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Gigmasters and Gig Salad

By Riley Wilson

I moved to Los Angeles in March 1983 to attend the Guitar Institute of Technology, or GIT. It was a wonderful experience and I enthusiastically recommend it to musicians who are serious about their craft. Pay To Play had become order of the day for many hot clubs in town, and the idea was simple—you […]


Learning Tunes

By Riley Wilson

Unless you perform in a tribute band of artists no longer recording, chances are you’ll need to add new material from time to time. I remember meeting a piano player/vocalist when I first moved to Dallas in 1996. He had been the house pianist at a major hotel downtown for many years and I asked […]


Problem Gigs

By Riley Wilson

By now, I trust your solo or duo act is clicking right along, according to your business plan. “What’s that- you DON”T have a business plan?” Then I strongly suggest you go back to my first installment and read up on the past 18 months or so of the Solo Gigger. Then, you’ll be better […]


John Fahey’s Dance of Death

By Richard Gilewitz

I recall as if it were only yesterday or possibly even a distant dream of my high school years in Huntsville, Alabama, when many a late evening I would set up my turntable with my latest record of guitarist John Fahey, such as Dance of Death and other Plantation Favorites. I would lift up the […]


The Power of Musical Notes

By Richard Gilewitz

Within a number of articles I’ve written for various publications, the theme has always been along the lines of a new musical product on the market, an amusing road story, or some sort of unique or prestigious event. The triggers for many of my touring escapades have been generally based on a past experience of […]

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