seanyboy2690
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#1
When you play gigs, do you do cover music as well?...I assume you do, but some people in the band I'm in don't want to do cover tunes. I think that if we wanna get some more gigs in, that last longer, and be worth the audiences time, we should do some covers!....what do you think
doctor_rocker
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#2
Covers are an excellent thing, even for bands with original material. Covers are things that the crowd connects to better then songs they haven't heard, and it's just fun to play good songs, even if you didn't write them.
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#3
do covers... so that the people will recognize some stuff, and also be introduced to ur new stuff. Put ur own spin on the covers tho.... like distort un-distorted songs, or change the melody, make it in a minor key... idk... change it so i'ts more interesting
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#4
covers can work, just make sure more original's are played
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#5
covers can catch attention.. especially those close minded creeps who wont notice you cause they don't know what song your playing.. just make sure you dont sacrifice your own music..
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#6
I'd personally do as few covers as possible, if I did one it'd be different from the original with my own spin on it.
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#9
i do covers but its ur choice
the advantage with covers is that u got a known song that people know well they can respond to these
then again some bands may not need to do covers to amplify their performance

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#11
We usually do 2-3 covers in a set, which for us are usually about 12-16 songs, but we have our own spin on most of them. People know the song, but yet its still you playing the song and not just trying to imitate the original artists.
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#12
im not a fan of covers except maybe if theyre not mainstream songs at all, or theyre really unknown songs by a popular band. i guess its good to do one or two. if you really want to, just suggest that you find one or two songs you all really like and make all the rest originals
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#13
dream theater covered the entire dark side of the moon CD. yes, it's okay.
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seanyboy2690
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#14
Well yeah it also realy depends on the age group of your audience. We (the band) are only around 17 years old, and about 95% of the people we have played in front of so far are people in the 35-45 year range....So they are definately going to want to hear covers. I was thinking Turn the Page by Metallica, something old redone by someone new (ish).
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#15
Don't do covers until you've written original material, otherwise when you guys have writers block in practice someone will say "Oh screw it, lets just play ____!!" and that practice ends up being a waste of time. Sure, playing covers helps you connect with the audience, but writing material together helps you connect with your band (which much more important).
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#16
Quote by tubab0y
dream theater covered the entire dark side of the moon CD. yes, it's okay.


Phish did it first

Usually covers work for a closer.
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#18
Just make sure you cover it in your own style. Trying to play a cover exactly as the original just sucks
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#19
covers are what will keep that audience locked in unless your already famous. i find it works great if for one cover you can make then end of one of your songs flow into that, but it has to be a really lively cover so it gets the audience jumping. like my band made one of our originals flow into highway to hell near perfectly with a slight modification, i think it helps link your song in someone elses mind when they hear that cover on the radio or something, they will think of you
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#20
Quote by Freunleven
One cover to each three original tunes. Hence, in a twelve-song set, there are three covers and nine originals.



Actually it would be 4 covers and 8 originals.
Way to show off your simple addition skills.
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#21
Quote by ratmblink123
Actually it would be 4 covers and 8 originals.
Way to show off your simple addition skills.


Fraction Skills.

1 over 3 = X over 12

1 Times 12 Divided by 3

But yes the answer is four, but I'd recommend 3 Covers to 9 Originals rather than 4 to 8.
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#22
covers are almost pure evil...if your in a hardcore band.

the reason i say this is because hardcore/deathmetal has a energy to it that your own music can recrate if you can play catchy/complex riffs and your average crowd won't know what song your covering anyway

however in a rock/punk/emo/mainstream bands i strongly suggest covers because then you are less releying on energy and more on catchy hooks which are eaisly missed
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#23
Quote by seanyboy2690
When you play gigs, do you do cover music as well?...I assume you do, but some people in the band I'm in don't want to do cover tunes. I think that if we wanna get some more gigs in, that last longer, and be worth the audiences time, we should do some covers!....what do you think


covers are good practice and cool if you play good songs, just make sure to play plenty of originals too.
just make sure that the place you are playing at is licensed to have cover bands
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#24
Quote by Avalanchi
Fraction Skills.

1 over 3 = X over 12

1 Times 12 Divided by 3

But yes the answer is four, but I'd recommend 3 Covers to 9 Originals rather than 4 to 8.

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#26
My band has 13 originals, but we do 2 covers because

A. They're easier to play
B. They're crowd pleasers
C. We like the songs.
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#27
Quote by thesumoftwo
my band made one of our originals flow into highway to hell near perfectly with a slight modification.


Unless you can do something cool like this I don't feel covers work at all. I am in an all original band. I hate the bar scene. I find that most older people don't like the music that my band plays so if we go to a bar both the band and the audience feels alienated. I only think that covers should be done like thesumoftwo said once in a blue moon and that is just something cool to do. Everytime I see a band do a cover at an all ages show I just shudder. People go to those shows to hear the band, not the radio or even their parents' records for that matter. I guess some bands can't stand on their own songs, but if that's the case they don't need to be playing original shows in the first place. I guess my point is that it really depends on the audience you are playing to. For bar aged people then I would say covers are better, but they still aren't going to remember your band, just that you played those songs that they hear on the radio all the time really well. At all ages shows you will probably get laughed at and fucked with the whole night if you do a bunch of covers. That's just my experience. It may be different in other parts of the country, but here in good ole Southern Indiana we love our originals.