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Gig Tips For Success
Whether you're in a new band
just starting out or an experienced musician familiar
with the scene, you will always take something away from
every gig you play. If could be something that didn't go
as planned that you will know not to try at the next
gig, something that was a huge crowd pleaser that will
definitely make a reappearance, or something as simple
as your own personal set of rituals that gets you and
your band ready for each show.
Below are a number of
helpful tips and suggestions to keep in mind at your
next gig. Whether you play the guitar or the violin,
these are all good general things for any musician to
know, and could also help your next big show to run a
little bit smoother.
Music Stand: This is for those of us that
have set lists and key structures written out. The music
stand is better than picking all your guitar tabs and
sheet music up of the floor after they fall off of your
stand: I can't even count the times that my
guitarist kept forgetting his, he'd prop up his electric
guitar and I would watch it fall across the amp after
just a few minutes...oh well, save your own instrument.
If you want to avoid potential costly damage, be sure to
invest in a sturdy instrument stand.
Ear plugs: For
obvious reasons, ear plugs are a necessity for anyone
that plays an excessively loud instrument such as an
electric guitar, bass guitars or the drums, as well as
anyone in close proximity to any such instrument on
the Gig: Don't drink excessively or dope up.
It shows in your playing and your professionalism or
Practice: Be courteous. Send a flier to the
neighbors letting them know what time and when you
practice ... so if there is a problem they don't call
the cops first, they call you.
Band Politics: The band sits at a round table
- no egos, everyone gets a say - democracy - discuss
your goals, tunings, who knows what, song dynamics, etc.
A happy band is a successful band.
Bring a Towel (or five): To sop up the
spilled beer on your amp that your guitarist denies he
did. This will also help to keep the stage cleaner and
safer for everyone in the band.
Cable: Loop your cable through your amp
handle and your strap so it doesn't fall out.
Guitar Picks: Different gauges for anyone in
your band who uses one.
Spare Cords and Cables: Oh yeah it worked
yesterday why doesn't it work today? BTW, wrap your
cords when you are done - the copper wire has a memory.
Spare Microphones: If you sing it is always
good to have a back up. There is nothing like watching,
in slow motion, a microphone hitting the ground and
splitting into pieces.
Tuner: Guaranteed your guitarist thinks he's
in tune and everybody else is out.
Extra Batteries: For the tuner (which proves
your guitarist wrong) or effects pedals.
Extra bass guitar and guitar strings:
Obviously for yourself but even a set of guitar strings.
Guaranteed when a guitar string breaks, it's always the
high E ... and it's on a Sunday and the music store is
closed and the gig is in an hour.
Drum Key: Drummer arrives and can't tune his
set, or can't put a new skin on.
Power Strip/Surge Protector: For some reason,
clubs always have problems with their power, go figure -
too many surges or blown circuit breakers than I care to
Screwdriver: To get into your instrument or
amp if there are any problems.
Allen Wrenches: A must have if you want or do
any instrument adjustments.
Tubes: For all of you oldies out there.
GK amps especially.
Whether for a song idea that pops into your head mid-show, or
just any random idea you happen to think of, a pen a paper
always seen to come in handy.
For your fingers or your guitarist's mouth.
Repairs anything ... also for guitarist ... oh yeah broken drum
To carry everything you are secretly supplying.
Cloths: For yourself, not the kinky kind but
something that is comfortable for either relaxing in
before/after the show, or to change into should you or someone
else have an accident with a drink.
Take every suggestion on this list to heart, and you are good to
go for your next gig. I know you will feel like a walking
hardware store, but trust me you will thank me in the end.
One final tip, don't tell your fellow band members all that you
have. Otherwise, they will always rely on you every time to be
there personal supplier. The purpose of having all of this
equipment on hand is to be there to save the day ... for
yourself and others, but most importantly to bring a sense of
professionalism to your craft. Rock on!
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