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    Ok....Don't Laugh....Dumb Question

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    Ok....before you all give me the obvious answer.........which is......LEARN THE STUFF BY MEMORY.......I have a problem. I've never been in this situation before.

    I'm going to be standing in for a rhythm guitarist for a friends band soon......for a couple weeks while the original guitarist recovers from some surgery. Their song sets are all very popular tunes that I know in my head......but do not know 100% chord wise by memory. With a simple chord chart / sheet I can fake it with no real (obvious) issues........as I have been doing in practice with them..........but......I'll never remember all the tunes in time.

    So.......I thought you guys might know some methods or tricks I can use so as to not be extremely obvious.

    What....you mean a bright red music stand is not cool?????
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    Invest some money into a teleprompter
    ;-)
    Seriously I see all the time people with an ipad on a stand. Maybe the audience will think you're recording the set. Go over to it periodically and they'll have no idea you're "cheating". You'll just look important.

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    Ipad on the mic stand. If it is still available, download Setlist Maker. Otherwise, look for something similar to it.

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    I would suggest just rehearsing til you know the parts. Best tried and true way from my experience...
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    Learn some really cool stage moves...and just look the part, like you really known what you're doing...
    ...no one will notice if you're playing the wrong chords.

    Otherwise...stay close to the bass player and watch his left hand when your memory starts to fail you.

    I think most people underestimate their ability to remember.
    If you rehearsed them enough, often your hands will remember for you....and at worst, you might miss a change here or there.

    Other option, drop some cheat sheets on the floor....with just the basic chord chart...not the whole song.
    That way, you don't need to have big cheat sheets per song, and you can easily glance down like you're looking at your playing, and no one will notice.
    Stick your pedals in front of them...and there you go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miroslav View Post
    ...drop some cheat sheets on the floor....with just the basic chord chart...not the whole song....and you can easily glance down like you're looking at your playing, and no one will notice.
    Stick your pedals in front of them...and there you go.
    This is what I was going to suggest. I'd usually throw a sheet with "VERSE: D, A, D, G CHORUS:" etc.. Fit a couple on a sheet, tape it to the floor, good to go.
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    Only thing...if you let the cheat sheets become a crutch, and you use them for each song to follow along...all it will take is one miss, and you're lost.
    So it's best to play as much from memory, and only glance down when you really need to.
    Like glance at the start of the song...and then try to focus on the song, and you're hands will probably know where to go for the most part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrushkiwt View Post
    This is what I was going to suggest. I'd usually throw a sheet with "VERSE: D, A, D, G CHORUS:" etc.. Fit a couple on a sheet, tape it to the floor, good to go.
    +1 ^

    Lots of groups (and solos) just hang a list right out there - even on sheet stands. It's kind of an Americana thing to do. IF you set your list on the floor, be sure not to set your beer on top of it

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    Quote Originally Posted by spantini View Post
    Lots of groups (and solos) just hang a list right out there - even on sheet stands. It's kind of an Americana thing to do
    Yes, honestly nobody cares. I wouldn't hold it against someone for glancing at a sheet once in awhile. I wouldn't worry too much about it
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    I still say get some teleprompters.

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