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Sitting down at gigs...

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by glocke1, Dec 30, 2017.

  1. glocke1

    glocke1 Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2002
    Lately I'm wondering why this is such a faux paus.

    At rehearsals, I like to keep a stool or bench nearby to sit at...It's not that I get tired from standing, I just get more relaxed that way and frankly can groove better sitting down.

    The one time I tried doing it a gig the looks I got from other band members were not very pleasant so I resumed a standing position.
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  2. StyleOverShow

    StyleOverShow Still Playing After All These Years Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2008
    I rehearse seated. Did one gig recently where we all sat down, empty house, why not.

    We shot some video that night and the feedback was negative. Pretty universally disliked.

    Don’t know what it is but def not good.
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  3. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I've either sat in a folding chair or had a stool handy at gigs and rehearsals for over 20 years. Nobody has ever said anything about it one way or the other.

    I figure all the drummers and keyboardists we've had can sit, so why can't I?

    We also use music on music stands.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2017
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  4. Korladis

    Korladis Inactive

    For me, when seeing a band, it's more acceptable if it's consistent across the band. I find it more acceptable in an open mic setting than at an actual show.

    The main issue I can see is that if you're at a rock show, it's just not that fun to watch musicians who are sitting stationary.

    Oddly, I don't have this expectation when watching an orchestra perform a symphony. But then, I also don't expect the rock musicians to be dressed like they're in an orchestra.
  5. Aberdumbie


    Jan 22, 2016
    South Carolina
    Well...... I rather feel that rehearsal is time to sharpen up the performance. In other words the perception of your personal comfort makes no never mind..... However when performing the rule book has been set by many before us. An audience is not there to admire your chops. That audience is there to be entertained. And these days when everyone has a personal entertainment device in their pockets, you had better keep them engaged. When you are sitting at a performance and your name is not James Taylor unfortunately the perception is that you have better things to do than entertain those that paid good money to watch you.... Probably why your mates were cutting eyes at you.
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  6. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    I sit on all my gigs, but my gigs are all jazz gigs, and there's different dynamic involved. I do use a stool which brings my head up to where it would be if I were standing; so while being tucked somewhere behind the piano, I can be seen.
  7. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    What kind of band?
    What kinds of venues?

    If you are pplaying hippie songs in retirement homes, go for it.

    If you are playing any kind of rock, soul, funk or R&B in clubs, no way. Never ever.
  8. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I use a stool. It's tres cool.
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  9. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    It's not cool. It's a stool sample in more ways than one. ;)
  10. GrapeBass


    Jun 10, 2004
    Graphic designer: Yorkville Sound
    I typically practice with a stool as well but stand during performance. Oh, I've thought about bringing the stool for performances but haven't yet... I guess it would be more 'appropriate' for 'entertainment' sake if we had a sit down / acoustic situation or if part of the performance.

    I find it more disruptive if I practice and bring a fretless :roflmao: The keyboardist usually gets his panties all up in his tights/ LOL
  11. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Depends on the venue. We play many restaurant gigs and smaller venues that lend themselves to sitting. We also play outdoor festivals where sitting would be completely out of place.
  12. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    Totally depends on the music played.
    When you're grooving and want people to dance, sitting is not an option. If I was playing something groovy and people dance, I simply could not sit.
    I also played a few gigs as stand in where they actually looked for a sit in (they all brought chairs and nobody told me), where I played standing up on the first occasion and brought a chair on the second - This was late afternoon acoustic stuff to entertain, nothing for dancing.

    I've also played in a project where the position of the musicians on stage was part of it all. We started out seating and
    everyone got up when It came to the part where the acoustic background style stopped and the dance bit started.
  13. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    May of 2016 I injured my back to the point where I couldn't walk for about two weeks.
    It's been a long slow recovery.
    If it's a one set show, and I'm having a good day, maybe I can stand.
    Everything else I have to do seated.

    For some few months there I couldn't load in or load out, and my band mates didnall that.
    I remain really grateful that everyone I worked is understanding and helpful.
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  14. alembicguy

    alembicguy I operate the worlds largest heavey equipment Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    I’ve sat at gigs wearing cargo shorts. Still made my required $11 and went home happy
  15. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Other than an acoustic set, when was the last time you went to a rock concert and the band was sitting?

    You are putting on a show. It's about more than just the sound. I remember seeing the Rolling Stones at Shea Stadium. The stadium was from foul pole to foul pole, and Jagger used ALL of it.
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  16. I would like to tell all that people that say that playing sat down is not cool to go and watch to Robert Fripp and shut up.
    It is about the music, not about if the guy is using a chair or not. I rather see a guy playing sitting down that one of those guys that use the instrument hanging at the level of their knees. But then again, if they do their job right, they can do whatever they want, use a mask, play sitting down,play with their feets... But this is just my opinion

    I like to play standing, some stuff is harder that way but some other is easier. On rehersals I usually do both since, sometimes, I like to do things on the most umcorfotable way (unless it could harm me) just to overcome the "challenge"
  17. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    I used occasionally switch it up at places we played a lot, with a plugged in acoustic set. We all sat.
    Other than that, no sitting, and no music stands.
  18. Depends on the situation. I would feel cheated if I went to an R+B revue and the band was sitting down behind sheet music, but I'd be puzzled if I went to the philharmonic and they weren't. Each gig is different and if you do what's right for each one you'll never be sorry.
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  19. Aberdumbie


    Jan 22, 2016
    South Carolina
    Look I hear you. When I was at the pinnacle of my rock career I too had had principals...... I now have the vantage point of hindsight and the average Joe that is paying his hard earned buck for cover charge to watch his local guitar hero expects to be entertained. He’s not endeared by the chops. And I’m sorry but a fellow wailing away on a stool lends the appearance of someone that would rather be elsewhere doing something else. People are fickle. Entertain them or they won’t pay the cover next time.
  20. Acoustic356


    Jul 3, 2014
    It's called "Show business" for a reason... the crowd appreciates it when you put on a show.

    Sitting down, kind of appears as though you're phoning it in...

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