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11 Twitter Tips For Musicians


1.) Retweet. It not about you. It’s about me. It’s about the other guy and girl. Retweeting

2.) Become part of the community. Follow people of your interest, and share the love.

3.) Hashtags! Don’t just tweet – categorize your tweets! Hashtags allow people to connect through similar interests. If I Hashtag (#) a tweet as #WaltRequest and tell my community to request a song for one of my gigs, I now have a LIVE poll of suggestions of songs to play. Meanwhile, people are retweeting, following me, investing in the show, and more.

4.) Tweetup. Networking is important, but where are all the cool meetups at? Well, you can search Meetup.com, Garysguide.org, Google, or email people – but consider going to musician meetups and connecting with music directors, publishers, artists, and more. You never know when you’ll need that producer you connected with last month.

5.) Go Mobile. Content is king. Now imagine NEVER having an excuse to not create content. Use the Ustream App, sync your Tweets to your cell phone, Twitpic your fans at your shows.

6.) Promote. Some would call it Spam – but Spam is tasteless. Promotion is not. Learn how to be your biggest fan. Don’t just tell people what your eating for dinner, tell them about your new CD release and how they can be a part of it!

7.) Twitter Search. Perhaps one of the biggest and most important domains online. Search what the world is saying.. in real time! Search your name, your drummer, your gigs, and more.

8.) Facebook it. Adding this application markets you to whole other group of people – your friends! Updating your status to thousands of Twitter followers is great – but more is better. Also, at the same time it markets your Twitter handle to your friends, so they can decide to follow you on Twitter too!

9.) Reply. I always say “Customer Service is the new viral marketing.” You know how you feel when a company doesn’t reply back to your emails. Well, now imagine how someone feels when a musician doesn’t reply back to his fans. Respond, care and invest in your community – in the way they took 5 minutes out of their day to invest in you.

10.) Avatar. Which picture grabs your attention? An electric guitar, or bacon? Well, it doesn’t matter – what matters is that regardless of the content behind the picture links (they both lead back here) you already made a decision and judgment to what the link led to. Just as the Youtube center pic is important, and your CD cover is important, so is your Twitter Avatar. An old restaurant saying “You taste the food with your eyes before your mouth” – same goes for everything.

11.) Go back to number one and keep reading until you ‘get it’. Because when you do you’ll be as happy as the singing bird above :)

More Triplets (1 Of 2)

Triplets are the concept of fitting “3 notes in the space of two”. So in a measure of 4/4, we all know that quarter notes get the beat. As a result, there would be 2 eighth notes for every beat. But now if I fit 3 eighth notes in a beat rather than 2, I have now created a triplet. A good example of a song that uses triplets is Humpty Dumpty ;)

To learn more about Triplets click here

Go Powerful. Not Big. Guitar Trick

I notice guitar players CONSTANTLY trying to go big. The truth is, that a lot of times going softer is more effective and powerful than simply turning the dynamics on full blast. But this is true for ALL aspects of life – whether it be public speaking, creating a painting, or recording technique.

Salvador Dali went powerful. So did The Dalai Lama.
My advice – Don’t say in 3 words what should only take 1.

Go big. Silence speaks:


Having Trouble With Chord Changes! Tips!

OK, so we invited Juice back onto the show to show us MORE strumming tips, questions, and answers! When changing chords on guitar there are a few ‘tips and tricks’ to keep in mind. Watch the video below for more:

Here’s help for switching between Chords:

1.) Slow down the tempo of the song. Alot of times the song will sound better. Learn to walk before you run! Then as you get comfortable slowly increase the tempo. It helps to use a metronome.

2.) Leave the first chord earlier, and play the second chord a tad later. Don’t FORCE yourself to play it like this, but its OK if you need to use this as a crutch. Don’t be afraid to play the open strings in between chords.

3.) Don’t stop. If you mess up during a gig, you should NEVER let your audience know. Likewise, if you make a mistake in strumming, simply keep on going. Don’t let your strumming hand stop – create a smooth transition!

4.) Everyday. This is the most important of all the tips – practice EVERYDAY! And have fun with it :) And pay it forward! Not once a week, not Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Do it EVERYDAY – because you get out of it what you put into it!

The ‘Ovation Idea’ Guitar Unboxing!

I am THRILLED to announce our new sponsor – Ovation Guitars! They just released their new Ovation Idea guitar and it is amazing! Watch this video for the official UNboxing – you guitar players will love it, as I will be using it on my show for now on. So you will get an in-depth perspective of how the guitar sounds, records, works as a preamp, and more!

This guitar has an mp3 preamp built in so you can record ANY iDea while on the go without missing a beat! Never forget a song idea again!

The History Of Christmas Music

The History of Christmas music started as Carols that were first sung in Europe thousands of years ago. They were sung at the Winter Solstice celebrations as people danced round stone circles. The Winter Solstice usually takes place around the 22nd December – which is the shortest day of the year. But its important to mention that these celebrations were year around, but the Winter Solstice tended to stand the test of time.

But what does the word Carol mean?
Well, the word Carol actually means “dance or a song of praise and joy”. Its a word that is derived from the Greek word “Choraulein”.

Early Christians wrote and sang Early Christmas Hymns written around the 700’s that were overseen by the Bishops, etc. Soon after this many composers all over Europe started to write carols. Unfortunately, they were unable to sing in Latin as well, and therefore, made it less joyful for them.

