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It is not surprising that we find the beginnings of dance music in the tripping 1970s disco halls. The genre, long associated with drug culture, provided the soundtrack to a generation that was fresh out of the political turmoil of the sixties and was now deeply embedded in drinking, recreational drug use, and all-night dancing. Although disco’s popularity died by the 1980s, some of its musical innovations – like the use of synthesizers – formed the pulse of later genres like house, electro, and techno.
Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” was heavy on the synthesizers and strong beat:
10. Indicating the wrong mallets for an instrument. Brass mallets on vibes? Try a hammer on a violin!
9. Writing the glockenspiel part as heard. You shouldn't have to climb a ladder of leger lines to read a glock part. Keep it in the staff.
8. When in doubt, adding more suspended cymbal. This is a huge mistake made by arrangers. Yep, cymbals add automatic intensity to a piece, but so can a bass drum roll, a rousing hand drum part, exciting mallet licks, or a hundred other combinations. Well-written percussion parts stand out in the band and church repertoire.
7. Better means more complicated, right? This is my main mistake. A percussion part can be simple enough for a middle school, but it is the ability to use the different tone colors of the percussion palette properly that indicates a maturity in writing, not that impossible part for the timpanist that has them playing timpani, gong, crash cymbals, and triangle in the span of two beats.
Music Marketing Book Tips - Double-checking your Bands logo & font. An LW Music Business Speaker and Author Video Blog.
In The Artist's Guide to Success in the Music Business, I have small music marketing book tips in gray through out the book. So if you are skimming you can find little tidbits and helpful music business tips to think about and apply.
One of the music marketing book tips that I did not include in the new music industry book was about checking and double-checking your bands logo and bands font to see how similar or close the might be to others.
Very often a musician or band will get a design that they really like and run with it, not realizing till later how close it might look to some one else's or some other product. The horror stories, which I do include in the music marketing book, include a group that had paid a small fortune for merchandise before receiving a cease and d…