There are loads of amateur musicians out there intent on making a career out of their music sooner or later, but whether you are a solo performer or part of a band, full or part time – all musicians eventually have to get over the problem of transport – ie. getting you and [...]
You might not think it, but preparing for a gig is a logistical nightmare, especially if you are a solo artist.
For those in a band it should be a much simpler process with each member bringing their own gear and (in theory) being responsible for their individual equipment. Serious musicians are usually [...]
There are lots of things you can do to get yourself booked for a gig but by far the best way is to simply walk into a local pub and ask.
It can be quite soul destroying to ask a number of landlords for a gig and then get turned down by [...]
There are many different types of battery you can use to power your equipment, ranging from small 6v hand held rechargeables for small busking amps to huge deep cycle RV and forklift batteries capable of powering full out door gigs and lighting systems. They all have different uses and characteristics which you should [...]
I’m often asked the best ways of powering your equipment when out busking or gigging at outdoor events where power is an issue.
This is a good question to answer and depends greatly on a few main factors.
1. The size and type of gig you are looking to provide [...]
Powering equipment via batteries often means connecting them together in a battery bank to gain a higher voltage or amp hour rating.
Batteries can be connected in two ways, series or parallel.
Connecting two batteries of the same voltage together in series effectively converts them into one bigger battery [...]
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Inverters & Portable Power Systems
If you are intent on buying a marine or deep cycle battery at some point as part of an inverter, battery and charger system to provide power for your equipment outdoors, then there are a few things you need to be aware of when calculating [...]
If you are intent on taking your band or set to the streets or you feel like setting up an out door gig where power is an issue, then there are a few good ways of getting round the problem. Generators and battery operated systems provide good alternatives to consumer mains, but if [...]
What to Expect From Your First Few Gigs
The reception you get from an audience will generally depend on quite a few things. Obviously it matters how good you are but being a great guitarist doesn’t mean you’ll always get a great response. What counts is what sort of music you play, the clientel, [...]
How to Make the Change
If you’re bored with playing at home and want to take your music to a different level and get out there and do some gigs, there are a few steps you can take to bridge the gap without having to throw yourself to lions in one big step.