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On one hand, I don't think pay to play is morally wrong. I don't feel I get to tell anybody how to run their open mike. And for that matter, I've paid large amounts of money to attend residential workshops, which had performing as part of point of the exercise, and to which the local community was invited and charged admission. On the other hand, the ...


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If the 2 bucks is charged to the audience as well as the players in the form of a cover charge and you are an amateur just looking for an audience and to have a little fun, go ahead and pay it. 2 bucks is not abusive. However, the quality of most of the acts is likely to be low to awful. Do not expect to see any professionals there, they would be offended by ...


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It's a matter of supply and demand. If a venue gets lots of people who want to play it can charge to bring down the number. If your hobby is playing tennis you wouldn't think twice about paying for a tennis court to play.


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I generally feel pay to play is ridiculous. I agree it can be used by establishments to filter out the ones that in the end aren't that into playing, even if it costs 2 bucks. For me though, it's an artist that not only is pouring passion and fueling creativity - then sharing it! - that ought to be paid. Within the industry, the only place i can ...


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Is the message from the bar that you are bothering them so they need some money? Or is it a famous establishement where you can get a gig and play for good money? I never heard of pay to play for open mic. If it is a bother they should get a DJ. Typically there is a good host band and they run the open mic to make sure there is some quality on stage.


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When you consider the open-mic aspect of it, I assume this is just like the $15 co-pay I had on my insurance that otherwise covered 100% of everything with 0 deductible: it's a deterrent from those who waste a valuable resource. Just the fact that you're paying something will keep those with literally zero serious ambition from going up on the stage and ...


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As much as I agree in theory that it doesn't feel right to pay to play, the reality is that even when you do get paid, it'll hardly cover your expenses - transport, food, beer and not to mention the copious volumes of tea and biscuits consumed at all the band practices. If you want to play the gig then play it and just see it as another expense. Don't lose ...


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$2 for 10 minutes of stage time is nothing. If you include the changeover between acts the hourly rate is about what the waitresses earn before tips. If you get a free beer out of the gig you are ahead. If each of you get a free beer you are way ahead. You are not paying to cover costs, it will barely cover the power bill for the stage systems. It's 'honest ...


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Musician's representatives, including the Musician's Union in the UK are diametrically opposed to the entire concept of pay to play. As they point out, somebody is making money from these gigs, and it is wrong for the performers themselves not to make money from them. The Musician's Union Fair Play Guide says that co-promotion deals can work: The MU’s ...


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Here's all the reasons I know of for composers to pick a certain key. Physical limitations Some instruments have/had physical limitations. For example, certain harps cannot play all keys and antique horns and trumpets only had certain pipe fittings they could use that tended to be tuned toward the flat side of the circle of fifths (Bb, Eb, etc). ...


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I don't really know much about piano but what I do on the guitar is to listen to a drum beat (usually latin or jazz for complexity) and then I replicate the beat in my strum or by playing single notes. When I get good and clean at it, I look for another beat and work on that. I have found that it helps me a lot when it comes time to improvise. I have a ...


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The following pieces of equipment offer cheaper alternatives to purchasing a dedicated performance computer: Use the house stereo (if available) Use your smartphone (if available) Use your dumbphone (if you still have one) Use your tablet (if available) Purchase a candy bar-style digital recorder and use it as your device (I do this personally and it works ...


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I've heard this being referred to as being "in the groove". There could be a number of factors contributing to this. Some that occur to me are: Intuition - Often, when you've played an instrument for a while, you come to a point where you play by "feel" or by intuition. You aren't necessarily thinking about what notes or chords you're playing, or what the ...


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IMO this is purely based on mental determination and physical fitness technique has little to do with your tiredness, although bad technique can wear your wrists more experiment with German grip, French grip, and American grip and see which one feels the best. You may not notice it but your cardio vascular fitness plays a big part in your drumming ...



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