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Old 04-21-2013, 12:16 AM
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Default What are the must haves for gigging?

Now that I'm going to be doing a few gigs here and there (he he, that still sounds crazy to me!) what are the absolute essentials I need? I know I'm going to be buying a cymbal bag for transport but what else? Do you carry a drum rug with you wherever you go? I won't be using a mic on the kit so I won't need anything having to deal with that.

Please keep in mind that for right now I just want to buy what I really need...moneys short and who knows how all of this will turn out. Don't want to spend a bunch of money on things I really don't have to have.

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Old 04-21-2013, 12:25 AM
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Yes, always take a drum rug. I also always take an extra bass drum pedal and snare because they are the two things that are most likely to break, and one cannot play without them too well. Extra sticks are kind of obvious. A towel and whatever you like to drink are good too. The best thing to take is an excellent attitude. I never fuss in any kind of way at a gig, even when I have every right to fuss. You will learn something at almost every gig. Peace and goodwill.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:31 AM
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Moongel, extra sticks, maybe an extra snare head, no alcohol.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:42 AM
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I've been through enough rolls of gaffer tape over the years to know that keeping one on hand is always beneficial. Brilliant for so many applications.....from taping your set list in place to quick fixing a broken tilter to get you through a gig.

Spare snare or at least snare head is always a bonus too. More often than not you won't need it......but if you do, it's a godsend.


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Old 04-21-2013, 01:31 AM
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Also a drum key. Fat lot of good the extra snare head will do if you haven't got a drum key, right?
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:42 AM
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Well, first tell us what you have, including everything, so we can tell you what you still need.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:43 AM
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Right, here it goes...

- spare sticks
- spare heads
- spare knickers (especially for the first ever gig, you never know...)
- spare drum key (you always loose the other one)
- towels
- perfume, lipstick and mirror (for the male fans, again, you never know...)
- spare leopard shirt (if you sweat a lot)
- gaffer tape
- condoms (and again, you never know...)
- spare glasses
- handcuffs (if you get a date with the male fan, you never know...)
- a recording device for us to see the gig at a later date

You probably have all these items Mary, so it won't break the bank.

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Old 04-21-2013, 02:29 AM
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In addition to the cymbal bag you should buy a hardware bag and drum bags for those beautiful new drums that you recently bought.
I use Galaxy brand bags because they are inexpensive and durable. I have been using them for years now. I own 25 Galaxy bags is assorted sizes. Not one of them has ever failed. Not even a zipper failure.
I use inexpensive 15" X 36" Gator soft hardware bags. I currently have 4 of them and none of them have failed.
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:32 AM
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make sure you take an extra kick drum head
spare kick pedal
spare snare, or at least a spare snare head

These are essential.

Bring a drum key. I keep one on my keychain if I forget my drum key.
You need a drum rug. You never know where you will have to set up.
Anything else breaks and you can make do, but these are deal breakers if they break.
A mini flashlight comes in handy

I like bringing a spare key for my vehicle, on my person.

Make sure you have a nice throne.

I like having a spare hi hat clutch too.
I keep a set of spare tom heads, but they are not essential, you can get by without your toms
I don't carry spare cymbals because you can get by with a broken cymbal

A fan might help to keep cool.
I like having a pen and paper too.
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:45 AM
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I keep a drum key in my stick bag but my bass pedal also has one attached to a clip under the footboard.
I bring a spare spring for my pedal and a spare snare batter head.
Not much else in the way of spare parts. I have only broken a snare head once since 1970.
I also bring a screwdriver that switches the bit from flat blade to phillips head and a small pair of channel lock pliers.

I always bring munchies like granola bars and bottles of sports drinks to help prevent cramping.
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:53 AM
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Right, here it goes...

- spare sticks
- spare heads
- spare knickers (especially for the first ever gig, you never know...)
- spare drum key (you always loose the other one)
- towels
- perfume, lipstick and mirror (for the male fans, again, you never know...)
- spare leopard shirt (if you sweat a lot)
- gaffer tape
- condoms (and again, you never know...)
- spare glasses
- handcuffs (if you get a date with the male fan, you never know...)
- a recording device for us to see the gig at a later date

You probably have all these items Mary, so it won't break the bank.

