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Archives for May 2014

You Learned What from Who?

Ever read the comic strip Tiger? In one of those strips years ago, the little boy Tiger and his kid brother are discussing their dog. The little brother claimed he’d taught the dog to whistle. Peering at the dog for a moment, Tiger declares, “I don’t hear him whistling.” To which the brother exclaims, “I […]

4 Tips to Using a Microphone (the right way!)

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Your 5 Onstage Tools

Oh, how distracting it can be! The singer holds the mic with both hands like they’re clinging to it for dear life. Another singer holds it right at the top and has it so close to them you can barely see their face. Then there are the “tappers” – the ones who keep a rhythm […]

It’s a Great Song: Graphing the Perfect Set List Video Part 3

This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series Graphing the Perfect Set List

Whether you are a singer, a singer/songwriter, a band, a duo, a vocal group, or a 1-man band… I can tell you a great way to lose your audience! Simply ignore who they are and their expectations. Put your set list together thinking about what’s easiest, best, or most fun for yourself. Be clever and […]

Onstage Success Offers ReverbNation Opportunity

In order to help artists develop a captivating show, we’ve partnered with ReverbNation to offer a great Opportunity to 3 artists or bands! ReverbNation regularly offers their artists access to a wide variety of network and industry connections, with offers from bookings or airplay to promotional or development help. In this Opportunity from Onstage Success, winning […]

Don’t Play Without Knowing the Rules

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series 7 Deadly Sins

We don’t like rules. We think rules limit us and box us in. We don’t like being told what to do. But what if there were no rules when you played a game? You get three strikes in the baseball game, but the other team decides they get five strikes whenever they’re up to bat. […]

FREE Website Design & Hosting from Section 101 – Act Now!

Your own website is a great place for exposure and developing your connection with fans. Whether it’s to stay connected with fans through blogs and newsletters, a place to sell your merch, or a way to reach out to potential fans who are looking for your style of music — your website is extremely important! […]

Your Intro Moment: Graphing the Perfect Set List Video Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series Graphing the Perfect Set List

They say you only get one chance to make a first impression. So what are you telling your audience about you when you start your show? Your first impression comes through the musical, verbal, and visual of what you do onstage. And it’s important to know how to “introduce” yourself to the audience in what […]

Getting Ready to Be Ready

You never know. You hear the stories from the artists who were ‘discovered’ at some random moment. Some A&R guy came to some random band, loved them and boom, a record deal was on the table. Granted, this doesn’t happen often anymore, but your audience is filled with potential fans who will be with you […]

Dating Your Audience: Graphing the Perfect Set List Video Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series Graphing the Perfect Set List

I know many of you have my Live Music Method Book… you may also have my DVD on the set list, Turn it Up to 11. If so, you’ve seen or heard my teaching on what I believe about set lists. But I’ve found that artists need to review this material over and over. (In […]

Speak the Right Language

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Your Audience: Knowing & Loving Them

An audience goes to a live show to see the artist, the band, the musician – to see people performing live. Maybe that seems obvious to you. But I want you to take a few minutes to really think about what that means. You see, your audience relates to the human side of you. What […]