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Three Things Keyboard Players Can Do

As you know, the visual aspects of a performance are important, and we work on making songs look different from each other.  This is easy for guitar players and singers, but I get approached all the time, by keyboard players asking, ‘What do I do?  I’m stuck behind a piano or a keyboard set-up!’  It’s […]

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 […]

Tom at the CD Baby DIY Conference October 2016

     I had the privilege of working with the band ‘Running Red Lights’ at the CD Baby DIY conference in Chicago on October 1st, 2016.        Making even small changes to your live show can completely change the dynamics and the impact you can have on your audience.       You can use these […]

Your Songs Don’t Sound the Same

Your songs don’t sound the same, so they shouldn’t look the same! Communication from the stage is 15% the content you bring – your words and stories and lyrics.  30% is the tone or emotion you bring it with.  But more than half of it, 55%, is what the audience SEES. The problem with what […]

Tom at CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference – 2015

     Grab a cup of coffee and get comfortable to watch Tom at the 2015 CD Baby Conference in Chicago.      You’ll watch, along with some 1000 attendees, as Tom works with a band on performance skills. Backstage Pass VideoBackstage Pass Videos offer a wide variety of great information that will help you […]

Your Show, Your Vision

     I realize I risk critique from writers everywhere with this blog, in that it goes in many different directions and doesn’t have one specific subject. But, I don’t care.  Fact is, there were so many things touring artists need to be reminded of, that came up in a recent week of rehearsals, that […]

Meghna Mahambrey Song & Critique Review Video

Some songs aren’t necessarily meant for radio airplay… but that doesn’t mean they can’t (or shouldn’t) be a part of a great set! However, the way you perform them, musically, verbally, and visually, does need to be approached differently when it comes to your live performance of them. In this case, you’ll hear Tom explain one of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]