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  1. There was a Blues scene in my area in the '90s. The last Blues club in town closed down a couple of years ago. There are a few Blues bands that still get gigs. As far as open mic nights, there are two or three places doing it. I've felt the way Notes does about musicians going to these to play a few songs without pay. Some are in my age group, retired and just wanna have some fun. Younger musos are hoping to get noticed enough to get in a band or get gigs on their own. Anyway, I'm just thinking of more possibilities for gigs. Brainstorming if you will...
  2. Has anyone here hosted an open mic night on an off night? I was thinking it might be another type of gig that would bring in a few bucks. Or should I just be an Uber driver? lol
  3. I've had to upgrade a few Macs in order to have a decent internet experience. There comes a point where you have to upgrade the OS and if your machine is too old upgrading is impossible. My imac is a 2011 and won't take the latest OS but all is fine with the internet so far. Pogo could check to see if his macbook can take an OS upgrade that will support this website. Applehistory.com is a good site to find this kind of info.
  4. funny Daddy! Or you can write your own styles like Notes does.
  5. Band in a Box - tracks can be muted. Problem is songs won't sound like original recordings. I know a couple of guys that use BIAB live but they're just playing guitar along with old Jazz standards.
  6. Outside and weather - if it's a new venue or private party find out if the event is inside or outside. If it's outside, will there be a tent for guests and you the entertainer? Tips on dealing with rain: Get a tarp or two and put them in your vehicle if the weather looks iffy. Garbage bags can go over speakers, throw the tarp over the rest of your stuff if it starts to rain.
  7. Thanks Daddy but I sold the Samick. I'm looking for another mid priced acoustic/electric now even though I don't play acoustic very often. I have an Alvarez that I bought around 1995 that's not bad. Checking out Martin, Taylor, etc currently.
  8. I recently acquired a Zoom G3n and it has a pretty darn good acoustic patch/model. Of course it doesn't sound like a real acoustic guitar so it depends on what's most important to you. Since all gigs are one nighters now days I do what I can to keep my setup to a minimum. I also don't like bringing two guitars to most gigs because there's usually not much room - plus there's that fear of an expensive guitar falling off the stand. I ended up with a Samick thinline acoustic a couple of years ago on a trade. It seemed OK but it turned out to sound terrible plugged in. Had no low end and EQing didn't help. Not saying all Samicks suck but the one I had wasn't something I would use on a gig.
  9. As some of you know I've been doing retirement homes for about 5 years now. A couple of years ago I had this woman get very upset, crying and talking loudly. Apparently a few of the songs I played brought back memories of her deceased husband. After that incident, I had a fear of that happening again. I haven't noticed anything like that happening since, but one compliment I get quite often is: "I knew every song you played". I guess they usually get musicians that play obscure songs? Anyway, certain songs bring back certain memories for folks of all ages. Those memories can evoke emotions sometimes.
  10. My duo has a few gigs this week if you make it to Kalamazoo, Michigan. Yes, we need an audience!
  11. Since the OP is talking about composition, that really doesn't include lyric writing. I usually come up with chord progressions and melodies with an instrument. Lyrics can be added later or it may turn out to be an instrumental. Songwriters like Billy Joel start with a tune first, then come up with a title. The lyrics written next will be like a thesis of the title. That's the approach I usually take.
  12. I've been building up the retirement home gigs for about 3 years and it's been a good source of income. As Shaster implied, they hardly ever have entertainment at my level. And I play songs that they know. As for my "real gig" with my duo, FB didn't pan out for our gig on Friday. Quite a few folks clicked on "interested" but only two showed up. Good thing some guests at the hotel did show up. It was pretty much the first nice Spring day and I'd guess many folks decided to stoke up the grill and barbecue instead of going out.
  13. There's a couple of more open mic night venues in my town too. They get 10-12 people that come in and do a few songs for free. Some are musicians in my age group (baby boomer) that played in bands back in the day. And I've even seen where one guy played open mic night that has been gigging for decades. This rubs me the wrong way but there's nothing I can do other than not patronizing those venues. Even before those places opened there were several places in town that brought in free musicians with a tip jar. That leaves quite a few venues that I won't pursue for gigs. We've got two hotel lounge gigs that pay a normal amount. But for hotels, live music is kind of another amenity for hotel guests and making a profit every night isn't always necessary.
  14. Shaster's right. It's not enough to be a good musician with a good act. If they don't like you as a person you won't be as successful as you could be. And a friendly fan might feel slighted if the entertainer doesn't talk to them during breaks. I'm not extroverted, but I've managed to build up a following on facebook. Sometimes a personal invite to a gig will get them out rather than a general announcement. But then again, you have to pretty much have a PR type personality - which I don't!
  15. This year is beginning to look pretty good for our duo. Just had a gig this last Friday and turnout wasn't good because we didn't do much to advertise on facebook. We have two more gigs lined up in April and one in May so I'll have to do more to get the word out. In contrast, the band I play with did a gig last month for the door ($10 cover) and advertised an awful lot on facebook. They ended up bringing in $600 for the night. The ads were done in a graphic arts sort of way rather than just text.
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