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Rick Myrland


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Post  Posted 10 Jul 2019 7:18 pm    
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I’m thinking about doing a gig Saturday night with just an acoustic player. Played with a band about 5 years back but never with just a solo acoustic guitar. Any suggestions on how to approach that? It’s some older and newer country, probably 30 to 40 songs total. Don’t know the venue. Should I focus on comping chords with a few licks in the lyrics? What have others done in this situation? Not sure I want to commit, but it’s s chance to get out again (and the money is good, but that’s not the real driver).
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Fred Treece


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Post  Posted 10 Jul 2019 11:06 pm    
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I suggest a rehearsal. Or at least a good long sound check, and run through a few of the tunes to find out how you sound playing together. That will determine what you play as much as any thinking about it will.
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Ian Rae


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Post  Posted 11 Jul 2019 12:32 am    
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I have a similar gig on the horizon. I've jammed with my guy a couple of times and found the best approach is to do the same as if it was a 5-piece - a few chords and licks. That's what prompted him to hire me - any more would get monotonous. My rule is "nothing before verse two" (unless it's a worked-out intro).
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Tony Prior


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Charlotte NC..
Post  Posted 11 Jul 2019 2:22 am    
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I do this often, not a big deal. Just keep it down and don't overplay, just like normal ! Actually these gigs are quite fun, more work than a typical full band gig.
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Bob Carlucci


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Post  Posted 11 Jul 2019 2:58 am    
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I used to do it all the time.. Don't overplay, keep the volume down , you are playing with an acoustic guitar and singer, not a band. Provide nice "pads" for the vocals to lay on, and just fill the space with nice pleasant sound, not a lot of picking and plucking of single note runs..

I liked those types of gigs and you will as well... and as our friends here have said, you really need a good rehearsal, even several if you can swing it... bob
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Ian Rae


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Post  Posted 11 Jul 2019 3:49 am    
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Glad that guys as experienced as Tony and Bob are thinking the same Smile
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Paul Wade


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Post  Posted 11 Jul 2019 4:43 am    
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Rick
Here is buck reed.
https://youtu.be/w04A1WnFBkI

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Al Evans


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Post  Posted 11 Jul 2019 5:09 am    
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And Ben Danaher with Mike Daly from the back of a van...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzlFBX6yfMg&feature=youtu.be

--Al Evans
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Howard Parker


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Clarksburg,MD USA
Post  Posted 11 Jul 2019 5:12 am    
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I do these kinds of gigs. Volume down (of course) and brush up on rhythm and bass chops.

Your soloist reached out to me yesterday. I had a conflict.

Good luck & have fun.

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Paul Wade


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Post  Posted 11 Jul 2019 5:20 am    
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Al Evans wrote:
And Ben Danaher with Mike Daly from the back of a van...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzlFBX6yfMg&feature=youtu.be

--Al Evans

that's got to the funniest thing i ever saw Laughing Laughing Laughing but it's Cool

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Ian Rae


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Post  Posted 11 Jul 2019 5:33 am    
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You never know what's going on in the back of a van...
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