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I’ve been lucky enough to score a monthly coffeehouse gig at a good listening venue. That aspect of the venue may account for the topic I’m bringing up. We play a two hour slot and split it into two sets. I find I am often pretty tired by middle of the second set, and I try to compensate by setting up easier tunes for that portion of the set.
I’m not sure why I feel so much fatigue. Could be I’m just an old guy. I think, however, that a good listening gig takes more out of you. I even find myself taking a day off of work in order to have as much energy as I can to play.
Also, we play a lot of tunes. We tend to take one pass through the changes per player ( two guitars and a violin soloing ), before going back to the head. I tend to think that this offers listeners more variation in song selection for a more interesting show. I should also say that as the band leader, I start all of the tunes and I am playing most of the heads both beginning and ending.
Just wondering, if you are lucky enough to have a regular gig, how are you handle long show fatigue.