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5Strats
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Nov 27th, 2015 06:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Okay, thanks, I appreciate the advice. It doesn't sound like the solo acoustic thing would be any easier, just much less gear to drag around.

I could perhaps try to do both, but my attorney day gig takes up a lot of time.

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Nov 30th, 2015 06:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Originals vs. covers depends very much on what a venue is trying to do and the local clientele.

That said...
"It doesn't sound like the solo acoustic thing would be any easier, just much less gear to drag around."
...is a true statement, in my experience.

Around here, a lot of clubs like to hire solo/duo acts during the week - even the places that typically hire full bands on the weekends.


Juice Nichols
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Nov 30th, 2015 09:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Recently, I quit playing with the band I was in and am only doing acoustic duo stuff now. The pay is better and way less gear to haul. Not to mention it's way easier to book!

We do have a new drummer and bass player lined up for after the first of the year, but it's still going to be primarily acoustic material.

Edit:

"I'd think the venues become considerably more limited when Margaritaville isn't on the set list."

Another song that I absolutely refuse to play along with the rest of his catalog.

(This message was last edited by Juice Nichols at 11:30 AM, Nov 30th, 2015)

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Dec 7th, 2015 04:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"The fact that you will be playing originals will, most likely, seriously limit the places who will want you to play. If you did all covers, you'd have much more opportunities..."

+1

ecwanab

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Dec 7th, 2015 08:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think you should pursue it. Maybe some of the clubs you play in with your original band would be willing to do a Thursday night or Sunday afternoon acoustic show?
I started doing the solo acoustic thing a few years ago when I was between bands - it pays better, no drama and I get to pick the songs. I had a weekly Thursday night gig for about a year that paid $150/night w/dinner and drinks - now solo about once a month. Good gear funding $. I mostly play mellow classic rock and 70's folk rock though (Margaritaville upon request only;p). I probably wouldn't do it without a looper and harmony pedal though. Go for it!

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Jan 30th, 2016 11:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here in Nor-Cal if you want to play the Napa Valley "winery circuit" you pretty much have to play unplugged.

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Feb 8th, 2016 07:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As a songwriter, I refuse to play "mostly" covers. What's the point? I'm not in this for the money, I just want to get my music heard.

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Feb 8th, 2016 07:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Maybe some of the clubs you play in with your original band would be willing to do a Thursday night or Sunday afternoon acoustic show?"

Those types of gigs have become a lot more popular around here, lately.
One club hosts a weekly Sunday afternoon slot that features local talent and original material is encouraged. The owner is a big music lover and really enjoys promoting local players.

You just need to find the right venue.

Dolemite

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Feb 10th, 2016 12:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Material aside, first thing is to find a hole in the wall so you can try the lonesome experience on for size ; )

Any potential neighborhood pubs around?

5Strats
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Feb 10th, 2016 12:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm in the middle of a band dilemma right now which may end up in me recording a solo acoustic album.

There are a lot of acoustic-oriented venues around here, but I'm not sure what the policy is on covers vs. originals.

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Feb 23rd, 2017 11:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Material aside, first thing is to find a hole in the wall so you can try the lonesome experience on for size ; ) "

It's lonely when you're the only one!

Acoustic gigs are far easier to book in my area. IMO you can do originals, just salt them in between a couple of popular covers. And I think it's a mistake to announce you're going to now do an original. I think many people hear that and immediately assume it will be mediocre at best. They've judged you before you've played a note!

Gauge the audience reaction after you play, and if its good THEN tell them you wrote it. I've tried it both ways, and the latter definitely works.

5Strats
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Feb 23rd, 2017 12:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I actually have time to give this a go right now, as I'm basically retired and my band isn't doing much.

However, I don't know more than a few cover songs. I have no idea what style of covers would work the best at the average acoustic oriented venue. I'm NOT playing any Jimmy Buffet! If that's what it takes, I'm not going in this direction period.

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Feb 24th, 2017 05:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Loneliest guy in the bar is about what to expect. It can be fun but no matter how you slice it these type of gigs are easier to get. keep your gear simple as you are your own roadie and still have to be heard.
I've done it a bit but I get bored easily! Using a looping pedal lets you solo over your chord progression on the fly. That helps. Using a vocal harmony pedal sparingly adds some dynamics to the whole deal as well.
The gigs are easier to get but it sure isn't like playing with others.

Juice Nichols
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Feb 24th, 2017 07:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've played some gigs where you're nothing more than a glorified jukebox and some where you're the focus of attention. Obviously the latter type are a lot more fun. It's kind of hard to interact with the crowd if they're not paying attention to you.

