Fill-in gigs

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  1. fendrguitplayr

    fendrguitplayr Poster Extraordinaire

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    Do you do them? How often?


    I'm doing one today with a band that I've never met and only got a song list
    with the keys they do them in a week ago. It's an evening gig at a town common
    in Stoughton, MA.

    The songs seems easy enough so I think it will go well, despite not
    knowing the other guys or rehearsing with them.

    I like the idea of only having to sing 6 or 7 songs because the others all sing.
     
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  2. dannyh

    dannyh Tele-Afflicted

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    Yep...got one Aug 16, Woodstock Anniversary thing, been shedding the tunes over the last couple weeks. I like sub gigs, do ‘em any chance I get.
     
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  3. johnny k

    johnny k Friend of Leo's

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    Filling in is really intereting. I don t do it, but when i ve done it it was fun. Just keep your ears open for the band leader. especially when he points at you and screams saxophone though you re playing the guitar.
     
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  4. String Tree

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    I have done it.
    Mixed bag.
    Sometimes good, sometimes Not Good!

    I had to reconcile myself to the fact that I was Not their First Choice.
    It was the end of the road as soon as I showed up.
     
  5. Bowpickins

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    All the time! :) I work regularly playing fiddle with two bands around DFW and do out of town gigs with them when needed. They keep me with at least a gig or two a month, both bands get some pretty good gigs, and everyone in both bands have a great time. Over time I have started picking up sub gigs from recommendations by other musicians I have worked with. I have worked about 7 or 8 this year, and have at least one more to do in a couple of months. I enjoy working sub gigs, and I feel honored when I get called back to sub again with the same band (being 18, getting recommended by the pros and most notably: the other fiddle players I have talked with who have showed me the techniques when I started is pretty big stuff for me!). :D
    I enjoy working sub and meeting new bands around the local music scene all the time.
     
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  6. Jakedog

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    I love them! Always fun to do new stuff with new people. Unless they suck... lol.

    Did a fill in gig with a blues band recently and they hired me for the rest of the year. Filled a ton of open fall and winter dates I had lingering. Can’t beat that!
     
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    Sometimes if you are in a no gig week and have the live playing itch. Last time I did I was asked to join the band as a permanent member but I had to politely refuse... I like that band for a one night stand not for a everyday thing and have too more projects going on that I could not attend them properly

    But from time to time is a lot of fun!!! Getting out of your confort zone
     
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    I’d say 50% of the gigs I do are fill in/sub gigs.
    I love, and depend on them.
    I’m rarely out of my depth, and I usually enjoy them.
    I also rarely regret taking them, though sometimes I accept gigs from really, uh, inexperienced leaders.
    I’m a first call sub in lots of bands.
     
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  9. twangjeff

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    At the end of the day, it beats flipping burgers. The biggest thing is to do the homework prior to the gig. Getting sub work isn't about being a flashy player, its about doing homework, making sure your equipment preforms reliably, making sound check/ bus call on time, and being a cool person to hang out with.
     
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