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Gig Bag Necessities – The Practice Room Episode 28

 

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March 27, 2017
Gig Bag Necessities

Gig Bag Necessities.

When I go to a gig I have a bunch of things that I need to take with me. They range from vital, semi important, to nice to haves! Today on this video we’re going to take a look at my gig bag and see what I like to need to, and like to take with me to a gig.

  1. My instrument….

nuff said

2. My instrument’s accessories.

Basically I need to have everything that makes my horn work. For a brass player that’s a whole lot easier than a woodwind player. Whether it’s valve oil, an extra mouthpiece or specific mutes, just make sure you have what you need for your horn.

3. Your music

Again an obvious one but crazier things have happened! A trick I’ve learned from a friend is to separate any specific one time gig into different folders. They can be simple manila folders or what ever you like but keeping things compartmentalized keeps things organized!

4. Pencils.

You never want to be that guy who has to ask the person next to you to borrow their pencil…ever. It’s just the worst feeling for everyone involved!

5. Water.

You never know what type of situation you’re going to walk into. Make sure you’re hydrated and comfortable for your performance.

6. You’re necessary attire.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had people come up to me asking to borrow an extra bow tie because they forgot theirs! Oddly enough many times I’ve actually been able to help them!

7. A music stand

Even if you’re performing in a hall, you never know what type of hall it is and what type of facilities they have. Even if you keep it in the car at least you have it!

8. Wind gear

When performing outside, you’re going to need some type of wind clips. A really great nugget I picked up years ago was to use a simple piece of plexiglass. Instead of fumbling with page turns it’s just one two punch!

9. A Stand light

Again even if you’re not performing outside it’s a good habit to get into. The day you’re performing in a pit and your bulb burns out, you’ll be happy you started that habit

10. A tablet

It is possible. As organized as you think you are and as perfect as you want to be, mistakes happen and you could possibly forget your music. If you have a tablet with you, there may be a possibility you can recover it from an email attachment of if you scanned it into your dropbox. You never know!!!

11. Lip balm

This is actually one of those things I carry with me at all times but on a gig it’s super important.

12. Mints

My fiancé has coined the phrase “brass breath” because every time I finish playing…wheeeppp! It’s rough! Do everyone else a favor and carry some mints for after the gig!

 

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