Although I always expected to keep music as a fun activity, I’ve been playing live a lot more as time goes on.
- Nowadays you can use looper pedals & laptops to create accompanying parts & instrumental overdubs.
That way I can play covers in bars & clubs as a 1-man-band. This is a lot of fun even if I don’t get paid nor make any tip money while I’m performing. Sporadically a friend of mine will sit in with me on bass guitar, drums, or keyboards. As much as I like performing live, the arenas where I perform are not all equal in quality & amenities. For instance, some of these arenas have actual stages while others have a glorified corner in the family room where the speakers & machine is set up. One of the worst drawbacks to playing in some of these arenas is the abysmal a/c inside. I have to bring a fan with me whenever I’m performing so I’m not dripping in sweat the entire time. I wish these arenas all had fantastic a/c although I believe that is too much to ask for. At least the fan I use can be adjusted for both speed & direction. It’s fantastic enough to get me through a set separate from being too uncomfortable. The worst area is when there are overly bright incandescent lights because they create considerable heat that can be felt when you’re standing beneath them. This is nice if it’s frigid outside & the arena isn’t running the furnace, but otherwise I hate the bright phase lights. Sadly, our fan isn’t enough to compensate whenever I’m in a situation like this.
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