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Category: "Sound Advice"

The Autopsy of the Show

  02/22/13 13:25, by , Categories: BFMN Exclusive, Dan Grigor, Sound Advice , Tags: dan grigor, mic audience, performance video, sam ash, sound advice, two-camera shoot

One of the most important and imperative things you can do as a performer in the digital age is to watch your show the next day. It is so easy now to set up a camera in the corner, run a cable to the board and BAM! you can actually see your show from the other side of the stage.

When I was, I dunno, 15 or so, I was hanging around at a Sam Ash in New York trying to play with and learn from everyone that came in. I’m sure I’ve told this story before, but you could go in, grab a guitar and plug it in and start playing blues progressions. Some bass player over in the corner would join in, somebody would fire up a keyboard and open the door to that room; same with a drummer or a conga or a horn or another guitar guy. I’m telling you it was something. We just hung around and played music all the time. There were days they were lined up in front, dancing on the sidewalk.

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Open Mic Night Blues Makes Me Happy

  07/01/12 18:07, by , Categories: BFMN Exclusive, Dan Grigor, Video, Sound Advice , Tags: 12-string guitar, acoustic, call for info, dan grigor, mike mountain, open mic night, tesoro

In our continuing efforts to get you off the internet and out there playing music live we have visited a few JAM nights. This article is not about that. This one is about Open Mic Nights.

What’s the difference? Generally speaking, it is simply what it says: an open microphone on a stage in front of people. People get up there and play a song, read a poem, tell a few jokes or whatever is right for the venue and their talent.

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Get Up, Get Out, and JAM, Part 2: BaBa's Jam

  03/26/12 14:39, by , Categories: BFMN Exclusive, Review, Dan Grigor, Sound Advice, video, Jam , Tags: baba_s jam, bud hamberg, dan grigor, lady pearl, stony b

Welcome to the next segment in our ongoing effort to promote playing some music with people you don’t know while making new friends and great memories.

Another fun thing about Jams is how they can make any special occasion extra special. On this occasion we celebrate our friends’ anniversary. Fifteen years they’ve been together and BaBa, who hosts a regular blues jam, was delighted to lend her famous jam to celebrate.

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Get Up, Get Out, and JAM, Part 1: Swami's/Beach Grass Cafe

  03/06/12 12:25, by , Categories: BFMN Exclusive, Review, Dan Grigor, Sound Advice, video , Tags: beach grass cafe, bud hamberg, call for info, dan grigor, if you don_t mind, jam

This is the first in what will be an ongoing effort to promote getting off the Internet, turning off your TV, putting your phone on vibrate and going out and playing some music with people you don’t know. It can be wildly entertaining and, as you make music, you will make new friends and great memories.

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Only Two Kinds of Musicians in the World

  11/11/10 22:50, by , Categories: Don't Suck at The Blues, BFMN Exclusive, Dan Grigor, Sound Advice , Tags: bfmn exclusive, dan grigor, jamming, player, read music, sound advice

There are only two kinds of musicians in the world. Which are you? Which would you rather be? Let’s find out.

Let me explain what I mean. I have been trying for some time to get a little band together just for fun. I really do prefer my solo show but there is something very cool about being part of a sound that comes from a really tight band, and a lot of the songs I write are not really meant for just guitar. Anyway, in the course of auditioning artists, I am reminded of exactly what the difference is between the two types of musician.

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