Gulf Coast Bands Music Forum  
GCB Home Photo Gallery Links GCB Myspace
Go Back   Gulf Coast Bands Music Forum > Gulf Coast Music Scene > Tips and Tutorials

Notices

Tips and Tutorials Tips and Tutorials for the music business. Have a tip..please share and help each other succeed.


Reply
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 09-06-2007, 06:13 PM
The Wayniac's Avatar
Moderator
Productive GCB Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Daphne, AL.
Posts: 1,246
Rep Power: 159
The Wayniac is allowed to buy Marc a drink and leave right after
The Gig Triangle

The Gig Triangle
By Sean O'Bryan Smith | August, 2007


Greetings, I am here today to talk about the “Gig Triangle,” a concept created by a young singer/songwriter I toured with a few years ago. Her idea was that the perfect gig had three distinct features, or points. (Now, I am not talking about 7-string orchestral performances of Oklahoma! here.) The three points of the Gig Triangle are:




1. The quality of the music. Does it get me off, or am I about to hurl?
2. The amount of money. Can I buy another car, or am I going to have to pawn my lawnmower?
3. The “hang.” Am I going to knife the drummer when we are 2,000 miles away from home, or will it be okay?

Obviously, not every gig has all three of these points. So how are we sacred keepers of the one supposed to function in everyday society?

We all wish that every gig paid great coin, had the hippest tunes, and that everyone lived harmoniously. But be honest: When was the last time you were on that gig? Chances are, not recently. But don’t worry your heads, fellow groovers. If you can’t have the perfect gig, how about a good gig? To achieve that, just take any combination of two of the Triangle’s points, and there it is. Consequently, an okay gig has only one point. And if none of the points is represented, get your gear, get in the car, and get away from those mouth-breathing groove violators immediately!

A good gig may consist of a solid paycheck and a great batch of people, but the music may not “rock” you. Considering the formula “money + hang = nobody dies,” the gig may be worth taking. It’s also a heck of a lot easier playing a two-chord song all night if you know that it just made your house payment. (You know, I miss that gig sometimes.) The same principle holds true on the gigs we all live for. Those are when we’re out with our friends playing our favorite stanky groove, and we remember why we became a musician in the first place. Did you catch the two points there? Good music, and the most important one, hang.

I don’t care how much money I get or how good the music is on any gig—if the people truly suck, it’s a crap gig. Great players don’t necessarily have great personalities. I’ve been on tours with artists where I really enjoyed the music and the money was stellar, but for whatever reason, people refused to get along. Granted, we’ve all wanted to sneak up into the keyboard player’s bunk at some point and put a pillow over his (or her) head. But in the end, it’s extremely important to think about the hang before accepting any gig. It will save you a lot of heartache—and possible jail time later.

So remember, my grooving few, there are always good gigs and okay gigs around. With some understanding of the Gig Triangle, you may find it easier to stop and smell the groove on your way to that ever-elusive perfect gig.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in Technorati
Reply With Quote

Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:44 PM.


Sponsors





Powered by: vBulletin Version 3.8.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0
Copyright GulfCoastBands.Com 2004-2008

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47