Category: Tips & Tricks

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…

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…

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…

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…

10 Songs You Should Never Sing in Public if You’re a Straight Man

Picture this: You’re out with your buddies on a Friday night. You spot an attractive female across the bar. You point her out to your pals and they prod you to make a move. You take a few swigs of liquid courage and strut your way over to make your introduction. Your friends are watching all the while, cheering you on yet snickering at the same time. You extend a greeting to the fair lass and offer to buy her a drink. She accepts and you start with the casual chit-chat that everyone in the nightclub scene has been through…

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…

12 Random Objects That a Guitar Player Can Use at a Gig Instead of a Slide

Improvisation is a key element in performing music. Players often like to jam on sections of songs in order to put their own stamp on the tune. There are also some situations in which a band member has to improvise for a different reason. Even if you always carry a Survival Kit with you, there are certain circumstances where you will have forgotten or lost an item. A guitar slide (metal or glass) is commonly used among gigging players to replicate a solo that was on a particular recording – and it’s also used when a guitarist wants to create a unique…