7 ways to improve your life performance

Booking shows, performing the concerts and promoting live dates are all part of the job. You also need to keep your website and social networks up-to-date, as well as writing and rehearsing. These tasks are all part of a singer/songwriter’s daily routine. Where is the time left? Where are you making to evaluate the final product?

The songs are written, and those are the key. You wouldn’t perform on stage if you didn’t have songs to sing.

These are some tips to make sure you stay in the spotlight and that people listen once you do.

  1. Arrange for a few live shows to be filmed. It’s great content for YouTube or your website, but it’s also for your internal review. You may know how you sound on stage, but how do you look? You don’t need to make this a big production or add a line item to your music budget. Even if your camera is just placed on a tripod, you will get footage that you can view. Although I don’t advocate using a smartphone to record video, you can have something that you can use for your research.
  2. Do not do your whole show in one sitting. Songwriters are subject to enough stereotypes (see stand-up comedians). You don’t need to sit on a stool for 2 hours. Do you need a seat? Move around and stand up. Give the audience an excuse to not look at their phones or nod off. Why would they give their full attention to you if you don’t seem interested?
  3. Your setlist should be strategic. People who say they don’t have a setlist are amazing to me. They play what they feel at the moment. Mix it up with the slow songs, the up-tempo songs, and the ballads. Ensure that all originals are available during the booking process. You can mix cover songs to keep them interested.
  4. You must be a great storyteller. It’s not enough to say, “Here’s my first car song,” but to paint a picture of the make and model, along with any defects and the reason it was important to you. Imagine playing your songs at a songwriters festival without any explanation. Their absence would make it easy to see the stories they tell.
  5. It is impossible to know each person’s feelings in your audience, whether they are good or bad. It would be best to play shows that they pay to see you. This should be enough to remind them that they have made the conscious decision to let you help with their situation or add to their celebration. Your act should not be controlled by cruise control. Treat it as if it were your first and last show every time you perform.
  6. Draw the audience in by choosing one table or section. Next, move on to the next quarter or table. Continue doing this until you reach the end. Do not play to the guy or women at the back. The guy at the back should hear you as much, and he might end up being the “you never know who might have been in the crowd” person.
  7. As they say, the devil is in detail. Use good microphone technique. The sound tech should be your friend. Be sure to tune your guitar to don’t have to adjust on the fly while playing your first song. Keep your eyes open while you sing. These are all part of the equation and make for a great performance that you can be proud to perform at the end.

Wash, rinse, and repeat. The above can be used as a checklist or a Live Show checklist. This will ensure that you are prepared for every performance.

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