Waukesha: A Popular GuitarTown

Note: The article that follows was originally a five-part series I wrote on a WordPress.com site starting on August 30, 2013.

GuitarTown, Part 1

This morning (I took the day off) I went on my first self-assigned photo shoot outside the boundaries of the lot on which our house sits. I didn’t go very far – just to downtown Waukesha, aka GuitarTown.

For the uninitiated, Waukesha is one of several “GuitarTowns” across the country – the others being Los Angeles, Cleveland, Miami, Orlando, Nashville, and Austin – sponsored by Gibson guitars. Waukesha was chosen since it can claim Les Paul as a native son.

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12 Days of Deals for Music

12 Days of Christmas

Did you know Amazon has a “12 Days of Deals” category called Headphones?

Yes, there are that many options that they can be awarded a category all their own. I’ve only looked at a few of them here at My Musical Picks.

A quick glance in the Headphones category will show you deals like this for the Bose Noise Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones 700 model.

There’s more than just headphones available, of course. For example, you can check out this Bose Lifestyle 650 Home Entertainment System.

I’m not particularly partial to Bose. These just happen to be two items I spotted right away. So….

See what else you can find for music in the 12 Days of Deals.

How To Promote Your Music Using the Live Event Blueprint

So the owner of a local watering hole finally gave you a chance to play last week. You told all your friends about your first real gig and invited them to come listen.

That night, there were three patrons – four, for a while – in the bar. You didn’t recognize any of them.

Some of your friends had a big test the next day. One buddy just forgot. Your parents would have come but they just don’t usually go to bars and besides it started kinda late. Your sister’s boyfriend had other plans for their night out.

Didn’t they tell anyone else? Sure, they did, but they didn’t really make it sound like that big of a deal.

Everyone who’s heard you rehearse says your music is good. They like it. You play well.

So what’s a musician supposed to do to get heard in public?

Learn how to promote your music and yourself, whether you are a solo artist or a member of a band.

You could try to figure out music promotion techniques on your own, but why reinvent the wheel?

All you need is the plan, the blueprint, that someone else who already knows how promotion of musicians and bands works. Then you just copy that blueprint and save yourself a lot of frustration and hassle.

It’s all been done for you by someone who knows the ropes in the Live Event Blueprint.

When you have the Blueprint in hand, you can concentrate on what you do best and like most – creating and playing your music for your fans.

The Live Event Blueprint is a series of videos that show you how to promote your music and how to start playing live shows in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible. The videos walk you step by step through the entire process. They are purposely easy to follow so that confusion never raises its ugly head.

  • If you’re tired of performing for an empty or nearly empty room…
  • If you want to grow your fanbase and even create superfans…
  • If you want to play more gigs and get paid more for them…
  • If you want to learn how to use Facebook to get lots of listeners to your shows…

…then this course is what you’ve been looking for.

I won’t duplicate all the details here. Instead…

Check out the Live Event Blueprint now.

The 5 Best Drummers Today

A while ago (2017), Music Radar took a poll to see who listeners thought was the best drummer today. They came up with a list of 17 drummers which is way too long for anyone to care about. Most people really want to know who’s the best or if their favorite drummer is even in the running.

Here I give you the top 5 best drummers in the world today, based on the results of that same poll. I actually had heard of 3 of the top five bands – Foo Fighters, Nickelback, and Blink 182. I’d never heard of Alter Bridge or The Killers, but that’s because I’m old.

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Rosewood! We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Rosewood. Do We?

As you may know, just over two years ago back in January of 2017, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) moved rosewood from one of their no-no lists to another making it virtually impossible for guitar makers to get their hands on this wood which historically been so often been used, especially in guitar fingerboards.

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Who Plays Ed Sheeran Signature Guitars Besides Ed Sheeran?

Sheeran by Lowden W04
Sheeran by Lowden W04

I’m not really sure who else plays Ed Sheeran Signature guitars, other than Ed himself. I’m sure there are plenty of guitarists who have bought one and use it, but I just don’t know who they are.

However, Mr. Sheeran would like to increase the number of young guitarists who own these signature instruments, according to a recent report.

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