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How To Have a Great Show Even When You’ve Had a Rough Day

Show of hands – Who’s played a gig sick? Exhausted? With your mind on your upcoming vacation? We’ve all been there and sometimes it ain’t pretty. One of the biggest advantages of not “winging it” – of having a vision and working on it in rehearsal – is that your plan acts as a safety […]

The Tears of an Onstage Clown – and How to Turn them Around

Have you ever told a joke you thought was absolutely hysterical, just to have it fall completely flat? Or been misunderstood – people think you’re serious when you’re really not? Maybe a favorite band story is hit-or-miss depending on the night. I think we’ve all been there – in real life and on stage. It […]

How I Use Tom’s Live Music Method for a Long Solo Show: Song Arrangement, Talking to the Audience, Results (Part 3)

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series How I Use Tom's Method for a Long Solo Show

There are several ways you can start working on your song arrangements yourself. You can get great ideas from any of Tom’s videos, and of course probably the best source for that inspiration is right here, Backstage! Spend a little time to watch the video makeovers – I always get ideas from them. For instance, […]

How I Use Tom’s Live Music Method for a Long Solo Show: Mixing It Up (Part 2)

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series How I Use Tom's Method for a Long Solo Show

In my last post, I talked about some ways I have successfully applied Tom’s Graph to long solo shows. Today I’ll continue with some ideas for variety and changing the pressure. Please add your own, let’s get a nice list started! I talked about short breaks as an important part of structuring a long show. […]

How I Use Tom’s Live Music Method for a Long Solo Show: Show Flow (Part 1)

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series How I Use Tom's Method for a Long Solo Show

There are always lots of questions & discussion around how to apply Tom’s Method to long shows. Many times we are booked by clubs, coffee shops, etc. for 2-4 hours – which may not be ideal from a “making an impact” standpoint, but it is the reality. I thought I would share my experiences with […]

Your Vision and Finding Ideal Gigs

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a weird combination of “dreamer” and “doer”. I bet you might be the same. We’re very lucky, because many people never get past the “dreamer” stage in life. As artists, we start out with a dream – our vision – and then spend years working towards […]