Good luck, you and the yammies will be killers

The boyfriend had a few issues with your list. :)
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Buy a small fan with a clip so you can attach it to a cymbal stand. Good when playing stuffy places with no circulation or an outdoor summer gig.
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Old 04-21-2013, 03:29 AM
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Well you got sticks and a drum key, I'd say extra snare batter head with you. Theneave an extra bass drum pedal and bass drum batter head in be car.
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Old 04-21-2013, 04:13 AM
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I have a pair of needle nose pliers in my stick bag. When I tear down my hi hat stand, the rod can sometimes unscrew from the base rather than in the center where it should. grabbing it with the pliers when disassembling prevents that annoying problem. Not all hi hat stands are like that, but the last two I've had have had the problem.

It also helps to have some plumber's tape for hi ht clutches. A small flashlight is a must for most venues when setting up. If you have one in the car, that's good enough.
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I always have something extra in my wallet. So far it's only come in use a couple of times...

I cannot stress the importance of having duct tape in your bag. It holds together the British Army, it can hold anything long enough to get a set out. Although you have a wonderful new Yamaha kit to take out and Yamaha hardware is rock solid, the one gig you don't take the tape will be the gig where you forget something. In my case, it's usually cymbal arm sleeves that go missing during transport.
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Old 04-21-2013, 04:51 AM
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I always bring munchies like granola bars and bottles of sports drinks to help prevent cramping.
Granola bars are my idol. I recommend the Kashi Dark Mocha Almond bars for an after-gig snack.
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:04 AM
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:11 AM
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Be sure and bring the boy friend. Oh, while you are bringing all this stuff, why not an extra drum kit (you never know) and maybe a spare car just in case your car breaks down (you never know) and a dozen roadies to lug all this stuff (after all, they can ride in the extra car). I always take a rug and my stuff. That is all I need.
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:11 AM
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What, he doesn't think you need an extra drum key? ;-)
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Right, here it goes...

- spare sticks
- spare heads
- spare knickers (especially for the first ever gig, you never know...)
- spare drum key (you always loose the other one)
- towels
- perfume, lipstick and mirror (for the male fans, again, you never know...)
- spare leopard shirt (if you sweat a lot)
- gaffer tape
- condoms (and again, you never know...)
- spare glasses
- handcuffs (if you get a date with the male fan, you never know...)
- a recording device for us to see the gig at a later date

You probably have all these items Mary, so it won't break the bank.

Good luck, you and the yammies will be killers
Great list, Henri!!!

heres mine:

1) stick bag
2) drum key
3) moongel
4) towel
5) Bass drum/snare/ 2 toms/ ( great if you could do with just 1 ideally.. ) pedal & hi hat
6) 2 cymbal- ( a ride and a crash )
7) drum throne
8) rug
...

Try and fit everything in 3 cases/units, that you could move easily/quickly

...

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Old 04-21-2013, 08:03 AM
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Someone said needle nose pliers. I bring a Swiss army knife with screw drivers, knife and pliers. I also bring a bunch of plastic tie-wraps to keep the kit from moving while playing. Hook up about 8 of the long tie-wraps together going through the bass drum lug and tie it to the thrown. The hi-hats also tend to walk, you can tie the hi-hat to the bass drum and then to the thrown..

Also gain an understanding of how to fix the equipment if broken. Set the kit up, and tune up the kit, before the gig and tear it down and do an inventory. An extra snare chord or plastic is helpful.
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1) stick bag
2) drum key
3) moongel
4) towel
5) Bass drum/snare/ 2 toms/ ( great if you could do with just 1 ideally.. ) & a hi hat
6) 2 cymbal- ( a ride and a crash )
7) drum throne
8) rug
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Yep, that's about the bare minimum. I never carry moongel. Oh ..... earplugs. Hearing protection. Carry as many, or as few drums and cymbals as you see fit. One band I was in (for about two years) .... I only used kick and snare. No toms.
For probably 10 years I carried a spare snare and kick pedal. And never needed 'em. Then went 20 years not carrying 'em. And never needed 'em. But that's a comfort level you need to decide, for yourself.
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:19 PM
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Thanks for the good advice everyone! Like Harry said, I'm sure I'll eventually figure out what I feel comfortable having for myself, I will probably take my extra snare just in case but honestly can't see replacing a head during a gig...don't think I'm that competent at this point. If I did, it sure wouldn't sound like crap anyways because I'd never get it tuned to sound well enough. However there were some basic things I never thought of such as the drum key (duh!).

