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  1. I am still planning to have a cash tip jar but thought a sign on, or near it with an online instant tipping info might get extra in-the-moment tips also. Even if it averages out to be $10 to $20 per gig, then it would be over a thousand extra dollars per year depending on the number of gigs. The other thing is that there are some people out there with plenty of cash who enjoy supporting live music. They are the ones who might occasionally throw a hundred or a fifty in a tip jar. I am thinking that would occasionally happen with an electronic tip option also. However, I haven’t been playing live gigs for about a dozen years so I am only guessing.
  2. It’s been about 12 years since I did live shows. I am now planning to start doing gigs once the corona virus BS settles down. Tips and CD/DVD sales were always an important part of the gig revenue. i am assuming that being set up to receive electronic tips is going to be the way to go for people who don’t carry cash around. I would have a tip jar and then a sign with how to tip using a smart phone. i have a paypal account but haven’t used it for years. I also have Zelle attached to my bank account. I am wondering how some of you deal with this. Do people still give cash tips? Do you post a link.for electronic tipping next to your tip jar? Thanks for any input.
  3. I can identify with your comments about singing. However, when it comes to making money playing music, doing vocals is a big part of connecting with the audience. For those of us that are not naturally gifted singers, I think it is important to work and find songs we can pull off. The other thing is to include vocals in your practice. Having your voice in shape will boost your confidence. Also, practice singing into a mic so you get used to it and use headphones as a monitor. It is important to figure out how loud to sing for each song as well as how close to are to the mic. I will often see live performances where I feel like the vocalist is trying to be too versatile as opposed to sticking with what fits into their range. Some people might be good at singing Jethro Tull, Jim Morrison, or Billy Idol but terrible doing something by The Bee Gees or certain Beatles tunes. Another thing to consider is staying away from stuff by singers with exceptionally good voices. Nobody is ever going to come close to soundIng as good as Patsy Cline, for example. If you play piano, it might bd better to do a Billy Joel song as opposed to Elton John. One good way to find songs to try is simply singing along with a lot of different stuff on the radio or from the internet. Sorry for the rambling post. I have never been a “singer” but getting past not doing vocals was key in being able to to do solo gigs. Generally, you will almost always make more money doIng solo performances since you don’t have to split up what the venue pays and also the tips.
  4. Thanks for the suggestion of the Audix Fireball mix. If It works for vocals and harp and had less bleed over from the drums, that would be great. It may be down the road before it is in the budget but I will let you know how it works out if I get one Thanks again
  5. Thanks, I tried googling it first but couldn’t find an answer. I appreciate it.
  6. I have a Yamaha MG10XU mixer. It has 4 XLR inputs that will also take a quarter inch jack. It also has some additional channels that take a quarter inch input. My question is this. If I run a pedal straight into one of the inputs, will it potentially damage the mixer? What I am doing is using a microphone to capture a resonator guitar and running the mic into a DanElectro overdrive pedal using a XLR to quarter inch converter and then running a quarter inch cable straight into channel 1. It’s got an FX send output but no FX return. I only want to use the overdrive on the resonator guitar (which has no pick-up) and would want to use the built in reverb on other channels. Thanks
  7. Here are some videos from this past week. Thanks,
  8. If it was one guitar, then two separate amps might be something to try. However, two guitars into two amps doesn’t seem practical or ideal. What kind of guitars and pedals are being used with each amp?
  9. Thank you Voltan, I appreciate it
  10. I know what you mean. It’s particularly tricky with a one man band set-up that includes drums. I also play acoustic and prefer to play it through a microphone. With a vocal and guitar mic, the drums will bleed over through the vocal and guitar mics. I even tried using an SM57 for vocals but with the close proximity to the vocal and guitar mic, the snare would be way too loud and the tone was terrible. I had dampened the snare to compensate but when I recently added the hi-hat, then the high hat was louder than the snare so I un-dampened it and switched over to condenser mics. My thinking was that I could adjust the sound at the sources and try to get a mix that way. When I use the condenser mics, I have to turn on the phantom power on the mixer and if I want to add a regular mic for vocals then I would have to plug it in through one of the non balanced (non XLR) inputs. I find that if I just mess around with these things , then over time it will come to me. Since that video, I have dampened the high-hat and also tuned the snare. I am trying to practice the right amount of attack with the drum pedals.
  11. There are a limited number of venues that book blues bands. Some of the old blues guys will talk about his disco made it hard go get gigs. The way you feel about open mics is how I felt about Karaoke.
  12. I have a different view. Particularly as it relates to blues jams. The house band gets paid but not usually that much. Everyone else is there to have fun, network, and gain experience. I know of several successful blues artists who got their start at blues jams. Also, for some bands the house band gig, even though it may not be a high paying gig, is the most regular work they have. It gives them a chance to work on songs and it can sometimes lead to other gigs. If there is an up and coming musician, they can hire the house band to back them up if they go out and find a gig. As far as a pure open mic, I haven’t been around those as much. Hosting something like that may be somewhat of a crap shoot.
  13. I agree. There is lots to figure out on the sound. On this video, I just used two relatively low cost condenser mics and then the mixer is straight into my iPhone. I need a proper interface. Also a dedicated harmonica mic. As tricky as it is to mic drums, it is a real challenge if there are other microphones close by. I do need to figure out a good way to dampen the snare and high hat without losing the tone. I do have a couple of SM57s, a bass drum mic, and a vocal mic. It is a puzzle but I will enjoy working on it. Thanks again for your feedback
  14. Hi, Here is a video of my band: https://youtu.be/QOeVnA-ncr4
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