Entry 88, June 11th, 2011, 11:07pm (ship time GMT +2)
I made another 45 bucks today doing copyist work. Last night's act had some
pretty terrible charts; they had been penciled over and erased so
many times in so many different languages we could barely read them.
He mentioned his frustration several times during rehearsal, and said
that he was bummed he wouldn't be back home to get them fixed for
another month. Opportunity knocks, eh?
After the rehearsal I approached him and mentioned that we'd done some
similar work for other acts before. We got talking and he said he
usually pays $25 a page for “lifting” an arrangement (this means
transcribing from a recording) and $5 a page for copying. This is
what we charged the other guy, so I spent two hours today redoing his
arrangement of “What a Wonderful World.” Nine piece band x 5
bucks a page = $45 in my pocket!
Oh, and now I have a score to study, too.
Moral of the story? Pay attention in theory class, kids!