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Wedding Band in Italy

Welcome to Open Mic Rome!

Are you getting married in Italy? And you’re looking for a band, but you don’t know where to start?

Let us help you!

As you probably know we are the biggest network of Open Mics in Rome and have branched out to Tuscany last year as well. We have literally hundreds of musicians and bands that played on our stages, with every genre imaginable.

We keep in touch with most of the artists and so we’re confident to say that no matter whether you’re looking for, we will have a solution for you:

  • native English speaking musicians, (or other languages such as German, Italian etc.)
  • foreign language musicians living in Italy (reducing travel costs)
  • specific wedding music genres, e.g. rock’n roll, swing, irish rock etc.
  • We can also help to find any wedding related service, e.g. English speaking DJs. We also have contacts to various embassy’s in Rome and are glad to help where we can.

Getting married in Italy can be very rewarding. Great weather, great food, great scenery – we can take care of the entertainment part and help you find the right soundtrack for your big day – from the ceremony to the reception.

Get in touch with us!

Wedding Band Italy

Find your perfect wedding band in Italy!

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Memorize songs with these 10 tips

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10 Tips that will help you memorize songs

Let’s face it – it’s hard to memorize songs with all those lyrics, hundreds of songs, all those chord progressions – even Bruce Springsteen uses a teleprompter these days.

But how would you memorize songs with all those words? The Verses? Here are some tips that might help you achieve that goal:

  1. Listen, re-listen, and listen again. As simple as it sounds, you need to listen to the song as often as possible. On your way to work. In the car. On your bicycle (lower the volume, you don’t want to end up in an accident, do you?)
  2. Sing/play the song as often as you can. Under the shower, when you’re in your car, when you’re going for a walk. As with learning languages repeating things out loud will help you to memorize things.
  3. Use visual aids, such as mind-mapping-techniques. If you’re a visual person, then mind-maps work also great if you need to learn for an exam or need to organize and memorize lots of information within a short time.
  4. Connect the lyrics to objects in your apartment. If you need to, put little stickies next to objects that you use every day.
  5. Try to sing them without any help and see how far you can get. Only read the lyrics if you really get stuck.
  6. Visualize the story. Don’t just sing the words. If you really understand what is going on in the song and understanding what it tries to transmit will help a lot to memorize the song.
  7. If you have troubles at certain parts of the song, just write down a few keywords that you can use as a hint, in case you get stuck.
  8. Get enough sleep. Your memory suffers if you don’t get enough rest and even kills your brain cells, so make sure you sleep enough!
  9. Keep learning new songs on a regular basis.It might be tougher in the beginning, but actually stimulating your brain will improve your memory, which will improve the ability to learn new songs much faster!
  10. Rather learn a bit every day, than for hours on one day.
How to memorize songs

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Of course, the best it to write and play your own songs, but if you are planning to perform a cover song, the tips above will make it easier to memorize that song. Got any other tips? Leave us a comment below! Or if you like to perform at one of our Open Mic Nights in Rome, you can contact us here!

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10 Tips for a successful Open Mic Night

These tips will help you with the next Open Mic Night!

An Open Mic Night is great for many reasons – it allows musicians, comedians and other artists to test their new material, to practice, to meet other artists, to get new ideas and to get their name out. There are certain things you can do to get the most out of this event. Here are some things that will improve your experience (and that of everyone else):

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  • Get in touch with the organizer before going to the show. It is crucial that you understand what the rules are and what equipment can be used. E.g. if you’re a drummer, ask before if the stage is big enough for drums or, in alternative, it is possible to bring other percussions (e.g. a cajon).
  • Get there early. Nothing slows down the flow of the night, if you’re setting up your guitar pedals seconds before your performance. After you contacted the organizer and assured that you’re allowed to use certain technical equipment, get there early and set it up before the show starts.
  • Always ask. Wanna change the volume of your voice on the mixer? Then ask the sound technician or organizer, if it can be changed. Don’t just play around with the mixer yourself. It is unpolite, and if something happens (feedback etc.) you’ll be held responsable. Also, you don’t wanna piss off the organizer, do you?
  • Don’t apologize yourself before starting the performance. It is normal that you might be nervous before your show, especially if you’re not used to perform in front of an audience. But if you’re nervous, you’ll make the audience nervous, too and your performance will suffer. It is ok to have stage fright – you don’t need to point it out, though. Very often you’ll be surprised that even though you feel stage fright, many people don’t even notice it.

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  • Get that instrument in tune before going on stage. People came to see the performances on stage – they’re usually not interested in instruments getting tuned on stage, so don’t annoy them.
  • Show must go on – many things can happen on stage. Maybe a string breaks. Maybe the PA system fails. Whatever happens, keep on going – unless there’s a fire breaking out.
  • Bring your CDs and promotional material. An Open Mic is great for connecting with others – it’s a shame if you loose that opportunity to network.
  • Don’t take over the stage. While it sure is stimulating to be on stage, don’t forget that there are other musicians as well. If you’re abusing your stage time, you’ll only piss of the owners and steal time off the other artists.
  • Record yourself. If you have the chance, film your performance. Both the audio and video will give you valuable feedback on your skills as a performer. There are many affordable devices now that record great audio and video (such as the Zoom H1 or newer models), and if you want to improve, that’s the way to go.
  • Share and be friendly. Don’t just use the Open Mic to show off in front of your friends or to satisfy your Ego. Make new friends, stay friendly with everyone. Don’t abuse your privilige to be on stage and who knows, if the owner of the venue likes you and your music, you might even get a gig in there!

If you feel like there are some tips missing or if you want to add something to the tips above (or if you disagree with some aspects), leave us a comment! Soon we’ll write an article about 10 Tips for running a succesful Open Mic Night, which will address anyone who would like to start their own Open Mic!

 

 

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