So You Play Bass – Now What?

Let’s say you’ve invested a number of years getting your skill set together as a bass player. You subscribe to one (or more) of the bass-oriented music magazines. You’ve maybe taken a number of years of private lessons with various

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Weather and the Working Musician

The midway at Bloomsburg fair after the rains hit.

Rain, rain, go away Come again another day When I’m not loading in! Adapted from nursery rhyme

One of the things that many musicians forget about when making plans is the weather. As a touring musician, I can tell you that’s a mistake!

Mother Nature is not nice – ever. She just pretends to be nice. Then, when you’re least expecting it, she throws a torrential rain storm at you while you’re loading in to a venue, a sends a tornado to chase you across a state while you’re headed to your gig. Let me give you an example: Continue reading

Playing in the Band

So, you want to see if you’ve got what it takes to make it on stage. Before you head out for the limelight, let’s make sure you’re ready, ok?

Playing in a band is about more than making good music. After all, even though we say we play music, we call it the music business. In order to be successful, you’ll need to be business-like in your approach to playing live. What follows are the basics of approaching live performance in a business-like manner. Learn these simple guidelines and you stand a much better chance of being asked back to the club you’re about to storm. Continue reading

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