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How Much Time Will it Take to Record My Band?

The amount of hours you spend in the studio recording and mixing are dependent upon many things. While I don’t think studio engineers are attempting to be dishonest about the time you will have to book, I’ve yet to be involved in a recording project that didn’t go well beyond what both the engineer and

How To Write the Perfect Set List

While there is no absolute science to writing a perfect set list, and it’s often impossible to predict precisely what an audience will be like, I do think there are some common sense guidelines to putting together a song order that will serve your band the best. The following are the guidelines I always use

Nobody Ever Told Me I Have Small Hands!

or… You Are What You Believe You Are. I once played in a band with a lead singer, Paul, who wasn’t particularly handsome. Paul wasn’t particularly tall either. I’m quite certain he wasn’t aware of either of these distinctions, and I’m absolutely certain that if he was, he never considered them handicaps. Weekend after weekend

How and Where to Find Musicians for Your Band

Once upon a time there was a boy named John. John loved to play guitar. One sunny day shortly after his 15th birthday, John discovered that his new next door neighbor Jim played drums. Jim told John that he had a great friend named Jane who loved to sing and play the bass. John, Jim,

How To Learn Cover Tunes on Guitar and Bass

When challenged with learning a new cover tune on guitar or bass, many beginner musicians immediately jump to one of the many tablature websites. If you’re not familiar with tab (short for tablature), it’s a very simple form of music notation using fingering on the instrument, as opposed to actual notes and pitches. Using tab

The Best and Worst Cover Songs of All Time

All in the same list! They’re the best because despite being played weekend after weekend in every bar in the US for the past 15 years, they still get fists pumping and people dancing. They have stood the test of time. They are the staples, the songs every cover musician should know if they want

Starting Your Own Band – Alone

You’ve locked yourself in your bedroom for 6 months. You learned a handful of Zeppelin tunes, some Foo Fighters, a little Green Day, and threw in some Neon Trees for good measure. You even wrote a few tunes of your own. All you need now is a few other people who share your passion and

Welcome To Resourceful Musician!

Just wanted to give a quick hello to all who land here at Resourceful Musician. My mission is simple. To share my experience, strength and hope regarding the ever evolving world of the working musician – and to bring ideas and resources from others, to help us all become happier, more prosperous, more successful musicians.