Top Content On Live Musician Central For 2009

This is a list of the top content on Live Musician Central for the year of 2009.

   Well we’ve made it through another year and I hope all you live band musicians out there have had a good one. I know it’s been an interesting year for me. I’ve played some great gigs and I’ve had my share of problems in my live bands this year. All in all I can’t say it was the best year of my career as a live musician but it hasn’t been terrible by any means. Probably the greatest thing I did this year was start a live band project with my three oldest sons. Stay tuned and watch for my sons and I to be playing a gig very soon.

   I figured to celebrate the end of 2009 here on Live Musician Central I would post up a list of the most viewed content over the year. It’s no surprise that my custom programmed Fender Cyber-Twin SE preset patches take the top honors. I’ve been programming my own effect racks for almost 20 years and I used that experience while programming my Fender Cyber-Twin SE amplifier. It stands to reason that every post associated with my Cyber-Twin SE amplifier downloads would be in the top viewed categories as well. So I decided to include the Amplifier Preset Downloads page at the top of the list and fill out the rest of the list with other topics that were the most popular but not related directly to the Cyber-Twin SE preset patches.

   The following list is the top viewed content on Live Musician Central for the year of 2009. I’m glad that so many people have visited and I hope that you’ve all found something useful here on Live Musician Central. Here’s to a fantastic and excellent 2010!

Top Content On Live Musician Central For 2009

B-52 Matrix 2000 Powered Speaker System With Subwoofer

Review of the B-52 Matrix 2000 Speaker system with powered subwoofer and powered satellite speakers.

B-52 Matrix 2000 Speaker System
B-52 Matrix 2000 Speaker System

As you know, it’s crucial for your live band to have the right equipment in order to play a gig. The most important thing you need when playing a gig is a good P.A. System. You can buy yourself a complete P.A. package or you can assemble a P.A. by it’s individual components. The three main components in a P.A. system are a mixer, amplifier and speakers. Today I’m going to talk about a speaker system that has it’s own built-in power amp, the B-52 Matrix 2000 Speaker Sound System.

There are a lot of advantages to buying the B-52 Matrix 2000 speaker sysem. One of the most overlooked pieces of equipment when assembling a P.A. system is the amplifier that powers the speakers. I’ve seen a lot of musicians who are just starting out purchase a very nice speaker package with a mixer and totally forget to buy a power amp for them. That’s why it’s so nice to have the amplifier that powers the speakers built right into the speaker system itself.   Continue reading “B-52 Matrix 2000 Powered Speaker System With Subwoofer”

Sunday Funnies – Axis Of Awesome 4 Chords

A funny look at how so many songs use the exact same chord progression.

   Some of the best music has been written over very simple chord progressions. It’s something that listeners don’t think about beyond the occasional “that song sort of sounds like…” comments. But it’s can be pretty funny when songs are strung together that use the same chord progression. In fact, it’s the basis for mashups to take songs using the same chord progression and mash them together.

   I found this video by Axis Of Awesome funny because of the way they linked these songs together and because their performance is over the top but not to the point of becoming stupid. I hope you enjoy it on today’s Sunday Funnies!   Continue reading “Sunday Funnies – Axis Of Awesome 4 Chords”

Fill Up Your MP3 Player With 50 Albums Under $5

Load up your new MP3 player with custom band Set Lists and $5 albums from Amazon.Com

   Hey all you live band musicians out there. I know a lot of you recieved brand new MP3 players for Christmas and I’m sure you’re itching to fill your new player up with some excellent music. Today I’m going to give you some ideas about what to load on your new MP3 player.

   First of all, check out the Live Musician Central subject category called Live Band Set Lists. I’ve put together complete Setlists for you to download and load on your MP3 player. You can use these set lists as a source for song selection to learn in your live band. You can also keep these set lists on your MP3 player and use them for break music at your gigs. It’s always a good idea to have a lot of proven songs on your player at gigs so you can fill some audience requests while your band is taking a break.

   Another great way to fill up your new MP3 player is with this current killer deal from Amazon is making 50 complete albums available to download for the low price of Five Dollars apiece. That’s a great way to get some new music to enjoy on your new player. MP3’s have several advantages over iTunes. First of all, you don’t need any special software to download the music from Amazon’s MP3’s are all ripped at a high quality 256kbps so they sound incredibly good. They are also all DRM free so you can load them on as many players as you would like. also has a lot of free MP3 downloads that you can get so you can check out some new music for absolutely no money. You just can’t getting music legally, for free! So today, I’m recommending downloading some great music from that will work on any MP3 player including Zunes, iPhones and iPods.

Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas? (Video)

Video of the number one Christmas single by the supergroup Band Aid titled Do They Know It’s Christmas?

