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What to Do When They Don’t Give You the Gig Details
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What to Do When They Don’t Give You the Gig Details

Q: I recently had a strange experience when I got asked to play a gig, but was given practically no information. When I asked for more details (when, where, how long, how much, etc.), I got vibed hard by the guy, as if I was only in it for the money and why couldn’t I just say yes or no...

The Lightbulb Moment: Setting The Stage
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: Setting The Stage

I’m standing in front of my amp. I’m sure of it. It’s two feet behind me, the light is on, and there’s definitely sound coming out of it – well, at least I’m pretty sure that there’s sound coming out of it. There comes a time in every musician’s life when you realize that a sound check can be an...

How Can I Play In Any Setting?
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How Can I Play In Any Setting?

Q: I’ve been checking out this site for a while. Love it all. However, I have a problem: I don’t know where to start. Let me tell you a little about me. I’ve played bass for quite some time and even taken lessons by some famous players. I’m the student that everyone dreams of. I practice incessantly. With all that...

How to Get Called Back for the Gig (Or Not)
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How to Get Called Back for the Gig (Or Not)

So I just came home from a recording session and the conversation I had before I split had me thinking for the entire drive home. We were speaking about a few other bassists that the band had tried to use, and the various issues they encountered. The songwriter chimed in at that point with a story about one of the...

Working Through the Hiccups in a Band
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Working Through the Hiccups in a Band

Q: My band and I have started playing out in bars and clubs, and one thing keeps me on edge: No matter how much we prepare and rehearse, there are always hiccups. How do the pros know how to deal with things going wrong (like someone going to the wrong section of the tune, the drummer drops a beat or...

A Drummer’s Perspective on Bass Playing
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A Drummer’s Perspective on Bass Playing

For this week’s column, I asked a good friend of mine – Seattle-based drummer Tarik Abouzied – to talk about what he looks for in a bassist, from a drummer’s perspective. I thought he may have some insights as he’s also a pretty phenomenal bassist, in addition to being a complete badass on the drums. Whenever I can’t make one...

The Lightbulb Moment: Rehearsal — Treat It Like A Gig
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: Rehearsal — Treat It Like A Gig

Your phone lights up with a text message about a gig next Saturday night… score! You’re available, the money is decent, and your drummer friend recommended you. It’s an overall win! You accept the gig and receive a follow up text: “Let’s rehearse Tuesday night.” Thankfully, you’re free, but you realize that you only have 48 hours to learn all...

Preparing for Multiple Gigs
Ask Damian Erskine

Preparing for Multiple Gigs

Q: What advice do you have for making time for all the different gigs that you have to prepare for? I freelance with more than 20 different groups ranging from standards on the upright, to a wedding band (lots of pop soul tunes to learn accurately), to original music and sometimes orchestral reading concerts. It’s difficult to be prepared and...

On the Road with Peat Rains from You Bred Raptors?: Part 4
On the Road with Peat Rains

On the Road with Peat Rains from You Bred Raptors?: Part 4

Part 4 – Tallahassee/Atlanta/Chattanooga/Charlotte/Louisa Tallahassee, FL – The Wilbury Our original tour routing didn’t include Florida. But like the songs we play, the original concept greatly varies from the final product. We had heard so many mixed reports of touring in Mississippi and Alabama from other musicians, as well as some close comedian friends. Half of them said to skip...

On the Road with Peat Rains from You Bred Raptors?: Part 3
On the Road with Peat Rains

On the Road with Peat Rains from You Bred Raptors?: Part 3

Part 3 – Fort Worth / Denton / Austin / Houston / New Orleans Fort Worth / Denton, TX – Shipping & Receiving / Gatsby’s Mansion We were zero for three after our last solid anchor date on this tour. As feared, the Midwest was predictably financially draining for us. While we made some solid fans and had a good...