Posts for : January 2017

Great Ways for Musicians to Get Kicked Out of a Band

Playing in a band is quite a bit different than any other job. There are things that you can get away with that you aren’t able to if you’re punching a time clock or working in an office. However, that doesn’t mean you’re immune from getting the boot if you’re compromising the goals of the group. 1. Be habitually late It’s understandable that once in a while you’ll run into circumstances that prevent you from getting to a gig on time. I’ve had my car break down, locked myself out of my apartment, and gotten the start time wrong which…

5 Reasons Why Musicians Should Be Using Facebook Live Right Now

Unless you’ve been living completely off the grid for the last six months, you know that internet behemoth Facebook launched its Live function for all to use anytime they choose. The social media leader is aggressively promoting this feature through numerous television ads that encourage the everyday person to invite the world into their unfiltered, real-time life. Some people will balk at the idea of becoming a voyeur’s entertainment, but for musicians, this opportunity is huge. There no way to overstate this. Facebook boasts over a billion users. That is a large percentage of humans walking the planet. Musicians now…

10 Tips for Playing a Cover Song

Although I’ve never counted, I can guess with confidence that I’ve learned and played well over a thousand cover songs in my career. I have a specific system that has developed over time that has proven effective for me in maintaining a career as a professional musician. Master the fundamentals below and you’ll be able to succeed in every gigging situation. 1. Learn the song correctly Most of the time when you’re playing covers, you’ll be playing popular songs. People in the crowd will expect to hear certain signature parts including guitar solos, melodic riffs, rhythmic patterns, and especially lyrics.…

What’s So Bad About Playing Cover Songs?

  I’m willing to bet that some people will see this headline and answer the question in the comments without even clicking to read the article. But for those of you that have taken the step to see what this is about, read on. For starters, why even ask this question? Let’s begin with my intention. I wish to change the mindset of some musicians who think that playing covers is just copying other people, or cheating, or taking an easy way out. “Write your own songs!” is a criticism I get a lot at Cover Band Central.   The…