Solo Performance

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Performing Solo. Just what you need to know and the rewards for this demanding discipline.


2.10 You need to build a repertoire that is varied in musical feel and mood. Not all slow numbers, but light up tempo songs as well as arrangements of songs people love to hear.

2.50 If you don’t already have any, get yourself some “Real Books” that will give you a massive selection of songs to play. They are available both in physical and downloadable format as well as for iPads and Android devices. As now officially part of the “old school”, I would suggest you memorise as many songs as possible, not just read them from gadgets. You’ll play from the heart and be concentrating on the music, not the next chord on the chart.

4.24 If you find it hard to create your own arrangements, don’t worry, there are a huge amount of books with arrangements already created out there. You’ll never run out of things to play (assuming you can read music).

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7.58 WHERE TO PLAY – weddings, cafes, restaurants, hotels, winebars, funerals, birthday parties, parties in general. The list goes on and on.

8.21 I once had a four hour solo gig…now that was lonely. However, it paid £400 which when all is said and done, is not a bad return for sitting there playing my guitar.

9.49 Generally speaking, weddings always run late, but don’t chance it. The one time your late will of course be the one and only time that the wedding is actually following the timetable!

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