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Applause Cycles: Build the Momentum, Don’t Kill It

If you knew there was something you could do from the stage to help build momentum in the room, would you do it? I’m guessing you would. And if I told you there was something you might be doing from stage that was killing the momentum every time, would you stop doing it? Of course! […]

Please Don’t Wing It

Being in this music industry for at least…. well, a lot of years, I’ve seen many artists “wing it”.  There’s nothing wrong with learning as we go, because that’s life. But I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to a show (sometimes a big show!) and I watch the artist backstage with their band or […]

I Don’t Want to Look Hokey!

“Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.” – Confucius “Thinking” when you are onstage can cause a lot of problems.  In fact, it’s one of the quickest ways to lose your audience! You need to forget about yourself when you’re on the stage.  So, if you’re thinking about things […]

Courage and Your Music Career

“Everyone has talent. What’s rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.” ..Erica Jong I just returned from Toronto where I worked with the band “The Ascot Royals” during my workshop at Canadian Music week. After the workshop, I received this message from one of the people at the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Owning It!

We’ve all had people in our lives probably, telling us to ‘own up’ to something or other.  Or to ‘own’ something – meaning, ‘make it yours!’ Grab on to it and TAKE it. I’m often telling artists while rehearsing that they need to really own it. After we make changes and map out a song […]

Wondering Why You Wander

Ever see artists on stage, constantly moving, pacing back and forth across the stage?  Me too…A LOT! Makes me nervous to watch them because they never seem to ‘land’ anywhere.  It can be frenetic and unnerving.  And if the stage floor is eye level, it’s even worse to watch, since the artist’s feet and legs […]

A Whole Palette

     No matter what kind of an artist you are – a soloist, a band, a singer/songwriter, a rock group, a Gospel artist, ….. – you have musical colors to paint with. You may have one instrument (like a keyboard or a guitar) or a whole truckload of instruments. You may be one singer […]

Your Songs Don’t Sound the Same

Your songs don’t sound the same, so they shouldn’t look the same! Communication from the stage is 15% the content you bring – your words and stories and lyrics.  30% is the tone or emotion you bring it with.  But more than half of it, 55%, is what the audience SEES. The problem with what […]