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The Same Amount of Crazy — Gig Gab 266

Keeping your band in sync is never an easy thing, and everyone knows it. Perhaps the most important thing is to make sure you’re all on the same page, and that doesn’t mean “like every other band.” It just means, “like this band.” Really it just means you all need to be approximately the same amount of crazy to make it work. Paul and Dave talk through and develop this realization, and share some examples of where to apply it.

That’s not all, though, because gear gab is back, especially for people using in-ear monitors. You’ll want to hear the segment about cables there, for sure.

Discussions about subbing and managing multiple guitarists and, yes, a little bit about the pandemic affecting gigs, too. All this and more… press play, and always be performing!

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The Meeting of Four Minds — Gig Gab 265 and Cover Band Confidential 100

Dan Ray and Adam Johnson join Paul and Dave this week for a crossover episode of Cover Band Confidential and Gig Gab. Listen as your FOUR favorite weekend warriors talk through how they’re dealing with gigs during the pandemic, keeping their music lives alive (while prioritizing simply staying alive themselves!), and as they help a listener through finding a new gig.New for this week, you can even watch this episode on YouTube!

Press play, enjoy, and always be performing!

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Where’s The QuickStart Guide? — Gig Gab 264

Gear Gab is back! This time your two favorite weekend warriors are talking about Mackie’s new universal-fit in-ear monitors, microphone pre-amps (and devices to help them along), and a little bit about gain and mixing.

And hey, Dave played a gig this weekend (two of them, in fact!), so he and Paul talk about how that worked, what measures were taken to keep everyone as safe as possible, and what the future of all that might look like as we’re slowly marching forward here.

Don’t sweat the lightning, folks… it just made for some interesting breaks in the show. You know what they say? Always be performing!

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Asterisk Pandemic — Gig Gab 263

Try as they might to avoid it, sometimes your two favorite weekend warriors wind up talking about the pandemic. This week weaves conversations about performances, streaming, syncing video, and Hamilton (the show, not the podcaster) with related thoughts about what it’ll take to feel safe doing all the things we want to do on stage again. Listen as Kent and Hamilton (the podcaster, not the show), talk through all this and more. And remember, always be performing!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 263 – Monday, July 6, 2020
  • 00:00:55 Asterisk Pandemic
  • 00:17:40 The Hamilton Question
  • 00:34:26 Mike Mendoza’s July Fourth Streaming Festival
  • 01:02:04 GG 263 Outtro
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David Shanhun: Looping, Streaming, Playing — Gig Gab 262

With David Shanhun, his smooth vocals and articulate guitar work are what you hear, but under the surface is an equal masterpiece of David’s looping and arrangements.

It doesn’t stop there: David has taken his fantastic YouTube channel and begun using it to help teach other musicians how to integrate looping into their performances, increasing everyone’s game.

Join us today to learn more about David, hear some looping tips, and some great stories, to boot!

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Playing the Pandemic Stage — Gig Gab 261

Paul and Dave have been secretly working together on a project with their old band, and today that finally was released. Hear your two favorite weekend warriors talk about the process of recording (and coordinating!) a song in quarantine.

Last night, Dave played the first pandemic gig of Gig Gab’s history, and he and Paul talk through the process that got Dave to the stage, as well as the experience of actually doing it. Press play, enjoy, and remember: Always Be Performing!

Picture of stairs down to the stage with text Re-Entry Anxiety — Gig Gab 260

Re-Entry Anxiety — Gig Gab 260

It’s June, 2020, and your two favorite weekend warriors haven’t played a gig in months. As the reality of that “next gig” sets in—as the reality of interacting with society again sets in—it’s pretty clear that re-entry anxiety is alive and well. Both Paul and Dave are experiencing it in different ways and, as will come as no surprise, they’re happy to talk about it. In fact, talking about it seems to help! Listen in as they share their very different thoughts from two very different areas of the USA.

Meanwhile, all the home studio recording and Zooming and streaming is going strong, and listener Michael has a question about audio interfaces. Never ones to shy away from offering a helping hand, Paul and Dave share several different recommendations, talking through all the details.

Check it out, press play, and always be performing! (and wash your hands)

Guitar and amp waiting patiently by the doorway with text Almost Willing — Gig Gab 259

Almost Willing… — Gig Gab 259

We all love gear, and your two favorite weekend warriors have even more of it to talk about this week for you. Plus, Dave’s come up with a new addition to his woodshed routine to keep himself going during lockdown.

Speaking of lockdown, listener Mike has some thoughts to share with us all about what the next gig or rehearsal might look like, and Dave and Paul take that and run with it, sharing their thoughts, as well.

Press play, enjoy, and always be performing. Oh, and let’s not forget to keep washing our hands, OK?

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Dave Cook: Streaming Sound Advice, Love Shack, Carly Simon, and More — Gig Gab 258

Dave Cook, long-time audio engineer and owner of Area 52 Studios joins your two favorite weekend warriors today with stories, advice, and more.

Dave shares how he “accidentally” wound up engineering “Love Shack” as well as Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, what rules Bernard Purdie laid down (before he laid down the grooves!), how he started his road career with Carly Simon, and more.

Dave also brings decades of advice to help guide us all with our live streaming setups, discussing different ways of getting that pristine sound, as well as that not-so-pristine sound… depending upon what you’re after!

Listen, along with your hosts Paul Kent and Dave Hamilton, as Dave Cook weaves all these stories and tips together for you all. Press play and enjoy!

Image of lighting cans on ceiling with text Lighting, Ranting, & Planning Your Next Show — Gig Gab 257

Lighting, Ranting, & Planning Your Next Show — Gig Gab 257

We know you want to play. We all do! What does that next gig look like? How will it work? When will you—and your band—be comfortable playing together again? Does that happen indoors in a rehearsal space or outdoors for a show?

These are the seeds planted in the minds of Dave and Paul as they dive into this week’s episode. Listen as your two favorite weekend warriors talk through all of this and how they’re approaching it.

Then send in your feedback to we want to hear from you!

In the meantime, those livestreams keep happening, those quarantine purchases keep accumulating, and that means it’s time for another gear gab segment! Audio gear is featured, but lighting gear (and techniques) are important, too.

Listen, learn, and then share your feedback with the Gig Gab family!