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Talladega Nights and the Problem With Hands

There’s a scene in Talladega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby in which Will Ferrell is being interviewed and doesn’t know what to do with his hands. Consequently, his hands just float awkwardly up by his face. Funny stuff! Watch the video below to see this scene. Most of the artists I work with can […]

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 […]

Three Things Keyboard Players Can Do

As you know, the visual aspects of a performance are important, and we work on making songs look different from each other.  This is easy for guitar players and singers, but I get approached all the time, by keyboard players asking, ‘What do I do?  I’m stuck behind a piano or a keyboard set-up!’  It’s […]

Bailing Out

No, not talking about bailing you out of jail, or quitting your music career…though at times I’m sure you’ve felt like it!  I’m talking about the ‘bail-out’ – an onstage technique you should implement into your performance now. You’ve heard us talk about putting pressure on the audience from time to time, right?  This is […]

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 […]

Your Success is Important to Me!

As we say here in the south, “I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed”.  But, one thing I have is perspective.   I’ve worked with hundreds of artists over the years and taught at workshops around the world.   My expertise is the live show.  I’ve seen the struggles artists have with their careers […]

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 […]

Is Your Show a Sitcom or a Movie?

Some of you may have heard me talk about the difference between your record and your live show being like the difference between a sitcom and a movie.   I’d like to expand on that concept. I have recently been at workshops with about 100 artists and bands.  Most of the artists and bands are good. […]

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 […]