Whether you’re about to play your very first gig or, you’ve done more live performances than you can remember, you’re always going to be at the mercy of Murphy’s Law – “if it can go wrong, it will.”
Besides your instrument, amplification and any other sound gear you’ll need for the gig, the most important piece of equipment you’re going to have handy is your multi-purpose gig bag.
You know what I’m talking about… That bag that contains everything you might need, JUST INCASE.
Now, the contents of this gig bag will vary depending on the musicians and their live performance experiences however, if you’re just starting out and wondering what items need to go into your very own gig bag, then check out this article titled 14 Items All Working Musicians Need to Keep in Their Gig Bag or Survival Kit.
Regarding the importance of having your own gig bag handy, the author of the article Steve Witschel writes…
Quite simply, a good survival kit for a musician should not only include items that you use all of the time, but also should contain anything you might need in a pinch – be it for yourself or to help someone in the band. We all play music so that we can spend more time jamming and less time trying to fix problems. So, if you want to take your craft seriously, it’s best to always be prepared.
That’s right, you always have to be prepared and a well stocked gig bag will give you the peace of mind you need for the smoothest running gigs you’ll ever experience.
In a nutshell the items listed in the article are as follows…
- Backpack or duffle bag
- Gaffer tape (or Duct Tape)
- Multi-purpose tool
- Surge protector/extension cord
- Sharpies and pens
- MP3 player (w/earbuds)
- Song lists
- Small towel
- First aid kit
- Business cards
This list is expanded with some really good examples of situations where the item will come in very handy.
Personally, I’ve got my own gig bag with most of the items mentioned but I do need to put together a First Aid kit and purchase a couple more extension cords to make my own list more complete.
What do you reckon? Do you have a well stocked gig bag or, are you needing to add some more items to it?
What are some of the live performance experiences that required you to use something from your gig bag? Let me know about it.
Until next time, just get out there and do it,
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