How to Improve Your Singing

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As a musician, you are always looking for ways to improve your music and talent. One of the best ways that you can take your recordings to the next level is by working to improve your singing voice. While you might not have the time or money to pursue professional voice lessons, there are many small steps you can take to make your voice even better! Continue reading How to Improve Your Singing

How to Get Your Music Heard

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As an aspiring musician, your career depends on a variety of factors including your fans, your branding and the music itself. Many artists struggle with getting the right people and influencers to not just follow them on Instagram, but actually listen to their music. If you’re struggling to get your music heard, here is what you need to know. Continue reading How to Get Your Music Heard

Elements of a Great Song

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What is the magic that makes a good song a great song? While there are so many different things that are different across genres and styles of music, there are many elements that transcend genre to make a great song. What ideas, concepts and musical elements can you use to take your songs to the next level?


Melody is one of the most important elements of a great song. Think of how many times you’ve heard a song in another language and gotten it stuck in your head. While you didn’t know what the singer was saying or even what the song was about, the melody was so catchy that you couldn’t help but remember it. A melody has a number of elements, including the pitches and the phrasing, contours and intervals. The right melody can break language and stylistic barriers to find success.


Whenever multiple pitches are combined vertically, typically in a group of 3 notes, it creates harmony. Chords or triads provide harmony for the melody and make a song sound fuller and more attractive. Depending on how creative you are feeling, you can create intricate major or minor harmonies for a unique effect.


A key is created when you take a group of pitches that compliment each other in a song. The pitches to most songs will all be a part of the same scale or key. Major and minor keys are the most common, and sometimes songs will change the key for dramatic effect at pivotal moments like the bridge. Key and scales are also what makes some songs, like Pachelbel’s Canon, have the same chords and progression as thousands of other popular songs. Don’t believe us? All of the songs below have the same chord progression as that famous tune:

  • Basket Case by Green Day
  • Hook by Blues Traveler
  • With or Without You by U2
  • Let It Be by The Beatles
  • No Woman, No Cry by Bob Marley


You’ll notice that we didn’t mention lyrics in this blog, and that’s because the last magic ingredient that transcends everything is emotion. Emotion is what makes you get tears in your eyes during a song, even if there are no words or the words are unclear. If you can harness the emotions that you are feeling and turn them into music, you will undoubtedly create a great song. There’s a reason why so many of the most popular songs of all time are well-loved, and that’s almost always emotion!

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How to Raise Money to Make Music

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Funding a music career is not easy, and raising money isn’t always second nature to many new artists. However, without money to support your studio time, marketing efforts and touring, it will be impossible to reach the heights that you want to achieve. How can you raise money behind the scenes to fund your music career now and in the future? Continue reading How to Raise Money to Make Music

How Can Messenger Bots Help Musicians?

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Messenger bots are popping up all over artist pages of every size. As getting and staying in touch with fans becomes more difficult without a big budget, clever workarounds are becoming a necessity. Messenger bots provide a wonderful way to stay on social media, maintain a strong digital presence and keep your fans happy at the same time.

What Are Messenger Bots?

Messenger bots are automatic and autonomous digital messengers who can respond to anyone who messages in. These bots can answer questions, be programmed using artificial intelligence and offer rapid responses. Many major brands are using messenger bots already to let customers know when packages ship or help with orders. More and more artists, including Ed Sheeran, are using bots to stay in touch with fans, advertise concerts and get out the word about new singles.

Get Updates Out in an Instant

News feeds are hard to conquer in an age of constantly-shifting algorithms, especially if you’re on a shoestring. Messenger bots link you directly with your listeners’ inboxes. By sending out short, relevant pieces of content to fans, like a notice about an upcoming concert or clip of a new single, you can cultivate a closer relationship with your most loyal supporters. Instead of waiting for people to come to you, you can go straight to them.

Use a Variety of Content

To keep people the most engaged, send out a variety of content using a messenger bot. What can you send out or set up in your bot?

  • Images
  • Gifs
  • Cards
  • Articles
  • Links
  • Competitions and polls
  • Quizzes

If possible, keep the content distributed on your messenger bot only on the bot to encourage people to sign up. If you’re sending out pictures that are already on your Instagram and sending out the same exact “behind the scenes” content on your Snapchat, it makes your bot much less special.

Make Sales

Messenger bots are also a wonderful way to work fans towards your ultimate goal, which is making sales and turning your music career into something profitable. From merchandise to preordering new albums, messenger bots publicize opportunities for your fans to show how much they love your music by supporting you financially—and that’s a great thing!

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At ECHE Music, we are dedicated to helping independent Christian recording artists build their fanbase, promote their music effectively and learn the business of music. To join our community, please visit our website.

How to Maximize Your Studio Time

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When you’re finally ready to start recording tracks, and you book studio time, it’s easy to think you’ll have plenty of time to get everything done. However, once you’re in the booth, time starts to slip right out of the window. In order to maximize your studio time, you need to come in prepared and make sure everyone on your team is on the same page.

Be Ready to Record

You should be 100% prepared to lay down whatever tracks you want to record. As part of this, every part of the track should be finalized. What is the bassist playing? What is the guitar part? Do the people singing harmony know what melody you’re singing? You should not plan to rehearse and record on the fly. Instead, you should enter the studio with everything finalized and ready to record.

Be Realistic

If all of your songs are 5 minutes and you’re recording 10 of them, 60 minutes will be enough studio time, right? No way! You should always set realistic goals for your studio time. Choose a track or two at a time for each day. Many bands and artists think that recording songs is easier than it is, so you should frame your expectations realistically and with help from the studio. A single, 3-minute song could take hours to record.

Prepare Your Instruments

Every instrument that you are going to use, including your voice, should be in the best possible shape before you start the recording session. If you need to change your guitar strings, do it a week or two before the studio time so that they stay in tune. You should complete any vocal warm-ups before you enter the studio as well.

Designate a Time Manager

Staying on top of time limits is critical once the studio door shuts. While your sound engineer can help you manage time, you should also have a designated band member who will keep track of how much time has passed and how much is left. Wasting time re-recording the same lines over and over again is easy. Work together to stay on track so that you get the most out of your studio time.

Work with the Professionals at ECHE Music

At ECHE Music, we are dedicated to helping independent Christian recording artists build their fanbase, promote their music effectively and learn the business of music. To join our community, please visit our website.

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