Sunday, October 30, 2011
Sounds like classic rock but its actually all fresh tracks. Guitarist Doug Ellman uses zero effects except a wah pedal on one track and heaps of slide.Its all vintage guitars cranked through an old tube amp. Jim Keegan has been playing the same vintage Fender J-bass for a millennium and there are no better drummers around than Ray Williams. The Beer Brothers all sing lead and get into intense close harmony and have distinct separate voices keeping each track new.
The Beer Brothers having been on an extended tour of Florida for over a dozen years tend to write about life in the Sunshine State. From the comedic Boca Homeless to the town of Hollywood and well of course something they are well versed in....BEER!
The band has incredible fun on stage and so does the audience...sincere Ray is made to laugh by not one but 2 resident class clowns Doug and Jim. Depending on the mood of the band, the audience or time and space The Brothers can launch into long improvisations that would satisfy any Jam Band aficionado. Just keep in mind right when you think they are getting serious they will make you laugh!
Sunday, October 23, 2011
If you're more of a folk, country or bluegrass fan, you'd probably enjoy the acoustic guitar. Whereas if you're more drawn to metal, or hard rock, the electric guitar is where you'll find your fun! Choosing a guitar that closely represents the music you enjoy gives you an upper hand and you'll probably learn to play faster since you've got music to mimic while you practice.
The acoustic guitar is easy to grab and go and play wherever you are - home, the beach, the bus stop, anywhere! You don't need an amp or any electronic accessories. Keep in mind though, that acoustic guitars tend to be bulkier than electric guitars and can be slightly more difficult to learn.
Electric guitars are great because they offer a great deal of sound diversity with distortion and effects. You can create aggressive sounds that acoustic guitars aren't capable of. Electric guitars are thinner than acoustic guitars and are easy to carry, but if you want to take advantage of all of the sound capabilities you'll need electricity and an amp with you.
If you still aren't sure what you'd like to play, take matters into your own hands and go to your local music store and play both for a while. Maybe you'll find that you naturally gravitate to one over the other. Who knows, maybe you'll be rocking house like The Beer Brothers Band someday!
Friday, October 21, 2011
The Beer Brothers Band for example. We've been around the block a few times and we tell it like it is. Our music is brutally honest, downright hilarious and when you think we're being serious, think again! We're just here to have fun with a beer in hand laughs in the audience. We mix rock, blues, and on stage improv to give you a show you'll never forget. If convention is what you're here for, you certainly won't find it in our show!
Stop by our site and check out our CD. If you love what you hear and we give you some good laughs, let us know. We'd be thrilled to play at your next event or even just a casual house party. We guarantee you nothing less than a hilariously good time!
And remember, whether your message is silly or serious, stick to something that is meaningful to you!
Sunday, October 9, 2011
2. Bass (or Kick) Drum - The kick drum is a very large drum that creates a very low "thump" sound. In pop music, the bass drum is used to keep time (or the beat) within a song.
3. Bass Drum Pedal - used to strike the bass drum. In more advanced sets, a double bass pedal can be installed to create a more versatile sound.
4. Tom-Toms - these are typically smaller in diameter than the snare, but have not wires strung across the bottom, and are typically longer to create deeper tones. They are usually fitted with adjustable mountings for floor stands on attached to the top of the kick drum.
5. Floor Tom - A double-headed tom-tom with legs mounted to the side so the drum can stand alone. Floor toms usually have a deeper tone than the typical tom-toms. Floor toms are usually placed on the right side of the set, to the right of the tom-toms.
6. Hi-Hat and Pedal - The hi-hat cymbal rests on a stand to the left of the snare drum and consists of two individual cymbals and a pedal which, when pressed, brings the two symbols together to create a crashing sound. If the hi-hat is struck while the pedal is pressed, a short sound can be created, often to hold the beat of a song on conjunction with the kick drum. A hi-hat stuck when the pedal is released produces a high, sustained sound.
7. Cymbals - Cymbals are made in a variety of shapes and designs and can create several different sounds depending on the needs of the song. They are typically used to accent a traditional beat and add flare to any song. Advanced drumsets can have many cymbals surrounding the drums.
There you have it! The anatomy of a drumset isn't as overwhelming as you'd think! As always, thank you for visiting the Beer Brothers Band Blog!
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Audio mixers are one of the most commonly used pieces of equipment in live performance and recording. Here are some tips and tricks for using one correctly!
1. Make sure all of your cables (going to and from the mixer) are plugged in properly.
2. Plan out your inputs. Make sure you know which source is plugged into which specific channel. Once they're plugged in you can alter each source individually.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Writing a song can come easily if you're in the zone and have inspiration. The hard part is usually naming the song. How you choose one word or short phrase to sum up everything you sing about in a 3.5 minute song? Here are some suggestions!
