I’m reviving this one as a nod to the cool stories you already shared here.
Yesterday, I played my first outdoor gig - and my first gig in years at all. We had two voices, one acoustic rhythm guitar (amped), an electric lead guitar, a keyboarder (who mostly doubled as drums) and moi, on the bass.
First of all, I have moaned elsewhere that these guys don’t even use a capo when they should and that… the beat is … well … where is it? So, I was anxious that the audience might be disappointed. However! This is a fun band, playing for fun. I am not perfect either (who ever is?). Now, the keyboarder used to play semi-professionally. He is rock solid.
Going into the gig, we rehearsed four times, at the insistence of the female singer. I received a bunch of lead sheets with lyrics and chords, along with some cryptic midi files. My learning experience in the past two months was to become able to listen to an original, look at the chords and make something up! This makes me so proud!
At the gig, we wanted to have a bbq and finish the beer in the fridge. I thought “I’ll bring my practise amp, nobody will even hear me make mistakes.” We set up outside behind the local college (we all work there) and did a small sound check. I turned up to 8/10 (after that the amp clips badly) and that was okay.
I don’t know why. Really, I don’t know. But before the lead guitar guy started to play, I thought I’d alleviate the tension by whipping out my Kazoo and play Indiana Jones. I did. Everybody froze and then laughed and smiled. After that I listened to Guitar Guy play The Bard Song.
Here’s our setlist:
The Bard's Song Impressionen (instrumental, W.)
Cum On Feel The Noize
The Foggy Dew
The House Of The Rising Sun
Dragonflight - Original
Whenever I Think Of You - Original
Whisky In The Jar Thin Lizzy/Dubliner's Medley (Zugabe 1)
Sailing - Rod Stewart (Zugabe 2)
Then we played Come on Feel the Noize by Quiet Riot and I couldn’t hear myself at all. Quite surreal to see my fingers move and that’s it. Felt a bit out of rhythm for the first few bars, then we clicked. Honourable mention to “Foggy Dew” I had not played that before the gig. I was rocking a note stand and my tablet PC and played mostly by sight-reading the lyrics and chords.
After the gig, we got some feedback from some audience members (some even constructive criticism). What blew my mind was that the audience was able to hear the bass fine, they were about 5-7 m (12 - 20 feet) away from us.
It was a blast and I am hooked - let’s play the next gig!
Thanks for reading, see you soon at the live hang!