Perhaps this has been addressed in a lesson on the site already in which case maybe somebody can point me to the location. If not perhaps this could be a topic in Willie Answers.
I'd like to get some advice about how to go about actually performing a piece in public. So recently we had a great lesson on intros and outros but now what about that bit in the middle?
I have been getting the occasional gig and I'm expected to fill about 2 hours
with playing. I can't remember more than a few pieces currently so I rely a lot on lead sheets but I try to make the song last about 3-5 minutes probably so that means playing a number of choruses as well as any intro and outro. So what advice can you give about number of choruses to play and how to vary them etc? I tend not play more than two or three choruses because I feel it starts to sound the same and i may think that i am using the same devices, reharmonization etc. Should I try to plan a structure for my solos in advance? My jazz musician friends play completely off the cuff because they want to sound spontaneous but they have years of experience. What do you think we should be doing when starting out to play in public, Willie? Let's say this is about solo piano performance rather than a combo. It's all a bit nerve-wracking but thanks to your lessons I have been able to give it a try in modest circumstances.