Many of us live in our niche and are comfortable playing the styles we are familiar with, but being versatile is a challenge. To play in more situations requires knowing lots of different styles. The true freelance player has to have a good handle of all the rock basic repertoire, country, r and b, soul, funk, standards and all the variations of each one of those genres. Your expected to play from Brown eyed Girl to a Journey tune, Alan Jackson tunes Luke Bryant, Brad Paisely, then switch gears to George Benson Breezin maybe some KC, Unforgettable by Nat king Cole, Frank Sinatra, some old Doobies, Van Halen. Let’s not forget some jazz standards for that cocktail hour in the corporate gig or wedding you’ve been hired for. I mean the list goes on and on. Please feel free to chime in on your experiences. Reading music is a plus too to be able to play shows whether it’s a broadway type show or just an oldies act coming through town with a music director hiring locals as a back up band or that church gig on a Sunday morning after you’ve been out til 3 am. Truthfully for me the reading gigs are the easiest. Once you learn how to read all you have to do is show up read your part and go home. unless of course they send you this ungodly long show of 50 pages of stuff with a series of road maps a modern Gps couldn’t figure out. Let’s not forget that solo gig at the local restaurant and the ability to cover requests on demand. That brings up another point, singing. If you can’t sing that narrows down the chances of landing that local band gig looking for a guitar player that sings. There’s just more to it than meets the eye. These are just a few examples of different scenarios. Didn’t even mention classical. That’s a whole other bag in itself. What are your experiences?