Playing in a Band
What Are the Impediments to a Great Band Situation?
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.
Being Prepared for Unforeseen Technical Problems at Gigs
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.
Why the Bass Guitar Is Underrated
Why is the bass guitar so underrated? Are rock bassists just failed guitar players, looking for some other way to get into a band without having to really learn an instrument? Learn why the bass is looked down on, and the true importance of the bass guitar.
The Importance of Realizing Your Worth as a Musician
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.
Doing What You Have to Do to Succeed as a Musician
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.
Simple but Important Things to Remember to Bring to a Gig
Many things are overlooked when you first start playing gigs. Among those things overlooked are the things you need to bring.
Band Name Ideas That Will Make Others Green With Envy
It may start off as a group of people getting together to make some noise, but if you want fans, you've got to come up with a good name for your band.
8 Things I've Learned as a Full-Time Cover Band Musician
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.
How to Handle Criticism and Avoid Stage Fright as a Guitar Player
Learn how to deal with stage fright and handle the criticism and negativity that comes with playing guitar in public. Don’t let the haters bring you down!
10 Tips for Musicians on How To Be an Effective Band Leader
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.
16 Tips for Working Musicians on How to Be a Successful Club or Bar Cover Band
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 make a difference.
15 Things to Say on the Mic When Your Band Is Performing on Stage
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.
Top '90s Rock Songs Every Rock Cover Band Musician Should Know
The job of playing music in a cover band involves a neverending 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.
How to Run Band Practice: Rehearsal Tips for Guitar Players
These rehearsal tips will help guitar players understand how to run band practice most efficiently and accomplish their goals.
Top 10 Reasons Why Your Cover Band Is Not Successful
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.
Half Stack vs. Full Stack vs. Combo: Which Guitar Amp in a Band?
Half stack, full stack or combo? Learn which guitar amp is best in a band situation, and how to choose the right option for you.
50 Rock Songs That Every Cover Band Musician Should Know
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).
Good Band Name Ideas: A Band Ain't a Band Unless You Have One
Are you forming or have formed a band recently, and now you need some good band name ideas? You're in the right place.