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Don't Make this Expensive Music Licensing Mistake!

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Music Licensing Tips

This is one of the most common - and expensive - music licensing mistakes I see! Whether I'm coaching someone or reviewing their song, time after time I hear great tracks ruined by bad virtual instrument choices. There's nothing that's going to send buyers running faster than a cheesy sounding saxophone solo (unlike the dulcet tones of Kenny G)!

In this video, I'll show you how to know if you've picked the wrong instrument. But the thrust of this music licensing tip is simple - if an instrument ever jumps out at you and you think, hmm, maybe that sound fake, you need to reconsider.

I'll also show you some tips for getting the most out of the instruments you already have, so that you can make your virtual instruments work for you. Sometimes this just means tweaking your virtual instrument's settings (I'll show you how). Other Times you may need to re-write your melody to fit within the limitations of your instruments. And of course, there's some powerful things you can do in the mixing stage to make your instruments sound a little more realistic.

Watch the video below for all some great music licensing tips about using virtual instruments.

And if you're looking for to upgrade your virtual instruments, I've put together some handy reviews for you:


From a Frustrated Producer in a Ragtag Bedroom Studio to Major Placements on TV Earning $1,000s!


My name is Evan, and I've been making music since around 3rd grade. I'm from San Diego, California, but I've lived in Washington, DC for the last 20 years.

After 3 grueling years of grad school, though I had put aside serious attempts at making music. I found myself spending my days doing work that was dreadfully uncreative, with a ton of student student loan debt.
Which made me feel like my favorite parts of myself were withering.
But I didn't know what to do about it.
Being in my early 30s with tons of student loan debt, in a world where there is "no money in music," I felt like my youthful dreams of trying to "make it big" were dead. Like my music would remain unheard in my head and hard drive. 
Frustrated by my inability to get my music heard, I started researching solutions.
Instead, I wanted to find a way where I could focus on making the music and let someone else deal with promoting it. 
I realized the music licensing was the perfect opportunity for a solo artist like me to get my music heard, without having to do any promotion. I just need to focus on improving what I could control - my songwriting and my production skills.

While I still have a full-time day job, I have created systems that have allowed me to produce dozens of songs a year in my spare time.

My songs have been on Netflix, TV shows like the 90 Day Fiance, an award-winning indie film, and NPR’s “All Thing Considered.” They've also been streamed millions of times.

In addition to being a music producer, I am passionate about teaching people how they can make professional-sounding music and earn money licensing it, all in their spare time.

Thousands of musicians, like yourself, have trusted me to guide their musical journey. My YouTube videos have been watched nearly a million times. And my story has been in Forbes, Side Hustle Nation, and the Side Hustle School.

You Can Achieve Your Musical Dreams Too - Attend the Free Music Licensing Workshop!