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Just Plain Notes is our official e-newsletter, penned by founder Brian Austin Whitney. It's packed with timely news on the music industry, great articles, resources, and member discounts (and don't forget lots of great "Just Plain Quotes"!) It's a great way to keep up with all the JPF activites — from the JPF Awards all the way to the JPF Roadtrips.

Sign up for Just Plain Notes below, and of course — email us at jpfolkspro@aol.com with your own important news items!

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Here's the current newsletter, which details entering your best lyric, video, or live submission:

Welcome to Just Plain Notes
Just Plain Notes: Volume 2.017, June 30, 2014
Written by Brian Austin Whitney
Visit the Website: www.jpfolks.com 
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Would you like to join the JPF Networking Message Boards? 

It's quick and easy. Just click the link and choose a password and user name and you'll be posting in no time! We'd love to hear from and about you. You can get peer feedback on your music or lyrics, find people to co-write with, get answers to just about any music related question and promote yourself and your gigs on the appropriate boards. It's a very friendly place where over 20,000 of your peers hang out! 

To register: (It's a separate registration from JPF membership): 
http://www.jpfolks.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?action=agree
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A Note to All Just Plain Folks Members from Brian Austin Whitney

Hi Folks, 

I am forgoing our normal newsletter format to ask you to do 3 things: 
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1. Net Neutrality: A Hilarious Call To Arms YOU NEED TO WATCH!

The first and most urgent reason is to get your attention to the most important and critical issue, which in part currently helps protect us against having all our OTHER freedoms taken away from us, and that involves THE INTERNET and NET NEUTRALITY! 

Yes, I have written about this exhaustively as have a myriad of others (just type in "Net Neutrality" into Google and start reading) and we've worked with our partners at the Future of Music Coalition for years fighting for this issue with some early success, but a recent epic loss. 

So... at this last chance moment, I want you to watch something that does the best job of explaining how serious this is, with a LOT of humor, and is the best I have seen anyone do it so far. The link goes to the "Last Week Tonight" segment from John Oliver. You'll laugh a lot, and perhaps it will all finally make sense to you if it hasn't in the past. 

So PLEASE take the time to watch it. We have no vested interest in it beyond helping all of us maintain this free and open Internet we all depend on: 

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpbOEoRrHyU

Then go to: www.FCC.GOV/COMMENTS and tell them what you think! 
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2. 2014/2015 Just Plain Folks Music Awards

We want your music! If you still have CD's of your stuff and haven't sent them to us, please send us a copy for the next Just Plain Folks Music Awards! As always, this is free to do. 

Send a copy, with all your contact info including social media, phone numbers, email and mailing address (in case you win something) to: 

Just Plain Folks Music Awards
5327 Kit Dr. 
Indianapolis, IN 
46237 USA

And if you have musician friends, please welcome them to enter as well. Just have them sign up via our home page so we can contact them via this newsletter. 

Record Labels are welcome to submit your rosters to us directly! 

Please make sure all the song credits are included in the liner notes or on a sheet of paper if needed along with your entry. ALL Genres and ALL levels of people are welcome to enter, we recognized 100 different genres of music last time around from 167 countries! If you have questions, please contact me (Brian) at: jpfolkspro@aol.com

Anything released from 2010-2014 is eligible! 
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3. Do you make music with your computer or samples? Then please read on! 

For those of you making music using Virtual Instruments on your computer, there's going to be a great class/Q&A Session on TAXI TV tonight at 4PM Pacific and 7PM Eastern Time USA. 

Follow the link below to watch in real time and if you miss it, immediately after the show, it will be in videos archived at the same link on the right hand side. 

www.youstream.tv/channel/music-marketing-online

Below is the complete info our friends from TAXI just sent out: 
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Using Virtual Instruments
Today On TAXI TV!
4pm (PDT) / 7pm (EDT)

Dear Passengers,

Virtual Instruments and Sample Libraries are an essential part of music production for most musicians in today's market. There's much to know about which ones work best, and how to use them effectively. And that's exactly what we're going to cover on today's TAXI TV!

Jeff Steinman is not only the President and CEO of Warp IV Technologies, he's also a TAXI member who gets hundreds of placements a year and uses Virtual Instruments to produce his music. Jeff will be joining us on today's episode to cover as many of these topics as we have time for:

Background on sample libraries
Difference between good and bad libraries
Ways of working with sample libraries (keyboard, EWI, wind controller, mouse, drums, other)
Working with articulations and special composition techniques
Demonstrations of various libraries with different styles (big/small orchestral, jazz, rock, Christmas, quirky, etc.)
Special issues with mixing and mastering using samples (especially for large ensembles)
Examples of pieces Jeff has composed using libraries he's created, and others, including:

WarpIV Hollywood Studio Brass and Woodwind Collection (HSBWC)
WarpIV Electric Guitar
WarpIV Killer Bongos
Superior Drummer (and others)
Trilian Bass
Vienna Symphony Library
East West Symphonic Library and Choir
RealiTone (background vocals)
Native Instruments - Kontakt (tons of instruments and synths)

Jeff will also be giving away a copy of his Screaming Trumpet (original version) library to the first viewer to figure out the time signature of one of the pieces he's going to play. Fun! And don't forget to use the link to the show to register with Ustream so you can be part of the live online chat and take your shot at naming the time signature!

This show is going to be AWESOME! Set an alarm on your smart phone, and join us live at 4pm (PDT) / 7pm (EDT) TODAY!!!

Click this link to watch the live show (and sign up to use the chat room): 
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/music-marketing-online 

As always, you should check out TAXI at www.taxi.com
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Learn, Succeed and Thrive! We're All In This Together! Just Plain Folks

Copyright 2014 Just Plain Folks Productions

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"We will either find a way, or make one." -Hannibal

"The great American novel has not only already been written, it has already been rejected." -Frank Dane

"Artificial manners vanish the moment the natural passions are touched" -Maria Edgeworth

"Sometimes all you have to do to inspire humans to greatness is give them a reason and an opportunity to do something great." -Brian Austin Whitney

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