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Musicians’ Most Common Mistakes – Part 8: Moments, Moments, Moments

This blog and video are the final wrap up of the FIRST question in a series we’ve put together to answer YOUR questions!

Yes! We’ve finally made it through the first question!

We began by answering one of the most asked questions: What are the most common mistakes musicians make in their live show?

 You can listen to and read all of the conversations using the links below this blog, in the series list.

Part 8: The last thing, and I’ve already said it but I’m going to pound it into your head is people don’t create moments, they don’t create moments they don’t create moments. 

They just play songs and hope something good happens.  

You’ve got to know how to rearrange your song, you’ve got to know how to then put it together in a visually compelling way.  And deliver it in a way that makes sense.  You want to keep the integrity of the song but this is not, when I’m talking about the visuals of a song I’m not talking about it replacing content.  The visuals should enhance the content. 

15% of communication from the stage is the content.  30% is tone or emotion how passionate you deliver it.  The voice that moves people the guitar playing that is sweet.  55% is what the audience sees.  If they can see that sweet, that passion, then they’ll connect to you. 

If a guitar player and a bass player do this one thing, or the same lick, if they come together at the right time and play that lick together, with the singer out of the way, it’ll have way more impact than if they stand to the side don’t look at each other and the singer just standing in the center dancing around.  That’s misdirection. 

So those are some of the mistakes that people make.

You’re welcome to send us more questions.  I’d like to take everybody out to coffee but we actually have a job to do which is work with you.  So God bless you and I hope this helps.

If you have questions, please let us know.  We’ll work on including the answers in future blogs.

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. Great information as always, I’m constantly reworking my songs to create moments and more impact.

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