How To Buy A Microphone For Live Performance

If you’re playing in bars and clubs, there will most likely come a day when you encounter a certain artifact. Some might call this artifact “The Scepter Of Plagues.” Others might name it “The Odiferous Transducer Of Doom.” The rest of us just call it a mic that’s been beaten half-to death, and which has…

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Music, Desire, and the Trap

At my beginning, there was music and desire. That was enough. All I thought about was guitars, bands, writing songs, and performing. Then, other factors crept in, corrupting me and my pure little world. The feelings of self doubt that plague most performers started and stayed with me. My biggest fear was not being good…

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Approaching The Venue That Doesn’t Know You

It’s sort of like looking up a very steep hill – there’s a venue you’re hoping to play at, but they have no idea who you are. How do you get their attention? Having been a venue operator “back in the day,” I’ve received numerous “cold” contacts. Some of them got me to respond positively,…

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Percussive Maintenance

I’ve never had any drum mics that were better than a basically decent transducer being pointed at a great drummer who’d done their homework.

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Simplify

If it isn’t a problem, don’t solve it.

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Music Is So Much More Than Recordings

By my calculations, the music business should have completely ended at least 10 years ago. Or, at least, it should have if all the predictions were right about the sky falling.

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Ask The Captain: Episode II – Monetizing Your Email List

We discuss how to musicians can monetize their email lists.

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How to Play a Nursing Home Tour

Yes, any place or activity where seniors are specifically invited can be a potential gig. I would like to add, though, that it takes a special personality to get along best in this type of venue. You must be someone who GENUINELY cares about senior citizens and their well-being and who likes the crooning songs, old time favorites, and singalongs that they enjoy.

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