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FDP Forum / Performer's Corner / Gig set breaks



The radio makes hideous sounds-Dylan
Sep 13th, 2017 08:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

What's your average break time between sets?

Jake from PA
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Canonsburg, PA

They call me "Blind fingers"
Sep 14th, 2017 09:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

One beer and some wings!

JK, 20 to 30 minutes

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So. Cal. USA

Sep 14th, 2017 09:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

Most club gigs it's 15 minutes. For even hour gigs say 8-12 the first set is 1 hour then 45 min sets with 15 min breaks.

There are a couple venues where we play 1 1/2 hour then a 1/2 hour break (intermission) the another 1 1/2 hours.


It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Sep 14th, 2017 09:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

It depends on how long the sets are.

Shorter sets mean a shorter break.
So if we play for an hour, the break is 10-15 minutes.

A lot of the time we end up playing a 1.5-2 hour set, so we'll take 20 minutes or so off before getting back to it.

Once I'm at a gig, I'd rather just keep playing. My band mates are always telling me I make the set lists too long. (:^D)
But I do realize that everyone needs a break, including the audience.


Philly, B-3 Capital

don't dream it be it
Sep 14th, 2017 11:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

for our 4 hour gigs it's an hour on, 1/2 hour off, so two 1/2 hour breaks a night.



Say what one more time!
Sep 14th, 2017 06:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

No more than 10 minutes. Just enough time to take a pee and refill our drinks. We are there to play.

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Sep 15th, 2017 06:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

In a typical 4 hour gig (we usually start 15 minutes early and play over 1/2 hour) we take at the most 2 10-15 minute breaks. We are there to play and we don't drink, so play we do.

Not bad for 60+ geezers. We have a 6 hour biker gig tomorrow.

Juice Nichols
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Panama City, FL

I'm just a dude, playing a dude...
Sep 15th, 2017 06:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've been doing 45 & 15 since time began it seems. It's never really a standard thing though. Sometimes we'll play for well over an hour if the crowd is really into it. As I've gotten older my hands need the break because by the end of the night my fingers will start to lock up. Especially if it's very hot and I forgot to bring some Gatorade.



Rockin' the Delaware Valley
Sep 20th, 2017 07:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

For a four-set gig, we play 45-50 minutes and break for 10-15, depending on the venue and the crowd (shorter breaks if they're dancing a lot).

I was in a band that would play about 40 minutes and then break for 20-25, which drove me nuts. The long breaks often led to too many drinks for some band members, and too many in the audience leaving.

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Suburban MD.

Are your prayer beads maple or rosewood?
Sep 21st, 2017 12:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

One hour on, 20 mins off. 3 full sets.
We start at 10pm and the bars like to have us stop about 1:45am.

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Sep 23rd, 2017 06:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

We did the 6 hour biker gig last Sat and took three 10-15 minute breaks.

We didn't repeat any songs, took our usual, fairly short breaks, and made it through. Probably never that long again.

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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Sep 24th, 2017 10:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

"No more than 10 minutes. Just enough time to take a pee and refill our drinks. We are there to play."

This is what I like but I'm the one who has to get on the mic and beg the other guys to get back on stage. Since we rarely play for money it really doesn't matter much but the main place where we play, the crowd will start leaving if our breaks are too long.

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