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    Just how many songs have you performed in your lifetime on stage?

    This past sat night during a break, we got to talking about this and it got me thinking. What is my number? I would say, just guessing mind you, just with my current group 400-500? I would have to give it some serious thought for a lifetime number. How about it folks, whats your number. Promise I wont hold it against you!

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    Approximately 2,200 over the last 11 years. I play in church almost every weekend and play out a bit...
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    It is hard to imagine.
    The bar band I played with the most had enough material for 4 nights in a row and a fair number of spares: probably 300 or more.
    I played with two big bands that didn't have much overlap. I think each had a catalog of about 100 songs.
    Pit band for half a dozen shows - averaging maybe 15 pieces each (there is more music than what the audience would consider songs).
    The ice show had more than a theater show at 30-40 pieces.
    I have no idea how many of them I could still play, or even remember the names of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danerada View Post
    Approximately 2,200 over the last 11 years. I play in church almost every weekend and play out a bit...
    Are you learning 200 songs a year?
    You are a monster!

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    Goatee Practitioner Danerada's Avatar
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    A lot of those get repeated, so no. And I do not remember them all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danerada View Post
    A lot of those get repeated, so no. And I do not remember them all.
    I couldn't begin to come up with a number if I counted repeats. It adds up fast in a bar band playing 4 sets of 10-12 songs a night, 3-5 nights a week.

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    I guess around 1000 songs (most repeated at each show). Wish I could remember most of them.
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    Concert bands, symphonic bands, marching bands, jazz ensembles, pit bands, pep bands, performance choir support, '50s/'60s/'70s/'80s/'90s/'00 rock bands, AAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!! What, maybe 2000? Impossible to break all that down. We have a library of 300+ songs in the '50/'60s band alone (that's not all that tough since they're all 3 chords ).

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    I don't know how to even begin to figure this out....I took a hiatus from playing in bands for several years and even with the downtime it's got to be a ridiculous amount(including repeats)....Though I bet I couldn't get through 90% of past material today...even with a gun to my head.

    to the guys talking about actual number of songs you can play....

    i am massively impressed...It boggles the mind to think that some of you walk around with 100's of songs in your heads...
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    Geez, 40 or so songs as a youngster, performed them 6 or 7 times each = 280
    Another 30 in a recent cover band that I got sick of, 8 times each = 240
    Current band has a repertoire of 70 songs, with another 30 we've scrapped in the past few years. 15 gigs a year, perform 30 songs per gig, have been doing this for 7 years = 3150

    So learnt and played about 170 songs, 3670 times

    Prob an even 4000 if you could all the ceremonial/marching stuff and the times where I've just got up and played somewhere. Wow it adds up!

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    I cant remember what day garbage goes out but i can remember songs i learned in high school. Kind of weird.

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    Can I count the ones I played drums on!?

    Guitar, Singing and Drums.... with repeats? Maybe 1000? The guitar number is a small percentage of that....

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    Wow guys, I have never been in a cover band and can't believe how many tunes you guys know! If I had to guess at a number with all the bands I have been in or worked for I would have to say 300ish? of course my time as a reggae selector has diminished my short term memory capacity.

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    All citey, foolz!
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    About 300 individual songs during a 4 year period. How many times were they played? Geesh, couldn't guess.

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    I can't remember, too many to count I guess. There are one time gigs that require you to learn a couple dozen songs in a very short period of time, after which you simply forget you even played them!

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