Improve your band’s performance with these 7 easy tactics
Published on July 17th, 2013 | by Caesar (ENGAGE)
Let’s face it, running and maintaining band presence in terms of getting gigs, record deals and tracks, is not easy.
To add to that, managing egos and personal needs of all band members is an even bigger task….
Here are some cool tips on how you can improve your band to the next level with simple yet effective steps:
1) Reduce the down time between songs.
Too much time spent between songs really kills the momentum of your set. Practice playing two or three songs back-to-back so you get used to it. If a song requires some down-time (for example, to change to a guitar using nonstandard tuning, or for the singer to move from guitar to piano).
2. Set List Management
This is just simply having a prepared list of songs that you’re going to perform in order for each set. If you’re doing 45 minute sets with 15 minute breaks, then you should try to arrange your sets accordingly. Organizers like to see some kind of consistency when it comes to the length of your sets, especially if he or she has hired a DJ to provide entertainment during your band’s breaks.
3. Audience Communication
This one is never simple, unless of course you have a person in your band who’s the designated front person/lead singer. Having just one person front your band usually solves this problem if that person knows they’re responsible for doing 100% of the talking. This also solves the crosstalk problem if everyone else in the band understands they’re to cue off the front person, and only talk when that front person talks specifically to them.
4) Pare down your solos.
Extended guitar solos may be fun to play in a jam situation, but any song that stretches out forever will make audiences restless. They came to hear variety.
5. Fully Prepared Backup Instruments
Every guitarist should have at least one backup guitar ready to go in case such a situation should arise (unless you can change a set of strings whilst still playing, as Hendrix could!).
6) Is your band name visible?
Invest in a professionally produced banner . Local print shops can do this, as well as most office supply stores. Short on cash? Put a logo on the bass drum. You can also spray paint the band name on monitor speakers and guitar cases. Bumper stickers are another idea, and you can also sell them at your band’s merchandise table before, during, and after the gig.
7) No-Volume Tuning
There are tuners available that allow you to tune with zero volume. Tuning out loud is not something that the audience needs, or wants to hear you do after every 2 or 3 songs.
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