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Musicians’ Most Common Mistakes – Part 2: Misdirection

This blog and video are the second in a series we’ve put together to answer YOUR questions!

We began by answering one of the most asked questions:

What are the most common mistakes musicians make in their live show?

In video blog #1, we described the first mistake: Your songs don’t all sound the same, but they all look the same. 

Video blog #2 addresses mistake #2: Misdirection.

Misdirection is where the lead singer or somebody else is doing something on the stage and someone else on the stage is doing something to distract from that.

It’s not done consciously, but for example somebody’s up there singing the lead part and the bass player and the guitar player are right up in front too, jamming with the audience and they think:

“Wow, we’re doing a great show because we’ve got energy.” but the attention should be on the lead singer at the time.

Or, the bass player runs over to the side of the stage in the middle of a vocal line and everybody’s eye follows him and we miss what the lead vocalist is doing.

So, what we need to do is learn how to direct the audience’s attention to what’s important. 

Now, I’m not saying at some time it’s not everybody having a free for all, because that can be fun.  But, every song?…every song the same thing?

No!  So, what you have to do is direct the audience’s attention to what’s important in a song.

Listen, if you’re in the studio recording something , and here comes the guitar solo or a piano solo or a vocal part or some harmonies, you’d move them up in the mix, it’s a ‘no brainer’, so that people can pay attention to that part that you want them to listen to.

The same thing holds true visually!

Tom Jackson

Tom is uniquely talented and skilled at transforming an artist's live show into a magical experience for the audience; helping artists at every level create a live show that is engaging and memorable, teaching them to exceed their audiences' expectations and to create fans for life. Tom has taught indie and major artists of every genre. He has worked with Taylor Swift, Le Crae, Home Free, The Tenors, Shawn Mendes, The Band Perry, Francesca Battistelli, Jars of Clay, & many more. Tom also teaches at colleges, conferences and events worldwide.

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Greenroom Comments

  1. Tom, thanks so much for your insight and tips … which are reinforcing the guidance in your AWESOME book! I so enjoyed LIVE MUSIC METHOD… great info AND FUN to read!!!! As a solo singer/song writer .. for the most part… I am really trying to stay aware of having my songs look different! Hope to meet you one day! Thanks for taking the time to share with us! Charlotte Ivy

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