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Can’t Gig? Alternative income for musicians

We all remember 2020. Concert venues were closed, tours were cancelled, and live music in general had an unprecedented slump due to COVID restrictions. Live musicians struggled. If playing out was your main or only source of income, you needed an alternative, at least for a while. Now, people are back on stage, but not everybody. People like me, for example, who are immunosuppressed, still have to be careful out there. Plus, maybe you’re not into gigging….

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Love Doing Outdoor Events? A Portable P.A. Will Help

If you’re like most rock-n-rollers, you like it loud. And who doesn’t? But if you’re serious about making music for a long time, you’ll want to protect your ears from long term damage. Contrary to popular belief, your ears don’t “get used” to being exposed to super loud music over time. Instead, they get damaged, and eventually, that damage can become permanent, leaving you at a disadvantage on stage or in the studio.

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Protecting Your Hearing in the Studio

If you’re like most rock-n-rollers, you like it loud. And who doesn’t? But if you’re serious about making music for a long time, you’ll want to protect your ears from long term damage. Contrary to popular belief, your ears don’t “get used” to being exposed to super loud music over time. Instead, they get damaged, and eventually, that damage can become permanent, leaving you at a disadvantage on stage or in the studio.

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Protecting Your Hearing On Stage

If you’re like most rock-n-rollers, you like it loud. And who doesn’t? But if you’re serious about making music for a long time, you’ll want to protect your ears from long term damage. Contrary to popular belief, your ears don’t “get used” to being exposed to super loud music over time. Instead, they get damaged, and eventually, that damage can become permanent, leaving you at a disadvantage on stage or in the studio.

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Mastering Good Stage Organization

…Then the singer tangles his foot in your cable, lurches forward, unplugs your cabinet with a screech, and bashes his forehead through the kick drum. The room is suddenly silent while you wonder why your strings make no sound. The greatest rock-n-roll moment in your band’s history? Maybe. But the show is also over – bloody and awesome as it may be.

More often, this foot-tangling disaster happens five minutes before go time, in which case you’ve got no show, no sound, and no epic moment.

This is just one reason you may want to take the time to master good stage organization.

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Start With the Drums: Cleaning Up Your Stage Sound from the Ground Up

We’ve talked at length about why you might want to turn down on stage, and how that can improve your stage sound overall. This conversation usually centers around guitar cabinets. There is ample justification for that, as an out of control guitar can be problematic, especially in a small room.

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Proper Stage Volume: Why (and How) You Might Want to Turn Your Amp Down on Stage

It’s no secret house sound engineers fight with guitarists about proper stage volume for amps, especially in small venues. It may even be a bit of a cliché to mention it. “Turn it down!” often becomes “I’ll turn it down for you!” and “I need it louder!” turns into “I’ll just sneak over here and turn this up…”.

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