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Lead Singer Takeover — Gig Gab 276

Ever been in a band where you realized one member was getting all the attention and you weren’t? It happens, and your two favorite weekend warriors have been there. Listen as Paul and Dave talk through this. First, though, a bit of gab about what you can do now to keep your band together and keep focused on creating with one another.

“Always Be Performing” is our motto here, and there are a lot of ways to achieve that! Press play and enjoy, then send your thoughts, questions, and topic ideas to

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 276 – Monday, October 19, 2020
  • 00:00:50 Collaborating with Songwriter Friends
  • 00:07:53 Maintaining Your Band’s Camaraderie and Engagement
  • 00:16:00 New Springsteen and New Petty
  • 00:17:17 Mike-When The Lead Singer Takes Over
  • 00:37:50 GG 276 Outtro
Gig Gab 275 Episode Image — musicians sitting in a circle "Making a Band a Family"

Making a Band a Family — Gig Gab 275

Is your band dynamic is a family dynamic? Or is it a business-only relationship? How does that work out? These are the questions that Paul and Dave not only discuss, but percolate throughout as they go through a few other topics, too.

Of course, your two favorite weekend warriors spend a few minutes sharing their Eddie Van Halen stories and memories, too. He was—and remains—a legend.

Press play, and don’t forget: Always Be Performing!

Gig Gab 274 episode image. Musician playing some obscure instrument with text "Uncommon Hits"

Uncommon Hits — Gig Gab 274

It’s time for you to shine! Well, two of you, anyway. This week, Paul and Dave dig into the mailbag to share some of your thoughts and answer your questions. Listen as your two favorite Weekend Warriors talk through getting your band back together, communicating with your audience in new ways, the streaming formula and, yes, uncommon hits! Press play and enjoy… and then please send us your thoughts to

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 274 – Monday, October 5, 2020
  • 00:01:44 Getting the Band Back Together
  • 00:09:56 Gord: Re-Tooling Your Setlist During the Pandemic
  • 00:16:30 The streaming formula
  • 00:21:48 Eric: Choosing Uncommon Songs (GG273 Follow-up)
  • 00:38:32 Heil PR-37
    • Massively-increased off-axis/rear-rejection compared to PR-35
    • excellent presence and high-end articulation. Good for the Dave-voice!
    • Designed with FOH engineers  for loud stages.
    • Tight pattern, but not too tight (like the Telefunkens)
  • 00:42:19 NAMM is Disneyland for Musicians
  • 00:44:26 GG 274 Outtro
Gig Gab 273 Episode Image with baseball hat on guitar and text "You Haven't Seen My Fastball...Yet!"

You Haven’t Seen My Fastball… Yet! — Gig Gab 273

Have you heard Grand Funk’s version of “Feelin’ Alright”? Would you put that in your band’s setlist? More importantly, would that song be right for your band’s setlist? Listen as Paul and Dave talk about pulling together a band with a focus more on performing than playing the songs everyone wants to hear.

Up first, though, Dave played a few gigs this weekend, and has some interesting experiences to share from it all…and Paul re-experienced the Lefsetz Letter. Good stuff!

Press play and listen to Paul and Dave talk through this and more!

Gig Gab 272 Episode image with piano path and text "Keep Your Feet Moving"

Keep Your Feet Moving — Gig Gab 272

This week starts with some Cool Stuff Found in terms of apps for your phone that might just make your life easier. Then, Paul and Dave get into the question: where are you and your band going? What are your plans. Your two favorite weekend warriors talk about how they’re keeping their feet moving, creating the opportunities to keep things moving forward. Press play and then share your thoughts with us at

Gig Gab 271 Episode Image with text "Playing For The Love of Music"

Playing For the Love of Music — Gig Gab 271

One of the silver linings of our current reality is appreciating some of the things we might have taken for granted in the past. Playing music for the love of it certainly tastes a lot sweeter today than it did six months ago, and Dave and Paul talk through some of the current and future benefits of that.

Of course, it’s not Gig Gab without some practical advice, and Dave shares his experience — and thoughts about — interacting with a sound engineer for the first time. Then it’s on to streaming, Facebook, and more. Press play and you’ll hear it all!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 271 – Monday, September 14, 2020
  • 00:00:53 The Opportunity to Rock!
  • 00:06:50 The sound engineer negotiation
    • Offer help, build trust
    • Ask if what you need is possible
  • 00:10:35 Every pro engineer: The vocals question!
  • 00:15:04 Monitors: Survival or Spoiled?
  • 00:20:41 Playing Music for the love of it
    • Covid brings that?
  • 00:33:26 Facebook Isn’t Banning You, But You Should Move Anyway
  • 00:51:36 GG 271 Outtro
Gig Gab 270 episode image with picture of Red Rocks and text "Where is Live Music Going?"

Where is Live Music Going? — Gig Gab 270

What’s the future of live music going to look like? Pandemic or not, the momentum of change was already palpable. Did the pandemic accelerate it? Listens as Paul and Dave share their thoughts on what they’re seeing and where it’s going.

But first, a few Cool Things Found, including a new Logic plug-in AND a new feature in Zoom. Press play, and join your two favorite weekend warriors. Don’t forget: Always Be Performing!

Gig Gab 269 Episode Image with guitarist working and rehearsing.

The Value of Preparation — Gig Gab 269

Paul and Dave dig into their brains… and share what they find! This week it’s about the value of preparation. How much work do you put in ahead of the gig? More than that, which bits of your work are truly valuable, and how?

That’s what you hear from your two favorite weekend warriors this week. Share your thoughts, would ya? Oh — and always be performing!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 269 – Monday, August 31, 2020
  • 00:04:17 Getting the band(s) back together
  • 00:13:05 Mixing Up Your Show
    • Key
    • Tuning
    • Tempo
    • Fingerpicking vs. Strumming
    • Feel (Love Songs vs. Sad Songs vs. Singalongs)
    • Mixing by Artist
    • Looping/layering
  • 00:19:45 Discipline vs. Systems
  • 00:27:20 Are singalongs responsible?
  • 00:32:01 GG 269 Outtro
Gig Gab 268 episode image: hand writing notes with text "Take The Note"

Take The Note — Gig Gab 268

Giving and receiving feedback is never easy. Well, it’s super easy if you want to send us an email: 🙂

But when you’re in a band, that feedback process can be the thing that drives a wedge between band members. Paul and Dave dissect that a little bit in today’s show, and borrow a phrase and concept from Dave’s theater experiences: Take the Note.

Both Paul and Dave are getting offered gigs, and are turning down more than they’re accepting. This has led to them each finding ways to have these conversations amongst their bandmates, though, and they share what they’ve learned.

Will you share what you’ve learned? As we said, is easy!

Gig Gab 267 cover image with young musician holding a guitar, "The Etiquette of Subbing"

The Etiquette of Subbing — Gig Gab 267

What happens when you sub out for a gig and your original member becomes available? A conundrum! Thankfully Paul and Dave have some thoughts — and recent experiences — to share. On top of that, what’s your band doing to stay connected right now? That’s perhaps the most important question to answer these days. Without the glue-of-gigs to hold things together, you need something else. Your two favorite weekend warriors talk through that and a few other topics, too! Press play and enjoy… and always be performing!