Here are some DIY resources and tools that musicians can use to greatly improve their success as a song writer or performer.

The Indie Band Survival Guide: The Complete Manual for the Do-It-Yourself Musician

This book basically hands you your musical success on a platter and says EAT!

Everything you need to do on the BIZ side of your music is laid out for you. The author knows you don’t have money…YET! So a lot of the info is about FREE and really CHEAP ways to succeed. Just do what it says, that simple.

bookStart and Run Your Own Record Label, Third Edition: Winning Marketing Strategies for Today’s Music Industry (Start & Run Your Own Record Label)

This is the NEW EDITION of Daylle Deanna Schwartz’s award-winning book.

This has everything the professional musician needs to know about how the music business works. It covers everything in enough depth that you can carry on an intelligent conversation with anyone in the music biz.

It reads fast and it’s easy to understand.

Seriously, it will put you ahead of 98% of the competition.

bookGuerrilla Music Marketing Handbook: 201 Self-Promotion Ideas for Songwriters, Musicians and Bands on a Budget (Revised & Updated)

Let’s face it. You want to write music and play it. You don’t have time or money for promoting it.

But if you want to make any money at music, you need to market yourself. This is the essential guide to simple, free (or cheap) marketing strategies.

Learn these simple techniques and your music will sell itself.

bookDirty Little Secrets of the Record Business: Why So Much Music You Hear Sucks

This book explains everything about commercial music.

It explains why you will almost certainly NEVER be a famous rock-n-roller making millions.

But in knowing why, you will turn your gaze upon the real goal…being successful at music.

The multi-million dollar record deal is a myth for most of us. And that’s not a bad thing at all.

Once you read this book, you will know why.

Unless of course you want to sound like every other generic musician out there. In which case, go for it!

Home Recording For Musicians For Dummies

This is not a bad book for getting a high quality demo recorded. It covers all the basics of home recording and explains about mic types and placement for getting the best sound even on mediocre gear.

CLICK HERE for a DEMO recorded using the tips and techniques in this book. Can you do better? If so, you don’t need this book.

Here is a book every musician who does not want to work for THE MAN should have…
Making a Living Without a Job (Winning Ways for Creating Work That You Love) by Barbara Winter

I read this book and it changed my life.

Logic Studio 9 Express

Home studio recording has never been easier than it is today.

With Logic 9 for Mac, you not only get the top of the line recording software, but also hundreds of add-ons and plug-ins that allow you to plug in your instrument and make it sound exactly the way it should.

The instrument simulators are insanely good. Make your guitar sound like it is playing through ANY amplifier/microphone combination.

This is basically advanced Garage Band and the Mac equivalent of Pro Tools. With a couple of good MICROPHONES, you can be well on your way to recording your songs yourself and not paying a high priced studio to do it for you.

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