How to Sample Music Legally?

In most general terms, music sampling involves songwriters, musicians and singers borrowing pieces of music (samples) from other compositions or recordings to use them in their latest works. When you borrow someone else’s music, there is a risk of violating the copyright law.

How To Avoid Copyright Infringement?

First and foremost, you should keep in mind that all music samples consist of two separately copyrighted pieces: the song itself and the recording. The rights on the former piece are held by the songwriter, while the ones on the latter belong to the respective label.

The bad news is that when you sample, you must get permission from both parties, before you release any copies of your new work.

If both of them say “Yes” to your request to sample, you’ll then need to enter into a separate sampling agreement with each copyright holder. This process is never cheap, nor is it easy.

Getting The Permission

To obtain permission to use the composition, or compositions, you should first establish who the publishers are for each song you wish to use in you piece.

Once you get in touch with these guys, try to give them as much information as possible as to how exactly you intend to use their stuff.

For example, tell them which section of their song you plan to sample, how long the sample will last, etc. The more info you give them, the easier it will be to obtain permission.

As to the permission to use the recording, you should first find out who owns the master recording that you wish to sample.

Just like the request to sample the composition, get ready to give the copyright holders as much info as possible, including a demo of what your new recording might sound like.

Software to Help Learn Guitar: Mission Possible!

We live in a computer-assisted world. Software helps us communicate and get in touch with our loved ones. In some countries, special software helps students learn their lessons, while their moms use different software in their smart cookers to make lunch for them.

So, why not use some software to help you learn to play the guitar? Believe it or not, this mission is perfectly possible!

Getting Started

To get the full benefit of using guitar learning software, you should first connect your guitar to your computer. Thus, you will be able to record and receive interactive feedback. We strongly recommend picking up software that supports this function.

Basic Features

The guitar learning software that you choose should have some basic features such as a digital tuner and a metronome. The more advanced versions also offer variable speed backing tracks and a comprehensive chord dictionary.

An animated tab or notation is definitely something you can do without, but good guitar training software will have a bundle of instruction sessions for beginners, intermediate, and advanced players.

Track and Enjoy Your Progress

This special type of software should also enable you to track your progress over time. Towards the end of your training you should be able to confidently play along backing tracks. You can even try playing your own pieces, if you feel confident in your listening and playing skills.

To make the most out of your purchase, you must love music. The software should be something you look forward to using, and every session should be an unforgettable experience.

This is the only way you can be sure of making some steady and long-lasting progress. And while no software can replace a professional guitar teacher, it can be the perfect teaching assistant!

How to Use Music in Your YouTube Videos?

The most important thing you need to know: You can use music in your videos as long as it is not copyrighted. This is easier said than done, because copyright law is one of the murkiest areas on the web.

Create Your Own Music

The easiest way to avoid potential trouble with the copyright law on the Internet is to create your own music for the video you intend to upload on YouTube. You could hire a professional musician to do this for you. However, few YouTubers can afford these types of services.

Using Sound Effects Or Soundtracks

If you wish to use any sound effects or a soundtrack in your video, the most important question you’ve got to answer is if this action will obstruct the author’s ability to make profit or potential profit from their music.  As long as the answer is “No”, you are good to go.

How Can I Use Someone Else’s Music?

In order to use an artist’s original music in your YouTube video, you have to first ask for and obtain permission to do so. In most general terms, the only exception to this rule is when a piece of music has made its way into the public domain.

Even so, you really have to keep your eyes wide open for exceptions that can easily get you into some serious copyright trouble. If, for example, you think that the famous Happy Birthday tune is copyright free, you couldn’t be more wrong. You need special permission to use it!

The process of asking for and obtaining such permission is quite complicated, so you’ll probably need to hire a lawyer or a consultant to guide you through. The more comprehensive the license that you get is, the better protected you are.