Songwriting Tips for Guitar Players
In the musical career of many guitar players, the urge to create your own complete compositions – as opposed to shining in your own particular instrumental light – will take hold. Many guitarists and other instrumentalists wrongly believe there are two types – songwriters and players. But, with the right […]

Five Songwriting Tips for Guitar Players


Wicked - Gershwin Theater
Ahh, the glamor of Broadway. For decades the various theaters located in this part of New York City have brought the greatest musicals known to man to captivated audiences of all ages, creeds, and persuasions. For children, the selections are just as robust as stories new and old are being […]

Broadway Musicals that are Great for Kids


best band promotion tools
Getting the word out there can sometimes feel like a wasted effort. With how quickly social media moves and the difficulty of getting people’s attention online, promoting your band can resemble throwing a stuffed animal at the wall hoping it will stick. But that does not mean there is no […]

The Three Best Band Promotion Tools



How to Find Band Members
You’ve decided that you want to start your own band. The dream of playing in front of a screaming audience is one all musicians share, but there’s only one question – how do you find the right individuals to help you realize your vision? People start bands in all kinds […]

How to Find Band Members


Have you ever heard rocking tunes creeping through the subway corridors, inspiring fans to give money and groove out? That’s New York City’s thriving underground music scene taking advantage of the millions of commuters who use the subway every day! But that doesn’t mean all subway musicians are of equal […]

The Five Best NYC Subway Musicians You Have to Find


best NYC Jazz clubs
It’s well known that in terms of music venues, New York is a jungle. For decades music genres have formed and flowered throughout the world, with roots in the Big Apple. That’s in large part because for every genre, there are tons of places to play. Jazz in large part […]

The Seven Best Jazz Clubs in NYC



best drum solos of all time
The drum solo is where the dance of drama and timing take place. When all the other players give them space, the drummer can step into a place to express a truly novel form of musical expression through percussion. But not all drum solos are created equal. That’s why we’ve […]

The 10 Best Drum Solos of All Time


best winter concerts in nyc
Music in New York City is as pervasive as the asphalt that makes the roads. With so many venues to choose from, you would be hard pressed not to find something that suits your tastes in this city. For this article, we’re going to take a look at exciting winter […]

Five Best 2018 NYC Winter Concerts NOT to Miss


The Three Best Independent New York City Music Labels
New York has been a music mecca for decades. From big name acts and mainstays to the hottest indie and underground music scene this side of the Mississippi, New York City has been THE place to be for the recording industry since the radio age. We’ve decided to compile a […]

The Three Best Independent New York City Music Labels



best guitar solos of all time
Ahh, the guitar solo. The key element in any raging rock tune, the guitar solo is the most compact and often most dramatic part of a song. Each and every professional guitar player has their own particular approach and character, which means no two solos sound the same. But not […]

The Five Best Guitar Solos of All Time


Have you ever recorded a song and just know that something sounds a little off? It may not be that the single is necessarily bad, but there is definitely an element that’s lacking – one that keeps your song from sounding truly professional. Now, if you are in this bind, […]

How You Can Make Your Songs Sound as Professional as ...


Best NYC live Music Neighborhoods If you’re someone who loves live music, New York is a veritable heaven. From all the legendary spots with reputations decades in the making, to the tiny haunts serving up the best of the local scene, there’s no place like the Big Apple for live […]

3 Best NYC Neighborhoods for Live Music



How to play double bass pedal
Double Bass – A Quick and Definitive Guide Double bass is a staple in lots of metal music, and is one part of a larger arsenal of tools a drummer can use to create dynamic and novel rhythm patterns. But, using double bass requires lots of practice. It’s one part […]

Learn How to Play Double Bass Drum


As the city that never sleeps, New York City is a place defined by its nightlife. With world-class clubs—definitive destinations for all manner of acts—often closing late, it can be tough to find a place for a great post-show meal. As musicians ourselves, we have some experience navigating the late […]

Best Late Night Restaurants for After a Show in NYC


We get it. Having a day job is a part of life, but as a musician you’re always balancing the dream gig with the one that’ll pay the bills. Unfortunately, the second part is the one we hate the most but is often required for us to continue on our […]

The Definitive Guide for How to Have a Day Job ...



Busking is a tradition as old as music itself. Another arm in a musician’s public performance arsenal, busking is at once a fun pastime and an opportunity to be heard by passersby on your own terms. All around NYC you can hear music in the air. In fact, some might […]

BUSKING IN NYC: A Definitive Guide


We at Rivington Music believe seeing live music inspires us to play. A lot of times witnessing a truly fantastic spectacle of live performance will have us waking up the next day feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, and ready to play. 2018 is chock full of some incredible performers on national tours. […]

The Best Summer Concerts in 2018


You’re a guitarist with a tonal range as wide as the great blue sky. You’re ready for your next gig, but have eleven different pedals that all require their own power source and connection to your amp. You could just splay them all out on the floor in front of […]

The Definitive Guide to Building a DIY Pedal Board