Gig Pitfalls To Avoid When Playing Live Music
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Gig Pitfalls To Avoid | Music Gear Setup At Gigs
| Sound Check Tips
Learn important things "not to do" when performing at
band gigs and shows.
Equipment Setup For Gigs
- Get to the venue early enough to setup your band
- Take into account travel time to the venue, time to
unload equipment, moving your equipment, sound check
time, and setup time.
- It's a good idea to know whether you venue has a
stage or does the venue need to move tables for your
- Get a time from the venue to show up and setup.
- Get a show start time from the venue and how long
they expect you to play the gig.
- Avoid having loose wires in your exposed stage
area. Duct tape or cover wires to avoid tripping over
them. Be careful not to have cords being pulled out of
amps while you are playing the show. Please make sure
that the venue is ok with you using duct tape on their
Get Gig Directions Ahead Of Time
- Get proper directions to the gig. If your
unfamiliar with the venue leave early enough to allow
for finding the venue, equipment setup, and sound
Mapquest for directions to the gig.
- Use a personal
GPS Navigation Device
to easily find your gig.
- When playing festivals or regattas, make sure you
have the proper entry passes and clearances to enter the
venue. Get this information ahead of time from the
booking agency for the venue.
- It's a great idea to get directions or instruction
on where to park for larger venues and arenas. The
venue may need to give you a parking pass to get entry.
Remember, band equipment can be very heavy to carry to
the stage area, so you need to park near the stage of
Sound Check Tips For Gigs
- Have you allotted enough time for a proper sound
- Avoid ear piercing treble, rumbling bass, and
- Remember, your band may be great, but if your PA
Sound is sub par this will hurt your show attendance.
In order to get booked at the venue again you'll want
good sound from your PA and a reliable sound technician.
- Get an experienced sound tech to run your PA. This
makes a big difference as inexperienced sound tech's can
literally ruin your show no matter how well you play.
The sound that you hear on stage is not what the crowd
hears during a concert.
- Read this Article on Sound
Gig Tips For Bands
- Avoid taking very long breaks and intermissions.
People tend to leave during long breaks and you want to
keep people in their seats.
- It is better to be known as the band who plays 2 or
3 hour sets than the band who takes too many breaks.
- No In Fighting on Stage - Everyone makes mistakes at
a show once in a while. Talk to you band mates after
the show if something is bothering you about the gig.
- Don't look at a band mate if he makes a mistake
during a song. The crowd may not even notice, so keep
upbeat, and keep on playing.
- Do not stop the song if someone makes a mistake.
That is unprofessional behavior.
- Promote your show and get people to the show. The
club owner will notice when a show is promoted well and
book your band again.
- Tune your instruments before sound check and during
each break. Try purchasing a
Guitar Tuner for shows.
- Have a backup guitar in case you break a string or
bring extra strings.
- Backup Amp - While this may be tough if your in a
startup band, eventually may be a good idea to have a
- Have Extra Cords, Duct Tape, Flash Light, Tuner,
- Learn How To Negotiate
- Take a Gig Checklist