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Default Playing in a Broadway type show (again) - 10-27-2010, 11:42 PM

OK so I'm playing in my third theatre production this year, The Little Shop of Horrors. Some of you may remember my earlier thread ( )about my first two shows (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and then The Wizard of Oz). If you've never played a Broadway type of show before you've really missed out on what can be both very funny and very crazy. No matter what, these type of gigs are a real "learning experience" and can really test your chops as a guitarist.

Neither of the first two shows had a set guitar part - Joseph had THREE parts and I had to mix and match between them since I was the only guitar and the Wizard had NO guitar part written out so I basically made up my own parts.

Little Shop of Horrors is my first show with a chart for a single guitarist - mainly electric (but with a couple of spots calling for acoustic guitar). I haven't made up my mind yet if I'll actually switch guitars or if I'll just play clean for those couple of spots.

If you've seen the movie version from the '80's (Steve Martin, Rick Morranis, Bill Murray, etc.) then you've heard the type of music in the show (lots of 1950-60's "do wop" and early rock-n-roll type stuff.

I will be playing my Strat thru my Tweaker amp (mic'd into the FOH and monitors). Pedals include overdrive, distortion, flanger, delay, and volume pedal. I plan to have my CS-356 in the stand incase I break a string, etc. If I do switch to acoustic it will be my Breedlove going diect into the system.

My earlier thread about the first two shows got several comments from people who either had played these types of shows (thanks for the advice!) or from those who wanted to learn more and get some tips incase they ever played this type of gig in the future. So I've decided to start this thread to once again share my experience and as a means for us to share advice with each other. So feel free to post any comment and/or questions.

Practice runs three nights next week and then the shows runs Sat. and Sun. the 2nd and 3rd weekends in Nov. I'll take some pics of my setup in "the pit" and report back in as it goes. I look forward to hearing from others with similar experiences, etc. Thanks!

p.s. If any of you are in the Tarpon Springs, FL area then come by and see the show. Check out for details.

MMCQUAIN * Rock, Blues, Christian player *
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