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Old 02-04-2018, 09:12 PM
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Default First gig tips? Let's make a thread.

I thought to make a thread for all those who are playing/will play their first gigs and need help. Combine tips, tricks, best practices, links and stuff, your own advise, etc.


I hope this sounds like a good idea.(?

Here is my contribution:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2QSCHcEU74&t=630s
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Old 02-04-2018, 10:03 PM
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Don't dawdle on stage, between songs.
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Old 02-04-2018, 10:25 PM
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Don't forget to press and starch your cape to keep it looking good.
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Default Re: First gig tips? Let's make a thread.

Random tips....

1: Your water goes in a spill proof container.
2: Spare sticks within reach.
3: Smile and (pretend to) have a great time.
4: Go potty before taking the stage.
5: Terrycloth towel.
6: Pimp your merch and schmooze after you strike the stage.
7: Hand sanitizer in case you have to shake two dozen people's hands.
8: Throw a roll of premium quality TP into your gig bag (you'll thank me later)

Advanced tips:

If the bar is having a special, on say Red Stripe, ask the bartender for an empry bottle and put it in a place next to you that is visible to the audience.
Stagger your booty-shakers and slow-numbers 3/1 or 4/1 to control bar-run-flow.
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Old 02-05-2018, 01:22 AM
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Random tips....

1: Your water goes in a spill proof container.
2: Spare sticks within reach.
3: Smile and (pretend to) have a great time.
4: Go potty before taking the stage.
5: Terrycloth towel.
6: Pimp your merch and schmooze after you strike the stage.
7: Hand sanitizer in case you have to shake two dozen people's hands.
8: Throw a roll of premium quality TP into your gig bag (you'll thank me later)

Advanced tips:

If the bar is having a special, on say Red Stripe, ask the bartender for an empry bottle and put it in a place next to you that is visible to the audience.
Stagger your booty-shakers and slow-numbers 3/1 or 4/1 to control bar-run-flow.
Number 4 it’s so true!!!! Lol I don’t want to be nasty.

Today I was not really feeling good and I realized I should prepare a Malay bag with “emergency” painkillers and stuff like that. It can really make gigs quite easier lol
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Old 02-12-2018, 07:33 AM
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1. Have several pairs of spare sticks within reach.
2. Have a backup snare drum in case something on your primary one malfunctions or you bust a head.
3. Have at least two drum keys on your person and/or in your stick bag.
4. Don't play on an empty stomach - eat before the show.
5. Take a bathroom break before the show.
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Old 02-12-2018, 07:43 AM
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Default Re: First gig tips? Let's make a thread.

There are great suggestions here!

My 2¢:
To avoid or minimize nervousness and/or anxiety, learn your music to the point of knowing every note to play in every song. Have the tempo of every tune memorized, or use a Tama Rhythm Watch in “stage mode”.
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