Shopping For Musical Gifts For Kids

You can find high quality musical instrument toys for your children in this excellent music toys for kids list.

   If you’re a musician who just happens to have some kids running around at home I’m sure you’re always looking for music toys to stimulate their musical imagination. It can be tough to find good musical toys for the kids to play with. I know I’ve spent hours searching on various websites looking for the perfect musical gifts for my children only to find a limited selection of low quality musical toys.   Continue reading “Shopping For Musical Gifts For Kids”

The Best Gift For Musicians – Gift Certificates

This Christmas Holiday give your muisician a gift they’re sure to love, musician’s gift certificates!

Gift Certificate For Musicians
Musician Gift Certificate

Every year at Christmas my friends that know I play in a live band shower me with music related gifts. I really appreciate the thought but I have to admit that a lot of those presents get put into the equipment bin going unused simply because they’re not exactly what I would have chosen for myself. How many of you have received a guitar strap that just wasn’t cool enough to wear onstage? Or how many of you have had a spouse buy you a brand new guitar without knowing what to look for in a quality guitar? That’s why I’m telling you that Musician’s Gift Certificates are the best gifts you can give to your musician friends.   Continue reading “The Best Gift For Musicians – Gift Certificates”

Christmas Presents and Gifts For Musicians

You can find the perfect Christmas gift and present for the musician in your life with these simple tips.

   It’s Christmas shopping season again and if you’re like me, you have a lot of live musicians to buy presents for. I like to purchase as many things online as possible because I don’t like going out shopping. The online music retailers are really starting to push sales early this year with deep discounts and free shipping. Musician’s Friend has some great ideas in their Musician’s Gift Center. Just click the banner below and you’ll find some great gift ideas for presents to all your musician friends.   Continue reading “Christmas Presents and Gifts For Musicians”

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)”

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”

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”

Sunday Funnies – Ding Fries Are Done (Burger King Christmas Song)

Ding Fries Are Done is a fast food holiday classic sung to the tune of Carol Of The Bells.

   This has long been one of my live band’s favorite Christmas songs. It seems like every year at band practice somebody will bust out singing a version of “Ding Fries Are Done” which is sung to the tune of Carol Of The Bells. If you’ve ever worked in fast food then I’m sure you’ll get a kick out of this fast food Christmas classic!   Continue reading “Sunday Funnies – Ding Fries Are Done (Burger King Christmas Song)”

Weekend Set List For Your Live Band To Play – Christmas Dance Songs 2

Download these Christmas dance songs for your live band to learn and play at gigs.

   Last week I posted up our first Christmas Song set list called Christmas Dance Songs 1 for you to use with your live band. You can either use these set lists as a whole and learn every song on them with your live band or you can pick and choose songs to learn. It’s also a great idea to have all of the songs listed on the set lists loaded on your portable music player so you can have them with you at your gigs. The reason you want to have them with you is so you can fill requests during your band breaks.

   It’s not always possible to learn every song on the setlist simply because you band’s lineup may not be able to cover some of the songs on the list. That’s another great reason to have these songs with you at gigs loaded on your portable player. You’ll be able to play some songs during band breaks that your band normally wouldn’t be able to play. That’s a really easy way to keep the audience happy and dancing all night long.

   You can download these songs from MP3 download service which gives you several advantages over iTunes. The MP3’s are all encoded at 256kbps which is an excellent quality for MP3’s. You also won’t need any special software to download the songs or load them on your portable music player. All the songs are fully compatible with any MP3 player including iPods and iPhones. So get downloading these Christmas dance songs and start partying!

Included Songs:

    Christmas Tree – Lady GaGa
    Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You – SR-71
    Last Christmas – Wham
    Back Door Santa – B.B. King
    Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – U2
    Christmas In Hollis – Run DMC
    Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley
    Sleigh Ride – TLC
    Little Drummer Boy – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
    Everybody Loves Christmas – Eddie Money
    Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) – Ramones

Weekend Set List For Your Live Band To Play – Christmas Dance Songs 1

Download these danceable Christmas songs for your live band to learn and play at your Christmas gigs.

   It’s Christmas and if you play in a live band then you’ve got to have some Christmas songs learned and ready to play. But what Christmas songs will work in a dance type environment? Lucky for you, we’ve compiles an entire set list of danceable Christmas songs for you to download and learn with your live band!

   All of these great Christmas songs have a good solid beat and a driving rhythm’s that make them perfect for dancing. You can listen to the samples and download them from MP3 service. MP3’s are encoded at 256kbps and they sound fantastic. The MP3’s are compatible with all MP3 players including iPhones and iPods. You don’t need any special software to download songs from and all the songs are DRM free!

   So download this excellent Christmas dance music set list and learn the songs with your live band or have them on your player to play during your band breaks. Also, make sure you check out our second Christmas song set list, Christmas Dance Songs 2.

Included Songs:

    Chuck Berry – Run Rudolph Run
    Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
    Foghat – All I Want For Christmas Is You
    George Thorogood – Rock And Roll Christmas
    The Kinks – Father Christmas
    Elton John – Step Into Christmas
    The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
    Brian Setzer – Jingle Bell Rock
    No Doubt – Oi To The World
    John Mellencamp – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
    Tom Petty – Christmas All Over Again

Playing Christmas Songs In Your Live Band

Playing holiday songs is a great way to keep your holiday gigs fun and fresh for the band and the audience.

Elvis Rockin' Christmas
Elvis Rockin' Christmas

The season is upon us and it’s time to play those holiday gigs that come to all working live bands. I don’t know if your band is like mine, but it seems like every year we talk about learning a Christmas song or two and we just never seem to get around to it. So the holidays come and we just play the same old stuff at our shows. That’s why I’m going to give you some tips on preparing some holiday songs for your live band so you can be ready for the season.

Obviously the most important thing is timing when to learn the song. It’s better to learn the song well before your holiday shows. So if you’re planning on playing some Christmas songs in December, it’s a good idea to start learning them in October. By learning the songs that far in advance, you’ll be able to iron out the rough spots and really do a good performance of the song when your holiday shows come. Believe me, your audience will be able to tell if you learned the song 3 days before the show.     Continue reading “Playing Christmas Songs In Your Live Band”

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