Three of my go to touring/gigging tips!
What do Bread clips and grolsch beer gaskets have in common? Well they both can found in bars/clubs an they both will work as a strap lock. Find the bar or stage manager and just ask! Most of em will be happy to help ya. Worst you and the boys can have a few beers at sound check!
Next up colored painters/Electrical tape. You never know what you will run into at a gig. Some lights, no lights, dark lights or my fav the blinding spot light. I have three colors in my bag. Blue, orange and white. For the record I am not a Broncos/Mets/Islanders or a Gators fan. Not even a little lol
I use the tape to outline my pedal board placement on shows that my board and mic have to be moved. I now have three black pedals (wah, roto vibe,volume pedal) two of em look alike at a glance. A single strip of orange tape and Boom! Now I can see it at a glance!
My most recent gigs with Lauren the lighting was low light,candle light and dark mood lighting. I have the original ebow (all black) and even with its red led it is still very hard to see sitting on top of a black amp or music stand. Add a strip of white tape and.........wait for it...... Boom! I can find it!
Now for the last tape tip!
I have always used some sort or rack or pedal board or both. I have always tired to make my rig easy and quick to set up.
It is very important to be at pro even at the club level.
You'll need to buy a multi pack of thin electrical tape (8-10 colors) lay out all you gig cables, hook up your entire rig. Once you are happy with the cable layout you can zip tie them together or wrap them. Now the fun part. This will speed up your set up and break down time. Add a piece of tape around each cable tip and the (this is important ) the same color tape on the input/output of the amp/pedal/rack etc.
So easy toss the cabs/head/board on stage. Set em up. Match the colored ends and boom your ready to go! Your tech will love ya for this!