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Old 03-07-2006, 05:17 PM
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Post Set List Equipment / How To Document Your Concert

DethMaiden and I were chatting the other day about theequipment we use to track set lists and take notes at concerts. He thought it a good idea to post about this topic out in the open:

I purchase the notebooks I use at Barnes & Nobles. Any retail outlet has them for sale but here is a link. These gems are a little expensive but they are sturdy as hell. I've never had one come apart on my, regardless of pit violence or beer splashes. Each has about 85 pages and can fit in any pants pocket, just like a wallet. The notebook is available in many paper styles as well (lines, no lines, sketch, music bars). Each contain a ribbon sewn into the binding for placeholding purposes and an elastic band (also sewn into the binding) to keep things closed up.

My pencil of choice is the PaperMate Sharpwriter. These pencils are very cheap, and I usually carry a couple of them. You need backups if your primary is dropped (good luck crawling around a concert floor looking for it) or if it simply runs out of lead. Security will lead them pass through the doors; ink pens are often confiscated.

One other item I use: a Maglite Mini. I attached it to the elastic strap on my notebook. You don't always need to keep it on nor does it get your way, but it really comes in handy when the lights go int the venue between songs.

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Some thoughts on set list note taking:

** In terms of documenting your concert, it's always a good idea to have a previous set list or popular song list. Even if you can't recognize a song, it gives you a better shot if you already information in your book.

** If you have no clue on the title of the song, ask someone around you. People are usually pretty helpful. The sick fucks on the rail are usually pretty helpful after the concert as well. Often, I'll write down part of a lyric I've heard and then google the band against their lyrics. It works more often than not.

** If on the rail, sometimes you can use your cell phone camera to capture an image of the official set list taped to the floor. While I don't reccomend it in all circumstances, other rail warriors can take a picture for you if you're not close enough for the shot.

** Support bands will often write down the set list for you if they are milling about a small venue. When I tell about them about our site, they usually become right friendly and helpful.

** I take a lot of notes during concerts... how a band strikes me.. something funny I've thought of or seen... it makes writeups a lot easier.

** Finally, just a "Be Damn Careful" for those near the front.. it's dangerous there... be VERY aware of your pencil if you are writing anything near the rail. You don't want to get stabbed or stab someone else. Use your fucking head. There are concerts in which I plan to be up front and forsake notes.
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Old 03-07-2006, 05:22 PM
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I always wondered if you guys were like standing in the pit with a pen and paper...
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Old 03-07-2006, 05:24 PM
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Words of wisdom for all of us! I recommend following the advice of the Set List Lord, this is useful stuff to know.

Especially the one about always knowing a band's prior setlist! The info is all right here, folks, and though I've never heard Dark Tranquillity in my life, I managed to nab their entire setlist!

As I told Pavo, setlisting is an art, and it must be done with the necessary precautions in mind. Most of all, have fun with it!

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I always wondered if you guys were like standing in the pit with a pen and paper...
Never near the pit... on the rail only when safe and I'm not going nuts and then it's only songs, not notes... in the back or my seat, always.
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Old 03-07-2006, 05:26 PM
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As I told Pavo, setlisting is an art

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I normally just look at the other setlists the band is playing from the tour, and compare it to that. Other than that, I am usually up front and can get a good glimpse of the setlist and I store it in my super memory.
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It was a hyperbole of sorts.
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My brain is a setlist collector

Seriously, who wnats to take notes while at a rock concert? That's for school, and I get my fill, trust me
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My brain is a setlist collector

Seriously, who wnats to take notes while at a rock concert? That's for school, and I get my fill, trust me

Uh, me.
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My brain is a setlist collector

Seriously, who wnats to take notes while at a rock concert? That's for school, and I get my fill, trust me
My brain is a setlist collector, but my notebook is something to fall back on. Especially when there are multiple bands, how do you go about remembering that, in order, the next day?
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