Stand by Your Stand
You Can Benefit from Taking a Music Stand to Gigs, Even If You Don't Read Music
by Jon Chappell
Always keep a music stand in your car, even if you don’t need it on every gig or even to hold music.
A music stand doesn’t have to hold just written music, but it’s often the most readable way to post a set list, lyrics to that song you haven’t quite memorized, or the difficult Slavic names of the bridal party that you have to introduce over the mic: “And now the lovely maid of honor, Ivana Mxylptlk.”
As well, a music stand can hold things like accessories and a traveling clock, in case you don’t want to be caught looking at your wristwatch on the bandstand (which is bad form). Many music stands, such as the one in Fig. 1, have an extra "lip" underneath to accommodate accessories.
In a pinch, you can flatten out the back of the stand so that it’s parallel to the floor and use it as a drink holder. But that can be risky as well as conspicuous.
Fig. 1. A music stand can hold all sorts of things besides music. The one pictured above has an extra lip for holding accessories, such as slides, capoes, extra picks, etc.
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