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Say what one more time!
Aug 6th, 2016 08:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It doesn't hurt to rehearse some of this stuff too. I've watched a couple bands lately and they just don't seem like they are even enjoying themselves. Play your songs and have a good time doing it and the audience will also enjoy it. It's entertaining to watch someone having a good time and enjoying themselves. We have certain little routines we do with some songs and it's not scripted but we have fun with it and change it up each time with whatever inspires us at the moment. I can't just play the songs. I have to perform them or it just doesn't feel right.



Earn while you learn
Aug 6th, 2016 09:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Band banter" among the musicians (with the audience listening in) on stage and connecting with an audience is a big part of entertaining.

I, myself have to converse with the audience when my trio does our summer outdoor concerts.

My banter is unrehearsed but the places that book us to do outdoor "pops" concerts (libraries, etc.)
seem to enjoy the fact that I make an effort to talk to the audiences.

If you are bored, here is a snippet that a local cable tv company recorded from a local outdoor concert we did last summer:


My first line about the fire exits always seems to "break the ice" and gets the audience "on our side" for the evening.

Since I started playing classical music in a local symphony I have noticed that audiences who attend classical (or "pops") concerts just sit quietly in the audience with a certain "ok, now IMPRESS me" attitude.

Talking with the audience seems to break down that wall and makes a connection with them, thus making the attendees feel like they are part of the show.

Talking / bantering on stage is a skill that I wish that I was better at. I asked my other two group members if they would like to speak to audiences and they indicated to me that they were not comfortable to do so...

I guess that I'm the one......

My classical ensemble

Tony Wright

Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
Aug 6th, 2016 11:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mike: I enjoyed the music much more than the banter...very nice performance! And you have a loyal following in that group.

I did like the "Sun in my eyes" squint...not to be confused with the "Clint Eastwood squint"...and the performance talent was impressive. Very nice indeed.

Edit for typink.

(This message was last edited by Tony Wright at 01:25 AM, Aug 7th, 2016)

Steve Dallman
Contributing Member

Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Aug 8th, 2016 06:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just took my 14 year old grand daughter to see Cheap Trick. (I wanted her to hear a real band, playing real songs, playing real instruments...not like that crap she listens to.)

The band sounded better than ever. I was surprised how little stage banter there was and how lame what little they did was.

It didn't matter at all. We were there to hear the band, not rehearsed, memorized patter.



Say what one more time!
Aug 8th, 2016 07:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Steve, I hear what you're saying and agree that the performance of the songs is what matters most but that is rehearsed. They don't just go out and play songs that they have not worked through. We also talk about keeping time between songs to a minimum. I have seen Cheap Trick and they are a great band live but you can't say that Rick Neilsen doesn't play with the crowd. He is very entertaining to watch play and that is what my band tries to accomplish as well.

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