Next week we practice at one of other girls houses so I can start getting a sense of what tearing down the kit and putting it back up will be like. I have a rug I plan on using on which I will mark placement of the drums with tape before then so I hope that will help somewhat. At least I have a couple of months to get it all together!

Talk about feeling like a noob all over again! Lol
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As you mentioned practicing taking down and setting up your kit Mary.
That is important to be proficient at.
Being able to set up your kit accurately and quickly eliminates stress.
I have memory locks on every possible piece of hardware on my kits.
When I move a kit and reset it everything is exactly like it was and that is very comforting for me.
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Yes I think the boyfriend would probably be in charge of any and all protection.
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Here's my two cents:

Kit (obviously).

Carpet. It doesn't need to be drum-specific. Check out remnants at a carpet store.

Sturdy throne with a backrest.

Stick bag. I have a spare set of sticks under the seat of my truck just in case I forget my stick bag. Haven't had to dig them out yet.

Spare snare.

Drum key.

I'm not big on carrying around lots of spare stuff. I've never broken a head or a cymbal. I have a 60's vintage Speed King pedal that's built like a tank and has never let me down. When I'm packing my kit (usually the day before the gig) I tune everything up and make sure that everything is in good working order. If I need a cymbal sleeve or a felt it gets replaced then. Same with heads. I clean and lubricate the Speed King every four to six months. Cymbals get cleaned about every six months.
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I always bring my cowbell (you never know), and a big fatty for after the gig.
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Old 04-21-2013, 05:27 PM
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To me, its about, 1- Protecting your valuable instruments, and 2- Figuring out what you can't get through the night without, and have spares or parts. Here's what I use:

Cases/bags for drums and hardware
Cymbal case (I prefer a hard case over a bag, but that's me)
Rug (I use a rubber backed 4'x6' carpeted entrance mat, like you'd see at the entrance of a business)
I have a small plastic hardware box containing the following- Multi tool, spare pedal spring, gaffer's tape, duct tape, snare cord/straps, spare hi-hat clutch, and extra drum keys.

With the 2 tapes, I can field repair just about anything. I can't fix a clutch, pedal, or strainer with tape, so I have those spare parts ready to go. I used to bring felts, washers, beaters, cymbal sleeves, and all other manner of stuff, but if you maintain your kit properly before you head out to the gig you probably won't need them.
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OMG, I almost forgot.
No drumkit is complete until it has a drink holder. :)
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Lots of excellent suggestions there Mary. +++++ on the DRUM CASES to protect your valuable drums. Helpful in case some drunk knucklehead volunteers to carry your gear and drops a drum.
Ouch. (I carry my own gear). Definitely spare snare, as it seems to take me a while to change a head and tune it.

Oh - bring BF for transport - cheerleading - applause duties.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:51 PM
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Everything has already been mentioned, but I'll single out one that I feel is worth repeating: The rug. Without that, you're screwed. You'll end up playing somewhere on a hard floor like tile or concrete and it will be a complete disaster without a rug.

Also, moon gels, or some other damping device. Even some duct tape and paper towel that you can attach to an unruly drum. Especially if you're still honing your tuning skills. You'll drive a sound person crazy, especially one who isn't very good, with unwanted overtones coming from the drums. Especially that tom that acts up even when you're not playing it by vibrating sympathetically with the rest of your set.
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:12 PM
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...Next week we practice at one of other girls houses so I can start getting a sense of what tearing down the kit and putting it back up will be like. I have a rug I plan on using on which I will mark placement of the drums with tape before then so I hope that will help somewhat...
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Absolutely bring a rug -- unless you're ABSOLUTELY certain the stage area is carpeted... even then I often use my rug overtop -- drum key(s), spare snare (gaffers tape can get you through broken tom/bass heads)... that's the bare minimum....

a little flashlight helps with setup/tear down in a dimly lit area... a spare kick drum pedal (or the tools necessary to tighten/repair the thing (in my case, allen wrenches, spring, spare chain)...

double/triple check you have everything before you leave (checklist might not be a bad idea the first few times) -- once you get into a routine load-in/out will be a breeze and you'll automatically know if you have everything...

