When I ask artists what they need the most help with or what their weak spots are in a live show, the most common answer I get is “talking to the audience.” I can relate.
Many times when I was playing live I would want to say something to the crowd; but when I started speaking, it would come out a disjointed, rambling mess.
It aggravated me so much I started rehearsing exactly what I wanted to say for a song set-up. Then I would put the first few words right on the set list to get me going in the right direction! It worked. Once I got started on the right foot, the rest would come out fine because I’d worked on it.