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How I Use Tom’s Live Music Method for a Long Solo Show: Mixing It Up (Part 2)

In my last post, I talked about some ways I have successfully applied Tom’s Graph to long solo shows. Today I’ll continue with some ideas for variety and changing the pressure. Please add your own, let’s get a nice list started!

I talked about short breaks as an important part of structuring a long show. If you are worried about people leaving during a break, maybe you could find a volunteer to do something fun and engaging – a CD or other giveaway, or a mini-contest perhaps.

I’ve found that bringing up other musician friends to either play along with you or to take 2-3 songs of their own is also a great way to change pressure during a set or to fill in time during a break. I think we all do this from time to time. As long as you know your friends are good and engaging – people whose style your fans will like as well – this is a great thing. My audiences in particular LOVE it when I bring my students up to play!

A different instrument always equals fun, and your audience will be duly impressed by your talent. 😉 It can be a really good conversation point as well – because … Read More, Watch, Comment – Backstage Pass Required

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