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!