Hello. It’s been a while. Well, trying to juggle everything with an inherent need to be the best has a tendency of eating into every microsecond of your life. But, the very many internal monologues have taught me one thing – I need to make myself happy. And blogging makes me happy so here I am.
I have a lot of content ideas stored everywhere. All I need is some time and some inclination.
Many moons ago, I generated this list. It was for an intensive test for a job at a music company – step 1, give them all these story ideas and step 2, write 2 of those stories. At the end of it all, they decided to hold hiring for that particular position. Oh well…
So instead of having these ideas rot in the dusty corners of my computer, I’ll just leave them here with the hope that it might help someone.
If you’re a music blogger, a brand that deals with random musical stuff, a content creator for a music company or just someone looking for musically inclined article ideas – feel free to take what you need. Some have a standfirst, some have story outline/brief and are self-explanatory.
Tip: Make it most of it. Break it down into pieces – use it across platforms and channels.
Play by Ear: Does it really work?
Intro: No sheet music to follow. No persistent teacher breathing down their neck. And no Youtube videos on loop. If these great musicians can teach themselves to play and why can’t you?
Loud & Clear: Mic Techniques to Master
Intro: Check it – Even seasoned singers with marvellous voices can sound a smidge off on the microphone. Get a grip and arm yourself with these simple but solid mic tricks.
Keep Calm & Collab: How to Approach a Fellow Artist
Brief: How to make the first move. This can be a series – how to find artists on the same wavelength, how to step out of your comfort zone, how to cope with a “failed” collab.
Make like a Minimalist
Intro: If you haven’t noticed, this third rock from the sun is obsessing over minimalism. In food, art, design and decor, less is certainly more. A philosophy that has been striking a chord with musicians for decades. You might want to read this BBC piece.
How to be an Eco-friendly Musician
Brief: Use animal free, small footprint cases/ recycle broken equipment like use broken guitar as shelf or planter/ no to snail mail publicity and posters/ encourage downloads by giving codes/discounts/ use recycled materials for CD covers.
#HotMess: Declutter like you mean it
Intro: Is your jam room jam-packed? Store and carry away two of your finest guitars and random gig essentials with these good-looking, overachieving cases.
Everything You Need to Pack for your First Gig
Intro: So you’ve nailed yourself a gig. Once you’re done daydreaming about the applause, hold on to this all-holy packing list for dear life.
Essential Gear for the Wandering Musician
Brief: Case, tuner, amps, spare strings, adapters.
Asian Music Festivals to Attend in 2018
Brief: Wonderfruit, Strawberry Fields, Ultra Worldwide, Sunburn, Bestival, Fuji Rock etc.
Drumroll: Badass Girl Drummers to Worship Today
#RecordMakers: A Starter Kit
5 Music Accessories to #TreatYoSelf
Intro: It’s payday somewhere in the world and you gotta #TreatYoSelf to some blazing accessories. Get your groove on with these cool add-ons that prove your commitment to the art and most importantly, make you look ridiculously cool.
Brief: Like Fender stool, B&O speaker, JBL portable speakers, wireless headphones, U2 tee etc.
NAMM 18: Cart it Now
Brief: Works for NAMM any year actually. Fill it in with the best industry offerings one needs to buy right now.
Top 10 Songs to Play on the Ukulele
Intro: There isn’t a human alive who doesn’t love the playful, soul-stirring melodies of the Ukulele. Get Insta-famous with these heartwarming, happy-go-lucky tunes.
3 Sing-Along Covers You Gotta Ace
Intro: You’ve just begun strumming and are getting rather good at it. Before you start shredding like a boss, ace these easy party favourites sing-alongs. Your friends will love it.
The Curious Case
Intro: Congratulations, you’ve scored yourself a state-of-the-art instrument case. Now, don’t wreck it.
Guitar Related Article Ideas
To Hollow or Semi-Hollow: How to Pick
5 Life Skills that make a Good Musician
How to Grow Nimble Guitars Fingers
Intro: Learning how to play the guitar can be agonizing on your fingers. While practice makes perfect, consider introducing these exercises to your routine to amp up the dexterity.
Poetry in the Handmade
Intro: Meet the <insert handmade guitar brand name>. Crafted by luthiers, they are pieces of tangible poetry for the discerning artist. Here’s why they’re a class apart.
Collector’s Edition: 3 Pedals with Personalities
Legend Has It: This was Eddie Van Halen’s First $70 Guitar
Brief: His first guitar was Teisco Del Ray electric guitar
#ThrowbackThursday: Vintage Teisco Guitars to Drool Over
Intro: Blast from the past. One of the few non-American guitar brands to dominate the music scene from the ‘60 to the ‘80s, Teisco is now a cult favourite. Here’s a look back at some of the raddest vintage Teisco guitars.
Who Killed Your Guitar?
Intro: Your precious guitar can fall prey to an invisible enemy. If your strings are feeling higher than usual or you hear a buzzing sound when you play, humidity might have killed the sound. Find out how to store your guitar safely and detect dampness early.
Soundproof Your Room
Intro: Your neighbours called and asked us to write this article. If you’re a serious musician, soundproof is a legit investment.
Carlos Santana Practices Like This
Intro: Greatness takes time and a whole lot of effort. Even Carlos Santana poured hours of his life into perfecting his godly skills. But with his favourite practice technique, you can get smoooooooth on the axe too.
TL;DR Playing in the pitch dark
Watt the Ohm! – Powerful Terms You Need to Know
How to Care for your Electric Guitar
Drop me a line if this helps you in any way.
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