Congratulations! You got hired. First things first. Here’s your set list…
Live2Play blogger Scott Woodward wrote this great blog about being a hired gun not too long ago. Go check it out. Everything Scott says is true. And then some. He’s one of the most sought after players in Vegas for all kinds of work and this man really knows how to get the job done. Great player to boot.
“I knew 5 of ’em.” This is what we laugh about together – the working musicians. If you decide to become one of this ragtag bunch of pirates, you are going to find out quickly that there is a lot of music out there you DON’T know. And suddenly, you’re going to be expected to play it. It doesn’t matter that you haven’t heard most of the list. That’s the gig. You HAVE to do it. What matters is that a working band has decided they want you (as temporary as that might be) and you’ve got a heartbeat’s time to get it all together to get that paycheck. Can you do it? Well…that’s always the question.
If you’re lucky in this process, you’ll get a month. That’s if the gods of music have decided to smile on you like the golden music child that you are. What’s more likely is you’ll have two weeks. Sometimes you’ll have a few days. Sometimes, you’ll have ONE.
Learning 40 to 60 songs in a matter of days is never a pleasant experience. But there are definitely ways to make it happen quicker. So here’s my best kept secrets on the process. As always, if you need more guidance, feel free to mail me. I’ll break this down as simply as I can. But truth is – it’s taken me a lifetime of being a musician to learn how to do this quickly, and I would bet you anything that Scott would say the same thing. So…buckle in. Get out your pen and paper and YOUR EARS. And let’s try to put all this passion to the test…