Finding New Bandmates or Collaborators

Finding New Bandmates or Collaborators

May 19, 2022

Whether you’ve been isolating for a couple of years due to the pandemic, or you’ve just always worked alone, now may be a great time to find some new blood to work with. Maybe you’d like to start or refresh a live band, collaborate on some tracks with other producer/musicians, or do a featured performance on an artist’s next hit.

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How to Memorize Lyrics Quicker

How to Memorize Lyrics Quicker

April 21, 2022

If you’re a singer, nothing messes with your confidence more than flubbed lyrics - but you don’t always have weeks on end to memorize them. So, if you’ve got plenty of songs to put to memory, it helps to have a few pro techniques for memorizing lyrics faster and with more solid accuracy. Here, we’ll go over some tips for making lyrics stick.

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5 Tips for Writing Better Lyrics Faster

5 Tips for Writing Better Lyrics Faster

April 15, 2022

Lyrics are a bane for some musicians – for others they seem to come quickly and easily. But it’s not just God-given talent that makes good lyrics come quickly. There are a few tried and true techniques for speeding up the journey from nothing to something good. Here are our top 5 tips for writing better lyrics faster.

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Tips for Playing Better Solos

Tips for Playing Better Solos

April 08, 2022

Being a solid backing player is super valuable and will always keep you busy if you’re a working musician, but sometimes you just have to go off, and a killer solo or two can put you in a whole new category.

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Accompanying vs. Playing in a Band

Accompanying vs. Playing in a Band: Key Differences to Consider

March 31, 2022

As an instrumentalist, the role you play in a given situation isn’t always the same, and the skills you need vary depending on that role. Studio musicians require a different skillset than live players and likewise, accompanists need a different skillset than ensemble players.

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Dealing with Bad Gig Scenarios

Dealing with Bad Gig Scenarios

March 18, 2022

We’ve all been there – the gig from Sheol. The tiny stage with no power, the drunkards yelling “Freebird”, the would-be singer that wants to do a song, venues that don’t pay, the 4-minute sound check. Bad scenarios at gigs are so commonplace there’s a Facebook group dedicated to it - with 17,000 members.

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Should Everyone in the Band Get a Solo

Should Everyone in the Band Get a Solo?

March 18, 2022

There’s nothing like a great solo to create a memorable moment in a show and bring the spotlight squarely down on one person. And what musician doesn’t want a little glory, after all? So, letting your star guitarist wail for a while makes sense. The question is, should everybody in the band get a chance at immortal solo glory?

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How to Handle Stage Mishaps

How to Handle Stage Mishaps

March 04, 2022

Nobody’s perfect, and nowhere is that more evident than during a live performance. Whether it’s a low-key acoustic set or a full-on monster rock show, it’s a guarantee – something will go wrong. That may be half the fun of live music!

One of the keys to mastery on the stage is handling mishaps well, so we’ll go over a few tips for weathering mistakes and other stage guffaws.

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What to Do if a Band Member Doesn’t Show Up

What to Do if a Band Member Doesn’t Show Up

February 02, 2022

Making a live act work with multiple players can be tricky, as is evidenced by every band documentary ever made. As a solo act, you only have to worry about getting yourself to the gig. If you happen to not show, you’ll never know the gig didn’t go well! But with four or five members, the chances of an uncomfortable situation quadruple, so it’s a good idea to have a plan in case somebody doesn’t show up.

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Making the Most of Rehearsal Time

Making the Most of Rehearsal Time

December 07, 2021

It doesn’t matter if you’re a bona fide rockstar or a part time hobbyist, almost no one really gets enough practice time, especially with other people. You might all have full time jobs and families vying for your time, or you could be dealing with constant touring and press appearances. No matter what your situation, making the most of your precious rehearsal time is the key to putting together a solid ensemble (or solo act).

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The Value of Practicing to a Click

The Value of Practicing to a Click

November 05, 2021

If you took any kind of music lessons as a kid, you probably had to practice with a metronome. Your teacher may not have explained why, though. As adults, many musicians don’t bother practicing against a metronome or a click but doing so is quite valuable for a number of reasons.

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Bass Recording Tips

Bass Recording Tips

September 22, 2021

Recording a bass guitar isn’t necessarily the hardest thing in the world – certainly not as hard as playing one - but it can be tricky to really dial it in. With that in mind, here are a few tips for consistently getting solid, reliable bass parts in the studio.

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