Category: Tips & Tricks

Marketing Bootcamp – Branding Your Band

Everyone claims to be a Marketer. And they are right. We are all “marketing” ourselves everyday whether it’s our job performance to our employer, our worthiness to our spouses, our opinions on social media, or why you should come see my band play Friday night. We are all trying to influence each other in one way or another. However, most people don’t do it correctly, nor approach it with a well thought out strategy. Applying even some basic marketing principles can reap big rewards with your band in attendance, sales, bookings and engagement. strat·e·gy /ˈstradəjē/ noun 1: a long-range plan…

Why We Don’t Allow Event Invites in the Cover Band Central Facebook Group

  If you’ve spent any time whatsoever in the wildly popular Cover Band Central Facebook Group, you’ll know that dozens of people every day post something about their upcoming event — usually a band performance. While I applaud people for trying to get the word out to get fans to come to their show, there are several reasons why this is not the right place to market your gig. I do understand, however, that many musicians don’t know the proper way to advertise online,  nor are they educated on reaching the right audience. Although it’s easy to simply delete these…

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 makes a difference. In just about every city and town in the United States, as well as many around the world, you’ll find a public venue that hosts live music. Whether you’re a full band, a duo or a solo artist – there’s plenty of opportunity to have fun and make some money. The most successful bands and artists practice certain fundamentals that have been proven effective…

50 Rock Songs That Every Cover Band Musician Should Know

One of the joys of playing music in a cover band is that you get to replicate some of the most popular songs in the history of music. Audiences throughout the world love these songs, which of course contributes to their longevity. Not every band will play all of these songs, in fact some won’t play any of them. I’m not suggesting that these songs should be your set list. But as a working musician I have played many gigs with bands that I had never rehearsed with or even met, and I’ve found in those cases that it was…

Top ’90s Rock Songs Every Rock Cover Band Musician Should Know

The 1990s was a time of major change in the world of popular rock music, unlike any that had been seen before—or since. The excess and showmanship of the ’80s had grown tired, and a new paradigm emerged, temporarily obliterating every hair-metal and glam-rock band. The generation that grew up in that decade has now reached the age where they have real jobs, have money to spend, and can afford to go out to see cover bands in bars and clubs. More and more, those patrons are requesting songs that represent their youth, and as a cover band musician it’s…

5 Essential Social Media Tips for Musicians

  If you play music either as a profession or just as a hobby, it’s imperative to create and maintain an online presence. In these times, there is no easier way to get yourself out there, connect with the right people, and develop a rapport with industry folks and fans alike than by properly using social media. Below are the most important aspects of successfully accomplishing this responsibility. Follow these essential principles and you will see your numbers go up, your engagement increase, and your progress escalate exponentially. 1. The Big Four   It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the…

Song Selection in a Cover Band – 10 Factors to Consider

Among the important decisions that you’ll make when playing covers, one of the most vital for your success is the songs you choose. There are thousands of great songs to pick from that will work on the cover band circuit; but in order to have some longevity, you want to take into consideration the following factors. 1. Venue/type of gig Are you playing in a bar or pub? In many of those cases you’ll want to stick with classic rock. Playing a wedding? You’ll want to stick to standards and party tunes. You’ll know going in what kind of crowd…

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.…

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