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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Axegrinder77, Jul 31, 2020.
I thought this was a joke at the beginning..
Pretty good tips though!
Hey thanks for sharing that - the tips were indeed very good. Bands sometimes don’t realize that when they play a gig, they are there to give a performance and not just stand around like they’re practicing in the basement. Getting the audience involved in what you’re doing is the name of the game.
Now you tell me.
The hair and trousers are a major factor.. then gear ...
Yngwie would LOL...
Stance, laser, not mousey, audience barriers, let guitar dangle, equidistant between outlets. Got it!
I think every new country act i've seen in the past 10 years has taken lessons from this guy.
All the money I wasted on sleeves.
Sorry, had to .
If I saw a bar or club band guitarist do that, l would find it comical.
Some of it certainly makes sense from a performance standpoint in certain venues.
No wonder I’ve had to work for a living. I wasn’t burning enough holes with my laser.
One of my rock guitar "stars" or heroes is Robert Fripp. Aside from his brilliant playing, I really admire his non guitar hero stage presence. He sits down on the side and never makes any guitar faces. I try my absolute best not to make faces when playing.
I always thought the coolest on stage was Jimmie Vaughan in T-Birds and Anson Funderburgh. No stupid faces, cool clothes and cool moves.
I do ALL these things, and I still don't "look like a rock star".
Fifty years ago, a really good local band, Courtship, actually consulted a dance instructor/choreographer (Brice Evans) on "stage moves"......things like "swooping down" on their microphone at the last second and stepping to the front edge of the stage to "pose" for the audience. It all sounds hokey and shallow, but it did improve their stage presence.
I saw Fripp in the early '80's with the "Discipline" King Crimson. He didn't make any "guitar" faces, but he sure made faces! Sometimes it appeared he was looking daggers at his bandmates, but it was a great performance all the same. Some guitarists deliberately cause feedback; Adrian Belew played feedback.
Robert is indeed a monster guitarist.
But for your average local rock band, sitting down calmly to play isn't going to get you much traction, reaction, or repeating gig satisfaction. It doesn't have to be choreographed, but if you just sit/stand still and play, people are going to get bored.
Actually, I have to agree with you on that. Since I am no Robert Fripp, I cannot rely on just pure playing genius. I have been told that I do move and make some faces. I never realize that I am doing it so I guess I have to say that, for me, the movement must come from my reaction to the music. It is not choreographed. Add to that the fact that I am getting to the age where my stage presence is naturally more subdued. Natural intensity expressed always looks appropriate. Just my humble opinion.
I pretty much agree with what he says. If you're on a stage, you should OWN it. Be huge and indomitable. Never look like you're apologizing for being awesome enough to have been given the gift of Rock.
I'm not going to flip my LP down behind me when I'm not playing, though. Did you notice him banging his peghead on the mic stand? I might do it with my Tele if I'm feeling extra whimsical, but it's made for that kind of thing.
wow... that was hard to watch