Tips I learned over 30 gigging years- Seriously

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by lespaulreedsmith, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. blueserv

    blueserv Member

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    I used to get those skin splits quite often when playing heavy strings. I tried everything; even went to a dermatologist. New Skin was a Godsend for me. It doesn't interfere with your playing like a typical bandage does. You can get it at any drugstore. I finally went to a lighter gauge & don't have as much trouble anymore.
    FYI - It comes in a spray (for bigger wounds like scrapes) or a small bottle you can brush on like fingernail polish. I brush 1 coat on the wound; let it dry for a minute, and then recoat. When the "bandage" starts to wear or come loose, just brush another coat on & it will reamalgamate - and you're good as new.
     
  2. KennyM

    KennyM Supporting Member

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    From the legendary George Burns -

    "Always take your wallet onstage with you"
     
  3. xmentalpilot

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    I built 4 heavy duty extension cords w/ quad outlets and GFI (ground fault interupter). Also pick up one of those yellow electrical outlet testers, and ALWAYS use it! Some of the nicest venues I've been in have screwed up wiring. Checking for polarity and grounding will save your gear and maybe your life!
     
  4. stevel

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    Without reading the entire thread, here's one:

    Always check overhead before putting your guitar on. One time of putting the headstock into a ceiling fan will make you look up from then on out.

    And bring 2 of everything.

    Steve
     
  5. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    let's ask brian jones, john bonham, keith moon or hendrix himself if they're better off...oh wait, we can't!
     
  6. darrelherbert

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    If you're singing bring your own mic, you'd be surprised at how wet an opening act can get an SM-58.
     
  7. Gas-man

    Gas-man Unrepentant Massaganist

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    Get BLACK extension cords and multi-outlets.

    They are way less conspicious and look way cooler on stage.
     
  8. 3-Dolla'-Bill

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    Just want to add that this is a stellar thread, the kind of thing that makes TGP so useful. All positive, no negative, and no bashing of Robben Ford, John Mayer, Dumble or AxeFX.

    Great stuff.
     
  9. Kaka's

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    Never forget...

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    :rolleyes:
     
  10. Strung Up

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    Bring a protein bar or two. The room/client can sometimes be stupid about feeding you, even if in the contract or otherwise agreed-upon.

    Have your vehicle look as un-band- and as 'Mom-mobile-' like as possible.

    This helps w/ avoiding break-ins by local denizens who are used to an easy and regular harvest of pawnable stuff from near the club, etc. This ALSO helps cut down on early-AM traffic stops by the constabulary.
     
  11. Macaroni

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    Problem solved...

    https://www.buystraps.com/?gclid=CPbyo4Pqh5sCFSRPagodggNUpQ

    These would have been a Godsend back in the 60s.
     
  12. Zero

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    Those are the 10 least important things I've ever read about gigging.
     
  13. roknfnrol

    roknfnrol Silver Supporting Member

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    Yeah, some of them. But the rest of the thread is great!
     
  14. Chiba

    Chiba Gold Supporting Member

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    If you're playing a string of shows night after night after night, change your strings before every show.

    --chiba
     
  15. lespaulreedsmith

    lespaulreedsmith Member

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    Those are the 10 least important things I've ever read about gigging.


    Never said the practical tips were about gigging :rolleyes::knitting
     
  16. roknfnrol

    roknfnrol Silver Supporting Member

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    Or use Elixirs and change your strings every 4 months!
     
  17. marcher5877

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    Nobody knows what you are talking about.
     
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    I'd rather play without strings than with Elixirs!
     
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    Put Grolsch beer on your rider, the one's with the flip-top and red rubber ring.

    The red rubber rings are perfect straplocks!
     

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