In Search of Fair Money – Gig Gab 238

How often do you go back and re-evaluate the way you play a song you’ve had in your repertoire for years? Those tunes that gain “autopilot” status are easy to ignore, but there can be value in dissecting them. Dave recently went through some of this, and has some thoughts to share. Then it’s on to money, fair money. What defines fair money for you? And what happens if you’re not getting it? Paul and Dave go through this from their varied perspectives to help sort out what can be done when the money just falls short.

Finally, a list of New Years Resolutions from your two favorite Weekend Warriors wraps up the episode… and the year. Happy New Year, all! See you in January!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 238- Monday, December 30, 2019
  • 00:00:52 Snow Day
  • 00:06:54 Less Noises instead of Just Less Noise
  • 00:13:20 Looking for the weird
  • 00:15:40 The freedom of the onesie!
  • 00:18:41 SPONSOR: Circle Home Plus makes it easy to take childhood offline when needed, so they can focus on homework, chores, or bedtime.
  • 00:20:34
  • 00:20:34 Don’t be afraid to ask for fair money
  • 00:51:56 Musical New Year’s Resolutions
    • Clarity about money.
    • Being off book!
    • More practice to level up.
    • Giving back.
    • Get that recording setup in place.
  • 00:59:19 GG 238 Outtro

The House Band Concept – Gig Gab 237

Have you ever been a house band? If so, or if not, what does that concept mean to you? Listen as Paul and Dave talk through the whole idea of what a house band could be, and how different folks are iterating on that idea. What can you adopt from the house band concept for your shows?

But first, none of these gigs happen without learning the songs first. Paul grills Dave on the process of prepping for his gigs using this past week’s Mad Haus as a guide. But don’t worry, these are universal lessons that Dave, Paul, and even you can apply to any gig for which you don’t already know the tunes.

That, plus a couple of geeky gear items as Cool Stuff Found make up this week’s show. Enjoy… and always be performing!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 237- Wednesday, December 18, 2019
  • 00:01:17
  • 00:01:38 JH Audio Jodi-Vac
  • 00:04:14 JH Audio Ambient FR
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  • 00:09:00 Mad Haus Background
  • 00:16:47 Mad Haus Prep
    • Get specific rehearsal tracks (everyone on same page)
    • Background listening for days, making loose notes as things come up, but generally just grokking
    • Sit down with script and listen intentionally to each song, pausing, making notes
      • Who starts the tune?
      • How fast?
      • What’s the feel (what does it remind you of instantly)?
      • Mark cuts based upon lyrics.
      • Describe end (or leave question mark for rehearsal/discussion)
  • 00:24:34 Mad Haus Performance
    • It’s all about trust and communication
  • 00:29:05 Paul-How does a House Band work?
    • House bands for open mic
    • Bluegrass night
    • Blues Jam (or other Jam)
    • Live Band Karaoke
    • The Wheel of Awesome
  • 00:44:29 Always Be a House Band
  • 00:48:18 Gig Gab 237 Outtro

Band Psychology – Gig Gab 236

Your band is filled with people, and that means there’s a psychological component to everything you do, including keeping your band together. How actively do you and your bandmates manage that? And is that enough?

That’s not all Paul and Dave talk about today, though! Dave got to see three bands in three nights, and took away some lessons about the whole “Always Be Performing” concept… on both sides of the coin. Listen as your two favorite weekend warriors go through all of this and more. Then send in your thoughts to and chat with other listeners in the Gig Gab Facebook Group.

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 236- Monday, December 9, 2019
  • 00:03:00 Dave: Always Be Performing Lessons
  • 00:10:11 Subs and Pickup Bands
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  • 00:17:40 Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
  • 00:25:29 Communicating the enjoyment of the musicians
  • 00:27:39 Live Music
  • 00:33:21 The Ebbs and Flows of Band Psychology
  • 01:04:19 GG 236 Outtro

Just Sing It Straight – Gig Gab 235

When the crowd is there to hear you, paying attention to every nuance, it’s a completely different world. Dave had the option to re-experience that recently, and talks through it all.

Then it’s time to talk about your vocal technique. Dave and Paul share the lessons they’ve learned as not-professional-singers, and perhaps there’s some wisdom there. Or perhaps they’re just full of something else. You decide!

Finally, it seems table stakes are different for up-and-coming players these days in terms of technique, and Paul and Dave talk through what they’ve seen and why they think that’s so.

All of this and more on Gig Gab. Press play and enjoy! Then email and let your two favorite Weekend Warriors know what you think!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 235- Monday, December 2, 2019
  • 00:01:08 Dave-Two Gigs, Two Nights, Two Rooms, Same Club.
  • 00:11:10 First gig without in-ears
  • 00:15:41 SPONSOR: Circle Home Plus makes it easy to take childhood offline when needed, so they can focus on homework, chores, or bedtime.
  • 00:18:14 Learning Holiday Songs
  • 00:25:48 Learning fun songs
  • 00:28:16 Just sing it straight!
  • 00:37:18 Paul’s Annual Musicians Holiday Happy Hour
  • 00:41:06 Jonas Brothers, Bebe Rexha, Jordan McGraw – Those drummers!
  • 00:50:30 GG 235 Outtro