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The Importance of Collaboration

Musician Carlos Santana performs onstage

You hear about musicians collaborating with other musicians all the time. When you have attended a music school and understand the basics of music, it allows you to pick up on multiple genres. You don’t have to stay within pop or rock or country or jazz. You can liven up your sound from time to time by establishing collaborative projects.

There have been a number of big music artists around the world who have been able to increase their fan base by working with other music artists. It is also how some of them have broken into new genres and even made a comeback for themselves. Some examples include Carlos Santana, Paul McCartney, and Tony Bennett.

If you are a musician, struggling or otherwise, it’s a good idea to create a list of what your strengths and weaknesses are. With this list, you can find other musicians to collaborate with. You want to find those who have weaknesses where you have strengths and strengths where you have weaknesses. By doing this, you create a stronger sound and can learn a few things along the way.

The people you collaborate with can be anyone and everyone. You may be a solo artist and decide to collaborate with a band. You may be an instrumentalist and decide to collaborate with a singer. The possibilities are endless. Whatever you do, the collaboration should be done as a way to strengthen both parties. You don’t want to take and not give back at the same time.

One of the benefits to attending a music school is that you will be surrounded by potential collaborators. Each class you take, there may be new students, exposing you to new possibilities for a collaboration. It’s always a good idea to talk about music with your fellow students as a way of learning about what they do and what they are passionate about. Even if you don’t work with them on your first project, you may decide to work with them on a later one.

Adding a collaborative sound to an album can be just what is needed to set it apart from all of the other albums that are being released. People may download or buy the album for the collaboration and then listen to all of your other songs.

Regardless of whether you do a small collaborative project or a large one, it’s something you should think about doing at least once. You may learn about collaborations while in music school, and with the contacts that you make, you may have the opportunity to collaborate through the rest of your musical career. You simply have to make smart decisions as to who you work with and whether it’s going to give you the needed momentum to stay within the music industry.

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