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Do Bassists Use Picks? (The Complete Guide)

As a non-bassist, you might be wondering if bassists use picks. Similarly, you might’ve heard rumors that playing with a pick is somehow inferior to fingerstyle playing.    So, do bassists use picks? Bassists who perform fast-paced, aggressive-sounding music are more-likely to use picks. This is because picks produce a more treble-heavy and ‘snappy’ sound than…

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How Do Musicians Travel On Tour?

As a non-musician, you might be curious about how musicians actually travel on tour. Whilst it’s tempting to conjure up images of private jets and limousines, you’d be right in thinking that this is an unrealistic depiction of touring life.     So, how do musicians travel on tour? For a cross-country tour, musicians will travel…

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Why Do Bands Have Rugs On Stage?

If you’re a fan of live music, you might be wondering why bands occasionally have rugs on stage. Interestingly, rugs present a whole host of unique of interesting benefits for band members in a live performance setting.    So, why do bands have rugs on stage? Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, rugs are much more comfortable to stand…

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Does A Band Need A Leader?

If you’ve recently formed or joined a band, you might be wondering if you need a dedicated ‘leader’. Whilst you may want each member to have a clear say in the direction of the project, you might also want somebody to call the shots and keep everything running smoothly.    So, does a band need…

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What Do Musicians Do All Day?

If you’ve recently attended a concert, you might be wondering what musicians actually do outside of their 90-minute set each evening. As a non-musician, it’s all-too-easy to assume musicians sleep-in until noon and party their days away. However, the reality of an average musician’s life is often a far cry from the typical ‘rockstar’ lifestyle they may…