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Keeping the Band Together: A Blog for Musicians


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Keeping the Band Together: A Blog for Musicians

Hi, my name is Erika, and I have been a member of two different bands. I have found that keeping a band together involves a delicate balance of several elements. You have to continue being excited about the same type of music, you have to practise and try new things together and you have to mesh on an emotional level. This can be hard, and if you are a temperamental and emotional musician like me, it can be even more challenging. Since I have experience, I decided to create this blog. It has tips on making music, being a band and staying together. Please explore these posts. I hope you enjoy them.

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Three Things To Look For The Next Time You Go To A Music Store

Music stores are dotted all around the country, as many Australians love practising their skills both alone and in bands of varying sizes. Whether you are just a simple enthusiast or someone who has been playing music since they could walk, there is always something to pique your interest at these music stores. However, it is also easy to miss some of the more subtle items that a music store sells which could actually be quite useful to you. Here are a few tips and tricks to maximise your time at the music store the next time you find yourself in one. 

Cables, Cables, Cables

Cables are such an important part of quite a few modern musical instruments and, if you want to record them or amplify them in any way, then you probably need a bunch more than you currently have. Every musician is always on the lookout for more cables than they have, but also seemingly always forgets to buy more when they finally are in a music store. Much like you might forget bread and milk at your most recent grocery shop, it is important to remind yourself to have all the essentials when you are checking out of a music store and that means cables.

Stools

Stools are used by a large number of musicians as a simple, non-obtrusive seat that gives you full range of motion with your hands. However, not all stools are made the same way, which is a fact you very quickly learn when you start to try out more premium stools at a music store. Most people simply gloss over these important pieces of equipment, which is something you do at your own peril. Back pain, soreness and fatigue can all come quicker when you have a bad stool, so make sure the one you have now is up to par or get yourself a new one!

Flash Sales

A lot of the time when music stores get in new stock they will do a flash sale to get rid of some of their older, less popular instruments. This is one of the only ways you will find instrument sales happening because otherwise these items are non-perishable so there is no need to try and sell them by a certain date. If you ask the music store owners when their next shipment of stock comes in, or better yet just ask them if they will be having any clearance sales in the near future, then you might be able to save yourself a few hundred dollars on a brand new and unused musical instrument.