It is awesome to have you in the service this morning! We love the unique color that you bring, as well as the obvious proficiency you bring on what looks to be a gorgeous instrument. Wow.
First things first – I hope you have a built-in pickup, or have brought a phantom powered mic that clips on to your instrument. Hopefully you know where it goes to generate a nice warm tone, because we’ve never really mic’d anything like you before and we don’t have time to experiment, and no one likes listening to mostly rosin or reed.
Also, I obviously haven’t had time to arrange anything for you, except you’ve hopefully heard one or two MP3’s that feature your instrument (planning!). So for sure, cover those parts. Otherwise, I’m not sure what to tell you to play. I hope you are comfortable feeling things out by ear; of course you are, or you wouldn’t be here.
Now, if you drone through the songs, especially in the upper register, you’re going to make it extremely difficult for the vocalists to be heard. Assuming we have a competent sound engineer, you’re going to get pushed way down in the mix if you do that, so obviously, don’t do that.
It makes so much more sense for you to play the intro, any riffs or hooks, and a couple of key spots or designated solos rather than compete with the vocals. Do this, and you will do what you came to do.
We’re totally open to any arranging ideas to feature you that you can suggest during the rehearsal. Ok? Great? Let’s do this!!