Nobody really likes a job with a boss breathing down your neck and nagging about deadlines and TPS reports. I'm here to tell you that there is hope - and big perks that come with working for yourself!
Sooner than later, all of the musical heroes that inspired us to pick up a guitar, sing a song, and play a gig will be gone. How will the music live on?
I never believed I could quit smoking. I was wrong.
If you play music either as a profession or just as a hobby, it's imperative to create and maintain an online presence.
These tips are meant to help you avoid the tragedy of losing a gig. In this case, you don't want to do any of this stuff.
Every musician knows that you can never stop learning. When you are fortunate enough to gig as much as I do, you learn a lot of stuff.
There is a specific system that has proven effective in working as a musician or playing covers in any band. Master these fundamentals and you'll be able to succeed in every gigging situation.
There's an art to selecting the right material to play live. Follow these tips to win over any crowd.
Live streaming is the newest way to connect with the world, and it's not going away anytime soon. For musicians, this is an amazing opportunity never before available on such a major scale. Read on.
Although almost every musician has played at least one cover song in their life, there is still a stigma attached to performers who don't write their own material. Unfortunately, by other musicians.
Social media can be a very powerful tool if you know how to navigate its murky waters. But for some, all it does is create more confusion.
Of all of the types of cover bands that are out there, wedding bands possibly offer the most advantages. You might be able to think of a few more reasons, but for me, here are the ten that stand out.
Whether you have one new song to learn for your next rehearsal, or you have a huge list of tunes for a new gig to get down, these tips are everything you need to get it done right.
Are you tired of political posts? Angry rants? Violence and negativity? Well look no further! You can create your own custom News Feed and enjoy Facebook again! It only takes a few minutes. Read on!
What do you call a guy who hangs out with musicians? A drummer! Haha. It's an old joke that people tell to attempt to make fun of our lovable skin-beaters, but the laugh is on them. Drummers rule!
If you You Tube right, you can make money - maybe even good money. And you can do this! These are the most frequent errors or omissions that I've seen by musicians that can be easily fixed in no time.
People who are inherently comfortable with being in charge are sometimes very good leaders. However, if they don't follow these basic guidelines, even they can often fall short.
If you play an instrument or sing, you know that musicians sometimes have a unique way of communicating. Many of these terms have a different meaning to most people, but all are used in the music biz.
If you want to excel in the cover music scene, it's not always a question of your level of skill, but often just a matter of focusing on the right things that makes a difference. Click in to see them.
Working as a musician is fun! There are many reasons why opting to play covers can be a good idea. Even though you're not selling records or touring the world, you can still enjoy a "rock star" life.
There have been many, many movies and documentaries made about real life musicians. Some of them have been critically acclaimed (Ray, Amadeus, This Is It, A Hard Day's Night) while others have been...
That is...when you're not playing music. You never want dead air; so it's best to have a practical checklist of things that you should be talking about to keep the show moving along. Here ya go. :)
The job of playing music in a cover band involves a never ending responsibility to learn new songs. While these songs may not be new to you, they are ones that you need to know if you play regularly.
Guys should really never be singing anything in public unless they do it for a living. But if you feel the urge, for any reason, you best steer away from any of these songs, or else be marked for life.
There are many musicians and bands all over the world that don't get the exposure that they deserve simply because they don't know what to do. Follow these tips and learn how you can be heard.
Some artists are so good at replicating a song that you can barely tell the difference between the original and the cover. But this artist wants little to do with the original versions of pop tunes.
New Jersey isn't just all about The Boss and JBJ. Hidden in the suburban and rural towns of the Garden State are many gifted musicians that are largely unknown. It's time you got to know this one.
The heart of the United States holds a hidden treasure in a band full of veteran players that know how to put together a show with incredible vocals and high-quality musicianship. Click and read on!
What do you get when you have a front woman that owns the stage and is easy on the eyes, a band of solid musicians that can play any style, and a non-stop party night after night? Click and find out!
Be honest. You want to be doing better. You know you're good, but you know there are some things that you're missing or could be improved upon. You're right. Read on.
Some songs are so iconic that they are covered by some of the best cover bands in the world. It doesn't matter if everyone in the audience knows it. If you can play, let your talent shine!
Few cover bands are able to integrate talent from so many different influences and have it solidify into a unique, yet cohesive product in the cover band scene. But yes, there are a few. Here is one.
It's lucky Season 13, and this year we've got a slew of talent in the Top 10. Take the ride along with me as we dissect the performances and watch as the horse race unfolds. It's a wild one!
The 1980's. It was a period of excess when it came to popular culture. The clothes, the hair, the make-up, and the music were all over the top. You can still relive that time with this killer band.
Our second installment for CBC's Spotlight brings us to the East Coast where a young band is making serious waves on the Jersey Shore and beyond.
Common, everyday items have many functions. Some are even practical for working musicians. Things that may seem useless in the live music performance world can actually come in quite handy. Read on!
Our very first featured "Spotlight" artists are a duo you may have heard about already - but if not, you need to get to know them now.
Here are a few names: Danny Bonaduce. Derek Smalls. Bobby Dall. Gene Simmons. I think you can see where I'm going with this. Maybe? No? Oh...just read the article, already.
There are fewer places in the world with a thriving music scene as active as New Orleans. It's THE place to hear some of the best rock music and musicians in the land. Here are the best places to go.
Spend more time making music, save money, and spend less time worrying about carrying around outdated technology. These useful free apps are simply a must if you spend any time working as a musician.
If you want to be taken seriously by your friends, peers and casual acquaintances, it's time you started thinking about what you write on the internet for all to see. Here are the primary reasons why.
Making money online is easy and fun. There are millions of sellers on ebay, but only a select few know how to easily do well and bury the competition. Follow these simple rules if you want to succeed.
Having an extensive catalog of songs that you know how to play is essential for any successful musician and cover band. These are the songs that just about every band plays at some point, with lyrics.
If you want to make money playing live music, there's much more to it than simply being good at your instrument. The business and etiquette aspects are vital to master if you want to persevere.
You already know the songs. You know about the crazy outfits, the hair, the big stages, the lights, the dry ice and the blink-and-you-missed-it edits. But did you ever notice all of the spinning?
If you're serious about playing music, you need to be prepared. Veteran players know that in order to get steady work, they need a well-stocked survival kit. Carry these items and be ready for anything.
So you want to play in a cover band? Maybe you already do? Either way, here are the songs that if you don't play already, you'll perform more times than you can count. Learn 'em and get to love 'em!