Monitoring guitar on stage

Monitoring guitar on stage

Performance
  Recently I have been considering how I monitor my guitar and the rest of the band during live situations. There are a few different options available to us guitarists, and I thought I would discuss some of them from my experience, in the hope it could help out some of you too. When I first started gigging with a band, the vocalist was the only band member who had a wedge monitor. The rest of us (guitar, bass and drums) simply used the backline to hear what was going on. That is of course if our amps were man enough to be heard over the drummer! Luckily, we all had amps with sufficient power to be heard – much more power than was really necessary, in fact. The result…
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How to learn 42 songs in a week

How to learn 42 songs in a week

Performance
It was a quiet Saturday afternoon when the phone rang. It was a friend of mine asking if I could stand in for their guitarist.  I didn't really know their set, but with enough time I knew I could learn almost anything, so I agreed.  “When do I get to rehearse with you guys?" I asked. "Er ... you don’t, the gig is next Saturday. I'll send over the set list. Thanks, bye” he responded. When I saw the set list, my jaw hit the floor - 42 songs!  About 35 of which I had never played before, and 10 of those I had never even heard before. I had to learn these songs fast!  Super fast! If you ever find yourself in a similar situation here are some steps…
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