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Six Acoustic Guitar Tips
Here are a few free acoustic guitar tips every beginner will probably learn sooner or later. Some are harder to learn than others; forewarned is forearmed.
The Virgins and ASCAP: Did A Performance Rights Organization Do Anything For Us?
In 1995 I moved back to my hometown of Milwaukee with a group of college friends to start a band. We called ourselves The Virgins. Over the next five years this name would prove to be somewhat prescient. We played hundreds of shows throughout the Midwest, recorded one six-song cassette and two CDs, and made a lot of naive assumptions.
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Cool Gizmo Alert: Genz-Benz G-Flex 2x12
We're proud to launch a new product review series sponsored by YourGuitarist. is a web site offering Internet based development of custom guitar tracks for artists worldwide. allows musicians to avoid the high studio fees usually associated with producing guitar tracks for their songs.
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IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) Kicks Off

IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) promotes excellence in Acoustic Music Performance and Artistry. Acoustic artists in various genres can gain exciting radio and web exposure through this competition. Participating sponsors include Acoustic Cafe and XM Satellite Radio.

IAMA is open to all independent artists and labels. Unlike other music industry competitions, IAMA focuses on developing new markets for Acoustic artists, labels and CD releases.

Win prizes in 8 different categories: Folk/Americana/Roots, AAA/Alternative, Instrumental, Open, Country/Bluegrass, Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group/Duo. There will also be an Overall Grand Prize winner awarded to the top winner worth US$6,600, which includes radio promotion to over 250 radio stations in US and Canada. Past winners include: Dale Willis (a fingerstyle guitarist from Australia) Jason Harwell, Jen Foster, and more.

Entrants will also get a chance to be featured on our website. This month's featured artists include: David Francey (Canada), Wailin' Jennys (Canada), The Zen Tricksters (USA), Paul Turner (Australia).

Winning songs will be heard on Acoustic Cafe radio show and XM radio. Winners and runner-ups will be featured on our CD compilation. Judging is based on excellence in music performance, songwriting/composition and originality. For more information, visit website at:

Winners of the 1st Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards):

Declaration Song - Jason Harwell

Unhappy Anniversary - Sean Altman
Runner-up: Beautiful Mess - David Thiele

In Between Poses - Jen Foster
Runner-up: Taximan - Jamie Green

One Foot On Your Doorstep - Andy Hill & Renee Safier and Hard Rain
Runner-up: Lullaby - Waking Norman

Old Crow - The Creaking Tree String Quartet
Runner-up: Scatterfingers - Dale Willis

The Mighty Pickle - Millish
Runner-up: Burning Sun - Rob Falgiano

Declaration Song - Jason Harwell
Runner-up: Sacrifice - Rachael Sage

Prince of Pictou - Dave Gunning
Runner-up: Here We Go - Ina May Wool

I Never Knew - Toni Land
Runner-up: I want to Get Out - Natalie Howard

Provided by the MusicDish Network. Copyright © Tag It 2005 - Republished with Permission

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MusicDish Network Promotes 60's Love Child Astrella-Celeste

MusicDish, an Internet music magazine publisher and artist marketing/development firm, is proud to announce the addition of Pop/Jazz singer Astrella Celeste to the MusicDish Network roster. Combining a variety of online viral marketing strategies, the MusicDish Network will be coordinating a broad campaign in support of her debut album "Blue Star" (the Spanish translation of Astrella Celeste).


MusicDish At MIDEM: J-Music Distribution, France

J-Music Distribution describes itself as "the very first European distributor of Japanese music whose activities link Japanese artists and their management, Japanese record companies, and European distributors together to provide a stable framework of distribution from artists to music retail store."

Formed in December 2005, J-Music Distribution representatives brought their business vision to "MIDEM, The World Music Market's 40th Edition" conference in Cannes, France.


Toshi Reagon to Present Fanny with ROCKRGRL Women of Valor Award On April 20
Toshi Reagon has been named to present pioneering all-female rock group Fanny with the ROCKRGRL Women of Valor Award, Friday, April 20, at the Berklee Performance Center, located at 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Read more...
Musicians Turn to Short Run DVD Production
Today's independent musicians have started using new technologies including On Demand Short Run CD/DVD Production, enabling them to order smaller batches of CDs and DVDs in real time online 24/7 and ship to customers, one at a time.
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