#1
my band just got offered to play at a college, a 2 hour show, once a week for 3 weeks. we would probably play the same songs at each show because our pool of songs isn't very large. we need to fill at least an hour and 45 minutes of the time, so my question is how many songs should we have.

we have 5 originals averaging about 5 min. a piece. we'll have our sixth song done soon, in time for the gig, and thats roughly 4 min. we know a few covers, but aren't sure how many more to learn just to be safe. what do you think would be a reasonable number so songs for us to know before playing the shows?
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#2
I think you should know at least 30 songs total.

That way you won't get stuck onstage with nothing to play.
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#3
2 hours is a long time for a first gig. Write a song that just blasts away at the audience to start with and get some good ballads in there. Make sure you have more than enough to satisfy, as you never know if they will want you to stay up there
#4
Well, first of all, you should fill all the time right?

You have about 30 minutes of originals, so you still have to learn at the very least one more hour and 15 min.

I'd say to learn enough music to fill that time slice plus 3/4 songs as a backup in case your drummer starts to go too fast.

But that's a obvious advice
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#5
i think 30 songs is a little ridiculous for 2 hours. we'd need to fill at least an hour and forty five of that time. i think if we played all of our originals that'd take up around 40 minutes, between the playing and time between songs. like i said we know 2 or 3 covers, and between myself and our drummer, we know about 5 more. i guess we'll just have to time ourselves at practice to see where we're at.
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#6
um, what kind of music does your band play?
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rock, kinda like tool.
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#8
you could jam for awhile if you guys are relatively good at that
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i think 30 songs is a little ridiculous for 2 hours. we'd need to fill at least an hour and forty five of that time. i think if we played all of our originals that'd take up around 40 minutes, between the playing and time between songs. like i said we know 2 or 3 covers, and between myself and our drummer, we know about 5 more. i guess we'll just have to time ourselves at practice to see where we're at.



ok...

I was saying that as a band you should know at least that many, especially since this is a multi gig deal. The same people may come back to your other shows, and they don't want to hear the exact same set list again.
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#10
true, but it starts in 3 weeks, not nearly enough time to get 30 songs together. im sure we wont play exactly the same songs each time, but relatively similar. besides, we'll get paid either way so im not too worried about that.
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#11
a few years ago the band i was in got a similar deal and our material wasnt enough to cover the time the club was paying for, so we did mostly cover songs, but not the usual type (for a metal band). We did covers like christina aguilera (e.g. genie in a bottle like thrice did), some dvorak (instrumentals used as segways into the next song), dave mathews, beck, etc. like pop music but played like metal. maybe an idea? most of these popular songs now are easy and recognizable, just have to do it right.
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#12
yea 6 originals and 7 covers are not enough for two hours, bud. i'd definately do some jamming during the gig, like do a Moby Dick cover but fill in more with guitar and base solos instead of a huge drum solo. and you'll have to like talk to the audience between songs, and get long drinks of water, etc.