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Songs to play at a wedding?

Hi all-
One of my teachers saw me at the talent show and thought I did great, contrary to my belief. He is getting married soon, and wants me to play some "Soft, acoustic stuff" for his wedding while people are coming in and talking and stuff. He said he'd be happy to cut me a paycheck, so that would be my first offical gig as a guitar player. I'm learning a drop-d version of Pachelbel's (sp?) Canon in D-, and it sounds great so far. I'm guessing I'll need an hour of material. Any good song suggestions?
Thanks!
Jake
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12/20/2001 4:37 AM

Tom Ridgemont (2902) wrote:

There is a wholenote article on playing weddings that you might find useful. Search on "Weddings" in the articles section and you should find it.

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12/20/2001 10:29 AM

Inactive Member wrote:

I don't want to sound negative, but prepare yourself ... if you play "while people coming in and talking" hardly anybody will listen to you. And to deal with that can be very hard.

I remember once that I played as a surprise at a birthday party - some jazz standards with backing tracks. Nobody listened, in fact, I was nearly drowned out by all the voices. I'm just not the "dinner music" guy, I guess. I found it very difficult to finish my program.

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12/21/2001 7:21 AM

Jeff Polonoli (1035) wrote:

Stefans right don't let something like that get you down if this does happen to you. Last summer I noticed this happen a few times to some wonderful players. Sometimes people are really enjoying the music but again there not there just to see you, which you have to realize. If anything, this should take some pressure off you so you can really just get into your music and have fun!!! Sure you'll do great.
Jeff

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12/21/2001 5:51 PM

Michael Obilade (31) wrote:

I'd reccommend "Lia", by Daniel Ho, if you can get ahold of it--it's one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard or played--it's also 5 minutes long, too, so....
Good luck, and don't forget to relax!

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12/25/2001 11:42 PM

Jeremy Cotton (7938) wrote:

Do you play any classical? You could try some of the easier Carcassi or Sor studies-nice and musical, and not too terribly difficult to get through....If you play any jazz, maybe some chord melody stuff like Misty or the Way you Look Tonight...You can also do your own arrangements of some nice pop tunes...I would try to avoid some of the most traditional wedding tunes, because I've heard some really bad ones.....

on a side note, some tunes people like to hear at weddings and receptions aren't really about what people think they are about....


JC



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12/26/2001 2:36 PM

Jake Lizzio (985) wrote:

I can understand that at a wedding, a 15 year old kid won't be the center of attention, so Im not so worried about that. Actually, it'll be great cause I'll get paid to play, and if I mess up, no one will hear me because of all the bride's relatives will be crying (Hopefully, not because of my playing)
I play LOTS of classical. I know a few Sor and Carcassi studies. Right now Im thinking about playing Canon in D- I found a good fingerstyle version, and just some various classical pieces. This guy actually wanted a heavy metal wedding, but his fiance wouldn't let him. He wanted AC/DC playing and he wanted to hire Slash to be the minister.
Im getting married to someone from Kitty, that way I can play the heaviest music possible for my wedding.
Thanks for all of your advice, guys.
Jake

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12/29/2001 2:25 PM

Jeremy Shirland (43) wrote:

Marriage gigs can be brutal and unforgiving-and very cheesy! It seems you have a more forgiving patrons than most musicians...haha! Try some of the slow Beatles love songs like "Something" or "In my life"...these can be easily arranged for acoustic guitar. Have fun and good luck.

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1/7/2002 10:15 AM

Bill Jack (10) wrote:

I used to play a lot of weddings as a side gig. It's good experience, plus you get paid for doing what you love! You can't beat that. Sounds like you won't be doing vocals, so that makes it easier. You are the musical background for a life-changing event for this couple, so be unobtrusive (check your sound level). As far as music to play, find at least a couple of religious tunes. I like "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring", "In Christ There is no East and West" (Kottke does these) and "Sheep May Safely Graze". If you don't have time to learn a lot of new material, play the classical and soft acoustic stuff you already know. It's easier to play what you are the most familiar with. Good luck and have fun.
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1/7/2002 1:35 PM

Maciek Sakrejda (8047) wrote:

Songs not to play at a wedding:

"The Worst That Could Happen" by the Brooklyn Bridge...

-m



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1/11/2002 12:43 AM

Andy Kauffman (45) wrote:

"Highway to Hell" by AC/DC?
maybe even "Cemetary Gates" by Pantera?

Sorry..nothing of real importance to add, just bein' a smartaleck. :)



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1/11/2002 12:53 AM

Inactive Member wrote:

Oh man, 'Cemetary Gates' thats my favorite pantera song. Killer tune.

Matthew

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