emergency info needed pls:::: clarify breaks for my gig tomorrow


have a gig tomorrow for 2 hrs; we did agree on a price, and I did mention that I take breaks every hr, but I did not specify it to the client  and no time to do it in writing now,

What is customary ?  15 mins after playing 45 mins. then play for the next hr. straight through ?  but then that would only be one 15 min break for the whole 2 hrs. of playing ?   should it be 2 ten min breaks ?

I am very confused... if i am there from 2 to 4pm, those breaks are included in the time, correct, ?

thanks so much everyone,


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Comment by brad shores on September 2, 2012 at 3:23pm

hello terry.  i personally play for one hour then take a 15 minute break.  this seems fairly standard in the industry.

Comment by Terry Muldoon on September 3, 2012 at 9:53am

thanks Brad for your info.... I actually played about 50 mins, took a 10 min bathroom break; played longer; took break at the pan talking with people at the party and I was showing their young children who wanted to try using the sticks.  (lots of kids).

spoke to my teacher night before, he said to take 10-15 mins after 45, play another 35-40 take another break.


Comment by brad shores on September 3, 2012 at 11:49am
sounds like the perfect gig. always fun to share the art form with kids
Comment by Denny Jansson on September 6, 2012 at 11:25am

I usually play a 50 minute set, take 10 minute break then crank it up again. But, feel out your audience too. If the joint is jumpin' keep playin' as well as getting to the end hour of your gig. If people are starting to leave, wind it down and spread the tunes out, takes a bit of experience but you will get the hang of it. Good luck and have fun!!


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