It can be quite impressive when you see a very talented musician play. But if that person is unreliable, it really puts a damper on things.
When going around looking for places to play, you may often be asked to audition right there on the spot. For situations like that, I have some advice.
So, you think it would be cool to have a musician friend come over to jam with you just for fun. Well, it might be fun for you but not so much for him. Here are some reasons why.
It should always be your goal as a musician to create the best impression when playing live.
When is it worth it or not worth it to do an unpaid gig for exposure? Let’s discuss it.
Throughout life, we meet all kinds of people. But some of them we are better off without.
Having a good live sound is not something that just happens by chance. It's something you have to work at. Here are some tips.
You will hear plenty of opinions regarding your music. So what do you do with all of those varying opinions?
Every musician longs for a great band situation, but we don't always get into one. There are a lot of impediments that could pop up that will interfere with that. Here they are.
Knowing your music equipment had a number of advantages.
Here are some tips on how to adjust to playing a 7-string guitar. These tips are geared towards those who have only used 6-string guitars.
If you want your 6-string guitar to sound like a 12-string guitar, this may just be the guitar effects pedal for you.
Sometimes you get what you pay for and sometimes you get more than what you pay for. Here's what I think about Behringer guitar effects pedals.
Just about anything can go technically wrong at a gig. We don't always see them coming, but we can learn how to deal with them and prevent them.
Some guitarists wonder what the best order is for their effects pedals. Well, here are some recommendations.
Sometimes it is hard to decide as to whether you should use individual guitar effects pedals or a multi-effects unit. Here are some items for consideration regarding that decision.
If you play electric guitar and want to start building a pedalboard, here are some tips on where to start.
There are a lot of distortion pedals out there, but not every one of them is a classic. These five are what I consider to be the five true classics.
In live situations, you may prefer to use a pitch-shifting pedal for drop tunings rather than bringing along an extra guitar. That’s where the DigiTech Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shift Pedal comes in.
A review given after testing out the Vox Rock 50-Watt Hybrid Tube amplifier head.
This is a review of a multi-effects unit from Zoom that specializes in chorus, delay, and reverb effects.
Here are a few tips on overcoming stage fright.
A guitar player could really pull off a huge sound by going multitimbral.
If you are a musician contemplating going solo, here are some tips to help get you started.
This is a review of the Electro-Harmonics Mel9 pedal from someone who has both purchased and used the product.
Many prolific article writers are able to write articles right off the top of their heads. Here you will find tips to help you do that.
Attentions spans are getting shorter. that includes the attention spans of your audiences. But there are ways of dealing with that.
When you are in a band situation, you want to be out playing as soon as possible. but that requires that you put together a set list. here is how you can do that quickly.
So much more can be accomplished in band rehearsals if you are organized in your approach.
As a musician, things have tendency to work out better for you if you have the ability to adapt to various changing circumstances.
If you are curious about learning fingerstyle guitar, then this article is for you.
If your goal is to really improve your live performances, then you need to make sure that the equipment you buy meets certain criteria.
It's great to be an excellent technical player but, in the end, you need to know a lot of songs to get out there to get steady paid gigs.
Do you, as a musician, conduct yourself in a professional manner? This article discusses some of the aspects of being professional. Read it and see where you stand.
Six simple strategies to help you develop and maintain a consistent, fruitful practice routine.
Goals are definitely important to have. Unfortunately, some people give up on their goals. I outline a few reasons as to why some do that.
Since most people have a limited budget, you need to buy the equipment you need and not just what you want.
I feel that sometimes we need to take an objective look at ourselves as musicians and assess our worth. In this article I explain why.
It should not take too long to set up for a gig. I have some suggestions to help you do it more quickly.
I have fairly long setlists. Equally important is the order of the songs on the list. Read on and I'll explain why that is.
Many people silently suffer from depression. Often they are afraid to seek help. Here are some tips for dealing with depression that have helped me.
Sometimes, as musicians, things don’t always go our way, but you just have to do what you have to do in order to prevail.
Let’s face it, if you are just like everyone else out there, you just aren’t going to stand out. That’s why you have to do the music your way.
The DigiTech JamMan Solo XT Phrase Sampler/Looper pedal has a number of great features. Not all of them can be covered in detail in a single review, but I will provide some of the finer points.
Many things are overlooked when you first start playing gigs. Among those things overlooked are the things you need to bring.
