Category: Marketing

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…

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.…

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…

Stuff You Should Say on the Mic When Your Band is Performing on Stage

If you’re fortunate enough to be a musician that gets to work in public, there is some business to take care of during your show. In general, it’s the lead vocalist that communicates with the crowd, but anyone in the band with access to a microphone can participate. A lot of these things may seem obvious. You may also already be doing them without realizing it, or more importantly, realizing how it actually benefits your band. These are all very simple things to include in your “repartee” during the course of your show, and many of them should even be…

Glossary of Common Words and Phrases Used by Working Musicians

If you’ve ever been around a musician, you know that they have a language all their own. If you are a musician, you’ll be familiar with many of these real-world terms below. This glossary is a work in progress, as people constantly come up with new ways to say things, and I’m sure I’ve excluded many that didn’t come to mind. So feel free to offer your suggestions in the comments below, and I’ll add the good ones to this index. This is the only list of its kind on the internet, so consider it a reference tool for you…

10 Easy Ways to Get More Likes on Your Facebook Music Page

There are several responsibilities when it comes to playing music in a band. You need to book gigs, write or pick the right songs, rehearse, buy and maintain expensive equipment, travel (sometimes far)…and much more. One of the most crucial aspects, though, is building and cultivating a fan base. And one of the easiest ways to accomplish that online is with a Facebook Page. A Page on Facebook differs from your regular profile account in several ways, but most notably, that you can have unlimited fans (or “Likes”), as opposed to the 5000 friend limit with your profile. You can…

Top 10 Reasons Why Bass Players Rule

  Every stereo ever made has an option to adjust the bass. There’s no guitar knob. You won’t find a way to make the drums louder. The singer’s output is set and out of your control. But the bass…you can turn up the bass. Nobody turns it down. It takes a special kind of person to be a bass player. Oh sure…lots of people can play some stuff on the bass, but that doesn’t necessarily make them a bassist. There are certain unique qualities one must possess to be the keeper of the bottom end. Below are the Top 10…

Top 10 Reasons Why Your Cover Band Is Not Successful

All around the world, there are tens of thousands of musicians that play covers. The presentations vary considerably including, but not limited to – wedding bands, tribute bands, corporate bands, party bands, top 40 bands, bar bands, acoustic happy hour solo artists, and weekend warriors – and most play on a regular or at least semi-regular basis. Just about all of these musicians play for some compensation, usually monetary. And I’d venture to guess that the majority of them prefer to play with people in the room. In this day and age, there are so many things that a band…

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