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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…

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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.…

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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…

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Common Mistakes Musicians Make Making YouTube Videos…and How To Fix Them

You Tube is the third most popular website in the world, and the fourth most popular in the United States, behind only Amazon (3), Facebook (2), and Google at the top slot – according to Alexa.com. More than 1 billion unique users visit You Tube every month. One billion. Every month. So yeah, it’s very popular…and it’s here to stay. It’s the new television for the modern age. But the great thing about living in this time is that you have control over the broadcast, and anyone can do it – and do it well. All you need to know…

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10 Perks of Playing in a Wedding Band

When I started Cover Band Central, I had played in almost every variation of a cover band. I’ve worked extensively in classic rock bands, had long stints in a couple of blues bands, gigged with an all female dance outfit, played with party bands at casinos and festivals, covered Country and R&B, performed for vocal recitals, and jammed on huge stages with several tribute acts. But up until a few months ago, I had never been in a wedding band. As is my nature, I began listing the things that I love about this new found vocation. If you’ve ever…

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Top 10 Reasons Why Drummers Rule

I’m not a drummer. But I’m pretty sure that I could play fairly okay if I had a kit and put in some work. A lot of other musicians would say the same thing, because knowing how to play an instrument with proficiency requires that you understand how to maintain a tempo. But of course, there’s a lot more that’s cool about playing drums than just simply keeping time. And even if you can sit behind a kit and play on the two and four with consistency, it doesn’t make you a drummer. Beat-keepers are a unique lot: guys and…

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16 Tips For Musicians On How To Learn Songs Quickly, Easily, and Effectively

  I was recently offered a gig with a well-known, hard-working cover band on the Gulf Coast of the U.S. and had to learn their song list quickly. While the task of picking up 60+ new tunes in about two weeks was somewhat overwhelming, I realized during the process that I’ve developed a pretty good routine over the years that gets the job done. Below are some real-world suggestions that when implemented, will help you get a lot of songs down in a short amount of time well enough to play at rehearsal, or even for the first time at…

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Top 10 Greatest Movies About Fictional Musicians

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 universally panned (Spice World, Justin Bieber’s Believe). Only a handful of cinematic tales have graced the silver screen (and your local Redbox) involving make-believe musicians and singers. The idea has given birth to some great original music itself, and has also replicated some songs that had enjoyed prior success by the artists that the movie paid tribute to or expanded upon. Below is a list of the…

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10 Tips for Musicians on How To Be an Effective Band Leader

When you are in charge of a group of people, there are several responsibilities that fall on your shoulders. If you’ve never been in a management position or haven’t had any business training, this can be a challenging endeavor. The truth is that it’s really not all that difficult, as long as you know what to do. The most successful leaders in any capacity practice certain fundamentals that have proven to be repeatedly effective. It may seem like a lot to remember, but you’ll find that the majority of the responsibility as a leader will involve troubleshooting and problem solving.…

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14 Tips on How to be Successful as a Musician in a Working Band

“I want to make more money” This is the predominant concern that I hear from most working musicians – and with good reason. The rate of pay for bands that play in bars, clubs and pubs hasn’t changed much over the last 10, 20, even 30 years in some cases. In the meantime, the cost of living has continued to rise. This has caused concern for many working musicians. Gas is expensive. A cracked cymbal will barely be able to be replaced by the take from one gig. Rehearsing, promoting, and putting together a stage outfit all cost money. So…

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