Stage presence problems

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  1. vittorio

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    Hey everyone, I’m currently trying to find out how one could make the lives of musicians a lot easier ;)
    Which is why I have two very simple questions:

    1. As a guitarist/bassist, what are the 2 biggest issues you’re dealing with stage presence?
    2. Regarding your stage presence, what would you wish for it more than anything else?

    Thanks so much in advance - looking forward to reading your answers and opinions!
     
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    I’ve never had any problems with my onstage personality. I’m just my usual ribald, gregarious self.
     
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    Maybe ban the cargo shorts and tshirts onstage.
     
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    ^^^...and so, it begins :lol:.
     
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    Just do like Johnny Ramone.
     
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    don't you want to look like you're in agnostic front?

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    i'm trying to pay more attention to my stage presence and treats it like an actor would. just taking up more space on stage and making sure you move is a start.
     
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    There's a simple solution. Put Lauren Mayberry out front and nobody will notice you. :cool:

     
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    Practice your instrument standing on one foot. I read an article about how this somehow improves your stage presence, moving you away from an awkward forced movement to more natural stage presence.
     
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    Your stage presence is most likely tied in with your personality.

    So if you are an extrovert you'll probably be that too on stage - although some extroverts in everyday life become formidably stage-frightened in a true performance
    Conversely even the shyest of introverts can become a veritable nut job on stage.

    ie. Nothing wrong with just being there on stage given an exemplary musical performance.

    Where all that falls down of course is if you're in a "show band" ... to pay Devils Advocate for a mo' an Earth Wind and Fire tribute? ... just wanting to stand at the back might not be too good .... conversely, again, being in a Jesus and Mary Chain tribute and skipping around the stage all the time would be equally strange!

    So ... more context please as to what you're playing .... otherwise ... Just be yourself.
     
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    Take video recordings of yourself playing in a performance situation. That will help remedy a lot of major stuff. I've seen so much goofy crap on stage that wouldn't have happened if those folks had ever once objectively watched themselves performing. It can be a humbling experience but it is almost necessary if you want to look "polished." That typically doesn't happen by accident. Those musicians who have a polished stage presence probably do because they have worked hard at it.

    The thing I'm not great at is talking in a microphone. That is usually what I find myself getting nervous about. I started practicing my between-song banter at home, it helped a bit.

    Stage presence depends in part on the style of music and the audience. I am guessing that as a 22 year old, you can pull off some stage moves that perhaps a few of your TDPRI brethren would look rather sad trying to pull off, lol. =)

    At some gigs there is an expectation that the performers are dressed in black and super serious. Some gigs want you to be a bit more casual but still restrained. Some rock gigs call for a more raucous approach. You want to develop a sensitivity to those expectations. It can get pretty awkward watching a band whose stage presence isn't at all in-line with the expectations of the gig.

    Oh yea and btw, welcome!
     
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    I wish I could do more stuff for a bar crowd...get people to drink, dance, etc.
    I mean...I probably could, but it would be a put-on.
    I'm good up front, and people who are prone to paying attention, do so and they have fun; but I'm not one of those super charismatic types who gets the whole joint on board.
     
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    put on a show....don't stand by the amp & stare at the fretboard
     
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    I find that being somewhat old and somewhat fat has hindered my ability to look cool on stage.
    Any more questions?
     
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    Have the band wear uniforms...

    ... and to sorta quote... somebody...

    "Hey man, if we're gonna have uniforms they should all be different man...."

    I'll give a "like" to the first post that can name the speaker of the quote... :)
     
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    If you look like you are having fun other people will feed off of it.
     
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    I wear my cargo shorts with a Hawaiian shirt and sandals. Guess I'm OK.

    Seriously though, I remember a friend video taping shows back in the '90s when I did my first bunch of gigs.

    First gig we were all looking down at our fingers as we played. Looked like we weren't engaged with the audience at all. Second thing is we all looked serious and not like we were enjoying ourselves. Gotta look like you're having the best time of your life, at least some of the time. If you do, the audience will think it's going well. I got that after reading a Van Halen article back in the '80s - no matter what, you gotta have a big ol' grin on your face.
     
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    Nope, but good guess.
     
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