LIVE PERFORMANCE COACHING

Although recorded music remains the goal of every musician and singer, the market for recordings isn’t nearly as lucrative as it once was.

Today, recorded music is merely the calling card which leads to better revenue streams – live performances, publishing and merchandising.

And since recorded music is just the memorializing of a live performance, it is the live performance that is the most important aspect of any musical career.

Having spent over 40 years working solely in the area of live performance, I believe that this is where the young musician and singer needs to focus.  

In these times of social and geographical distancing,  I have found it to be best to begin our sessions remotely by Skype, FaceTime, Zoom or whatever. That way I can address what I see in real time and for the first time, the same way in which an unknown audience experiences your presentation at this stage of your career. From there,  I can offer up suggestions that you can try out then and there, or work on them in your own time. Then you can come back to me at any time with the revisions and maybe some new ideas. 

Eventually, it would be great if we would meet here in Nashville to work together in my Belle Meade Creative Space, but not until you're ready.

It helps a great deal to teach some important concepts before the aspiring artists step onto the stage. The first thing is the possibility - imagining that becoming an entertainer is possible. And then enrollment - believing that they can actually learn something.  I bring up these concepts because learning how to be an entertainer is a labor of love. If you don’t love it, it’s hard to do the labor. 

There are people who would rather tell the student where to stand and how to move. But that’s not really what matters. That’s compliance and control. Doing something with an enrolled individual, one who is eager to go with the concepts of possibility and enrollment, is a hundred times more effective than doing it to them.

I utilize the classic 20-30 minute showcase as the template to work on initially, because every singer/songwriter needs one anyway, so why not have that all set in place – something to offer up to an industry audience whenever asked. Be prepared.

 I take clients through every aspect of what they will need to do to make their live show successful – from song arrangements, to set list strategies, to mic techniques, to between-song patter, to wardrobe, and all of the other minutiae of putting together an entertaining showcase.