Here's a question I think all you live performance artists, vocalists and bands ought to be asking yourselves about your show. Just how much do you understand that you aren't sure?
I teach a music biz course at a local college and I drum into my students the importance of taking a fact check on all elements of themselves, their music and their act. This includes their performance.
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However, it had not been until I put in the time a little while back to attend, as a viewer, a workshop facilitated by American efficiency coach Tom Jackson that I came to recognize simply how much that even I had not been aware of that enters into making for a compelling, dynamite efficiency.
Among the things that constantly puzzles me about artists is how little value most position on the significance of specific important elements that produce an act's success in this business. One is the acquisition of a strong knowledge base about the music biz itself, something that is certainly of special interest to me; however another is the art of live performance. It's something to put time, effort and money into sharpening your vocal abilities or musicianship, it is quite another to learn the best ways to deliver that artistry efficiently.
When you consider it, it does not truly make sense to establish your important or vocal skill without putting some severe effort into learning how to reach your audience. It's a bit like building yourself a wonderful sailboat but not troubling to learn the best ways to cruise it.
As an artist, your live program is going to be crucial to your success. Standing before an audience stiff with nerves and stumbling with a mike you don't know how to use appropriately isn't going to make for an excellent performance. Exactly what a lot of artists do not get is that just recreating the tape-recorded variations of their tunes doesn't cut it either, because a lot of exactly what a live audience experiences is on the visual and visceral levels.
Now, it's true there are some things you can pick up by observing other more skilled acts, but good personal coaching can speed up the learning and assimilation procedure and will teach you other important things, such as ways to build up a song both musically and visually, the best ways to read an audience, develop charisma, be spontaneous, engage the crowd with patter in between tunes, avoid efficiency no-no's as well as how to approach rehearsals.
One of the things that Tom drilled the home of everyone at that occasion was that, while artists have a substantial amount of control over things like the advancement of their promotion kit, their recording project and many everything else associated to their career, very few apply much of any control over what happens with their audience. I was floored by what he imparted in just a few hours that can go towards making the difference in between a forgettable efficiency and one that has the crowd absolutely wowed. And these were all really simple things that, when you saw them demonstrated, made distinguished sense. I left from that workshop more persuaded than ever of the value of a good performance coach to a live artist's potential for success.
Among things that Tom drilled home to everyone at that event was that, while artists have a considerable amount of control over things like the development of their promotion kit, their recording project and most everything else associated to their career, very few exert much of any control over what happens with their audience. I was floored by exactly what he imparted in just a number of hours that can go towards making the difference between a forgettable efficiency and one that has the crowd absolutely wowed. And these were all very basic things that, once you saw them showed, made eminent sense. I came away from that workshop more persuaded than ever of the value of an excellent efficiency coach to a live artist's potential for success.
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