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Pianists for Weddings

Updated on June 6, 2014

Choosing the right musician

Wedding pianists are some of the most sought after musicians in the entertainment industry. Suitable for a wide range of events such as weddings and corporate events, pianists are also often a crucial part of jazz trios and rock bands as well as being solo performers.

A wedding pianist has a wide range of songs that vary in genre and are able to tailor they set to suit the audience, regardless of their age. It's important that as a wedding pianist, know songs suitable for the different parts of a wedding too. For many brides, having a piano playing their chosen piece of music whilst they walk down the aisle is a dream come true, and songs such as Amazing Grace or popular Christian hymns work particularly well for wedding ceremonies, along with the standard wedding march and other traditional wedding preludes.

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Pianists are also frequently asked to play whilst guests are eating, and jazz is a popular accompaniment to a wedding banquet. Jazz standards such as Fly Me to the Moon or Tune Up can work perfectly as background music for any occasion, and also works well at corporate events to add a touch of elegance and ambiance. Most of the leading hotels have a pianist performing in the lobby area or in the restaurant. You could approach event organisers for hotels to see if there are any vacancies.

As you would expect, you're unlikely to find work playing piano at weddings and events without the right promotion and contacts. Creating a portfolio of the gigs you have played and whom you have played for is a great way to show potential customers why they should book you.

Getting work as a performer

Networking is a big part of the music business in general so it's important to think about how you intend to promote yourself as a pianist. Creating business cards to hand out to potential clients is a simple way of spreading the word about your services which will in turn help you to find work playing piano at weddings and other events.

Most wedding entertainment is booked through the Internet so it's important to have at least a profile on Facebook or on an agency/directory to promote your services and help you to find work as a pianist. At our site LastMinuteMusicians.com you can add a free profile page advertising yourself by linking back from your own web site. You can then advertise your profile on business cards or promotional materials that you hand out. With our enhanced profile there's no need to send out CDs potential clients can listen to your audio clips with one click!

There is no exact science that can help a musician to find work playing piano at weddings. The key to being a successful pianist is a varied repertoire suitable for different types of events and situations you may find yourself in. Promoting yourself through an agency or directory is a great way to find work and make new contacts for the future.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Interesting lens. But honestly, for special occasions, I'd also opt for a guitarist and a flautist.