Probably wouldn't hurt to go over all your gear ahead of time and make sure everything's in good working order... stuff will still come loose, break, wear out after awhile - but you'll see it coming most of the time!

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double/triple check you have everything before you leave (checklist might not be a bad idea the first few times) -- once you get into a routine load-in/out will be a breeze and you'll automatically know if you have everything...
Definitely. I pretty much have left one of everything at home at one time or another. Not so bad when you are 5 min. from home, but when you are 120 mi. away it could be a problem.
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Small vise grips in the stick bag and a spare bass drum pedal spring.
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I don't really have anything new to add but here's my gig list.

- Kit (of course) -- with each piece with it's own hard case.
- Hardware (in a hard case)
- Spare snare
- Cymbal case with appropriate amount of cymbals.
- Pedal
- Drum rug -- with Velcro tape to mark pedal and stand positions (less permanent than duct tape.
- Stick bag with appropriate amount of sticks, brushes, mallets, metronome, drum keys, stick wax, batteries (for metronome and forgetful guitarists). I also have a small keychain light attached to my stick bag strap. It's helped me find that lost drum key, felt, etc, in the dark a few times.
- Spare heads -- usually snare and kick.
- A multi compartment hardware box that holds a bunch of felts, wingnuts, spare beater, moleskin (for bass drum head) spare hi-hat clutch, screws, and a Leatherman multi-tool.
- Bottle of water.

That's all I can think of right now since I'm not packed for a gig at the moment.

Oh, also a multi-cart too. It helps making load-in/load-out much easier. However, you may be able to use your...assets to get some folks to help you.

Just be careful with letting others handle your drums. I've had issues with this in the past...
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Default Re: What are the must haves for gigging?

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I don't really have anything new to add but here's my gig list.

- Kit (of course) -- with each piece with it's own hard case.
- Hardware (in a hard case)
- Spare snare
- Cymbal case with appropriate amount of cymbals.
- Pedal
- Drum rug -- with Velcro tape to mark pedal and stand positions (less permanent than duct tape.
- Stick bag with appropriate amount of sticks, brushes, mallets, metronome, drum keys, stick wax, batteries (for metronome and forgetful guitarists). I also have a small keychain light attached to my stick bag strap. It's helped me find that lost drum key, felt, etc, in the dark a few times.
- Spare heads -- usually snare and kick.
- A multi compartment hardware box that holds a bunch of felts, wingnuts, spare beater, moleskin (for bass drum head) spare hi-hat clutch, screws, and a Leatherman multi-tool.
- Bottle of water.

That's all I can think of right now since I'm not packed for a gig at the moment.

Oh, also a multi-cart too. It helps making load-in/load-out much easier. However, you may be able to use your...assets to get some folks to help you.

Just be careful with letting others handle your drums. I've had issues with this in the past...
Some of this seems a little unnecessary if it's just a local show. The shows in my area, are usually 4 bands per show, and we're a friendly music scene, so if anything malfunctions or breaks, somebody will always let you use a piece of their equipment, and trust you with it. And the other bands will almost always help you carry your gear, and they are friendly and careful, so we always know we can trust them. Heck, at my last gig, I let somebody borrow my most prized guitar for his set, because he was having problems with his. He treated it well, and appreciated the help greatly. There's almost always a drum rug at our venues, but it is a good idea to always bring one just in case, especially when it's a venue you haven't played yet.

On the other hand, if you're the only band playing and/or it's out of town, it's probably a good idea to bring the extras
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Old 05-24-2013, 04:40 PM
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Other than your kit:
Duct Tape, plenty of drum keys, extra snare head, extra bass drum pedal.
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Old 05-25-2013, 08:58 PM
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Default Re: What are the must haves for gigging?

A comfortable drum throne, since you're going to be sitting for a while!
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