Summer is often the busiest time for a Los Angeles string quartet. It can be hard to manage all the gig requests, but by now hopefully you have developed an electronic system that is easily accessible and has all of your info organized into categories for each date. There are a few things to keep in mind for summer as a string quartet in Los Angeles:
1. Keep your music organized
- For each gig, you should have an info sheet that includes all requests so you can put those at the beginning of each folder in order for easier access.
- Take time to rearrange the music at the end of the gig so it’s ready for the next one.
2. Have a gig leader who’s in charge of musicians and speaking to event coordinators
You need someone who will make things run smoothly at the gig. This person needs to know how to effectively talk to the coordinator of the event and make both sides feel as comfortable as possible for the wedding. This also minimizes conflict and makes everyone feel more at ease and less stressed out.
3. Be ready for extreme changes in temperature
String quartets in Los Angeles have to deal with rapid temperature changes, and wooden instruments need extra care. I’m sure as a musician you are frequently cleaning and polishing your instruments and changing your strings and re-hairing your bow as needed, as well as checking for cracks. Other important adjustments include sound post and sanding the fingerboard. Besides all this, you need to protect your instruments in your contract, requiring venues to have umbrellas for unshaded areas, no outdoor playing in the rain under any circumstances, and at least one heater close to the quartet under a certain temperature. It would be smart for your musicians to buy a carbon fiber bow and a spare instrument for outdoor playing.
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