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#2361917 - 12/15/14 01:36 PM Wedding Reception
JoeCPiano Offline
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Registered: 07/27/14
Posts: 8
Loc: Northallerton, England

I'm playing a wedding reception for the first time this weekend and would love any tips or advice you can give me to put me at ease. I'm playing solo piano for just over an hour.



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#2361921 - 12/15/14 01:41 PM Re: Wedding Reception [Re: JoeCPiano]
JazzPianoOnline Offline
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Registered: 10/14/07
Posts: 101
Loc: raleigh, nc
congratulations on your gig joe!

make sure you have played your hour of music many times before the gig. try some "dry run" gigs at senior centers or friends houses. video or audio record yourself playing. try to play through your entire hour long repertoire 5-10 times before your gig.

interested to see how it goes.

#2361934 - 12/15/14 02:17 PM Re: Wedding Reception [Re: JoeCPiano]
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Registered: 05/11/04
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You will be background music so you do not need to worry much about the quality of playing, nobody pays attention at noisy wedding receptions. They all talk loudly. drink and snack. The general public has no awareness of music. They are pleased when they can easily recognize a tune, they don't care or know about how well it's played. (They notice mostly Beatles, Billy Joel, Elton John stuff...) Showing up on time is 90% of the effort.
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#2361966 - 12/15/14 03:55 PM Re: Wedding Reception [Re: JoeCPiano]
JoeCPiano Offline
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Registered: 07/27/14
Posts: 8
Loc: Northallerton, England
Thanks guys,

I've been gigging for bout 8 years but it's always been in bands so played a fair few wedding parties. Solo is something new I'm trying to fully get into, I've been lucky to have a few contacts to get me this gig. Fortunately I've spent the last year working with lead sheets so it's drastically helped preparing for this. I'm going to just use my IPad with forscore for the gig.

Here's my song list for the gig, let me know what you think. Ignore the numbers, it was just time (s) for each track.

All of Me John Legend 285

Beautiful Christina Augilera 240

Blue Moon Richard Rodgers 250

Dietro Casa Einaudi 230

Easy Lionel Richie 215

Eternal Flame Bangles 230

Everything I do Bryan Adams 235

Fields of Gold Sting 186

Georgia on my Mind Ray Charles 240

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 150

Have I told you lately - Rod Stewart

How Deep is your Love Beegees 180

I saw mommy kissing santa claus Tommie Connor 210

Killing me softly Roberta Flack 280

Moonriver Henry Mancini 170

Moonlight in Vermont John Blackburn 225

My Romance Richard Rodgers 250

Right here waiting Richard Marz 235

Smoke gets in your eyes Jerome Kern 225

To make you feel my love Adele 130

The way you look tonight Jerome Kern 200

What a wonderful world Louis Armstrong 175

When I Fall in Love Nat King Cole 250

Wonderful Tonight Eric Clapton 220

You are so beautiful Jo Cocker 150

Your Song Elton John 245

You’ve changed Carl Fischer 250

#2363044 - Yesterday at 07:44 AM Re: Wedding Reception [Re: JoeCPiano]
mc9320 Offline
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Registered: 08/04/11
Posts: 60
Loc: London, UK
Nice setlist Joe.

Have played many of these songs over the years at wedding receptions...

I would have a few more uptempo tunes in there, just to mix things up a bit, especially if it's a very noisy room.

Good luck. Usually people don't pay much, if any attention to what you'll be playing anyway.
Martyn Croston - Jazz Pianist
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#2363433 - Today at 10:59 AM Re: Wedding Reception [Re: JoeCPiano]
JoeCPiano Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 07/27/14
Posts: 8
Loc: Northallerton, England
Thanks mc9320. Are there any upbeat songs you would recommend?


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