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October 26, 2015

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Top 5 Fears of Musicians

Halloween is undoubtedly the scariest time of year, especially for working musicians. While the rest of the population is being frightened by cemeteries, the inevitable zombie apocalypse, or mistakenly grabbing Abby Normal's brain, we have five much more... specific fears.

5. Getting Paid After a Show

It's a good thing ramen doesn't have an expiration date. Or does it?

Ah, the elusive check. You've been practicing since freshman year of high school, you've spent your hard-earned money on the "quest for tone", and you've played under hot lights for the last 45 minutes. Maybe if you play enough gigs, you'll be able to afford a nice dinner someday.

4. Drummer Wrote a Song

The horror! If this ever happens to you, direct your drummer to our selection of instructional guitar and bass books. Becoming a multi-instrumentalist takes time and practice, and after some practice, this scenario might not be quite so spooky. Until then though... let's just hope your ears don't bleed.

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3. Checking Your Bank Statement

This can be a scary routine for anyone, but no one knows the fear like a gear-obsessed musician. If you're looking for ways to spend less without disrupting your purchase habits, we've made it easy to browse through guitars under $500. If a gorgeous vintage Les Paul has put a spell on you, simply finance with Affirm and break the purchase up into 3, 6, or 12 monthly payments. Check out all of the guitars you could pick up, and still have enough dough left over for lobster bisque, thai food, cocktail weenies slathered in barbecue sauce...

2. Loading In

Not even the Hulk-iest of musicians can handle carrying a whole rig up a long flight of stairs. And, who's great idea was it to build a venue on the second story of a building without an elevator anyways? While we can't necessarily fix the venue, we can at least help you slim down your setup a touch. Pick up something from our selection of travel and reduced sized gear, and climb those stairs like Rocky would.

1. Band Breaking Up

Whoa, that's rough. Maybe you all need to get together over a cup of coffee - or shots - and talk it out. Work through this for the fans.

Are your bandmates still being resistant? Check out Joel's weapon of choice, and get ready to rock.

At Chicago Music Exchange, we've heard your screams of terror - in fact, we've experienced them right alongside you. What have been your scariest experiences as a musician? Let us know in the comments section below.

Happy Halloween!

Alyssa Welch
Alyssa Welch