Is gigging worth it?

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  1. Woods

    Woods Active Member

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    Been to a few open mics years back and I feel the itch to get some material written recorded and jumping in to the fire.

    BUT first, I've got to ask.

    Is playing out it worth all the bullsh*t everyone always goes on about? Seems like a bunch of very sensitive politics involved.

    Not gonna quit my day job either way....
     
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    Söulcaster Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    For me Gigging is everything.....
     
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    Vinsanitizer . Double Platinum Supporting Member VIP Member

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    No. It's not worth it. But if you wanna play music to anything besides your four bedroom walls, and you don't mind empty tables and chairs and pissing away your money on gear, strings, gas, beer and pizza, then yeah - it's totally worth every penny.

    I used to gig for a few thousand per show. But that doesn't last forever. Now I'm about to do it for maybe 10 or 20 old Country Bumpkins. The biz has changed, and so have I. But in my case, I'm grateful to still be holding a guitar let a lone excel at playing one. Time is short. Waste no opportunity. :yesway:

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEidbkibsiE[/ame]
     
  5. Mosher Zone

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    Having just gotten home from playing a killer set tonight to a great response, I defo say it's worth it. :cool:
     
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    Playing live is addictive, even when it's just to the sound guy and bartender. Been there, done that. The free PBR is ok, too.

    Is it financially worth it? Not likely.
     
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    Very true.
     
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    Do it so you can experience it. It's quite the rush!
     
  9. chiliphil1

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    It depends. The experience can be good. When you get done and the crowd yells it's good. When they know the songs and you can look out and see people singing along it's pretty awesome. The problem for me was band politics, too much BS between me and another couple of members. The whole thing was ruined because of it, too bad too because playing out is pretty fun to do.

    The thing to remember though is that financially it's tough. You don't really make any money but that's not really the point. What you have to watch for is the "pay to play" thing where if you don't sell enough tickets you've got to pay the venue yourself. The best thing to do if you want to gig but have no intentions of ever "making it" is to be in a cover band. You can get jobs and you can sneak in some originals when you want but most importantly you won't have to fight for gigs and pay to play anywhere. You can actually walk out with a little money.
     
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    its that damn Gibson Les Paul you paid to much for.
    thats when the biotching began right there.

    :lol::lol::lol::lol:
    :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:
     
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    ricksconnected Well-Known Member

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    wish i could see the look on your face just now as you read that lol.
     
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    Not for the money, but its great when someone comes up to you after and says 'man that was great' that's what makes it worth it..
     
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    When you're loading up tons of equipment before the gig - no.

    When you're onstage playing and the crowd is digging it and the band is playing great - totally worth it.

    When your're tearing down and looking to get home around 4am - no.

    All jokes aside, I agree with what chiliphil said. If you're with a good group of guys and you get along and play well and its fun then, yes, its worth it. If you're with douchebags and things get political, then it becomes a pain. The only way you're going to know is to get out and play a few gigs and see what you think.
     
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    If you have to ask yourself that question then the answer is: No.
     
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    ricksconnected Well-Known Member

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    lots of hotties will like you.
    they often pay in time and flesh for your talents lol.
     
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    Jethro Rocker Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Yep it is. If you really like letting loose and having hopefully some people pay attention and enjoy it, totally worthwhile. We play out regularly to smaller crowds, like 50 to 75, sometimes larger halls with a few hundred. The most fun you can have!! Maybe it's different where you live. Pay sucks but so what...
     
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    I'd love to play a killer set and be home posting by 8:37pm. :yesway:
     
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    Absolutely. I love it...do it all the time...

    Sometimes it takes a few bands before you find the right one...

    But there's always concessions and compromises...

    The benefits though in the right scenario far outweigh the penalties..

    Can't do it for a living...only a few are fortunate enough to do it for awhile...

    But the extra cash money is always cool.. And of course the opportunity for sex with some strange woman is sometimes a possibility, more so then if you were not gigging......:D I like to think anyway...
     
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    Vinsanitizer . Double Platinum Supporting Member VIP Member

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    There will be a lot of drunken slobs wanting to show you their rendition of smoke on the water on your $3K guitar. And that's only after your first set. Bring those people to the bar offering to buy them a drink. But first, you really gotta take a leak and then you'll be right back.

    Right.
     
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    This is the winner. :yesway:
     

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