October 28, 2015
Gig bags come in all shapes and sizes to accommodate your instrument, in a format that is easy to carry and, if constructed well, offers real protection for your investment. Over the years the trend of new bags is toward tougher water-resistant materials, comfortable padded shoulder straps, and “lots and lots” of pockets to store stuff in. Overall they have made the life of a working musician easier.
With all that extra storage the question remains, “What do I really need put in those pockets?”
This list comprises the recommended essential basics that you should have in your gig bag.
Note: To save some space and weight, wrapping tape around your water bottle or a layering it on the sides of a zip locking bag saves you the bulk and the weight of a roll.
If you are wondering how to pack it all, take a good look at the list. Most of the recommendations take up little space. Organize small items in zip locking bags and label them with a sharpie. This keeps items easy to spot and easy to pack.
When you need them, you will find them. Oh and the drum key, having that saved you from the guilt of not being with the rest of the band while they are helping him find his cat.
June 17, 2021
When it comes to strapping in for a live show, it’s relatively straight forward to dial in an electric guitar. After all, there are no acoustic resonances to worry about, and the instrument is designed to be reinforced and loud.
Acoustic guitars, on the other hand, are subtle creatures which can be a little harder to tame on stage. Here, we’ll go over some basics for using an acoustic on stage, which should be helpful if you haven’t done it before or if you’re having a hard time dialing in a good sound.
May 11, 2021
May 07, 2021
Now that quality PA systems are common and creating a stereo image in a live setting isn’t hard at all, there are probably some keyboardists out there who aren’t even aware that such a thing as a keyboard amp exists. Yet, there was once a time when keyboards were mostly treated just like guitars, with a stage amp a necessary part of the keyboard rig.
The question is – is a keyboard amp still necessary?
Here are a few reasons you might want a keyboard amp – and some you may not.
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