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How to Create a “Moment” in Your Live Show

You’ve often heard me talk about creating “moments” in your live show!  Creating “moments” is key to having a successful live show and a successful career.  Many of you have asked: “How do I create “moments” in my live show?” or “How do I find the “moments” in my songs?”  I have to admit, it’s […]

7 Steps to Captivate Your Audience

Understanding your relationship with your audience has EVERYTHING to do with how to construct your set list, especially when it comes to your Opening Moment! And in case you are wondering where you are in that relationship, most of you (unless your name is Sting, Adele, or Pink) are “dating your audience.” Most of your […]

Transitions: Don’t Let the Tail Wag the Dog!

In a rehearsal, transitions tend to get pushed to the back of the schedule; and in most cases, rightfully so.  But, it doesn’t mean they’re not important. Have you ever heard the saying about “the tail wagging the dog?”Sometimes transitions have a tendency to do that when putting a show together. I can’t tell you […]

5 Places to Talk in Your Show: Stage Banter

Working on the music, the visual, and most of the transitions for a show usually takes up most of a rehearsal time. So when I first started working with artists on their live show, and we’d get to places where the front man needed to introduce the band, tell a story, do a song intro […]

Finding Your Magic Onstage

Before I was a Live Music Producer, I worked in a recording studio for six years.  Every kind of artist came into the studio.  Each of them was unique and intent on making a great, original record.  But, I noticed that conceptually, (and paradoxically), all great records were the same.  They had great songs, great […]

Onstage Challenges for Singer/Songwriters

Singer/songwriters have their own set of challenges when it comes to their live show. They are usually stuck behind a microphone and an instrument, and if they’re not in a duo, they have no one to interact with onstage. If you’re a singer/songwriter, you know what I’m talking about. Despite these challenges, there are performance techniques […]

Taking Control of the Stage – Beginning with Confidence

This year I’ve been traveling all across the US and Canada and have talked with many artists.  Some of them invited me to see their shows, so when time allowed, I did. If these artists were confident, I’d be impressed.  Well-l-l… don’t get me wrong… they were all good!  But I didn’t see anyone take control […]

Would You Like Fries With That?

I really want you all to succeed!  I want to help you to the best of my ability.  As they say in the south, “I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed.”….but, one thing I do have, it’s perspective on the live show.  I’ve worked with probably between three and four hundred artists during my […]

Won’t the Audience Get Bored?

I was doing an interview at Singing Success awhile back and I was asked, “Tom, if everyone buys your DVDs and learns your Live Music Methods, won’t all the audiences figure it out and get bored?” Simple answer – “No!”  I don’t teach what I teach so that everyone looks the same.  In fact, I teach […]

Give Your Audience What They Came For

I want to give my audience what they came for! As musicians, we assume the audience is there to hear some good music.  We have some great music and songs for them and some cool lyrical things going on.  In one song there’s an awesome bass lick, and in another song the lead guitar is stellar. […]