I used to use a looper and a harmonizer, but I ditched those a few years ago. In this situation, fancy strumming and picking go a lot further than a 24 bar guitar solo over a looper IMO. I don't believe most people expect to hear a single guitar player playing blistering leads anyway.

As far as covers go I don't do any Buffet either, unless someone wants to throw a $20 tip in the jug. ;)

Covers of bands that works well for me:
The Beatles
The Stones
America
Pink Floyd
Steve Earle
The Eagles
Supertramp
Fleetwood Mac
etc....



Tony Wright
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Feb 25th, 2017 10:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think you need to ask yourself a couple of questions...

1: Why do you want to do acoustic electric music? Is it because you have a message in your songs you want/NEED to share? Is it financial? (Which is certainly as valid as any other motivation.) Do you enjoy putting smiles on people's faces by performing?

2: Do you have a target audience? Not just specific venues, but that is a start. I mean are you trying to reach a specific culture or age group to share your own life stories and experiences? Are there other acoustic performers doing material that you like? Do those performers play all original or do they play all covers, or a blend of both?

While there are legions of singer-songwriter acoustic performers, there are equal numbers of acoustic performers who do nothing but cover tunes.

My current "ensemble" is a two piece, occasionally three pieces. Acoustic/electric guitarist who sings and me on bass...and I kind of grunt into the mic on random songs. The third person shows up occasionally with cajon and djembe. We do covers...and it is a little bit of everything. I like playing with Mark because there is NO expectations. "It is what it is." And both of us are on the short side of 60, thus our skills at singing and playing are not as sharp as they used to be. So this project lets us continue to perform for fun...and occasionally for modest profit.

We did a show recently with two singer/songwriter performers. (much younger than us) I am certain we were included because I own a PA system. That's OK by me. It was a freebie performance...and that is also OK by me. We made a few new friends.

Each of the three "acts" played one song each in rotation...something I was not used to but it was their party. At the end of 90 minutes, I discovered that we held our own quite well. The audience appreciated the life stories in song that the two songwriters shared. The vocals were very good. The melodies were very well thought out.

But our applause was just as loud and just as long...because we were playing memories. There probably was not 5 people in the audience under 40-45 yrs old. We played songs they grew up listening to. Mark was having some issues with the weather (building was under renovations, thus no heat...it was cool, 60s, and damp as it was raining cats and dogs). Mark's arthritis was killing his single note picking, so strictly songs he would sing (getting hoarse from damp cool weather) while strumming chords.

It probably was not our talent that got us the applause. I believe they liked our song selection and the memories we brought them that prompted acceptance of our performance.

Beyond the "memories" and the "why do you want to play acoustic" questions, I have one more observation that works for us...

We are a team. We entertain by engaging the audience. We talk to them like friends and tell stories...about ourselves, about the songs, and about the "ensemble." (Hey, two people do NOT make a band.)

Conclusion...from my perspective, in most cases, acoustic electric solo performers (and sometimes ensembles with 2, 3 or 4 or more) are often treated as biological Muzak, background music until the "real performers" come on stage after they stop serving food...and the night grows darker...

So, where do you expect to play? What style of music will you select? And what are your goals in this project?

My goal? To put a smile on one more face today. If I get paid to do that, then there is a smile on TWO people's faces.


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Feb 25th, 2017 03:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Play 50% covers

Most people wouldn't recognise that every other song is one of yours,(especially if you dont tell them ;) ), particularly with a bit of judicous song ordering of songs with similiar feel, rhythm or structure.

Give it a go and good luck

:)

(This message was last edited by windmill at 05:54 PM, Feb 25th, 2017)

5Strats
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Feb 26th, 2017 06:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Windmill - Thanks, 50% covers doesn't sound too bad.

Tony - I could play an entire set of instrumental original music that is folk, classical, blues and jazz oriented. I'm not looking to sell memories, but rather just play music that will please the listener. If people can't stomach original instrumental music then I guess I just don't "fit."

I'm an alright singer, but I don't "have" to sing. I'm best at playing guitar (lead and rhythm). I don't need a looper and can play lead and rhythm together going back and forth.

Tony Wright
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Feb 26th, 2017 10:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, most of us think of the "guitarist who sings and plays acoustic music" (...and so do venue owners) when this topic comes up and do not think of guys like Edgar Cruz (OKC regular, I assume you have seen him perform, although most of his work is classical).

Instrumental music works just fine in most venues...


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Feb 26th, 2017 11:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've seen Edgar Cruz several times, he's great.

alnico357

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Feb 26th, 2017 07:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Acoustic duo gigs are keeping me busy. I play full electric 5 piece but the acoustic gigs are great!

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