How Much Should My Band Charge?

So your band is ready to play out. You have the sets all worked out, equipment is ready and now it is time to book some dates. If you haven't booked a gig yet, get ready. Because how much you charge is going to come up pretty early in the conversation with whoever is booking you. There is no easy answers. In fact, every new business or freelancer will come across this situation. If you ask for too…

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The Six Best Second Instruments for a Guitarist

It happens. We get curious. We daydream. What if I played piano too? Do I want to be a beginner again? What are the best second instruments for a guitarist? Why should you learn a second instrument? First of all, learning your second instrument will be easier than your first. At least now you have a better idea of how music works. A second instrument can actually make you better at your first instrument. So whether you are…

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The Worst Gig I Ever Had and What I Learned From It

Most of my gigs fall into one of these lineups: guitarist and singer for a blues band, lead guitarist for a rock band, guitarist and singer for an acoustic duo and rarely, a solo guitarist and singer. I am comfortable with all of these lineups except the last one. While my guitar skills are fine, my singing is, well, not as good as my guitar playing. Most of my solo gigs are basically accidents: the other guy forgot…

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Creating Gigs for Musicians

So you have your favorite monthly gig. You’ve been playing there for two years, always get an appreciative crowd, and there is never any haggling over the price at the end of the night. And then you get the call, “Hey man, we’re gonna stop bands and instead have karaoke. Come in for a beer sometime, maybe you can get up and sing a few songs!” Another gig bites the dust! It’s happened to all of us. Maybe…

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21 Side Hustles for Musicians

I originally wrote this article with guitar players in mind but realized these are all side hustles for musicians in general. It really doesn't matter if you play guitar or piano. You have a passion, you have skills, you have a boat load of knowledge. Why not make a few extra bucks? We all need an extra buck once in a while, right? And why not earn some money while doing something you love and utilizing the skills…

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