.

 The Record Shop in Nashville understands the importance of letting the artist create a unique album. With their high tech tools, such as Pro Tools HDX, you’ll be able to achieve the exact sound that you’re looking for. If you’re more interested in a classic recording experience, you can use their classic analog gear. Regardless of your desires, The Record Shop is willing and capable of satisfying your every wish. Over the years, the studio has been used by a number of highly successful recording artists including Tim McGraw, Mark McGrath, John Legend, Brett Michaels, Big & Rich and even Lil Jon.

 Want to keep up with the latest news from The Record Shop? That can be done very easily by visiting the studio’s website. On their website, you’ll find a variety of helpful information including services offered, a list of former clients and a unique blog. The blog is extremely helpful and details the studio’s every day ongoings. Through their blog, you’ll be able to find out exactly when they receive a new piece of equipment and who happens to walk through their doors. If you’re in Nashville and want to record an album, don’t hesitate to visit the Record Shop in Nashville.

Teaching music lessons is one way to translate your musical talent into abundant income. It also provides great incentive for honing your craft and reaching your goals in terms of perfecting your skills. Teaching music lessons can be rewarding, fun and a worthwhile experience. Not only are you helping someone learn a new skill, but you get to spend time playing an instrument you love and will enjoy more time for playing music. 


The First Steps to Take

Your local music store can be a great resource for you as a new music teacher. You can expand your roster of students by meeting new students and getting your name out there. Deciding on a teaching schedule is one of the first steps to take. You have to decide if you are willing to teach fulltime and be available to schedule lessons and accommodate students anytime or if you will have a limited timeframe for lessons.


Building or Improving a Home Studio

Having the best gear in your studio can go a long way in attracting students to start music lessons and then getting them to become long term students of yours. It will also give you the opportunity to showcase your talents in the best way and give them a sense of the professionalism you have in your teaching practice. You will need a computer with high speed internet access as well as a high quality sound system. You will also require instrument specific equipment depending on the instruments you decide to teach.


Money and Payment for Music Lessons

It is a good idea to set up a payment method where you are paid in advance for your lessons and students can purchase lessons in packages of 5, 10 or 15 lessons at a time. You can also set up a tiered system where students are given discounts when they purchase larger packages of lessons at a time.


Artifact is Jared Leto’s documentary that began as a behind the scenes look of his band, 30 Seconds To Mars, recording their third album “This Is War.”  As the project began, the focus of the movie took a dramatic twist when the band’s record label, EMI, filed a $30 million lawsuit for breach of contract against them.Artifact: 30 Seconds To Mars  A quick summary of the issue is that the band signed a recording contract with Immortal Records in the late 90s.  The details of this deal aren’t explained very well in Artifact.  However, this deal has been regarded by the band’s Manager, Irving Azoff, and their attorney, Pete Paterno, as the worst record deal ever.  In 1999, Virgin Records bought their contract when they purchased Immortal.  Over the next few years 30 Seconds to Mars released two albums, “30 Seconds To Mars” and “A Beautiful Lie”, embarked on world tours, and accumulated $3 million in debt to their label.  What triggered the actual lawsuit was that, before they started working on “This Is War” the band had tried to terminate their contract because they had not been paid a single royalty from EMI.Olivia de Havilland  They invoked a labor clause called the De Havilland Law, which states that, in California, no service contract is valid after seven years.  This termination was viewed as a breach of contract because the band had only delivered two of the five albums that their deal required.

This film also shines a light on the dwindling record industry, and the many failed attempts by labels and music industry outsiders to save their industry.  Everyone is aware of the dramatic change in the music industry, and the world, since the dawn of digital downloading and file sharing.  The record industry has taken the biggest hit because people don’t buy music anymore.  This led to many labels consolidating their staff, establishing 360 deals as the norm, and screwing artists out of a lot of money. 

Artifact PosterAs Artifact ended, EMI gave in to 30 Seconds To Mars’ demands.  The lawsuit was dropped and the band signed a new deal with EMI.  This comes as no surprise because most major label lawsuits against their artists end before they go to court.  Why?  Artists can’t take the financial loss from legal fees like a major label can.  It’s like any country trying to attack Russia during winter; they freeze or starve to death.  Another big factor for resigning was that the band couldn’t maintain its worldwide success without the backing of a label.  They actually may have been able to do it on their own, but that is a massive amount of time and effort (i.e. the Trent Reznor case study).

Overall, Artifact sets a negative connotation towards major recording labels.  Many of the people interview in the film say that they don’t know of any major label that doesn’t try to screw the artist; their whole economy is based around getting as much money from their artists as they can.  Now, with in the world of the 360 deal, they are even trying to take a cut from artist’s merchandising, publishing, and everything else the artist does that has nothing to do with the record label.  It must be said though that independent labels are also signing artists to 360 deals, and these major labels aren’t as evil as some would have you believe.  There are always going to be examples of questionable business tactics, but major labels have been a staple in the music industry for over a century.  They’ve helped the greatest artists of every generation spread their music all over the planet, and there is always going to be a need for big players.  Who knows what the world would sound like without the work these labels put in? 

So, “What’s the new model?  Why isn’t there one that’s better?”, asks Leto.  The truth is no one really knows yet.  The record industry has been slow to making changes and adapting to the new technology being made over the last two decades.  Singer Serj Tankien points out in Artifact that major labels never even thought about creating their own online distribution systems, which Apple did with iTunes.  Whatever the solution turns out to be, it is clear that it will only come to fruition if the major labels stop trying to fight the Internet and learn to live within the Digital World.

One amazing thing that has happened because of the Digital Age is the up rise of Independent artists & labels and the ability to perform many of the duties major labels used to perform from your laptop.  As an independent, multi-faceted recording studio, The Record Shop Nashville is proud to be apart of this amazing developmental period of the music industry.  We have been very fortunate to have worked with amazing artist from both the independent and major league worlds, and it has given us a firsthand look into each.  From what we have found, both worlds are inhabited by some truly incredible people that all share one thing: an irrefutable love and passion for music.  

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