Gig Gab MailBag: Get Your Eyes off Your Pad – Gig Gab Podcast 208

This week finds your two favorite weekend warriors doing something they love: Digging into the mailbag! Listener Matt asks about using iPads on stage, which seems is always a hot-button topic.

Eric’s curious about guitar amp simulators, Chris has a question about managing two guitars in a band, and Peter has a question Paul and Dave never thought they’d have to answer!

All this, and all that, here on Gig Gab this week. Always be performing, folks!


The Value of The Singalong – Gig Gab Podcast 207

When things are good you don’t think about it, but when the feel of your instrument in your hands changes… nothing else matters. That goes for what you hear in your ears, too. So much of playing music is a visceral experience, and any distractions there can really take you off your game.

Listen to your two favorite (and geeky!) musicians talk through some of their specifics in this regard, including Dave’s potential “Holy Grail” drumsticks. But first, one must examine not only the perspective of humility, but the value of the singalong. Paul and Dave walk through all this and more, plus a listener tip, too!

Press play and enjoy. Oh, and Always Be Performing!

Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff Mentioned:

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 207 – Monday, April 15, 2019
  • 00:01:00 The perspective of humility
  • 00:02:39 The job of the on-stage leader
  • 00:08:21 New mixer in the studio – Behringer UFX1204
  • 00:10:48 Mad Haus Tribute to (the) Queen
  • 00:18:20 The Value of the Singalong
  • 00:21:13 Andy-CSF-Boso Drumsticks
  • 00:29:52 SPONSOR: Bandzoogle: Built by musicians for musicians, Bandzoogle makes it easy to build a beautiful website for your music. Try for free for 30 days, then use promo code “giggab” to get 15% off your first year.
  • 00:34:14 Uptown Celebration’s continued evolution
  • 00:38:05 Experiencing the guitar player… who plays a horn instead!
  • 00:42:26 “Let me tell you about horn players in general…”
  • 00:47:28 Competing with The Weather
  • 00:49:39 Gig Gab 207 Outtro

Care and Feeding of Your Instrument – Gig Gab Podcast 206

Your instruments are important to you, so you’ve got to take care of them – and that includes your voice. Paul and Dave talk through some recent troubles Dave’s been having, and then move on to properly caring for your audiences, too. It’s important to understand who your audience is at each gig, and what their expectations are. Sometimes it’s not about you… or your desired stage volume!

Finally, Dave saw a few cool things at SXSW that he brought home to tell you all about. You won’t want to miss this one, folks!

Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff Mentioned:

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 206 – Monday, April 1, 2019
  • 00:00:45 Dave’s Throat Hurts!
  • 00:10:31 Care and Feeding of Your Instrument
  • 00:13:36 Corporate Gig Dynamics
  • 00:18:55 Design your sound for the gig ahead of time
  • 00:25:02 The volume pissing match
  • 00:27:29 It’s Not About You – It’s About the Volume
  • 00:34:40 Do you prepare for low volume? Let us know!
  • 00:36:43 SXSW: Single – Artist, Label, and Record Store Tools for Shopify
  • 00:40:31 SXSW: SoundStorming
  • 00:43:36 SXSW: Who Let The Dogs Out?
  • 00:47:29 Vocal Warm-ups
  • 00:52:14 Gig Gab 206 Outtro