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I get asked a lot about, what do you do
when you prepare for a show?
Whether it's your first gig or your
thousandth gig or
how many gigs you've done, your always in
the, in a mode before you go on stage.
Of getting your mind in sync with what's
gonna happen for
the next hour and a half, two hours, three
hours of your life.
So, before, before I go on stage, first of
all usually early in the day,
we do a sound check and just make sure all
of our equipment is working.
We plug in, and we test our microphones,
our instruments.
And once we have a signal we, we play a
little bit so that the sound
man out front, who is mixing the house can
get a balance, can get a feel for
what the room sounds like, every room
sounds completely different, whether it
is a 60 seat club or a 6000 seat theater.
Or a 25,000 seat arena, or a 40,000 seat
There are stadium.
They're all gonna sound completely
different, and even one,
one 6,000 seater, room sounds different to
another 6,000 seater room, so.
If you can get a sound check in,
it'll give you a chance to get acclimated
to the room, as well as your engineer.
And so that takes place early in the
afternoon with nobody there, and
you can just get it, do it as long as you
want just to really play.
I use it as a chance to warm up, make sure
my strings are in good shape.
Let's talk a bit about your equipment,
you want, you wanna have, you wanna good
fresh strings on your instrument.
You wanna have your cables so they are,
are working.
I've had shows where you've plugged in,
and you, it wasn't working and then you
get this big buzz and it just doesn't look
very professional when that happens.
So make sure you have good equipment.
Your, if you have a battery in your bass
make sure it's new and changed.
If you have we use, we use monitors either
on the floor or in air monitors.
So you wanna make sure your monitors are
to your liking.
Have, have those adjusted.
And then just be ready to hit the stage.
Now once that's done, you're ready,
probably an hour,
half an hour before I go on stage now we
start thinking about the songs,
we start thinking about the running order,
I get the keys in mind, I get, I
think to myself is there anything in this
show that requires a little more practice.
Any difficult passages, any songs that are
harder than, other songs.
So I think about that.
And I go over in my head any, any of those
If I, have a bass in the dressing room,
I'm able to warm up a little bit before I
hit the stage.
As we get closer.
What happens is then, for
those of us that have to sing we do some
vocal exercises [COUGH].
Whatever that is, it may take 10, 15
minutes or so to do that and
finally we get dressed and when it's
showtime, it's the curtain opens and
there you are ready to hit it so, it's
better to, kind of have everything.
Worked out in your head and
kind of just, have an understanding that
what's gonna happen for
the next two hours and then when you get
out there, just have a great time.
So that's my, that's my preparation for
the show.
As far as your very first gig that you
ever do, cuz some of you players are,
are new players, you, you're beginners,
and you've learned something now, and
you're ready to do a gig, so the same
rules apply.
If you get to go over there early.
Wherever it is I don't care if its at the
school auditorium, or, wherever it is,
you wanna get there early and make sure,
everything works you know,
make sure you have your extension chords,
for your amplifier,
the amp is set right because you don't
wanna do that when people are around,
wanna make sure all that, gets done before
they show up so.
Plug your instrument in.
Get used to the way the place sounds cuz
it's gonna sound kinda weird.
It's gonna have this big echoey or room
sound that you,
you're not used to hearing.
You've got that going on and
then just, get comfortable in, in what
you're gonna do and learn.
Whatever you've practiced, just make sure
you're ready to play the, the show.
And then go out there and have a good
Most important is have fun doing it.
And that's what I think people pick up on.
So, it's your turn now.