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FDP Forum / Performer's Corner / 2-hour paid gig--help!

tiller2
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Aug 28th, 2018 07:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

Mine is one of about six city neighborhoods in DC that is holding an "Arts All Night" event on Sept. 29. Local restaurants and other outfits stay open till 2 AM and host visual and musical artists for folks who stroll in and out.

So last winter, I filled out an application--and got picked for a 7-9 PM slot! The venue is a senior day center that is also hosting an art show. I'll be playing guitar and singing my original songs, and perhaps a cover or three.

I have done some open mics (four songs, tops) but nothing like this. I have about 20 songs I can play, but need to buckle down and memorize many of them.

Also, I have to bring my own sound reinforcement. But I just learned from the contract that I'll be paid $200 (I thought this was a freebie).

Other than having plenty of water, any suggestions on going the distance and making this a success?



tiller2
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Aug 28th, 2018 11:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm aiming to recruit a helper--for aid in carrying & setting up the gear and tweaking the PA (an old Peavey powered mixer), so I can focus on the performance. My potential helpers can all play guitar but I probably could not expect much practicing with them beforehand...

This is my first opportunity to showcase a lot of my songs, so I really want to do well.

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Aug 28th, 2018 01:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

I doubt anybody will be experiencing your whole two hours, so repeating the set list won’t hurt.

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Aug 28th, 2018 01:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well you have a month to prepare so you have plenty of time.

I'd consider a tablet to keep your chords and vocs organized for the solo gig. I personally prefer going sans tablet but I will use it on occasion if someone throws something at me I don't have time to commit to memory. I just picked up a new iPad and loaded OnSong on it for this purpose.

Sparkling mineral water, lemon or lime flavor can be good for your vocs if you don't sing much.

Just relax, take your time and remember that no one is more critical of you that yourself. Have fun!


tiller2
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Aug 28th, 2018 03:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, professor & Hammond. I should have time to memorize everything. Having words/chords on a music stand has been a crutch for me....I'm trying to break that habit, as it interferes with my connection with listeners.

There's an open mic a couple of weeks before, so I can test myself on a few songs then.



Gaukdawg

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Aug 29th, 2018 10:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

There is nothing like an upcoming gig to make your practice more focused. You can do it!

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Aug 29th, 2018 01:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

If you're playing a solid 2 hours you'll need at least 40 to 50 songs. Our band just played a 90 minute set, without stops or chit chat, and we burned through 35 to 40 songs non stop/back to back. Be ready for a request and how you handle it if you don't know the song. If someone asks for "The Long And Winding Road", be polite saying I don't have that on my set list, but I'll play "Day Tripper" for you. Stay hydrated even indoors you can dry out. Drink a sports drink with electrolytes. Start before you start and sip away between songs. Don't stay in one key for every song. Stay away from I, IV, V. One our two here and there is ok if you must. Main thing is to have fun and when you finish you'll probably think...whew that went by pretty fast! Good luck!

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Aug 29th, 2018 02:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

Some of my friends doing singles and some in groups have gone to using the iPad and OnSong. Using the foot operator you can scroll the screen making it much easier to use than a music stand hard printed copies.

I would think, depending on length of each song you’re doing, plan on 12 to 15 songs per hour. Hopefully you won’t just pound out song after song without some interaction with your audience. An explanation of the song, the artist who made it famous, your reason for writing it, etc will help you relax and enjoy what you’re doing and will help involve the audience with your show.

Pre-plan your show and play through it a few times to get a good idea of timing, and plan on a few songs as back up in case you find you will need an encore or three.

Hope you have a good show!

tiller2
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Aug 30th, 2018 10:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, tahiti & Laker.
My show will be all originals, so no requests. I have a pretty small repertoire anyhow.

I'll make a comment before or after most songs, but my sons have advised me that I can go on too long, so I'll try to keep the music going.

Again, many people might wander in and out, as that's the nature of the event. So I could repeat songs, especially my best ones.

I'll go without scrolling technology for now. I've bought some gear for this gig already...

(This message was last edited by tiller2 at 12:26 PM, Aug 30th, 2018)

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what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Aug 30th, 2018 12:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

"venue is a senior day center"

and watch out for those cougar groupie ladies...

tiller2
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Sep 29th, 2018 11:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

Gig is tonight. I've practiced every day for the past month. I have 18 original songs and 4 covers. People will be strolling in and out, so it's no problem starting the list over.

I'm nervous, excited, determined. Of course, a "friend" said yesterday, "you really aren't a singer and can't play guitar that well, but you write really good words."

I'll let you know how it turns out. :^)

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celluloid
Sep 29th, 2018 01:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

Break a leg!

Remember, everyone is rooting for ya when yer up there by yourself.

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celluloid
Sep 29th, 2018 08:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Play us some Tony Orlando!"

Didja get any of that? :o)



Hope the gig went well.

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Joisey

Oct 3rd, 2018 10:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Andrew- how did it go??

I expect most of your worries were a non-issue. In that situation you are background music with some there to listen.

You said it was an art show so everyone there is doing original work :)

hope to here from you soon

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