Category: Tales From The Gig

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Stopping the set for the set – Tales From The Gig

Every bar in metro Detroit is a sports bar. All of them. Every single one has at least one huge TV on at all times and if you’re lucky the sound is muted. For some of you across the country I’m sure this is the norm and this isn’t just another situation in which Detroit…




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Tales From The Gig – “I Don’t Think You Know What You’re In For”

Working musicians get the opportunity to play in a variety of different situations. Sometimes it’s playing with musicians you already know in venues you’re familiar with. Other times it may be playing with musicians you’ve never worked with before in the most unlikely places. Regardless of who, what, and where, nothing is ever completely predictable,…




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Tales From The Gig – My Grandma Hits Harder Than That

Rereading Dave’s great Tales From The Gig about the mishaps of a monitor mix got me thinking about a story of my own, and while Dave’s is probably due to some technical error, my story comes more from a combination of inexperience and misunderstanding. This story goes back to my late teens. I was in…




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Tales From The Gig – What to do with a broken stick

Some years back I was playing in a hard hitting rock group doing original heavy tunes. In terms of performance, we did it all,  makeup, stage antics, the works, but sometimes the most memorable parts of your performance come from the random occurrences that happen on stage. One night we were playing at a local…




Tales From The Gig – “I’ve Got This Bro”

Musicians looking to sit in with a band will usually seek out an open mic, or jam night. However, there are always those individuals who will want to sit in on your gig even when it’s not advertised as such. In previous installments I’ve mentioned that having a friend or guest sit in is a…




Tales From The Gig – You Have To Roll With It

[Musicians Notepad is happy to introduce guest contributor David Tilove as the author of this month’s ‘Tales From The Gig.’ You can find out more about David at his website davidtilove.com] Until you count off the first song, you never know exactly what sound problems you’re going to face in a given show. You can…




Tales From The Gig – “Everybody Give It Up For Pretzels”!

Regardless of how well rehearsed, seemingly prepared, or optimistic one may feel going into a performance, there is no guarantee that anyone will show up to see it. But, playing to an audience that has little or no interest in your performance may be even more awkward than playing to no one. When either of…




Tales From The Gig – “You gonna be able to get it done with that?”

Everyone has their personal favorite bands, songs, genres, and musicians, so typically when one goes out to a performance it’s to see an artist they’re familiar with play the music they like. However, when it’s a performance by someone unfamiliar, everyone becomes an instant music critic. As a musician if I go out to perform…




Tales From The Gig – “The Waiting Game”

Any time you hit the road with a band it’s an adventure. Whether you’re out for months at a time or just a long distance one nighter you’re bound to come back from it with a story or two. In fact, you’re likely to experience some things that you’ll remember the rest of your life,…




Tales From The Gig – “Is The Drummer Contagious?”

If you know what a drum shield or drum screen is then you’ve probably used one before or maybe even use one frequently? But for those of you who don’t, a drum shield is basically panels of plexiglas or clear plastic sheeting that are placed around a drum kit, and at times other instruments, to…