When you first start out playing gigs, you don’t realize right away that certain things should be done or avoided. I have a few tips regarding some things a newbie singer might want to think about.
If you are considering performing as a solo act, this article might just help you to decide one way or the other.
It's easier if your effects pedals are already hooked up together before you play live. All you have to do is plug the guitar into the first pedal and run a cable from the output of the last one.
The Digitech TRIO Guitar Multi Effect pedal "learns" a chord progression that the guitarist plays and then provides a backup drum and bass tracks based on the chord progression.
Some musicians like to jam just for fun but there are a lot of advantages for a musician or band that go far beyond just having fun.
This is a review of the Fender Deluxe Stratocaster electric guitar that I recently purchased.
Each major project should be approached with a good amount of forethought. That's why you should map out the various details in advance.
The Electro-Harmonix Synth 9 Synthesizer Machine is an effects pedal that can make your guitar or other stringed instrument sound like a synthesizer.
A lot of people are intimidated by the process of creating their own website. Many don't even know where to start. Hopefully this article could be helpful for getting started.
Phishing Scams are occurring more and more often. However, there are ways of protecting yourself from them.
To many, writing for a comic strip is the hardest part of creating one. This article offers some tips to make it easier.
In order to be able to attract visitors to your website, you need content. But how do you build up content quickly? This article suggests some ways to do just that.
Learning cover songs are not only good for expanding your set list but can also serve as lessons.
Open mics have their purposes but there is really no point in doing one when there isn't at least one good reason for doing so. This article talks about good reasons for going to one.
Here are my thoughts regarding the Epiphone Viola Bass Guitar.
Sometimes terrible things happen to us but they may also put us on a better path in life where we end up better off in the end.
Social network marketing increases your potential to promote your business or your creative works online. Establishing a daily routine can help significantly.
Most people want or expect immediate rewards for their efforts but it doesn't always work out that way.
Even slow progress is better than no progress and over a great deal of time, a lot of progress is made.
There are plenty of online article writers out there. Some have credibility and some may not. So how do you create credibility for yourself as an online article writer?
Using an assembly line approach to certain tasks can boost productivity, even outside of a manufacturing environment.
If you have a business with an online presence or if you are someone involved in the arts looking to promote your creative works, you need to consider doing some sort of internet branding.
Just about everyone has a social networking account of some type but not everyone knows how to use them effectively.
I create my comic strip one frame at a time in DAZ Studio. This article explains how I do it.
In this article, I give a few tips to people considering writing online articles.
This review is based upon my own experience with the purchase of the Eastwood Classic 12 guitar.
Sometimes our mindset is what minimizes our potential for success.
If you are involved in writing, art, music, or anything creative, you should really write all of your ideas down. I explain what I mean by that and why in this article.
If you're considering playing a soprano recorder and are unsure, I could give you a few ideas as to why you might want to purchase one.
Are you wondering if you should pick up the banjo? Here you will find some information that may help you decide.
I have used a good number of writing websites over the years. A good number of them are no longer around. There are a number of reasons for that though.
We have all heard the old saying "Write what you know" but have you taken inventory of everything you know that could be used to write articles?
You never know until you try.
Sometimes, when you make progress, what you have created in the process can actually become a resource.
If you are wondering if writing on HubPages is worth your time, I can give you a little information to help you decide as to whether or not you should give it a try.
Have you been considering purchasing a mandolin? Maybe you just don't know enough about mandolins to make a final decision. Hopefully this article will help.
If you have a number of websites, you might be better off just consolidating them and reallocating your various resources.
Sometimes you could be in a band situation for a while and get nowhere. There are a few signs, though, that will tell you if that's the case. If you see them, then it might be time for you to quit.
Some bands don't like to perform cover songs but there are a lot of good things that come from playing them.
Have you thought of starting your own online comic strip? Here are some tips to help you get started.
Some musicians will only create song lyrics inspired by the lyrics written by other musicians. However, there may be better sources for inspiration.
Work can be tedious at times, challenging and downright difficult but it doesn't have to be a constant state of misery for the worker.
Just because you have a website on the Internet, it doesn't mean that people are going to automatically visit it. It usually takes some course of action on your part to drive traffic to it.
One person could spend hours working on something being what we call "productive" yet yield very little in the way of results. Someone else, however, might be more effective.
Getting into a regular routine of recording your music is much easier if you are always set up and ready to go.
The results are in. Using an image with a tweet yields a better response.