christmas decorations to go with top holidays songs from movies
As the holidays approach, we run headlong into those serialized holiday movie classics and their holiday songs. 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 wider range of movies. For the Top Five […]

5 Best Holiday Songs on film….Ever


You bought yourself a microphone… Now what? This isn’t the only piece in the puzzle you’ll need to get studio quality recording. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be that easy. Wherefore, here are some microphone tips from Rivington Music. Home recording has become increasingly popular. There’s a wave of budget-friendly […]

Beginner Microphone Tips to Get The Best Studio Recording


how to play jazz guitar
One of the first things every aspiring jazz guitarist quickly realizes is jazz is hard. Really hard. 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 girl overnight. […]

How to Play Jazz Guitar for Beginners



Music is the language of the heart, but it can be challenging to speak it if you’ve never tried to write lyrics. Though lyrics may look deceptively simple when viewed “on paper,” one soon discovers getting them to flow correctly is a fine art. After all, we’ve heard what happens […]

4 Tips for 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 band of the month 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 […]

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’s perfect all the time. This is why the metronome was invented. […]

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 live band with poor set planning can risk losing the audience’s attention or fail to capture the right moments for their songs to shine. Some musicians like to wing it, […]

How to Create (and Remember) the Best Set List


5 Key Tips for Choosing a Perfect Guitar for Yourself
Whether you are shopping for your first guitar or one hundred and first, there are few simple “rules” or better say hacks to follow for choosing the perfect guitar. Remember, the instrument will be by your side for at least a few months but more likely many years, so you […]

5 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Guitar



Recording in a Professional Studio? First time? Don’t Be Stupid!! Recording in a professional studio for the first time can be pretty intimidating. Generally, it’s exactly the opposite experience of playing live putting everything you do under a giant microscope. You and your band are coming into an unfamiliar room […]

Tips for Recording in a Professional Studio for The First ...


Musicians are all about their music. Unfortunately, you cannot live on artistic expression alone. In order to become a professional musician, you need to establish yourself as one first, and whether you consider it marketing or not, it is marketing. You need to market your music so others will hear […]

8 Tips to creating an effective music marketing campaign


improve your stage presence
We all know what it’s like to go see live music and feel totally blown away — not just by the artists’ ability or technical skills at playing their instruments and singing, but by the overall experience of the show. It’s the element that separates the experience of a live […]

How to Improve Stage Presence and Own the Stage



how to find a bass player
More cowbell is a matter of taste, but a band can’t go without a bass player. A bass player provides the rhythmic backbone to the music. The bass may not always be the most glamorous role, but there’s no question it’s essential. If you need to find a bass player […]

How to Find a Bass Player


The New York City Music Scene and How It Has Changed In 20 Years The music scene in New York City has long been known as a thriving bed for some of the biggest bands in the world. For years playing Madison Square Garden was seen as a career highlight […]

The NYC Music Scene and How It Has Changed In ...


best cover songs to play
At some point in their career, every artist has to make the decision about playing cover songs. Should you devote yourself entirely to your own artistic vision and strictly play originals? Could you slip a few cover songs in here and there? Maybe you should only play covers? Somewhere in […]

Choosing the Best Cover Songs to Play



guitar tab resources for beginners
For any guitar player just starting out in his or her craft, it’s crucial to find good resources to help find new songs to play and learn. Playing scales all day isn’t much fun. One should never underestimate the importance of fun when it comes to learning a new instrument. […]

Free Guitar Tabs Resources for Beginners


how to learn drums if you play guitar 1
Today’s blog is about how to get started drumming even if you’ve only ever played guitar. Perhaps you decided to take the plunge because you fancy a change.  Maybe it’s because your band could never find a reliable drummer. Whatever the reason, you’ve decided to take matters into your own […]

How to Get Started Drumming if You’ve Only Ever Played ...


how to get to the gig
Getting your new band off the ground comes with all kinds of headaches and problems. Then, once you start being successful, that comes with even more. Though getting frequent gigs is the goal when you’re just starting off, once you hit this point with your band, you’ll have to figure […]

How to Get to the Gig: Transporting Gear & the ...