Summer is the perfect time to attend outdoor gigs. What’s better for a punter than a bit of sun, a cold beverage and a good live band? On the other side of the stage, there are a whole host of tasks you’ll have to tackle in order to capture the sound and performance of a more intimate show.
Here’s a brief summary of how you can improve your outdoor gigs:
- Use in-ear monitors
- Use wireless connectivity
- Replace old guitar strings and refresh other replaceable items
- Consider multi-FX or modelling technology
- Invest in a good PA system for singer-songwriters
Dealing with Temperature & Humidity
If you’re playing music outside, it’s most likely because the weather is pretty good. That’s great for an audience, but temperature and humidity can affect both electric and acoustic guitars in negative ways. A sudden switch from a cool indoor climate to muggy open air will cause a guitar’s wooden build to expand or contract and put the intonation and tuning out of whack.
There are a few effective ways to get around the climate factor. First off, well-made guitars are less likely to succumb to these changes because of their stronger woods and materials used to make truss rods and acoustic bracing. Investing in a guitar that can handle the rigours of live shows and touring is an ideal first step.
If you’re working on a tighter budget, something every musician can address is the intonation; get it professionally adjusted during the relevant season. Another necessary step is to buy some good quality strings from the likes of D’addario or Elixer and equip them not too long before you play your show. One final point is to keep your instrument in a sturdy, air-tight case when you put the hours in on the road, as it’ll be less affected by the weather. Some of our favourite cases are made by Tourtech and Mono.