How to choose a guitar store

guitar store

I bought my first acoustic in a guitar store near work. I went there a few times during lunch breaks, tried a few different guitars, brought friends for second opinion, and took my time between visits to think about the purchase. The salespeople were friendly and helpful, so a long-term relationship developed. When I needed help with some of the items I bought, I felt free to go get help from the store staff. Over time, I ended up buying an acoustic guitar, an electric guitar, a sound recording system, and a few accessories at the same store. Even though I don’t work in that area anymore, it is still my music store of choice. Continue reading “How to choose a guitar store”

Should you go to open mic sessions?

open mic session

I’ve written quite a lot about open mic session: my first open mic session, becoming memorable on stage, and more. Many famous artists, both musicians and comedians made their first steps at the open mic. Here’s why you should you try it too.

Meet people

Going to open mic sessions is a good way to meet people and make friends, even though it can take time and perseverance. Attend often, and don’t get discouraged by the times you didn’t talk to anyone. Forming relationships doesn’t work like a magic wand, and sometimes events that you think are socially useless will turn out to be significant in the long run. Continue reading “Should you go to open mic sessions?”

How to be memorable – 4 proven methods

become memorable

When you are just starting out as a performer, you will perform at open mic sessions, jam sessions, and perhaps do some small  unpaid gigs. In these events you will be one of many performers, and perform in front of a quite an indifferent audience – mostly other performers waiting their turn to go on stage.

Why invest in becoming memorable?

Being memorable can help you advance from doing open mic performances to doing your own full length show. It can help you spread your music, collaborate with others, form a band, and do paid gigs. Regardless of professional success, being memorable is a way to create social connections. Continue reading “How to be memorable – 4 proven methods”

Do you really want to be a rock star?

rock band

On a shallow level, everyone wants to be a rock star. Being a rock star seems like it’s all glam and play. But when you look into a rock star’s daily life, you see that it’s not all sunshine and roses. It is a lot of hard work, a lot of frustration, a lot of hardships. here are some things to take into account if you are planning on becoming a rock star: Continue reading “Do you really want to be a rock star?”

Becoming famous won’t cure your loneliness

famous and lonely

One of the leading motivations to become famous is to have more people in one’s life. Many people feel lonely, rejected, a misfit. They are sure that if only they were famous, everybody would love and respect them. Or at least enough people would love and respect them so they would not feel so lonely.

If you recognize this motivation within yourself, read on. Becoming famous won’t solve your loneliness, on the contrary – it can make it worse. Continue reading “Becoming famous won’t cure your loneliness”

How I started playing the bass

how i started playing bass guitar

In previous posts I discussed how I started playing guitar, how I started singing, and the story of going to the open mic session, where I met the guys who later became my band.

One night a few weeks after we first met at the open mic, they guys were at a friend’s house and offered me to join and bring a guitar. As I arrived, I saw that in a tiny living room, they have built a full-on rehearsal room: an electric guitar, a bass guitar, amplifiers, and an electric drum set. It was the first time I played in a rehearsal room setting.  Continue reading “How I started playing the bass”

Beginners choice: classical, acoustic, or electric guitar?

classic acoustic or electric guitar

Classical, acoustic, and electric guitar have a lot in common but a lot of differences too. They differ in structure, string type, amplification, and more. They sound and feel quite differently.

Classical and acoustic guitars can be amplified, but both make an audible sound without amplification. An electric guitar has to be amplified, it is hardly audible without amplification. Continue reading “Beginners choice: classical, acoustic, or electric guitar?”