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1 10th August 19:34
david axt
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Default What to say in between songs? (the band)


My band has an upcoming gig this Thursday. There are quite a few guitar
changes. The drummer and I are the only ones not changing instruments or
retuning. Instead of just stand there, what should we say? Should we kid
around? Tell jokes? Talk about the band? Talk about the songs?

Thanks,
David
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2 10th August 19:34
kristoff lajoie
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Default What to say in between songs?


Covers or originals?

Originals = talk about songs
Covers = DON'T talk about the songs...talk about the event your playing at

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3 10th August 19:34
david axt
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Default What to say in between songs? (slide nut player tuning guitar player)


Mostly covers but a few originals.

I only sing a few songs.

The lead guitar player is bringing 4 guitars!
Telecaster tuned to Keith Richards 5 string open G tuning
Strat with raised nut for slide
Gibson 335 for most songs (drop D tuning on some)
electric mandolin

The rhythm guitar player switches between a strat and an electric acoustic.

I only have one bass. One of these days I will play fretless on some tunes.

There are a few songs like Take Me To The River and Pearl Necklace, that the
drummer and I can groove for a short time while the guitar players are
screwing around.

David
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4 10th August 19:34
pt
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Default What to say in between songs? (switch time tapping)


This is one of my pet peeves.
There should be no more than 30 seconds between songs.
If there is an emergency one minute.
Almost invariably someone will start plunking on a string or the
drummer will start tapping or people will be talking etc.
This not only makes you look like idiots, it is very unprofessional.
Tune your instruments either on a break or do it on the fly.
I can switch from bass to guitar in a few seconds.
Too much time between songs is EVIL!!
You got to change your EVIL WAYS!!

Pt
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5 10th August 19:34
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Default What to say in between songs? (stories the band them)


The last thing you want to have is the dreaded "dead air" as they
say on the radio. Just remember that you aren't playing music
behind a curtain! The band is also the "show". It's hard to give
advice that can take a lifetime to learn in just a few lines
over the net, but generally there are a few prinicples that work.

What you want to do is use the occasion to develop some audience
raport. So you want it to be personal and related to your
group and the show. You want to tell some stories that make the
audience identify with the band and the music. You know, "we are
all great musicians here, but we are also regular bunch of folks
just like you" kind of thing. The simplest "fill" is to simply
introduce the band members. After that, try to come up with
interesting stories that relate to the next song you are setting
up for. Also in doing that you want to try to set the mood for
the next song as well. So if it's a serious song tell a serious
story to get everyone toned down for the number. If it's a funny
song tell a relevant joke to get them up and expecting something
light. And hey, don't be above using your mic to hype your up-coming
gigs and events! It's really all about selling yourselves
and audience banter is really just part of that.

Benj
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6 10th August 19:34
jay s
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1 thing to remember, whatever you say in between songs is rarely funny.
You might think it is, but it's probably not.

Although, at one gig where the guitar player changed guitars for almost
every song, I told the audience
"you'll have to excuse our guitar player. He pulled a muscle in the bathroom
today.....150 times"
That got some laughs.

Do whatever comes naturally. If you're good at talking to the crowd do it.
If not, don't.
Always look like you're having fun (you probably are anyway)
Nothing kills an audience more than the band looking bored waiting for the
guitarist to switch guitars.


Jay S
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7 11th August 13:28
boom
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Pretty much anything you want to talk about is fair game at a gig.
Talk about the venue. Plug the waitresses and tell the crowd to tip
them. Talk directly to people in the crowd. Play it by ear and I'm
sure you'll think of stuff to say. If nobody in the band is funny,
then don't tell jokes. Just make sure whatever you say is done with a
minimum of stuttering and a maximum of genuine enthusiasm.

BUT DON'T:

Talk about changing guitars.
Talk about musician stuff nobody cares about.
Talk about yourselves, unless you do it quickly.
Fill every single one-second silence with a bunch of yammering..
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8 11th August 13:28
jim mitchell
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David,
This is a PERFECT opportunity to makes jokes at the expense of the
guitar player!!! Otherwise, remind the crowd of your band name,
introduce members, thank them for coming, what you play, tell where
your next gigs will be, tell them to tip the bartenders and
waitresses, ask how far people drove, etc. Lots of stalling
techniques!
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9 11th August 13:29
boom
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I would personally hop onstage and beat the shit out of any musician
who ever said anything even remotely resembling that.
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10 11th August 13:29
boom
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I do have to agree with the one who said "30 seconds between songs is
too long." Changing guitars 3 times a set is another form of wanking.
Personally, I prefer just to go from one song to another
uninterrupted.
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