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Archives for March 2015

3 Parts of Communication: Are You Using them All?

As an artist, you know your songs are all different. They have different themes, different rhythms, different tones. They really don’t sound the same at all! I’m guessing they probably have different lyrics, too. Some of them are about a love you lost. Some of them are about something that makes you happy. Some of […]

4 Requirements for a Great Lead Player

You play lead… lead guitar, lead saxophone, lead mandolin… whatever instrument it is, you play most of the solos in the band. You’re not the main focal point throughout the performance (like the lead singer), but when it comes time for a solo, you’re the main dude! Being a musician, you know that solos are […]

Herbie D & the Dangermen Music Makeover Video Part 5 of 5

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Herbie D & the Dangermen Music Makeover

If you haven’t watched the first 4 parts of this Live Music Makeover with Herbie D and the Dangermen, do it before you watch this last and final clip. Because Tom is going to completely change everything up for the band! In order to give Bootcamp artists the best learning experience, Tom decided to pull […]

Practical Steps to Take Before Your Rehearsals

If you want to build a house, what’s the first step to getting it done? “Lay the foundation!” Ehhhhnnnn… (the best spelling I can come up with for a buzzer sound)  — wrong answer. I ask this question every time I teach my Live Music Method class. And inevitably the artists in the crowd get […]

Herbie D & the Dangermen Music Makeover Video Part 4 of 5

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Herbie D & the Dangermen Music Makeover

Sometimes you need to let things simmer a little, varying dynamics and phrasing… to understand fully, watch this concept worked out with a band by our Live Music Producers at our Bootcamp in Nashville. Also, be sure you understand choosing the proper ending for some of your songs — and why it’s proper to end them that way, so you do […]

3 Keys to Being a Great Singer AND Having a Great Show

Being a great singer doesn’t always equal having a great show. For that matter, having great songs doesn’t necessarily equal a great show either. Being a great singer with great songs? Well, that helps… but it still doesn’t equal a great show! Let me explain why, by telling you about a recent concert review. I […]

Herbie D & the Dangermen Music Makeover Video Part 3 of 5

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Herbie D & the Dangermen Music Makeover

Standing correctly, making eye contact, where to look first, body angles, zone communication… These may seem like small things — but doing them the right way will make a major difference in your live show. Our Live Music Producers were working this makeover at a recent Bootcamp, helping the artists in the audience get a different perspective. Then Tom […]

5 Good Reasons to Plan Your Show

I’ve talked about vision and planning for the live show so much that some of you don’t even pay any attention to it anymore.  “Besides,” most of you are thinking, “I don’t want to plan — I want to be spontaneous.” Creative people often fight the idea of planning. But let’s look at what I’m […]

Artists Creating Justice: International vs. Local Aid

Want to enhance your artistry and give a unique meaning to your music? Join Live Music Cares in partnering with 1 of our 7 charities to help create justice around the world through your live show.  And, by the way… I didn’t say we expect you to do this for free! When you’re an Artist Advocate with […]

Herbie D & the Dangermen Music Makeover Video Part 2 of 5

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Herbie D & the Dangermen Music Makeover

In Part 1, you watched Herbie D & the Dangermen play their song as usual. Then Tom had the sound crew change the stage set-up. Now, in Part 2, they’re ready to begin fleshing out some moments!  Our Live Music Producers had listened to this song weeks before the event. They discussed ideas that could take […]