Whether you are a singer-songwriter or a covers band, keeping track of your songs is handy for two reasons. Potential clients often ask about the type of music you play and the specific songs in your repertoire. By writing down your songs and keeping a list available, you can easily recall and share this information, which also allows you to see the variety of songs you have available across different playing styles.
Another crucial aspect is the need to fill sets of specific duration. Knowing the dynamics and typical playing style of each song will greatly assist you in designing your setlists. While you may adapt and change the way you perform a particular song in reality, having a reference of your preferred style will help you remember your options and make decisions on how to tailor a performance.
In this section, I’ve opted for organising the songs by title, considering that many songs can be covered by various artists - you can be amazed how often people are unfamiliar with the original artist when a manufactured pop band covers the song. The book provides 24 spaces per letter, starting with a "#" for songs that are numbered or contain other characters.
Once you have the song title and artist recorded, the next step is to mark up the energy level, pace, and typical playing length of each song. Trust me, this information will be incredibly useful in the next section as you pre-plan your setlists.
Here's an example:
By consistently maintaining a song list with these details, you'll have a valuable resource for creating well-rounded and engaging setlists.
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