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HANDS-FREE…NOW WHAT??

“I feel naked!” That’s what many performers say when they put down their guitar or keyboard for the first time, and try to do a song without it. We had a question – a 2-part question – that came in recently, asking the following; How do you get used to singing without an instrument? What […]

Making Peace with the Headset Mic

Yeah, yeah, yeah….we know what you’re thinking.  I can hear you screaming now, “Using a headset mic will make me look like Britney or Garth or Justin!  I’m not THAT kind of artist”.   Well, we doubt if you’re making the same judgement when you see someone playing a certain kind of guitar…ie: “Oh, she’s […]

Interview with Amy Wolter and Carol Z

Amy: Carol Z and I go way back; meeting when we were both in bands, and have stayed friends for all these years.  She’s based out of Minneapolis and is still out doing shows and keeping very busy. Since she was in town recently, I grabbed the opportunity to interview her and thought it would […]

Unleashing Your Lead Player (Help, I’m Strapped Part II)

In my previous blog geared toward guitar players, I wrote about what you can do to be more interesting on stage.  I covered some excuses you may have for not moving, then gave you some solutions for that, plus gave you some basics in regards to movement.  Check out the article here. Here in Part […]

Help, I’m Strapped! [Setting Guitar Players Free]

I want to talk to you guitar players out there who are in a band, but not singing lead.  You might be wondering what YOU’RE supposed to do to be interesting onstage. [Part 2 will focus on some additional things more applicable to lead players.] We’ve found that a typical rehearsal involving guitar players usually […]

Three Ps = A Great Live Show

In watching and working with artists over the years, I’ve learned a lot – and unlearned what I thought I knew.  I think most people would assume it’s talent that leads to success.  And they would be partly right. In some cases, talent alone can get you ‘discovered’, signed, famous…but if that’s ALL there is, […]

Artists, You Can Do This!

I’ve noticed in working with so many artists, the contrast in different types of personalities, talent levels, and learning styles.  I worked with a player recently who before even trying an idea, said in so many words, ‘that’s just not done in this genre’.  Says who??  (You know that just makes me want to try […]

Talladega Nights and the Problem With Hands

There’s a scene in Talladega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby in which Will Ferrell is being interviewed and doesn’t know what to do with his hands. Consequently, his hands just float awkwardly up by his face. Funny stuff! Watch the video below to see this scene. Most of the artists I work with can […]

Who’s Getting It Right?

If you look at today’s live acts, what is it that makes them great? What do they do and know that makes their connection to the audience work? You might say, “Well, they’re married to their audiences – they’ve got hits and records under their belts.”  True… but what keeps people COMING BACK to see Springsteen live […]

Choosing the Right Cover Tunes

We receive lots of questions about doing cover tunes.  Since many of you have them in your set, either entirely or a few, let’s talk about this! We got an email from Barry, who spelled out his dilemma; “I am in a constant battle with my band-mates over the subject of cover songs.  As a primarily original […]