Busking in NYC
Busking in NYC 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, […]

BUSKING IN NYC: A Definitive Guide


The best NYC Summer Concerts in 2018
Rivington Music believes seeing live music inspires us to play. Witnessing a truly fantastic live performance can have us wake up the next day feeling inspired and ready to play. The best summer concerts in 2018 are chock full of some incredible performers on national tours. We put together a […]

The Best NYC Summer Concerts in 2018


Do-it-yourself guide to building a pedal board
Below is a definitive DIY guide to building a pedal board…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 amp connection. You could just splay them […]

A Do-it-yourself Guide to Building a Pedal Board



Best music venues in williamsburg
Regarding the best Brooklyn music venues, Williamsburg has carved itself a niche in terms of live music. 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 […]

A Guide to the Best Brooklyn Music Venues – Williamsburg ...


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

5 Ways 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. We were doing some research and found this incredibly useful guide to guitar pedals. Originally from Zing Instruments, it was so informative […]

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 Playing at Open Mics in NYC


how to tune a drum kit
As a drummer, tuning drums is part of the job. Tune your drums, while being a craft in and of itself, is largely dependent on the type of sound wanted. The thing to remember, you can tune your drums to the key of a song. This will give the sound […]

The Need to Know about Tuning Drums



You wrote a few great songs, got some bandmates altogether and now it’s time to choose a band name. Time to make it official but what do you call yourselves? The eventual argument ensues about a name. Approaching a venue and saying “We’re just a squirrely bunch that knows some […]

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. It will 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 […]

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 […]

Writing Song Lyrics for Beginners: 4 Tips for Learning to ...