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Sitting Down on the Job – (Becoming Stool Savvy)

If you’re doing 45+ minute sets, where people come to listen to your music, you need to consider using a stool for a song or two.  Maybe I SHOULD say instead, you should be doing a couple of songs in the 1-2 range.  These are “more emotional”, “you can hear a pin drop” songs.  (See the section […]

More Mic Stand! (‘Cool Tool’) Part II

We had some good feedback and great questions on my mic stand blog from a few weeks ago…let’s take this further and answer some questions we got on the first blog. One question referred to singing into the side of the mic when you’re using angles.  A lot of us were taught we need to […]

The Mic Stand – Your Cool Tool

If you’re a singer/front person, you need to know how to use a mic stand in your show.  A stand, just like a mic or a stool, is a great tool to use for some songs, and if used correctly, can really make a visual impact. First of all, make sure you secure a straight […]

Four Minutes to Shine – 3 Tools to Help You Choose

Sometime, somewhere it will happen…for many of you at least.  You enter a competition or get a chance to play as an opening act or at an event or showcase where you just get to do one song.  Brutal decision. You think, “How do I choose from ALL my incredible tunes, and decide THIS is […]

My Purpose = Furthering YOUR Purpose

Over the last year I’ve been pondering my purpose in this life, and reflecting some on what I do for a living. Each day I wake up feeling grateful to be able to have a job I look forward to, because I know not everyone is able to make that claim. Now I know it’s […]

This IS It!

Several years ago, a Michael Jackson documentary came out called “This is It.” As you probably know, the film chronicles the rehearsals for his London tour just before his death. I loved watching him work and seeing the process. How he tirelessly went over dance moves and vocal parts; how he gave instructions and arrangement […]

Know When To Hold ‘Em

“Just because you know a lot of chords and can play really fast doesn’t make you an expert.” – Aunt Bee Aunt Bee…a wise woman indeed.  She says this to Andy after he hears a guy play guitar better than he can, and it leaves Andy feeling inferior.  (Plus I think Helen is the target […]

5 Onstage Distractions You Should Dump NOW!

When we’re helping artists with their shows, we’re teaching them what to do to make their shows come alive. But at the same time there are things they need to STOP doing as well.  Some performers have developed bad habits over time and don’t even realize they are doing them!     Here are five…check […]

What Do I Say? – Talking to Your Audience

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 […]

Would You Want Free Publicity Like This?

I recently was sent a live show review from one of my artists that blew me away. The band is called Nikki’s Wives and based near Toronto.  I’ve talked about them before but this review was one I just HAD to show you, because of its focus on the live performance. The band had played […]