1. Give the song a placeholder. For example, Paul McCartney had written a song that was full of meaning but he didn't know what to call. For a while he called it "Ham and Eggs." We know it today as "Yesterday!"
2. Think about the what the song means to you and what led you to write it. Was it a person? A memory? A place? An idea? Try using what inspired you to write in in the first place.
3. Read through your lyrics. There may be a line or word that really stands out to you in the song.
4. If you like artsy sounding words or phrases, take a line or some specific words from your song and Google them as a phrase. You might get some interesting results!
5. Go for an over the top title that may not even have anything to do with the lyrics in the song. That's a great way to make the song title memorable and may even be the only title on the CD that your audience remembers... just because it was so out there!
There are so many ways to play with song titles and you can see that we've done just that with our track titles! Whatever you choose you to, live it up and rock on!
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Here are a few good things to know about recording your music in a studio!
- Make sure your guitars and basses are strung with fresh strings, and use a good tuner to make sure you're tuned and ready to go!
- With drums, you may consider putting fresh skins on your snare, toms and kick. If doing so, those will need some tuning as well.
- Singers beware! A number of factors can influence your performance in the studio, including nerves, energy level, alcohol consumption and smoking. Be sure to warm up before getting into the vocal booth and try some vocal exercises to get you started.
- Any band member who will be singing, lead or backup vocals, have a copy of your lyrics readily available just in case the words slip your mind.
- Be prepared to try out a few different mics so the studio engineer can find one that compliments your voices and instruments.
- Check with the studio engineer for placement of instruments and mics. They do these things all the time and will likely have valuable input.
- Most importantly, have fun!
Sunday, August 7, 2011
You've got your gig scheduled, but what gear are you supposed to bring? Be sure to check with every venue prior to your performances as some may provide a certain things, like the sound system, and some may not. You wouldn't want to show up expecting microphones and speakers, only to find out YOU were supposed to bring them!
Here is a short list of things you should definitely bring:
- Each guitarist should have his main guitar and a backup, including the bass plater.
-Your sound gear.
-Batteries, just in case you need to tune your instruments with a battery operated tuner.
-Lighting equipment, if needed.
-Extra mics and cables.
Remember, none of this will do you any good if you don't remember to bring it, so make checklists for each band member and have them check items off as they gather them into one central location.
Once you're at the venue, you're set up and ready to go, all that is left is to rock house like The Beer Brothers Band!
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
You're excited, you're nervous, now what? Here are a few guidelines to follow to keep yourself calm and have a great show!
- It may sound funny, but make sure you know when to arrive. Arrive as early as your venue will allow. This will give you time to set up and maybe have a rehearsal.
- Find out if you can come in a day or two in advance to get your equipment set up. This will save you time and stress on the actual day of the event.
- If you are just one of many bands on the bill, remember that showing up late can easily get you removed from the schedule.
- In you are part of a bill of many bands, be sure to be early and waiting in the wings in case you need to go on early.
- Be sure to tell your loyal following when you'll be playing. The show may start at 7pm, but you may not be on until 8:45pm. That is an important detail to share with your fans!
- Prepare a set list! This will help your set(s) run smoothly and you'll always know what's next.
- Most importantly, have a good time! Once you're on stage playing, your nerves will calm down and you'll be able to enjoy every moment!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
So, you've gathered some musicians together to form a band but haven't thought of a name yet. Try following these simple guidelines to come up with your name!
- Consider the names of the bands and musicians you listen to on a regular basis.
- Think about the message you want to deliver with your name and your music.
- Try to avoid names that will offend your listeners.
- Avoid names that are difficult to pronounce.
- Choose a name that is memorable, something people will remember.
Have fun brainstorming and coming up with a name for your new band!
Monday, July 11, 2011
Writing your own music can give a fantastic creative outlet as well as help you share your ideas with your friends, family and more! Here are few great tips for helping you get started on your own music!
- Start with your lyrics. Once you've got a basic idea of what you want to say, think about a melody.
- Listen and learn from musicians you already enjoy listening to.
- Have fun! Remember there is no wrong answer in writing your own music. Write what makes you happy!
- Seek opinions from those you care about. Remember that the people closest to you may be biased so seeking impartial opinions can be helpful.
- Practice! The more you write, the better you'll become. There's no right way to write, but you'll find your niche in time.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
The Beer Brothers have been around and have paid their dues...and now have an amazing album to prove it!
If you love Rock music and Jam Bands then this is the album for you! We are Florida's #1 drinking band! Just when you think we are getting serious, we turn around and make you laugh! We leave audiences stunned by our mixture of modern rock, blues and improvisation. We are loose, but tight on stage - after so many years playing together we defy category and convention!
CLICK HERE to sample the album and buy it! We recommend you take a listen to track #6 - Boca Homeless!