What’s That Groove? – GigGab 92

Max Weinberg Groove QuoteGroove. What is it? What defines it? What makes it good? What’s obvious when it’s missing? How do you find it? That’s the core of today’s show folks, as your two favorite weekend warriors set about answering this question. Out of that conversation comes some road-tested tricks for ensuring you find the groove before you start the tune, and what to do when it doesn’t work.

Of course, Paul and Dave love their gear, and not just the stuff they use on stage. Dave talks about his new Ultimate Ears earpieces, and he and Paul open the show talking about something they only use at home: Sonos. Great stuff all around! Give it a listen and enjoy.

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00:00:00 GigGab 92 – November 28, 2016
00:01:38 Sonos
00:06:29 Weekend Gig Recap
00:08:27 Inspecting The Groove
00:24:17 Tricks for finding the groove
00:28:34 Ultimate Ears UE11-Pro Ambient
00:37:48 Next week teaser: Auditioning
00:38:58 Giggab Outtro

Tax Gab & Gear Gab – GigGab 91

guitar-paperwork-square As all working musicians know, those fun New Year’s Eve gigs re followed-up by a hangover of tax season. But, as with all hangovers, if you properly prepare for it you can limit the pain. For this, your two Weekend Warriors talk through their strategies of keeping the books straight and simple and also share some of their tax tips, too. Paul and Dave aren’t accountants, of course, but they can at least help you know what questions to ask when you visit your tax professional.

Then, because there’s no better way to flush the bad taste of taxes out, it’s time for Gear Gab! Dave and Paul both talk about the benefits and curses involved with “electrifying” their preferred acoustic instruments. Dave has reviewed a couple of different Yamaha electronic kits, and Paul talks through his favorite (and NOT favorite) acoustic guitar pickup options. Finally, Dave talks about his new ears… that Jerry Harvey sent him. All this and more… on GigGab!

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00:00:00 GigGab 91 – November 21, 2016
00:00:54 Holiday-themed Gigs
00:04:07 Of Music and Taxes
00:13:16 Turbotax Online Filing
00:14:48 Sending out 1099s
00:20:57 Make sure you file correctly
00:23:13 Electronic Drums
00:26:36 Guitar modeling
00:27:30 Yamaha DTX562K Electronic Drum Kit
00:32:07 Yamaha DTX760K Electronic Drum Set
00:36:06 Making Acoustic Guitars Electric
00:44:11 JH Audio Layla In-Ear Reference/Mastering Monitors

Four-Walling, Tribute Acts, and Substance Use – GigGab 90

empty stage with purple lightsSome important topics addressed this week, including the special benefits of doing a tribute act as well as the concept of “four-walling” your own show and managing the whole night. That conversation is bookended by equally-important discussions about the substances on which both your crowd and your bandmates (and you) choose to use at your shows. How do you set those rules? What do you do when they’re broken? Oh the twists and turns you’ll take! This week’s GigGab is all over the map, but the path makes sense once you’re along for the ride.

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00:00:00 GigGab 90 – November 14, 2016
00:00:20 Gig Gab becomes Geek Gab … for a minute (but it’s better than Politics Gab!)
00:04:35 Do we, as weekend warriors, have a platform?
00:10:09 What kind of crowd do you want, drunk or stoned?
00:12:11 Four-walling a gig
00:14:20 An evening of Acoustic Bruce Springsteen!
00:16:13 Marketing. Everything’s Easy when it’s Easy.
00:18:12 Tribute Acts Raise the Bar
00:21:12 Is a Rush tribute band in one of your hosts’ future?
00:24:11 You ever play NOT sober?
00:26:09 The Fog of San Francisco
00:33:14 December People … are coming to town!
00:34:10 GigGab 90 Outtro

Sound Sources, Merchandise and Pay – GigGab 89

You know where your amps and drums and mics go, but what about your mains? Any ideas? It’s worth not just making an assumption every time you walk into a new room, and Paul and Dave start that conversation for you. Merchandise can either be a huge benefit or a huge time-suck for your band, and it all depends on who you are. Listen to Paul and Dave and then share your thoughts with them, too! Of course, it wouldn’t be GigGab without a philosophical discussion of some type, and Paul leads us all down the path of discussing when it’s time to turn down a gig. Good stuff this week, all packed into 35 minutes!

Chapters/Timestamps:

00:00:00 GigGab 89 – November 7, 2016
00:00:45 The Houserockers return to the stage
00:01:20 Bitter Pill Debrief
00:09:21 Triangle Stages
00:14:12 Principle vs. Reality
00:17:29 How much is not enough?
00:18:40 At one point do you turn down a gig?
00:21:48 Define a value for your music
00:25:56 Stereo sound vs. single-source
00:28:17 Merchandise!
00:34:51 GigGab 89 Outtro