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 Drum Pedal – A Quick and Definitive Guide The Double bass drum pedal is a staple in lots of metal music. It’s one part of a larger arsenal of tools a drummer can use to create dynamic and novel rhythm patterns. That being said, using the double bass […]

Learn How to Play Double Bass Drum Pedal

late night restaurants
New York City is the city that never sleeps and is a place defined by its nightlife. There are world-class clubs anddefinitive destinations for all manner of acts which often closing late. That being said, it can be tough to find a place for a great post-show meal. As musicians […]

Best Late Night Restaurants for After a Show in NYC

day job as a musician
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 […]

Have a Day Job as a Musician -The Definitive Guide

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 assuming you just have one. However, when there are multiple FX pedals in the mix, you may need a little help. Here at Rivington Music, customers frequently ask us about boards and the cords to attach them together. Consequently, we were doing some […]

How to Set Up Guitar Pedals – Infographics and Videos

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 by taking vocal lessons. It will be a surefire way to improve your vocal performance. It will help you understand the mechanics of vocalizing, and explore the possibilities of your particular voice. Many people consider taking vocal lessons as a way to sharpen their […]

5 Great Places for Vocal Lessons in NYC

Guitar apps
The choice of guitar apps (in IOS and Android) are endless from tablature directories to tuners. Mobile technology has become a part of a musicians everyday life. These apps help make the many issues facing guitarists more convenient challenges. Because of that, we put together a list of five helpful […]

The Five Great Guitar Apps Out Now

Music is one of the biggest things in New York City, as a rule. Consequently, historic music venues in the Big Apple, large and small, have become legendary destinations in the music world. In the fist case, because of the amount of professional musicians in the area. Next, because of […]

Five New NYC Music Venues You Should Know About

music stores in manhattan
Music stores in Manhattan are a dime a dozen. Take in the sheer number of Manhattan-area instrument retailers and the possibilities are endless. Whether you’re looking for vintage gear, the latest amps and guitars, or a full set of accessories it can be found here. Some music stores rise above […]

The Lowdown: 5 great Music Stores in Manhattan