July 13, 2020 1 Comment
Picture this: your lead singer gets excited and decides to do an Irish river dance during your guitar solo. In an ecstatic frenzy, he leaps and careens. The crowd goes berserk. People scream, people dance, your solo turns into an exalted triumph never-before seen in your state…
…Then the singer tangles his foot in your cable, lurches forward, unplugs your cabinet with a screech, and bashes his forehead through the kick drum. The room is suddenly silent while you wonder why your strings make no sound. The greatest rock-n-roll moment in your band's history? Maybe. But the show is also over - bloody and awesome as it may be.
More often, this foot tangling disaster happens five minutes before go time, in which case you've got no show, no sound, and no epic moment.
This is just one reason you may want to take the time to organize your stage.
Besides trip hazards, there are some other reasons an organized stage is smart. First, you've got a better shot at great sound if you're not running audio cables alongside power cables, due to 60Hz hum. Second, planning your stage setup well can make it easier to hear yourself and keep your loudness in check. An organized stage also looks better, and after all this is a show. Not only that, a clean stage goes a long way to making performers feel comfortable and confident. Finally, a well-organized stage is a breeze to set up and take down.
It's not necessarily rocket science to getting organized, but here are a few tips to get you started.
In the end, organization is the key to presenting a professional show, and to being efficient enough to create a professional act (even if you’re an amateur). Organizing your space and your time will have an amazing effect on your look, your sound, your business, and your level of enjoyment.So, get organized and while you’re at it, let us know your best space-saving stage tips in the comments!
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October 28, 2020
September 28, 2020 2 Comments
Music is a funny business. It can be one of the toughest ways to make money, yet instruments, PA gear, and recording equipment can be notoriously expensive. Plus, it seems the amount of gear you need to put together a great record or an awesome show gets to be more and more every year.
Go into a typical commercial or home recording studio or band rehearsal space, and you’re liable to lay eyes on thousands upon thousands of dollars of value.
But what if you don’t have the scratch to accumulate that much gear? You’ll have to make the most of what you've got. It turns out this is very doable.
Here are a few tips for making the most out of not much gear.
September 24, 2020 2 Comments
There are no artists who don’t suffer from writer’s block occasionally. It may seem that some don’t, because they consistently generate great work, but they’re human too. In reality, professional songwriters simply have tools they can use to get out of a slump, and to prevent writer’s block in the first place.
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