294 episodes

Each week Paul Kent and Dave Hamilton come to you sharing their gigging experiences, tips and tricks learned, and interviews with other weekend warriors and pros. Wanna talk shop with your musical buddies? Look no further than GigGab!

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    • Music Commentary
    • 4.9 • 33 Ratings

Each week Paul Kent and Dave Hamilton come to you sharing their gigging experiences, tips and tricks learned, and interviews with other weekend warriors and pros. Wanna talk shop with your musical buddies? Look no further than GigGab!

    Frictionless Reopening

    Frictionless Reopening

    What's it going to take for you and your bandmates to all agree it's safe to take the stage together again? What's that first gig look like? What about the first rehearsal? What about the plan for it all?



    This is what Paul and Dave chew on together today, and you're invited along for the ride. Listen as your two favorite weekend warriors talk about when that next weekend will come... and what it will look like.



    Press play, enjoy, and always be performing!





    00:00:00 Gig Gab 295 - Monday, March 8, 2021

    00:02:35 Frictionless Re-opening

    00:23:05 Removing the friction

    00:29:32 Play the hits, or hit the books?

    00:44:15 GG 295

    • 45 min
    Covers and Originals: A Battle?

    Covers and Originals: A Battle?

    Do you play covers? Do you play originals? Is one right or wrong? These questions seem to come up over and over again, so Paul and Dave share their views from their very different backgrounds. Listen as your two favorite weekend warriors hash through this and more...and let's see where they end up!



    No Gig Gab is complete without Gear Gab, though, and the guys talk about their initial experiences with the new, inexpensive, WAVS Custom in-ear monitors.



    Listen for all this... and more! Press play, and always be performing!





    00:00:00 Gig Gab 294 - Tuesday, March 2, 2021

    00:02:33 Making a (Proper) Mistake

    00:09:59 CSF-WAVS Custom In-Ears



    Amazon MMCX Cables





    00:22:33 SPONSOR: Bandzoogle — Listeners can go to Bandzoogle.com to try it free for 30 days, and use the promo code “giggab” to get 15% off the first year of any subscription.

    00:25:12 Covers vs. Originals

    00:38:59 Gig Gab 294

    • 39 min
    What is a Band?

    What is a Band?

    What does it mean to "be in a band"? What does it mean to "have a band"? These things have different meanings for each of us, and there's no incorrect answer here.



    Dave's spent some time on Jamkazam, playing and grooving with people all over the world. He's got some tips to share, and some realities to share, too.



    Listen as Paul and Dave talk through all of us. And remember, whether in your band or online: always be performing!





    00:00:00 Gig Gab 293 - Monday, February 22, 2021

    00:00:48 Jamkazam Tests



    ASIO Drivers





    00:15:47 SPONSOR: Bandzoogle — Listeners can go to Bandzoogle.com to try it free for 30 days, and use the promo code “giggab” to get 15% off the first year of any subscription.

    00:17:43 Merch!



    Cover Band Confidential

    Threadless.com

    RedBubble.com





    00:19:09 Gigging!

    00:19:50 What is a band?



    Dan Curcio





    00:44:47 GG 293 Outtro

    • 45 min
    Duct Tape to The Rescue

    Duct Tape to The Rescue

    Gear Gab and Rant Gab and Celebration Gab all at the same time equals what? It equals Gig Gab, that's what! Listen as Paul and Dave talk through Duct Tape, blissful ignorance, honing ones craft, and Lights/Camera/Editing on a budget! Your two favorite weekend warriors share some of their new, old, and upcoming favorite gear, too. Press play... and always be performing!





    00:00:00 Gig Gab 292 - Monday, February 15, 2021

    00:00:47 Happy Gig Gab Anniversary on Feb 19th!

    00:02:57 From Blissful Ignorance to Jaded Vet… To Blissful Vet!

    00:06:22 Socially-Distanced Gigs

    00:08:35 Duct Tape to The Rescue

    00:13:52 Neural DSP Quad Cortex



    Cover Band Confidential

    May Internal Miking System





    00:26:43 Gideon-Lights, Camera, and Editing on a Budget



    Softbox Lighting Kit

    DaVinci Resolve

    Lumix D7

    Free LUTs for Final Cut Pro, DaVinci Resolve, and More





    00:32:04 Adam-291-Recallying Lyrics...and Much more!

    00:43:29 Gig Gab 292 Outtro

    • 45 min
    Don't Think, Just Concentrate

    Don't Think, Just Concentrate

    'Don't think so much... just concentrate.' These were the words Jaco said to a young Peter Erskine... easier said than done, but oh so right! Listen as Dave and Paul talk through their own versions of these, especially as it relates to truly learning the music you're playing.



    Then it's on to discussing pricing ourselves as musicians as we begin to emerge from our respective lockdowns. Lots to think about here, and the past is only able to provide a few hints for us to go with. The rest we'll have to make up on our own! Always be performing folks, especially when you're not.





    00:00:00 Gig Gab 291 - Monday, February 8, 2021

    00:01:23 The Benefits of Memorization

    00:11:57 Don’t Think Just Concentrate



    Miley Cyrus Halftime Show





    00:23:00 More Reps!

    00:29:11 Paul-Two Acoustic Gigs

    00:30:10 Revisit Your Pricing Thoughts

    00:44:40 GG 291 Outtro

    • 45 min
    Don't Get Complacent, Get Uncomfortable

    Don't Get Complacent, Get Uncomfortable

    Before too long, what was once challenging becomes normal and comfortable, even if the music you're playing is universally agreed to be "challenging". So.. what to do?



    Focus on your discomfort, that's what!



    Paul and Dave talk through this and share some recent experiences they've had in this department. Then it's on to picking songs for your band, including a new litmus test your two favorite weekend warriors haven't discussed in the past!





    00:00:00 Gig Gab 290 - Tuesday, February 2, 2021

    00:01:09 The glimpses of a re-opening

    00:04:39 Jay Siegan: guarantees vs. the door

    00:08:08 Don’t Get Cocky… Don’t Get Complacent, Get Uncomfortable.

    00:23:13 SPONSOR: Bandzoogle — Listeners can go to Bandzoogle.com to try it free for 30 days, and use the promo code “giggab” to get 15% off the first year of any subscription.

    00:25:00 Picking songs for YOUR band



    Phish’s Covers





    00:41:31 GG Outtro



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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

RealityStop ,

Must-listen for working musicians

Paul and Dave, been listening for a long time. I appreciate what you do, and your thoughtfulness about the impact of the pandemic on all of us who love playing is a shot in the arm. My band has played a few gigs, had a few canceled, and canceled a few ourselves. It is helpful to have your experiences to benchmark against. Keep doing what you are doing, and I will keep listening!

=Mr Kelly= ,

Awesome guys. Good content. To the point.

Listening to this each week helps me with my fictional writing project about bands and other industry folks. Thanks so much.

bplath ,

Long time listener

I’ve been listening to the show for many years and always look forward to the conversation each week. It’s insightful getting to hear other weekend warriors share their experiences playing music. ABP!

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