how to book gigs for your band
You’ve got the band together, and you’re ready to book some gigs. Yet, especially in the New York City area there is a lot of competition—with over eight million people in the area, it’s pretty easy to believe there are thousands of bands out there. So, presenting your band to […]

How to Book More Gigs for Your Band


best live music bars nyc
Hotspot Bars for Live Music New York City’s bar scene is perhaps one of the most diverse in the world. With many locations featuring live music, the possibilities of catching local acts or those traveling through are nearly endless. But not all live music bars are created equal. The best […]

Best Live Music Bars in NYC


Setting up guitar pedals is fairly simple if you just have one, however, when there are multiple FX pedals in the mix, you may need a little help. Check out this super useful guide to guitar pedals from Zing Instruments. Via zinginstruments.com

How to Set Up Guitar Pedals – Infographic



NYC open mics
Open mics are a mixed bag. While they can be fun, what with almost all kinds of acts taking the stage, they can also be a frustrating experience. Often, open mic nights are where people just starting out playing music—or any other kind of performance act, like stand-up comedy—will hone […]

Your Guide to Open Mics in NYC


how to tune a drum kit
As a drummer, tuning your skins is part of the job. How to tune your drums, while being a craft in and of itself, is largely dependent on the type of sound you want. The thing to remember is that you can tune your drums to the key of a […]

The Need to Know about Tuning Drums


You’ve got your bandmates altogether. After writing a few great songs, you’ve decided you want to make it official with a band name. The eventual argument ensues about what to call yourselves—approaching a venue and saying “We’re just a squirrely bunch that knows some great tunes!” hasn’t gotten very many […]

Choosing a Band Name: The Good, the Bad, and the ...



how to find vocal lessons singer
You’ve decided to take the plunge. Taking vocal lessons is a surefire way to improve your vocal performance, understand the mechanics of vocalizing, and explore the possibilities of your particular voice. Many people will consider taking vocal lessons as a way to sharpen their skills or to start from scratch […]

5 Great Places for Vocal Lessons in NYC


Mobile technology has become a part of everyday life. For guitarists, the choices are almost endless when it comes to a wide array of apps, both for iOS and Android, from tablature directories to tuners. These apps make many issues facing guitarists both new and old more convenient challenges. Because […]

The Five Best Guitar Apps Out Now


If there’s one thing that New York City is known for, it’s the music. Venues large and small in the Big Apple have become legendary destinations in the music world, not least because of the sheer amount of professional gigging musicians in the area, and the famous careers made here. […]

Five of the Best New NYC Music Venues You Should ...



music stores in manhattan
As with anything in Manhattan, music stores are a dime a dozen. The possibilities are endless when you take in the sheer number of Manhattan-area instrument retailers, whether you’re looking for vintage gear, the latest amps and guitars, or a full set of accessories to compliment your playing. But some […]

The Lowdown: Top 5 Music Stores in Manhattan


christmas decorations to go with top holidays songs from movies
As the holidays approach, we run headlong into those serialized holiday movie classics. What A Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street  are great, but we live in modern times, and any top five list should encompass a wide range of media. In our Top Five Holiday Film Songs list, […]

The 5 Best Holiday Film Songs….Ever


So you’ve bought yourself a microphone. Now what? Is this the only piece in the puzzle you’ll need to get that studio quality recording? Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. Home recording has become increasingly popular. The wave of budget-friendly microphones being shipped over from China has only added fuel to […]

Beginner Microphone Tips You Can Use to Get The Best ...



how to play jazz guitar
One of the first things every aspiring jazz guitarist quickly realizes is that jazz is hard. Really hard. And once they realize what they’ve gotten themselves into they inevitably start looking for ‘The Secret’. That one scale, arpeggio or II-V-I that will make them a seasoned jazz man or jazz […]

How to Play Jazz Guitar for Beginners


Music is the language of the heart, but it can be challenging to speak it if you’re new to writing lyrics. Though lyrics may look deceptively simple when viewed “on paper,” so to speak, one soon discovers that getting them to flow correctly is a fine art. After all, we’ve […]

Lyric Writing 101: How to Write Lyrics for Beginners


how to find a singer for your band
Every member of the band brings an important element to the sound and overall performance. However, in almost every ensemble, it’s the singer that gets the most attention from the audience and serves as the face of the whole band. The singer’s vocal styles and stage presence will set the […]

How to Find Singers for Your Band



In the first of our new series we sit down with the members of Supervicious to get some insight into their world.   1- Who are you? How did your band/project get it’s name?   We are Supervicious. We chatted over drinks about a name and ran around with the […]

Rivington Music Band of The Month Interview: Supervicious


best free Metronome apps
The ability to stay on beat may be one of the less sexy elements of being a professional musician, but it’s certainly one of the most important. Rhythm comes more naturally to some people than others, but no one is perfect all the time — which is why the metronome […]

The Best Metronome Apps for Musicians & Bands


how to create the best setlist
The setlist determines not just what you’ll play at each gig, but how you’ll be remembered by your audience. A great live act with poor set planning risks losing the audience’s attention or failing to capture the right moments to let their songs shine. Some musicians like to wing it, […]

How to Create (and Remember) the Best Set List