Reasons to Play LiveThe most recorded guitarist in history figured there were only four reasons to play a date.
The most recorded guitarist in history figured there were only four reasons to play a date. Whether it’s live on stage or in a recording studio, being selective help you to stay focused. From his book, “For Guitar Players Only,” here’s Niagara Falls, New York’s Tommy Tedesco’s four reasons to book a date:
- Money. Money gives us choices. If money is not being offered, what are other forms of compensation available? A good, clean video? Front row seats at an event you wanted to attend anyway?
- Connections. Who will you be playing with? Will you be the piano player for a popular singer, band leader, or producer? In small doses, it may make sense to say yes to this connection. This also includes, again small doses, going along with current band members to keep the relationship vibrant.
- Experience. Will you be developing a new skill or refreshing an old one? If you have a high profile show coming up, you may want to set up something in the lesser lights the week before.
- Fun. Sure, fun counts! This could mean anything from off-beat events to visiting new cities, and royal performances.
If the gig is the same old (mediocre pay, people, skill sets and level of excitement), it’s okay to say no. For Wrecking Crew member Tommy Tedesco, saying no to the same old – same old gigs cleared the schedule for performances that became the soundtrack for pop culture.