Are you looking to fine tune your next musical performance and leave your audience wowed?
There’s always a lot that goes into a concert, but sometimes it’s the little things that make a big impact. Here’s a few surefire ways to make sure you finish with a standing ovation.
Focus on your transitions, attire, choreography, and preparation.
Although it may seem finicky, taking the time to coordinate how you enter and exit the stage can have a huge impact on the audience. If each performer enters the stage with purpose, it sets the tone that you know what you’re doing and are fully prepared to get the show started.
Likewise, if there are staging changes within a set, practice for seamless physical transitions and decide how you will fill the time. Will someone be speaking on a mic to the audience? Will canned music be piped in?
If you don’t feel comfortable dedicating a lot of time to this, make sure you schedule a full dress rehearsal with transitions so you’ll have an opportunity to troubleshoot problem areas.
It doesn’t hurt to keep the performance visually appealing. Performers should have good hygiene and grooming on concert days. No matter what style of music you have programmed or what kind of ensemble is performing, organization looks professional.
Consider adopting a uniform or simply coordinating the styles and/or colors of your performance gear. Some companies, allow uniforms and T-shirts to be customized. Putting your band’s logo on a uniform would make any performance simple, yet snazzy.
For casual performances, jeans and a tee shirt might be appropriate. Classical musicians often wear tuxedos and formal dresses. A little communication can help you avoid having both on stage at the same time.
A few well-placed moves can take a performance from amateur night to a Vegas-style show. From ZZ Top’s famous guitar spins to the full-out dance numbers in Glee, we see time and again that audiences like to be visually entertained while listening to their music.
Decide what works best for your group as far as difficulty and frequency of choreographed moves, but don’t underestimate the power of a synchronized performance. Sometimes the choreography even sparks a bit more confidence in the performer and heightens the performance two-fold!
Most Important: Preparation
This seems logical, but always be sure to plan enough time to fully prepare music before a performance. The audience is coming to hear a quality performance and it’s our duty as musicians to provide that for them.
Take care when selecting your songs. Pay attention to the order of the program (i.e. don’t put too many slow songs back to back or you may lose the audience’s attention). Rehearse regularly with the group and hold each other accountable for rehearsing alone as well. The quality of the music itself is what the audience will leave thinking about, so always make sure it’s the star of your show.
Don’t get overwhelmed by the details of your next concert. Prioritize these key things during rehearsal and hold your performers accountable for their share of the performance. Remember to stay true to the music and as they say, practice, practice, practice.
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