Stage act / habitus?

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  1. jarpat

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    I guess that most players are not too ostentatious on stage and for example my wife often encourages me to "at least try to smile", but a forced smile usually becomes out as a grimace.. If not evaluating playing now, but who is the player whos "stage act" you admire? Who's got "the moves" and presence that you would like to have?
    Instead of standing stiff and looking at your fingers - as many do - what would you like your act to look like?
    You can post videos of good examples.
    I kinda like the relaxed feel that I see when I watch for example Eddie Angel. The way he "steps back and forth" - I try to remember that and if I find myself doing that on stage naturally to the music, that gives me a good vibe.
    Eddie: (the mask thing is irrelevant here)
     
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    Depending on what style I play at the moment, but a young Andy McCoy for high energy rock.
     
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    Like Deke in that clip
     
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    I wondered what it would look like if a guitarist tried to move in a way that looks like dancing. It's pretty bad:
     
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    Boz Burrell of Bad company..so cool just point his bass at audience.
    He use to walk around like that. skip to 2:10




    Other than that, probably AC/DC stage antics of Angus.

    Me, my wife has to keep reminding me to smile. Closest I get is
    a tone face that might have a smile.
     
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    Whether or not you like his music... As a stage presence, nobody beats Springsteen ...
     
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    I tend to stand with my weight in my left leg and concentrate, not really stage presence, more existence! Also gives me aching leg and shoulder. Only noticed when I saw a friend’s iPhone video. Am trying to do something about it, at least see if I can’t stand up straight and concentrate. Can’t do much when I’m singing but will attempt some guitar God poses when I’m not!
     
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    I saw Punky Meadows from Angel last year

    The guy is nearly 70 and what an amazing thing to watch his act, and a really great guitarist too
     
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    The person who came to mind was Phil Lynott. He was playing bass and singing so there wasn't a lot of opportunity for jumping around but he would sashay a bit and he just looked so into it. Just as cool as ****.
    When I used to do group work ( I worked with groups of drink drivers and things like that) we used to talk about 'lending focus' which is a thing I see musicians being bad at doing. Really that's just looking where you want the audience to be looking, not messing with your pedalboard during the bass solo ( I know, I know...) because you are just sending the message that your pedalboard is more interesting than the bassist ( I know, I know...).
    Generally looking like you are into it whatever 'it' is and not like you are terrified or wish you were elsewhere.
     
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    Keef, early career, just energetic, later sort of kicking and somewhat exaggerated arm movements and just generally cool, from wasted to finally getting slower now, he just seemed to come alive on stage.


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    You want stage presence? Watch videos of INXS.....four out of six members had the charisma of a "frontman". The other two had great "backline" presence. I'm sorry Michael was taken so soon.....I liked their music, their musicianship, AND their show.

     
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    Thanks, I learned me a new word: habitus.

    Definition of habitus


    : HABIT specifically : body build and constitution especially as related to predisposition to disease
     
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    Can I tell one of my favorite stories here?

    It was 1990 and I was living in Hollywood CA playing in a band heavily influenced by The New York Dolls, Johnny Thunders, Sex Pistols, Stones, Ramones, Aerosmith, etc. What I called "Junky Rock".

    We rented a room on the southwest corner of Hollywood and Western in a building called Hollywood Billiards. It was a condemned office building, but every office was at the time used for band studios. It was a dirty, filthy dive with a rickety old elevator filled with trash and the halls were covered in graffiti and years of band flyers and stickers.

    At our shows we usually played just a couple covers, but at practice we played lots of stuff for fun and a couple of those songs were Taxi Driver and Tragedy.

    One day we were jamming when someone knocked on our door. When we answered the door we saw Andy McCoy and Sami Yaffa. Sami was no longer in Hanoi Rocks but he was playing with the Band JetBoy who also had a practice room there. I guess someone told them that there was a band in the building that was always playing their songs so they stopped by to say howdy.

    Andy asked if they could sit in on the songs we knew so I got to sing Taxi Driver, Tragedy, and So Alone (A Johnny Thunders song) with Andy on guitar and Sami on Bass.

    Here is a picture of my band at the time. I'm second from the left and this picture was taken right around that time in the elevator of the Hollywood Billiards building.

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    Sorry for the topic detour, Most people have no idea who Andy McCoy is so I don't get to tell the story of one of the most exciting things that ever happened in my life very often.
     
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    I went to a lot of Grateful Dead shows back in the day. I remember this one time, I actually saw Jerry move.
     
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    Enjoy. Someone described this as the Tai Chi Fart Dance.

     
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    I smile all the time on stage...but nobody can tell!
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