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Every couple of months, I see another post in my Facebook feed about a band that was cut off by an 18-wheeler or skidded on a patch of black ice and rolled their van into a ditch. Some members are injured, and they're launching a Kickstarter campaign to pay for medical bills and to get back on their feet.My heart (and often, money) goes out to them. But if you need to crowdfund your hospital costs...
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We all know those bands that completely transform when they step on a stage. True performers make use of every second of their set and push themselves to their very limits. These types of shows are truly memorable and leave fans wanting to sing their praises to everyone they meet!There are a lot of subtleties that go into creating a truly mindblowing experience for your fans. It's a given that you...
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A sound guy can make or break your show. It doesn’t matter how good you play, you are going to sound like shit to the crowd if you aren’t mixed properly. If you piss them off, then they may not take the extra care needed to make sure your band is sounding great for the audience. It is recommended to get a sound guy of your own once you start to get serious about your gigs. Until then just don’t pi...
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The most successful bands and artists practice certain fundamentals that have been proven effective time and time again. In order to get better paying gigs and more of them, you'll want to follow in the footsteps of those before you that have made a good living playing live music.Below are some essential guidelines to make a priority whenever you're playing a show. These are all things that you sh...
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Ever wondered why your band struggles to even get pub gigs, yet a fresh new band is packing out venues from day one? Fed up of having to resort to Pay2Play gigs because no decent promoter is willing to take a chance with you? The secret to success is in plain sight, it's just only a few have the vision to see it. This guide covers the importance of planning ahead, how to gain attention for your ba...
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So lets take it your in a band and you’ve spent endless days , nights and weekends locked away in your practise room, basement or home studio and the days arrived your about to play your first “serious gig “ . By serious I mean not a party you have arranged or a jam at someones birthday . But a proper gig in front of people at a professional venue with other bands  where you may or may not be...
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It always starts with something small, a seemingly insignificant act that can have a huge effect on the rest of your life.Horror stories usually begin like this.Guitar tuners. We all use them. Clip-on. Stomp box. Software. Part of your modeler. Built in to your guitar.I use them every day in the studio. But have you ever had to get in tune without one? No problem, right? Just do all the little tri...
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We’ve all been to bars and seen the bands playing the original showcases. Let’s face it; many bands leave most people slightly less than impressed. Live performance can be a tricky beast with so many variables and in-the-moment developments, it’s nearly impossible to plan for every contingency. Here are ten tips to help your band take your live show to the next level. Rehearse Your show begins...
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Whenever you see professional videos from concerts they will always look way more intense than the show really was. This is because the camera crew is doing their job and covering the concert from all angles so, when the guitarist bursts into his (or her) epic solo, the camera goes crazy and turns and makes it look like they're doing much more work. In reality, during solo parts, the guitarist is ...
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