Yearly Archives: 2018


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



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





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




williamsburg bridge
Williamsburg has carved itself a niche in terms of live music venues. Local legends and nationally-renowned greats alike take to the Brooklyn neighborhood’s hallowed venues in hopes of expanding their reach and playing to more intimate audiences. Based on the caliber of entertainment, ability to be a definitive spot for […]

The Definitive Guide to the Best Williamsburg Music Venues


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




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




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