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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]