In Part Two of this guide to touring, we take you from launching your tour to making your van your home to bringing everyone home safely and successfully.
Playing Guitar Live Tips
One of the most important things about learning guitar is to remember it's supposed to be fun. Whether you are playing live in a band or just jamming with a few friends, it's all about having a good time. On these pages you'll find all sorts of tips and encouraging stories about performing and playing guitar live.
Chris Gallant (lead singer and guitarist of The Sidewalks) brings you an introduction to the realities of touring. Grab your gear and get ready to hit the road!
Playing outdoors is fun, but it also requires you to pay more attention to your guitar strings! Professor String gives us tips on keeping your guitar happy when you play outside.
Getting people out to see your band, even when those people are family, friends or fans, can be a challenge. Tom Hess looks at ways to bring more people to your band’s live performances.
There many things you need to know and do in order to become successful in the music industry. But even if you learn and do all of those things, you still might prevent yourself from achieving success in the music business by making key mistakes along the way. Tom Hess guides you around the many pitfalls along the road to success in the music industry.
Creating memorable live performances can help you get more gigs and can bring more people to those gigs. Here are some great tips from Tom Hess on how to rehearse for all the aspects of performing live.
Many guitarists consider practice and performance to be distinct activities. Gerald Klickstein, author of the new book The Musician’s Way, shows how they can be combined into an inclusive creative process.
Here’s a very useful article from Mark detailing how easy it is to keep all your gear under control, especially if you play gigs. Wish I’d read this thirty years ago!
These are our favorite playing live music tips. Some deal with stage fright while others are about general performance tips that will make your live show seem more professional.
Playing with others doesn’t limit you to working with guitar players. There are musicians of all sorts out there and you never know who you might meet. GN staffer Dan Lasley details his experiences playing (as well as arranging the logistics) with a full horn section.