Merry Christmas


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   It’s Christmas time again for 2009 and I’d like to wish everyone who’s been reading Live Musician Central a very merry Christmas. To celebrate, I’m posting the video to one of my favorite Christmas songs, titled “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”. This song was released in 1984 and was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure. The song featured many of the top Irish and British musicians of the decade and was released to raise money to help provide relief to those ravaged by the famine in Ethiopia.   Continue reading “Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas? (Video)”

My Favorite Electric Bass Guitar Strings

Dean Markley Blue Steel bass guitar strings have the perfect combination of excellent tone and high durability.

Electric Bass Guitar Strings
Dean Markley Blue Steel Bass Strings

   Over the years I’ve played several different instruments in various live bands. In fact, the first bar band I played in, I was playing the bass guitar. I really love to play the bass guitar and it’s one instrument that truly came naturally to me. Today I’m going to tell you about the strings I use on my bass guitar. 

   If you’ve read my post about Dean Markley Blue Steel Strings for electric guitar then I’m sure you won’t be surprised at all when I tell you that I prefer Dean Markley Blue Steel Strings for my bass guitar as well. In case you didn’t know, Dean Markley Blue Steel strings are cryogenically treated by dipping them in -320 degree liquid nitrogen. They are then packaged and sealed in their box ready for you to purchase.    Continue reading “My Favorite Electric Bass Guitar Strings”

Sunday Funnies – Bohemian Christmas Rhapsody

Enjoy this great Christmas song parody of Queen’s hit, Bohemian Rhapsody.

   I got a good laugh out of this Christmas version of the Queen classic, Bohemian Rhapsody. Whoever is playing and singing on it is actually quite skilled and the song is mixed nicely as well. Whoever N2OBand is on YouTube, good Job! I hope you enjoy another great Christmas Sunday Funnies.   Continue reading “Sunday Funnies – Bohemian Christmas Rhapsody”

Weekend Setlist For Your Live Band To Play – Dance 6

Download this proven set list of dance songs for your live band to learn and play at gigs.

Here’s another excellent Dance set list for your live band to download and use. The songs on this setlist are compiled from the Mobile Beat Top 200 Dance Songs of all time and they are proven to fill the floor with people every time they’re played. You can either use these songs for your band to learn them and play live or you can simply have them on your portable MP3 player to use during band breaks.

My band likes to have a good mix of songs available on the MP3 player for break music because we’re able to fill some song requests while we’re taking a break. The songs on the Live Musician Central set lists are requested regularly and having them available to play during breaks has been a great way to keep the audience happy and dancing all night long.

These songs are available for download from MP3 service. Amazon’s MP3’s are encoded at an excellent 256kbps rate so the sound is very good. They are also DRM free so you can use them on multiple MP3 players. They work with any MP3 player including iPhones and iPods. So get downloading and learn yourself an entire set of excellent dance music!

Included Songs:

    You Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate
    Footloose – Kenny Loggins
    Wild Thing – Tone-Loc
    Fight For Your Right (To Party) – Beastie Boys
    Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye
    Faithfully – Journey
    Tainted Love – Soft Cell
    Beat It – Michael Jackson
    Get Down On It – Kool & The Gang
    Proud Mary – Creedence Clearwater Revival
    I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas

Tipping The Bartenders And Waitresses

Tipping the bartenders and waitresses at your live band gigs will get your band remembered and re-booked.

Full Tip Jar? Spread The Wealth Around
Full Tip Jar? Spread The Wealth Around

One of the most important things to have when you play in a live band is places to play. Without having a club or venue to play in we couldn’t really call our band a “live band”. It would just be a band that gets together to play for each other and although that’s fun for a while, the real fun is playing in front of an audience at a venue.

   I’m sure you know there is a lot of competition between bands to get into the places that feature live music. Even if you have a regular gig you can rest assured that there’s another band ready to step in and take that gig if your band can’t fulfill it. Most clubs have several bands on a regular rotation and there are many other bands trying to get their foot in the door and get booked too. Today I’m going to talk about a very simple way to set your band apart from the other bands that are playing in the same clubs as you.   Continue reading “Tipping The Bartenders And Waitresses”

Live Musician Gift Idea – Live Sound Accessories Pack

This live sound accessories pack includes two mic stands, two speaker stands, one speaker stand bag and an equipment hauling cart.

Live Sound Accessories Pack
Live Sound Accessories Pack

   Since it’s the season of giving (and of using the last of my live band  earnings for tax write-off purposes) I was looking for gifts for live musicians and came across this sweet deal on a Live Sound Accessories Pack. I don’t know about you, but I seem to go through a microphone stand every year. I also hate hauling equipment in and out of the gig. I also always seem to play in some venues where I struggle to get the speakers aimed for the best sound projection.

   Well, this live sound accessories pack addresses all three problems for an incredibly low price. This pack includes two ProLine Boom Microphone Stands, two ProLine Speaker Stands, one Speaker Stand Bag and one Rock N Roller R2 Micro Cart! All for the amazingly low price of $149. You just can’t beat that price for such a sweet live sound accessories pack.   Continue reading “Live Musician Gift Idea – Live Sound Accessories Pack”