But then St. Francis of Assisi started his Nativity Plays in Italy. The songs in these plays were also refered to as ‘canticles’, because they told the story during the plays. Soon enough, the new carols spread to France, Spain, Germany and other European countries!

One of the famous Christmas Carol Collectors was William Sandys. Before carol singing in public became popular, there were sometimes official carol singers called ‘Waits’. They were allowed to sing for money on the streets during Christmas time. Otherwise, it was illegal and they could be charged as beggers. They only sang on Christmas Eve.

With the creation of CD‘s and the Printing Press Christmas music became more available and easily accesible. Soon people were able to pass it around, collaborate, and listen to it in their houses, cars, and more! Also, at this time, many orchestras and choirs were being set up in the cities of England and people wanted Christmas songs to sing, so carols once again became popular. Many new carols,such as ‘Good King Wenceslas‘ and George Frederick Handel‘s ‘Messiah‘ which can listened to here.

Special thanks to Why Christmas and Bill Petro.

So there you have it – The History of Christmas Music!

Weekly Revision 3 Lesson 7: ‘Chords C F And G’

This lesson is from my Revision3 Show titled ‘Your Weekly Music Lesson with Walt‘. This week we learned ‘Chords CFG’. First, before you learn these chords it may help to learn The Notes and also the other chords ADE

The reason why I broke the chords into two separate videos spread over 4 weeks is because I always say that it takes about one week per chord. So I figured I’d give you some time to practice, because practice is important, and everyone gets it over time.

Last week we learned ‘How Microphones Work‘, and tomorrow we’re going to learn ‘How Rockband and GuitarHero work’.

How Microphones Work

This lesson is from my Revision3 Show titled ‘Your Weekly Music Lesson with Walt‘. This week we learned ‘how Microphones Work’.

So check out the Video below! Microphones are an example of a transducer. A transducer converts energy from one form to another. So in this example they convert acoustical energy (sound waves) into electrical energy (the audio signal).

Interesting though, is that the microphone literally mimics the human ear.

To do this, microphones have a thin piece of material called a diaphragm, which vibrates when it is struck by sound waves. These vibrations are converted into an electrical current which becomes the audio signal.

Microphone levels, not surprisingly, are actually quite small. They’re leveled in millivolts. The thing is that these levels are so minute, that they need to be amplified. This signal is then transmitted to output devices, which reproduce the original sound wave and reinforce it. Typical output devices for microphones are power amplifiers, sound mixers, PA systems and audio recorders.

Microphones can be classified by three types of pickup patterns: unidirectional or cardioid, bidirectional or figure 8, omnidirectional or boundary and switchable. I don’t want to get too confused on this, so I’ll just save that for my next post :)

Why Creative Commons Rocks!

Creative Commons is the new Copyright. I refer to it as Copyright 2.0

Why is this important, well, because my music is licensed Creative Commons which allows people to use my music, mash it up, and do what they want with it. Here’s the license which allows you to remix, mash-up, do whatever you like. Drop me a line if you do anything with it, I’d love to check it out!

This piece titled “Webcomic Commandos… again” by Orenotter uses my music, and I think this is awesome. Granted, this isn’tthe first remix using my music. The world in changing, technology is bringing us together in ways we would have never dreamed of years ago. Here’s an example of what someone did to my piece ‘Airies’. Pretty cool.

Thanks to the podcasters, tubers, remixers and bloggers who spread the word about my music. And of course thanks to you for checking out my work and everyone who paid for the music even though you didn’t have to!



There are Six strings on the guitar (EADGBE) but if you tune them accordingly to DADGBE, then that is called DAD-GAD tuning. Likeso, taking those same strings you can tune them to any notes you want, but another tuning is GGDGBD.

Try your own tuning and see what you come up with!

Your Weekly Music Lesson 5 ‘Time Signatures’ On Revision3 Beta

Your Weekly Music Lesson with Walt! Class #5: ‘Time Signatures’. This was recorded at Podcamp Pittsburgh in front of a live audience. The response was awesome, and I hope to do more videos like this! Last week in week 4 we learned all about ‘Tempos‘ in music. Tempo and Time Signatures are not related, but the two do go hand in hand. People get this confused. We learned Chords a few weeks ago, as well as the notes on guitar, and now we’re tackling Time Signatures. Any music questions let me know! you can also watch all my other Revision 3 tutorials too.

Join our community at our Ustream.TV Music Channel and join in on the shout outs.

Rip out that instrument, turn up the volume, skip dinner, and GET READY! Any music questions let me know!

This is my new show hosted on Revision3 Beta. Big ups to all the peeps who submitted the show to Digg. I now have the YOU Section all set up. So all the pictures, videos, and poems you send me I post there.

Special thanks to Wizzard.TV, Geekstar.com, ShouldIDrinkthat.com, @Jenando, @TacoMancini, @CBunye, @Chilla, and @Brandice.

1.) Be passionate 2.) Be patient 3.) Do it EVERYDAY. You’ll get it, I PROMISE!

Thanks guys for everything. Week 6 is gonna RAWK!

Find A Songs Key & Guitar Chords – By Ear!

OK – so here’s how to listen to a song and put chords to songs by ear. Its an important know-how to learn. Why? Because when you begin to hear the music in your head it shows through your playing and your writing. Ever wanted to do a guitar solo over your friends house? Well, when you can ‘hear’ the notes before their played, you can improvise that much better. This example takes Mary had a Little Lamb and puts simple chords over the song for you. Start small – then work up to that crazy solo!