This audiobook highlights tips and tricks learned over two decades of real-world experience as a touring guitarist. For bands and musicians who are not signed, don’t have managers or agents, but are willing to do the hard work and pay their dues to take their show on the road. From advice on how to properly pack a trailer, to the various ways to place a microphone in front of an amplifier, this audiobook includes a wide range of topics, and is sure to have something for musicians of all experience levels.
Major topics addressed include, but are not limited to:
Planning the tour - from how to choose which cities to visit to how to pack your trailer or van.
Promoting the tour - from how to write a press release to how to maximize your social media use.
Gear and supplies - from how to set up your guitar and which effects work best live to where to place the mic in front of your amp.
Life on the road - from the best gas stations and how to deal with boredom to winter driving tips.
Putting on a great show - from how to fine-tune your tone to a room to how to get along with your bandmates for optimum teamwork.
Merchandise and revenue - from how to get creative when it comes to choosing your merch, to crowdfunding techniques, to tips on making sure you get paid by the venue.
Connecting with fans - from using social media marketing creatively to general tips on in-person interactions with fans at the show.
About the expert: Brandon Humphreys has been playing guitar and singing in semiprofessional and tour-support bands for more than 20 years. He has played music across the Western US and Canada, often in support of national acts. Between all of the various bands over the years, he has recorded and released four full-length albums and two EPs. He has also appeared as a session guitarist for other artists. As a performer, he has “sat in” with countless groups at countless performances over the years - from neighborhood block parties to huge citywide festivals - and has lent his talents to rock, jazz, blues, reggae, and country bands, as well as large ensembles.
When not playing music, Brandon is a writer and a professional educator.
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