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4 Times You Shouldn't Take the Gig

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As a musician, you're always looking for opportunities to gig. Some money, some exposure, a good time. It's all a walk in the park, right? Not quite, my friend. There are plenty of instances where it's actually best to say no to a performance offer, and here are four of the most notorious circumstances.

quiz, production

Jul 29, 2016 07:00 AM

Max Monahan

Which Legendary Producer Should Produce Your Next Album? Take This Quiz to Find Out

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Performing, Honing Your Craft, bass

Jul 12, 2016 09:00 AM

Max Monahan

6 Practice Tips You Can Use Right Now to Get Better at Bass

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Feel like you need to step your bass playing up a notch? You're not alone. Progression is the constant challenge facing every musician, but with these six practice methods, you can efficiently work towards better bass playing sooner than later.

How Much Does It Really Cost to Make An Album? A Breakdown of the Costs Involved

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You've got big dreams. You want to make an album that's going to change the landscape of modern music. There's just one little thing you need to factor in that doesn't have anything to do with the creative side or your magnum opus, and that's money.

Making an album isn't cheap, but costs vary greatly. While you generally get what you pay for, you don't really need to spend an arm and a leg to get a good quality recording nowadays. Check out these price estimates for making an album with a full rock band instrumentation.

Performing, Honing Your Craft

Jun 21, 2016 07:00 AM

Max Monahan

5 Musical Attributes That Separate Pro Session Musicians From Amateurs

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It would be a gross understatement to say that the world of high-end session musicians is exclusive. James Jamerson played on nearly every Motown record, and session bass player Lee Sklar has contributed to over 2,000 albums over the span of his career. Even in the world of "entry-level" session gigs, it can be very difficult to start building a resume that will keep your phone ringing with gigs.

If you plan on relying on session work for a portion or all of your income, you not only need to take a proactive role in getting yourself on tracks, but you also need to be on time, organized, hygienic, professional, reliable, and positive. But even before all that, you have to make sure the quality of your playing is impeccable. Bring your best to every gig with these five musical attributes that separate pro session musicians from amateurs.