Do you try to look "pro" on stage?

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Do you try to look pro on stage?

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  2. No, doesn't matter to me

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  1. 8len8

    8len8 Member

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    When joining a new cover band I usually have trouble finding one that I like because I'm too picky. I want myself and the band to act like a touring arena band even though we are playing local bars:

    - No reading lyrics on stage
    - Stage presence with a lot of audience interaction
    - No dead air between songs
    - Decent lights and sound

    How about you? Are you as picky as me about such things?
     
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  2. NorCal_Val

    NorCal_Val Member

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    Ask me again in a month or two.
    I should’ve played a show or two by then.:band
     
  3. General_Specific

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    No reading lyrics? Many pros have teleprompters.
     
  4. Spooky Action

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    I don;t have a problem with reading lyrics or chords on stage, but don't announce it to the audience or joke about it. They do not care and it make you look bush league
     
  5. rollyfoster

    rollyfoster Silver Supporting Member

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    That’s a little different than notepads on a music stand or an iPad hooked to a mic stand...

    I don’t really have an issue with it if it’s not super obvious. Really just depends on context, too.
     
  6. Jon C

    Jon C Silver Supporting Member

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    Here we go again :confused:

    I prefer a not too obvious iPad, it’s more “pro” than mistakes. :cool:
     
  7. AlanH

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    Does wearing professional grade tan pants count?
     
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  8. halliganjoel

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    I used to be in a great (well, I thought so anyway) rock and roll band. We most all dressed the part. Vintage clothes, flare leg jeans, boots, hair etc. The other guitar player just wasn't interested. We (thats 5 other guys) would show up to the gig dressed as we all agreed. He would show up in crappy old navy jeans, dirty sneakers, and an oversized University of Texas t-shirt. It drove me CRAZY! Fortunately, he quit not long after that. My brother moved from keyboards to keys and guitar. And we had one less guy to pay.
     
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    Dressing the part is good. I'm not a fan of reading lyrics onstage, but then I'm not the one memorizing thirty songs for a two-set gig.
     
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    Why not too obvious?
    What’s wrong with an obvious iPad?
     
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    stevieboy Clouds yell at me Silver Supporting Member

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    The Android people walk out on you.
     
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    The future is now! Just went to Disneyland and my kids built their own droids. Crazy times.
     
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    Jon C Silver Supporting Member

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    :D Trying not to offend anyone overly sensitive... :YinYang
     
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    stevieboy Clouds yell at me Silver Supporting Member

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    Those aren't the droids I'm looking for.
     
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    Yes, of course. Why would anyone want to be up there looking like or sounding like an amateur?
     
  16. 8len8

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    I don’t know, but many do (staring at their shoes all night, vocalists pacing on stage and not looking at the audience, bands with no movement all night).
     
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    The question is deceptive. I’ll go with no because when I’m on stage I’m already prepared. I don’t need to LOOK like a pro but I need to be the PRO at any angles or circumstances. Knowing responsible and I did due diligence that should be a hard requirement before we go on stage.
     
  18. Jayyj

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    It matters to me. I don't play live as often as I used to but when I do I take it very seriously - everything gets prepped meticulously at home, lots of rehearsals, lots of time spent on getting sounds right - so when I walk up on stage, I want people to be taking me seriously from the off. Look like you're in the band, don't spend twenty minutes bumbling about fiddling with you gear and playing licks over the house music, don't mess about between songs, it's pretty basic stuff. I know it's not essential, I've seen people like Elliott Smith shambling about like he's one of the roadies then have the room spellbound within 30 seconds of the first song when he finally gets round to it, but, you know, we're not all Elliott Smith.

    It's an extension of the whether you dress up for gigs really, look like you belong on stage and people are more likely to make an effort to listen to you and see if you're any good.
     
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    If you’re welcoming requests, nothing wrong with using iPhone/iPad for lyrics & chords... you see it all the time in Nashville, Austin, etc. No shame in that, especially if you’re playing mainly for tips.

    If you’re putting on a “show”, like the Nerds, etc., then no, you should have your act worked up like any other ticketed performance.
     
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    Looking/acting confident and professional is never a bad idea.
     

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