In this post, I’ve compiled a list of advice for the gigging musician.
The list is divided into three categories: equipment and gear; repertoire development; and, band dynamics. As a bonus, I’ve included a gig day checklist and a video tutorial.
Equipment and Gear
- You should probably ditch your tuner. How else are you going to fit an extra ring modulator onto your board. Besides, if you have a ring modulator’s rate and LFO set high enough you don’t even need to tune.
- The best tones for jazz are created using a Hammer double neck through a Crate half stack with the gain cranked all the way up. This maneuver really gets those sweet, bell-like tones that make your melodies soar and your chords shimmer.
- Most of the best pro audio gear is sold at Best Buy.
- The best way to wow your wedding audience is to deliver an unsolicited Iron Maiden-only set list. If the bride and groom seem set on easy listening and R n’ B standards, you’ll know what they really want–even if they’re not asking for it. Just use your head and do the right thing.
- The drum intro to “Hot For Teacher” by Van Halen can be used to good effect on ballads, waltzes, and folk-dances if played throughout the duration of the arrangement.
- You should spend most of your time learning traditional Icelandic serenades.
- It is imperative that you reign with absolute tyranny over your band mates. Those talent-less assholes need to learn whose in charge. Do not tolerate, especially, looks of boredom and disbelief from these imps and ignoramuses when you take your all-important third guitar solo during “Moon Beam From The Atom Smasher” by Lube-Bro-Door. Attitudes of this sort are like a cancer, if you let it slide once, then it’s amateur hour from then on.
- Band practice is overrated. I recommend rehearsing as infrequently as possible. How else are you going to maintain that organic spontaneity that is so important to a band dynamic? Really, take me seriously on this one, never practice with your band–In fact, it’s probably best if you don’t even meet them till gig day.
- If, in the unlikely event, you do have a rehearsal, or you’re forced to meet with your band against your will, then rock n’ roll composure and power stance technique are the only topics that you should cover–nothing else matters, really. No practicing allowed under any circumstance.
Gig Day Checklist
- One handle apiece for each band member of the following spirits: Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Jamison, and Wild Turkey.
- One, just for men, twerk-enabling trouser pad.
- Eighteen or nineteen ham sandwiches.
- A copy of “How To Yell In Key” by Throat Johnson.
- The Bat Mitzvah fake book.
- Lots of cat treats.
- DVD copy of the documentary “Asshole to Zillionaire” by Ken Burns.
- A panda costume.
The Only Lick You Really Need For Jazz (Video Tutorial)
Thanks for reading and watching; good luck at your next gig. I’m confident that if you follow the simple steps described in this blog post, then your next show will be a success.